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AAM

wheel drive. These components
include both the PTU and RDM hypoid
gear sets, the bearings associated with
the gear sets and the driveshaft. The
result is an all-wheel-drive system that
does not have to sacrifice fuel economy
and emissions.

"Traditionally, when adding all-wheeldrive capability to a vehicle, it results in
an automatic one- to three-mile-per-gallon fuel economy penalty," Philip Guys,
AAM's vice president of product engineering, said in a statement. "We set out
to find a solution to offset this, and that is

exactly what our EcoTrac disconnecting allwheel drive does."
EcoTrac can be engaged with driver input
or when automated transition events
(ATEs) occur. These ATEs are 100 percent
customizable and include both environmental and dynamic events, such as lower
temperatures, rain detection and changes in
slope. Upon receiving the signal from the
AAM electronic control unit to engage allwheel drive mode, EcoTrac reportedly
engages all-wheel drive without noticeable
shifting to the driver.
Five U.S. patents have been assigned to
AAM for EcoTrac and nine U.S. patents are
pending relative to the technology. EcoTrac
is being manufactured at AAM's facility in
Three Rivers, Mich. AAM has invested more
than $100 million in the facility and hired
more than 550 new associates in 2013 to support this new program.

Engineering Equipment
AAM's engineers are equipped with the latest computer firmware and software. They
use advanced mathematics to achieve rapid
product development so products are taken
from concept to production in months, not
years, the company says. Engineering services are provided 24 hours a day.
AAM provides advanced engineering,
development, testing and product validaEpic Equipment & Engineering, based out of Shelby
Twp MI, proudly supplies Axle Assembly & Gage stations to AAM.
The ability of Epic to supply latest technology and on time
launch capabilities around the world has strengthened Epic in
the Global Market. Focused on our customer's needs, Epic continues to expand our customer base within the States as well as
Overseas. Serving the automotive sector for nearly 17 years,
Epic Equipment welcomes the opportunity to provide automation and gauging solutions throughout the industry. Please contact our office @ 586-314-0020 or visit our Website @
www.epicequipment.com

Carter Logistics, LLC is a full service, third party logistics
company that is dedicated to the automotive industry. Carter's
Shared MilkRun Network is serviced by 6 crossdock locations
along the NAFTA highway and an asset-based partner, Carter
Express. Carter's partnership with American Axle
Manufacturing started 8 years ago. Today, Carter provides full
truckload, LTL, MilkRun and Expedite services to AAM as well as
all inbound and outbound transportation services for AAM de
Mexico. More recently, Carter developed a system that gives
AAM and its suppliers the ability to track and trace every shipment at part-level detail. We are proud to have AAM as a customer and partner. For more information on Carter's services,
call (800) 738-7705, email sales@carter-logistics.com or visit
www.carter-logistics.com.

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