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ROCKWELL AUTOMATIC SLACK ADJUSTERS SELECTED STANDARD EQUIPMENT ON GM MEDIUM-DUTY TRUCKS

 TROY, Mich., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Rockwell International Corporation's Automotive business has announced that General Motors (NYSE: GM) North American Truck Platforms (NATP), based in Pontiac, Mich., has chosen Rockwell automatic slack adjusters (ASAs) as standard equipment on its lineup of medium-duty trucks (GMC Truck Topkicks and Chevrolet Kodiaks) effective last August.
 The announcement made by General Motors (NATP) means that all tractor and truck OEMs outfit Rockwell automatic slack adjusters as standard equipment.
 According to Leon Mellon, product-line manager for the GMC Truck Division of General Motors, making Rockwell ASAs standard equipment ensures GM's ability to provide North American truck operators with performance and operating advantages while also meeting 1994 government requirements of ASAs on all air-braked vehicles.
 Prakash Jain, director of stopping systems technical support for Rockwell Brakes, said the company's ASAs are standard equipment at two of the trucking industry's three largest manufacturers of medium-duty trucks.
 Jain noted that Rockwell ASAs are also standard equipment at a number of trucking industry's largest Class 8 vehicle manufacturers and at several trailer manufacturers which offer ASAs as standard equipment. Standardization on Rockwell ASAs by the truck OEMs reinforces the company's commitment to provide the most complete lineup of brake componentry.
 "Our ASA offers a number of unique design features that meet and exceed truck operators' needs for lightweight and reliable automatic adjustment of foundation air brakes," Jain said.
 Rockwell's ASAs boast a number of important design features including an improved external sealing around the worm gear, a strong worm gear tooth profile, a durable, lightweight housing and a durable boot that offers excellent puncture resistance.
 The company's ASAs feature a worm gear that includes unique grease passage hole and groove that permits improved lubrication of the slack adjuster and the camshaft splines to reduce the possibility of corrosion and contamination.
 Field proven over billions of road miles by North American motor carriers, more than four million Rockwell automatic slack adjusters have been sold since its introduction in 1975. The ASAs are made at the company's Tilbury, Ontario, and Kenton, Ohio facilities.
 Rockwell's On-Highway Products supplies vehicle manufacturers around the world with the industry's most complete drivetrain -- Drivetrain Plus. Rockwell components include axles -- steer, drive and trailer; brakes -- cam, wedge, air disc and automatic slack adjusters; clutches; transmissions; driveshafts and universal joints; transfer cases; on-board, electronic management systems; vehicle control systems; and aftermarket parts.
 Rockwell International (NYSE: ROK) is a multi-industry company applying advanced technology to a wide range of products in its electronics, aerospace, automotive and graphics businesses.
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 /CONTACT: D. Mike Pennington of Rockwell, 810-435-1933/
 (ROK GM)


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