Jacobs Begins U.S. Production of Fulcrum Bridge Product

Jacobs Vehicle Systems' Fulcrum Bridge
Jacobs’ first Fulcrum Bridge product includes a high-performance compression release engine brake. (Jacobs Vehicle Systems)

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Jacobs Vehicle Systems, a manufacturer of engine retarding and valve actuation systems for the commercial vehicle industry, announced it started U.S. production of its Fulcrum Bridge product.

Fulcrum Bridge makes it possible to combine conventional engine braking with automatic hydraulic lash adjustment — two technologies, which were previously incompatible, to both enhance vehicle performance and reduce operating costs, according to the Bloomfield, Conn.-based company.

Jacobs reported the technology’s first production will be for an off-road application, which it did not specify. Other heavy-duty off-highway applications, such as articulated dump trucks used in construction and mining, farm vehicles and vocational applications are expected to follow.


Jacobs Vehicle Systems

“Fulcrum Bridge is a breakthrough technology because engine makers no longer have to choose between hydraulic lash adjusters, which set and maintain the clearance in the valve train between valve and camshaft, and a Jake Brake,” Vice President of Engineering Steve Ernest said. Transport Topics

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