When Freightliner needed a such and
such truck with a 40 ton front suspension and a 20 ton rear suspension and an expected service life of 100 years, they turned to Vector Truck Design Inc. to design the such ‘n’ such suspesion.


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About Vector Truck Designs Inc.

Heavy Duty Truck Design

Vector Truck Designs Inc. is an off-site engineering design company specializing in class 8 truck systems and component design. Vector brings over 50 years of combined experience in truck design to the manufacturing industry. The company’s design expertise includes front and rear suspensions, steering systems, and powertrain installations for rear wheel drive and all wheel drive trucks.
Vector has established itself as a reputable design company in the heavy duty truck industry having contracts with Fabco Automotive, Western Star Trucks and American LaFrance. .

3-D CAD Modeling

Proficient in Pro Engineer (up to and including Wildfire 2) and Catia V5, Vector Truck Designs Inc. models both simple and complex parts including welded assemblies, sheet metal components and surface modeled cast/moulded parts.

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Vector Truck Designs Inc. is capable of providing Finite Element Analysis (FEA) utilizing ProMechanica and Ansys.

The Team

Marlin Toews, PEng. Senior Designer
Owner of Vector Truck Designs Inc. with 14 years of design experience in the truck industry. Marlin’s expertise is in the design of front suspension and steering systems for tandem steer specialty vehicles. Also has a wide range of experience in suspension and powertrain systems for all wheel drive vehicles up to 140,000 GVW.

Robert Perra, Senior Project Manager and Designer
Bob’s expertise is in chassis design specializing in rear suspension and cross member design. His portfolio includes management positions at E-One fire trucks and Western Star Trucks.

Marten Gruenwald, Powertrain Design Specialist
Marty brings experience gained from both MACK and Western Star Trucks. His expertise is in powertrain systems including engine/transmission mounting, drivelines, air intake and cooling systems. Currently, Marty is working on a contract with Caterpillar EPA’07 engine installations for Western Star Trucks.

Michael Walling, Junior Designer
Currently enrolled in Engineering at Okanagan University College, Mike is gaining experience in ProE modeling and detailing of class 8 truck layouts.

Dan Gravel, Senior Designer
Dan has extensive cad modeling experience using ProEngineer and Catia. He offers experience in surface modeling of cast or injection moulded plastic parts.