When designing and engineering steering systems and components for use on commercial vehicles, it makes sense to use bespoke products that are designed to meet an individual vehicle’s requirements, as no two vehicles are the same. Each has its own challenges and complex issues that need to be met, which is why a one-size-fits-all solution does not work.
There are a few steering components, however, that can be used on almost every type of commercial vehicle, such as commercial ball joints. Although a vital part of a vehicle’s suspension and steering, it is possible to have a standard range of ball joints that can be used on a variety of vehicles.
However, it is not as simple as just manufacturing commercial vehicle ball joints in their thousands. Each one needs to be precision made to exact measurements and then rigorously tested to ensure that they are ‘up to the job’.
At Pailton Engineering we only supply steering components once we know that they are fit for purpose, and so everything they make is subjected to a number of tests, which are carried out at our advanced in-house testing facilities. Equipped with the latest machinery, we are able to simulate loads and cycles of accelerated durability on ball joints, universal joints, drag links and steering columns, as well as checking staked connections.
These tests ensure that all of our products are able to withstand the many demands placed on commercial vehicles, whether they are required for road or off-road conditions. As many commercial vehicles have to work on rough and harsh terrains, or at extreme temperatures, tests can be adapted to make sure that the ball joints can withstand anything that’s thrown at them.
Although steering and suspension ball joints are produced with standard ball sizes ranging between 18mm and 65mm diameter spheres, it is possible to produce other sizes for specialist applications.
Ball pins and ball joint socket assemblies are made to customers’ specifications. The ball pins can be induction-hardened on the sphere and taper for increased life and reduced fatigue, and the ball joint sockets will be supplied with either internal or external threads with straight or offset shanks, depending on the application.
Pailton Engineering manufacture a range of steering and suspension ball joints which are compatible with many commercial vehicles in both the European and North American market. You can discover more about manufacturing commercial vehicle ball joints and other steering systems and components by browsing our website.