Saturday, June 22, 2019

Tongue Weight Safety Demonstration


Proper trailer tongue weight improves the vehicle and trailer towing experience by improving performance. Not enough tongue weight or force on the hitch/tow ball causes an increase in trailer sway from side to side, making it difficult to control. Conversely, too much tongue weight or force on the hitch/tow ball could overload the rear tires of the towing vehicle, pushing the rear end of the vehicle around. This could also negatively affect the vehicle handling. Performance is impaired as you might not be able to go around corners and curves properly, and your vehicle may not stop quickly enough when you press the brake pedal. The Weigh Safe Drop Hitch effectively measures the tongue weight of your towing load, improving the vehicle tow load balance and performance.

Learn more at: https://www.weigh-safe.com/

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Highway Products - The toughest truck accessories on earth

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Military grade truck accessories that are built to last forever. Our truck accessories were built for the toughest jobs on earth and to protect your valuable trucks, tools and gear. We don’t just say that. We back it up by standing proudly behind a Lifetime Transferable Warranty.

Shop truck accessories: https://www.highwayproducts.com/collections/truck-accessories/


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

How to Properly Load a Trailer - CURT


This short video will teach you how to properly load a trailer. The most important thing to consider is how the weight of your cargo is distributed onto your trailer. The ideal distribution is to have 60% of the weight in front of the trailer axle, and 40% behind. Its also very important to make sure your cargo is secured properly. Always practice safe towing.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

MEET Sam Enoven Truck Body + Equipment


Customer review of Henke and the Henke Cartridge Spreader. Sam is Owner and General Manager of Enoven, a 30 year old company based out of Northern California. They have focused on being a Customer's first choice for custom installation and custom design work.

Friday, June 14, 2019

BEDBIN by BEDSLIDE


Take a closer look at the BEDSLIDE accessories. See how the BEDBINS work with everyday items and why they are a great addition to your BEDSLIDE.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Rack-it Modular Truck Rack For Camper Shell or Truck Cap


Gary shows off a fully assembled modular truck rack designed to allow a camper shell or truck cap to be installed on the truck. http://www,rackitinc.com

Monday, June 10, 2019

Enoven HD Contractor Body Tour


Dustin Ferris with Enoven Truck Body + Equipment gives us a tour of the highlights of their version of the Contractor Body that they showed off at the Nor Cal Ford Truck Club annual event in Woodbridge CA. From the heavy duty flatbed base that is sandblasted and powder coated to the heavy duty winch binder to the heavy duty tool boxes, this bed has been well thought through. LED lights, unique removable component rack system, removable steel gates, and much more. See more about Enoven at http://enovenind.com/

Saturday, June 8, 2019

The Enoven Master Mechanic™ Series Crane Body

Built to withstand your industry's toughest environment.

 

The RUGGEDLY REFINED Master Mechanic™ Series design is the result of over 40 years of custom body building experience coupled with valuable input from the end-user community and our loyal customer base.

The Master Mechanic™ Series body includes more standard features and benefits than our competitors standard production bodies — Feature Superior + Price Competitive = best overall VALUE available.

The heavy-duty Master Mechanics™ Series bodies are available in two basic platforms, Service Bodies and Crane Bodies, with design and manufacture focused on withstanding the harshest environments and most demanding applications in field use while providing the user with the highest quality, most user friendly, versatile, functional, and safe body available.

Contact Enoven Industries

Thursday, June 6, 2019

VanAir Air N Arc 250 Walk-Around Video


A brief walk-around video demonstrating the benefits of our ALL-IN-ONE Power System and the advantages this piece of equipment has over the competition.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Enoven Custom Fabrication

 

Our fabrication shop includes a 12’ press brake and shear. This allows us to quickly respond to any fabrication requests. Our lead fabrication team has over 30 years of experience working with this equipment and can build you what you want. We work with and can weld both steel and aluminum. If there is something you need fabricated give us a try.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

6 AWESOME FEATURES OF THE D60 DIESEL DRIVEN AIR COMPRESSOR

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It’s hard not to love diesel. It’s powerful, efficient, and easy to access—and that’s exactly why we released the D60 diesel driven air compressor back in 2011. To this day, the D60 continues to be a highly sought-after air compressor in a variety of mobile industries.
Let’s talk about 6 of the features that are responsible for the D60’s ongoing success…

6. GET 60 CFM, 100% OF THE TIME

The D60 utilizes rotary screw technology so no time is wasted waiting for air! Rotary screw air compressors are powerful enough to provide compressed air without an air receiver tank. As soon as you turn your D60 on, it’s ready to deliver 60 CFM of continuous air, 100% of the time.
Operators with the D60 can get their work done faster and drastically improve productivity.

5. REDUCE GVW WITH LIGHTER, MORE EFFICIENT PARTS

VMAC’s D60 is over 250 pounds lighter than comparable diesel air compressors, without making any compromises on air flow or pressure. That’s because VMAC engineers and manufactures air compressors in-house, utilizing custom parts, lighter metals, and highly efficient designs to reduce weight.
Put that weight to use elsewhere or enjoy better fuel economy—your call!

4. ENJOY INTELLIGENT CONTROLS WITH AUTO-IDLING

One of the coolest features of the D60 is its intelligent digital control system, which automatically turns off the air compressor engine when air isn’t needed, then turns it back on when it is. Auto-stopping allows operators to reduce idling, minimize operating hours, and lower noise levels—without doing a thing! Just do your thing and take advantage of these sweet perks.
The control system also has a remote mounted digital display box that can share helpful messages including:
  • Automated service reminders
  • Data logging of error codes
  • Low fuel level warning
  • Battery monitoring
  • Hour meter
With so much intelligence packed into a tiny box, the control system is a huge advantage to operators.
To learn more about the D60’s control box, check out “The VMAC Diesel Driven Air Compressor’s Helpful Control Box Features & Functions!

3. PREFERRED KUBOTA DIESEL ENGINE

The D60 diesel air compressor utilizes a small yet mighty Kubota engine, which is the industry’s preferred diesel engine due to its hardy, reliable nature and condensed size. Each D60 engine is backed with a 2-year Kubota warranty and supported by Kubota’s global support network.
Kubota started designing engines in 1922, with oil engines made for agro-industrial purposes. In 1969, Kubota brought their first tractor to the United States and the company quickly became known for their spark and ignite diesel engines in the decades that followed. Today, Kubota is the leading manufacturer of powerful diesel engines.

2. WORK IN EXTREMELY COLD AND HOT CLIMATES

Nothing is worse than losing time on a job site from an air compressor that can’t handle tough temperatures. Fortunately, that doesn’t happen with the D60.
VMAC’s standard D60 diesel air compressor has built in cold and hot climate protection, which keeps the air compressor running in the most extreme climates.
If the air compressor system gets too hot, it will automatically protect itself with an over temperature shut down. Though rarely needed, this feature allows the system to protect itself in extreme temperatures, ensuring it continues to work after it cools down.
The D60 also has features to protect itself in extremely cold environments. The engine and compressor will automatically restart if temperatures fall below 23°F (-5°C) and will wait until temperatures are above 41°F (5°C) before loading and going into a running state.
The optional cold climate kit extends the D60’s frigid weather capability further, warming the engine in weather conditions as cold as -40°F (-40°C). Operators can heat their air compressor on the way to a job site and be ready to work when they arrive.
If you want an air compressor that will hold up in tough climates, check out the D60 air compressor.

1. SAVE SPACE WITH THE D60’S COMPACT DESIGN

The D60 was intentionally designed to be smaller than other diesel air compressors, measuring in at 34.5” x 18” x 28”. This small design takes up less cubic space in your work vehicle, which frees up space for more tools, storage compartments, or equipment. Take advantage of the D60’s small size!
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Friday, May 31, 2019

5 Tips to Increase Fuel Economy

 Increase Fuel Economy

When budgeting for expenses, there are a lot of things that fall outside of your control. For the most part, fuel can be one of those things that’s generally “just a cost of doing business.” However, there are a lot of things you can consider to reduce, or mitigate as much as possible, fuel costs on the job. Check out these five things to consider.

Idle Time

Idling your work truck on the jobsite has become a fairly common practice, and sometimes it’s necessary. At times, things like inverters, power takeoffs, air compressors, and more require the engine to be cranking in order to work. However, don’t let the necessity to idle for those functions become a common occurrence of convenience when it isn’t needed. You’d be surprised how quickly cutting those idle minutes can add up over the span of months or years.

Vehicle Maintenance

For a glut of reasons, you should be properly maintaining your work trucks. But one added benefit to regular maintenance is increased fuel economy. Regular fluid changes, changing filters, and routine engine tune-ups keep your truck’s powerplant optimally efficient. In addition to maintaining the powertrain, properly worn and inflated tires can make a big difference in fuel efficiency.

Slim down

Do you really need to carry everything and the kitchen sink from jobsite to jobsite? You don’t, and your truck will thank you for not doing so. Loading your truck with only the tools for the job at hand reduces weight, and reduced weight is a major factor in fuel economy.

Lose the Leadfoot

Your driving habits may be the number one factor in fuel efficiency. When you drive with the intention of efficiency, it shows. While it might be a slow and steady ride, your wallet will thank you later for taking it easy on the gas pedal. Planning service calls in an efficient manner can help you save time and miles. Make sure you’re not driving cross-town multiple times when a little planning could have gone a lot further.

Right Truck, Right Job

This isn’t something you can change on the fly, but our last suggestion is the make sure you’ve got a fleet that’s appropriate for your line of work. If you’re over-specing your vehicles, you’re wasting fuel. If you’re under-specing your trucks, you’re also wasting fuel. It’s vital that you put a lot of thought into having the right class of truck, truck body, and work, trailers that allow you to do your job, and do it most efficiently.

Source:  https://www.knapheide.com/news/blog/2019/01/5-tips-to-increase-fuel-economy


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Digit: Future of Self-Driving Vehicle Delivery | The Future of Ford and Transportation | Ford


As the popularity of online shopping continues to grow, what does delivery service look like in the future? Ford is teaming up with Agility Robotics to explore how the company’s new robot, Digit, can help get packages to your door efficiently with the help of self-driving vehicles. Not only does Digit work collaboratively with self-driving vehicles, but it can also walk up stairs and past unexpected obstacles to get packages straight to your doorstep. Learn more about Ford Motor Company’s work with Agility here: https://ford.to/2Ehu2KH Discover more The Future of Ford and Transportation videos: https://ford.to/2JWcg31

Monday, May 27, 2019

What’s The Deal With Underdeck Air Compressors?

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Underdeck air compressors is another name for PTO driven air compressors, a compressed air system that is powered by a vehicle’s transmission via a PTO. PTO air compressors are frequently nicknamed “underdeck” because of their mounting position, under the deck of a service truck.
Underdeck air compressors come in hydraulic and non-hydraulic varieties, giving operators options depending on their specific needs. Most hydraulic varieties are intended for service trucks with hydraulic cranes, tool circuits, and outriggers, while non-hydraulic underdeck air compressors work well for countless applications.

What are the advantages of underdeck air compressors?

Underdeck air compressors are an innovative solution for providing compressed air and have many benefits over traditional above-deck air compressors. The advantages of underdeck air compressors include:
  • Free up cargo space
  • Reduce GVW
  • 50 to 200 CFM
  • 100% duty cycle
  • Hydraulic option
  • Few moving parts
  • Less maintenance

Who makes underdeck air compressors?

There are three primary manufacturers of underdeck air compressors in North America:
Each manufacturer’s product is quite different, varying in design and system specifications. Anyone considering an underdeck system should carefully consider all of their options before making a purchase.

How much do underdeck air compressors cost?

The exact price of an underdeck air compressor will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the manufacturer, dealer mark-up, region, specific technology, and more. In addition, there are two different factors that determine the cost of any vehicle-integrated air compressor:
  • System price
  • Install price
It’s important to look at both the system price and the install price when comparing air compressor solutions. In some cases, the install time of an underdeck air compressor can save you money when compared to seemingly less expensive systems with longer install times.
Here are a couple of examples from VMAC’s product line of estimated install times for an experienced upfitter:

Estimated Install Hours For Vehicle-Integrated Systems


Ford 2018 6.7L Power Stroke V8 DieselRAM 2018 6.7L Cummins 24V Inline 6 Diesel
UNDERHOOD™ 7018-22 hrs18-24 hrs
Direct-Transmission Mounted 70 (“underdeck”)16-18 hrs16-18 hrs
DISCLAIMER ON INSTALL TIMES: Install times are based upon having pre-read the install manual, being an experienced installer, and having the tools, system and vehicle prepped for install. Times may vary plus/minus 4 hours of the suggested install times published in this document.
To get the most accurate pricing for an underdeck air compressor, we recommend reaching out to a trusted VMAC Dealer.

What else do I need to know?

The main thing you need to know is that underdeck air compressors are awesome!
But before buying one, there’s a little more research you should do. We’ve put together an extensive article on underdeck air compressors, “What Is A PTO Driven Air Compressor?”, which covers everything you need to know about these innovative systems:
  • Advantages
  • Compatible Vehicles
  • Direct-Mounted vs. Shaft Mounted
  • Fully Engineered Systems vs. Installation Kits
  • Transfer Case Design
  • Weight
  • And more
Check out our PTO Driven Air Compressor article to learn more about underdeck air compressors!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

DECKED Presents | Ultimate Storage, Maximum Function




DECKED designs and manufactures fully engineered, 100% American Made truck bed storage systems with a true 2000 lb payload and a steel subframe. The DECKED system will keep your tools and gear dry, secure and organized. #worksmarterplayharder For more info on DECKED visit https://decked.com/

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Venco Venturo Industries, LLC Electric-Hydraulic Cranes 2019 NTEA




ET6K ELECTRIC-HYDRAULIC CRANE Max. Capacity 2,000 lb - Crane Rating 6,000 ft-lb - Max. Reach 10 ft Min. Truck Size Needed (GVWR) Class 2 (8,000 lb)

 The Venturo ET6K service crane is a 6,000 ft.-lbs. crane with 2,000 lb. lifting capacity featuring electric winch, power rotation and hydraulic boom elevation with a single, manual extension up to 10 ft.

ET12KXP ELECTRIC-HYDRAULIC CRANE Max. Capacity 3,500 lb, Crane Rating 12,000 ft-lb, Max. Reach 16 ft Min. Truck Size Needed (GVWR) Class 2 (8,800 lbs GVWR)

With a 12,000 FT-LB rating and a 3,500 LB maximum capacity, the ET12KXP can be installed on trucks with a minimum Class 2 (8,800 lbs GVWR). The ET12KXP features proportional control, single-stage full-hydraulic extension and a one-piece hexagonal boom for increased strength. This new crane features a 9′ – 16′ reach.

 ET12K(X) ELECTRIC-HYDRAULIC CRANE Max. Capacity 3,500 lb - Crane Rating 12,000 ft-lb - Max. Reach 15 ft Min. Truck Size Needed (GVWR) Class 2 (8,800 lb)

The Venturo ET12KX service crane is a versatile application that is neither too large or too small for a majority of lifting jobs. This crane has been utilized heavily in municipal/public works industry lifting anything from service equipment to fire hydrants throughout the United States.

 With a 12,000 FT-LB rating and a 3,500 LB maximum capacity, the ET12KX can be installed on trucks with a minimum 8,800 GVWR.

The ET12K(X) comes in two configurations; the ET12K offers two-stage manual boom extension, and the ET12KX offers single-stage hydraulic extension with a secondary manual boom extension.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Transfer Flow 50 Gallon Replacement Tanks 2019 NTEA


REPLACEMENT FUEL TANKS Eliminate half your fuel stops and increase your driving range by replacing the stock fuel tank with a high-capacity Transfer Flow midship replacement fuel tank system that doesn’t sacrifice bed space or ground clearance.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

SWITCH-N-GO 2019 NTEA



Switch-N-Go® is our detachable truck body system that can be installed on Class 4 – 7 medium-duty work trucks (11,000-26,000 GVW).

 We stock five unique body styles including Dump, Platform, Storage, Drop and Chipper boxes providing a fleet of job opportunities from a single truck.

 Body Interchangeability allows you to drop a box at one job site and drive to another job with equipment or materials maximizing your truck and labor investments. Also, the ground-level loading and unloading allows for faster and safer work! Loading a Fixed body truck takes longer and back related injuries are much more likely to occur.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Autonomy: Partnerships of sky and ground

What is likely to happen on the road to autonomous vehicles is partnerships between truck makers and tech companies.   

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Sticking with the theme of disruption and transformation, nothing has the potential to be more disruption in the trucking industry than autonomous vehicles.

At a recent NationaLease meeting, guest speaker John Paul MacDuffie, professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, said that autonomy requires new hardware components and lots of AI software. Engineering talent will be one of the keys to its success along with the ability to get the system integration piece of the equation right. MacDuffie does not see technology firms jumping in to manufacture vehicles but rather, working on developing operating systems for autonomous vehicles.

We are already seeing incremental moves toward autonomy with some of the advanced driver assistance features that are available on trucks today. This includes things like collision mitigation and lane departure systems.

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has defined six levels of autonomy from zero (no automation) to 5 (full automation). MacDuffie believes there is a big leap in getting from Level 2 autonomy to Level 3.

Level 2, or partial automation, allows steering and acceleration and deceleration to be automated “using information about the driving environment…with the exception that the human driver perform all remaining aspects of the dynamic driving task,” according to the SAE definition. The human driver is tasked with monitoring the driving environment.

In Level 3, or conditional automation, the system monitors the driving environment while the driver will respond appropriately to a request by the system to intervene.

“Level 3 automation is particularly tricky,” MacDuffie said. How to safely transfer control from the computer to the driver, particularly in emergency situations, needs to be worked out. “[There has to be a] balancing act of providing drivers with the benefits of autonomy — like not having to pay attention — while ensuring they are ready to grab the wheel if the [vehicle] encounters something it can’t handle.”

What is likely to happen on the road to autonomous vehicles, according to MacDuffie, is partnerships between truck makers and tech companies — what he calls “partnerships of ‘sky’ and ‘ground.’”
He added, “The winning combination will succeed not just in meeting customer needs/wants, but also societal goals and expectations.”

SOURCE:  https://www.fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/autonomy-partnerships-sky-and-ground?NL=FO-02&Issue=FO-02_20190516_FO-02_185&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_4&utm_rid=CPENT000004488230&utm_campaign=24750&utm_medium=email&elq2=f9e997d742a94887aa813eec4c80d2e2

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Gas vs. Diesel: Which To Spec

Gas vs. Diesel Blog

Today’s comprehensive selection of commercial vehicle engines offers many benefits to customers.

A myriad of choices enable customers to select the engine that best fits their application without sacrificing torque, fuel efficiency, horsepower and more.

While the vast engine choices create additional value, it can also create a dilemma when it comes to properly spec’ing the engine for the intended application of the vehicle. Purchasers may be overwhelmed by the selection and consequently choose an engine that doesn’t best fit the requirements. Over spec’ing and under spec’ing are common mistakes, leading to lost efficiency, productivity or a longer return on investment period.

Within the last few years, commercial vehicle manufacturers have vastly increased engine choices. The most notable additions have been diesel engines within several Class 1 light duty pickups and gasoline engines within Class 6 and Class 7 medium duty trucks. While gasoline engines still dominate Class 1 and diesel engines make up the majority of Class 6 and Class 7, these new engine choices make the decision much more analytical than ever before.

So how do you know which engine is right for the job? There are many factors to consider as it pertains to the engine when in the market for a new commercial vehicle.

Cost
Commercial vehicles would all be perfect if cost didn’t need to be factored into the equation.

Unfortunately, the real world operates on financial constraints so unlimited funding for your next work truck just isn’t feasible. That being said, cost is a major influencer on the selection of the commercial vehicle, especially as it relates to the engine.

Acquisition costs can be substantially higher with diesel engines, stretching from $8,000 more in light duty commercial vehicles up to $12,000* in heavy duty commercial trucks. Gasoline engines offer the advantage with significantly lower acquisition costs.

Horsepower & Torque
Selecting an engine with enough horsepower and torque is vital for success with many commercial vehicles. The most common application considered for ample horsepower and torque is pulling a trailer, regardless of size. The more weight on the trailer, the more important horsepower and torque becomes. Other applications, including hauling bulk material, should also pay close attention to the horsepower and torque ratings of an engine as these vehicles are consistently hauling the maximum available payload.

While gasoline and diesel engines have similar horsepower ratings, they are vastly different with torque. Looking at a class 3 pickup, the diesel has a slight advantage in horsepower rating yet boasts a torque rating two times that of the gas engine**. Point being, if you are towing heavy loads or your application relies upon torque to get you moving a diesel will be the better fit for you.


Fuel Efficiency
Federal regulations have forced commercial vehicle manufacturers to maximize fuel efficiency within new vehicles, regardless if they contain diesel or gasoline engines. This has caused the gap of fuel efficiency between gasoline and diesel engines to shrink. Historically, diesel engines have held the advantage of fuel efficiency over gasoline engines. Today, you can expect a slight difference between most gasoline and diesel engine choices. For instance, with a light duty Class 1 pickup you can expect to see a combined fuel efficiency rating of 20 mpg with the gasoline engine and a combined fuel efficiency rating of 23 mpg with the diesel engine***.

Commercial vehicle customers should compare the price per gallon of diesel and unleaded fuel and factor in projected annual mileage to determine overall fuel costs.

PTO Provisions
Snowplows, dumps, cranes, many different applications require a power-take-off (PTO). To avoid potential compatibility issues, ensure the engine (and transmission) you select will allow for PTO installation. Many truck manufacturers offer a “PTO prep” option, making the installation of the PTO unit more seamless for the upfitter.

At one time, your only choice for PTO compatible engines were diesels. Today, many manufacturers offer gas engines that can easily accommodate a PTO unit for auxiliary equipment.

Idle Frequency
Engine idling is common within many vocations that employ commercial vehicles to get the job done. Today, many local and state regulations are in place to discourage companies from engine idling. This has led to many product developments, including stand-alone, mobile power systems that mount on the commercial vehicle. For companies that are still allowed to idle their engines on the job, there are obvious benefits associated with diesel engines.

Diesel engines idle at a lower speed and are engineered for severe duty cycles, making them the more popular choice within high-idle applications.

Maintenance
The longer the life cycle of the vehicle, the more vital engine maintenance will become. There are many considerations to be made as it pertains to maintenance including cost of replacement parts, preventative maintenance intervals, qualified technicians, warranty coverage and more.

While diesels have longer maintenance intervals and warranty coverage, there are additional components and requirements (DEF fluid) that aren’t found on gasoline engines. Diesel replacement parts tend to be more expensive and finding qualified diesel mechanics can be a challenge in certain geographic areas.

Cost leans heavily towards gasoline while torque, engine life, fuel efficiency and idle frequency favors diesel. PTO provisions and maintenance are heavily reliant upon the application. As always, be sure to have a clear understanding of the intended application of the vehicle to help ensure you make the best selection for the job at hand.

*Comparing 2016 Ford F-250 gas(6.2L) and diesel (6.7L) pickup for light duty and 2017 Ford F-750 gas (6.8L) and diesel (6.7L) cab chassis for heavy duty, prices are MSRP from ford.com.
**Comparing 2016 3500HD pickup with Vortec 6.0L V8 gas engine rated at 360 horsepower and 380 ft-lb. of torque and Duramax 6.6L V8 diesel engine rated at 397 horsepower and 765 ft-lb. of torque
***Comparing 2016 Ram 1500 2wd with a 3.6L gas engine with 2016 Ram 1500 2wd with a 3.0L diesel engine, both models with 8 speed automatic transmission. Data obtained from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (nhtsa.gov).

 Source:  https://www.knapheide.com/news/blog/2016/08/gas-vs-diesel-which-to-spec?utm_source=eloqua&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nurture&utm_content=tof-2&elqTrackId=cf5c9a60cb55496db9b8a0e6320093c3&elq=b7b12e3bfdc7462185b997ff4aa710e4&elqaid=1067&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=518

Monday, May 13, 2019

Electric Powertrains Are the Future. Will Fleets Be Ready?

 Many automakers are making a switch to producing battery-electric and hybrid electric vehicles across all vehicle classes. Image:Josh Bauer/NREL

Most readers of Government Fleet are seasoned professionals pursuing careers either in public fleet management or in corporate roles in support of public sector fleets. For a moment, however, put aside your current career history and aspirations and try to remember when you were a younger person, weighing career options and considering just what path to take.

The public fleet industry is on the threshold of a truly cosmic shift, and it’s quite possible that young people today are looking at our industry and questioning those options. We should, as those young people may be doing, consider what this shift will mean when it occurs.

The shift will be toward a predominance of electromotive powertrain technology and away from the internal combustion engine (ICE). Is it true that the demise of the ICE is greatly overstated, or, should we, like those young people still contemplating their career paths, be reading the tea leaves and presume they portend a very different future for us?

LEARN MORE AT: http://www.greenfleetmagazine.com/channel/electric/article/story/2018/03/electric-powertrains-are-the-future-will-fleets-be-ready.aspx

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Auto Crane


Manufacturing Marvels segment aired on Fox Business Channel ©2015 about the Auto Crane Company

Thursday, May 9, 2019

FORD COLLABORATION WITH GRAVITY SKETCH INTRODUCES CO-CREATION FEATURE, ALLOWING DESIGNERS ACROSS GLOBE TO WORK IN SAME VIRTUAL REALITY SPACE

  • Ford is the first automaker to work with Gravity Sketch – a 3D VR tool that enables designers to come up with more human-centric designs
  • Co-Creation feature in Gravity Sketch gives global designers at Ford the ability to use the same 3D virtual reality design space, improving collaborative efforts and real time decision-making when designing vehicles.
  • Co-Creation has the ability to save designers time and reduce the requirement for global travel during the development process of creating new vehicles

DEARBORN, Mich., May 6, 2019 – A designer from Shanghai and another from Dearborn step into a virtual design space together to make changes to a global vehicle design. Both walk around the 3D design, review it and make changes on the fly. Once finished, the two remove their VR headsets and return to their separate workspaces -- thousands of miles apart.

Thanks to Co-Creation, a feature developed by Gravity Sketch in collaboration with Ford, designers across the globe can create, collaborate and evaluate vehicle designs with one another in real time without leaving their physical workspace.

Ford is the first automaker to work with Gravity Sketch – a 3D virtual reality tool that enables designers to create more human-centric vehicle design. Designers trade in their sketchpads for a headset and controllers to become immersed in virtual reality, imitating gestural interactions through motion tracking that replicates sketching with pen and paper. Designers can draw, rotate, expand and compress a 3D sketch. The Co-Creation feature allows multiple designers to engage in content creation, while making these real-time adjustments.

Consumer purchasing trends differ in each global region, meaning an attractive design in one region may not be as appealing in another. Co-Creation gives designers from different regions the opportunity to come together in one space and review a 3D sketch to make important decisions earlier in the design process.

”The Co-Creation feature adds more voices to the conversation in a virtual environment, which results in more efficient design work that may help accelerate a vehicle program’s development,” says Ford Design Manager Michael Smith.

Gravity Sketch allows designers to speed the process from weeks to hours, skipping the 2D stage and working with a 3D model from the beginning. Through Co-Creation, a designer can transfer to another designer’s point of view within virtual reality to see from his or her perspective. This is especially helpful when training other designers in Gravity Sketch.

Across five global Ford design studios, dozens of interior and exterior designers are now experimenting with Gravity Sketch for workflow feasibility and its capability for real-time co-creation and collaboration. Shifting to a model that designs and evaluates in virtual reality could revolutionize the entire process by drastically reducing development time and allowing for more 3D representations in the evaluation stage.

“Our collaboration with Ford designers has enabled us to get immersed in their creative process and discover ways to help fine-tune this application to better suit their needs so they can build the best possible vehicles for their customers,” said Oluwaseyi Sosanya, Gravity Sketch CEO & Co-founder.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 196,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

VanAir PTO Driven Underdeck Systems Walk Around Video



Understand the unique and powerful components of Vanair's PTO Driven Underdeck Air Compressor/Generator Systems, their benefits and features.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Friday, May 3, 2019

Quick Guide To Industry Acronyms

 Quick Guide To Industry Acronyms


Understanding the many industry acronyms and terms can be overwhelming. This quick guide can get you up to speed on some of the most important terms and meanings.

GVW – Gross Vehicle Weight
This is the total weight of the truck, including all passengers, drivers, cargo, accessories, fuel, and fluid in the engine at any point in time. It is important that this measurement does not go over the GVWR, or it can be a safety hazard.

GVWR – Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
This is the maximum total vehicle weight that is safe for the truck, established by the chassis manufacturer. The weight of the truck, any cargo, and passengers including the driver, as well as any fuel and fluid in the engine is included in the rating. Chassis manufacturers will most often set the GVWR lower than the combined axle ratings (the total amount of weight an individual axle can carry). This is due to the chassis manufacturer’s internal safety standards for durability, stability, and handling, as well as SAE International test protocols.

GCWR – Gross Combined Weight Rating
Everything that moves with the vehicle is included in the GCWR. The weight of the truck, any cargo, passengers including the driver, any fluid or fuel in the truck, as well as the weight of the trailer and the trailer’s cargo is included. Exceeding the GCWR can cause a safety hazard.

Payload
The cargo carrying capacity of a vehicle is the payload. It is calculated by subtracting the vehicles’ weight including passengers and the driver from the GVWR. Exceeding the Payload capacity can cause damage to your suspension, chassis, frame, tires, and many other parts of the truck.

CA – Cab to Axle
The cab-to-axle measurement is the distance from the back of the truck cab to the center of the rear axle. Clear CA or effective CA is the distance from the rear surface of any obstruction behind the cab to the center of the rear axle. If you have a tandem axle truck, then it is measured to the midpoint between the two rear axles. This measurement can help you determine the length of the body that can be mounted on the chassis.

Wheelbase
The wheelbase is the distance between the centers of the front and rear axles. When the truck has more than two axels, it is the distance between the steering axle and the center point of the driving axle group. This can affect body installation, weight distribution, and truck performance.

SRW – Single Rear Wheel
A single rear wheel refers to a chassis that has one wheel on each side of the rear axle. Single Rear wheels make for smoother driving without cargo, as well as easier driving in cities, suburbs, and highways. These trucks are more affordable to purchase outright, and have better fuel economy. A single rear wheel has less towing capability than a dual rear wheel, and less stability when towing in windy conditions.

DRW – Dual Rear Wheel
A dual rear wheel refers to a chassis that has two wheels on each side of the rear axle. This feature is a must if you are towing large payloads, or driving through rough terrain. It adds stability to your truck which increases safety for your divers and cargo. Having a dual rear wheel will allow the driver to safely get off the road in the case of a tire blowing out. Trucks with a dual rear wheel can be difficult to maneuver in cities, where parking and tight streets can be challenging. This feature can also reduce the truck’s mpg, especially in cities, and increase maintenance costs, because there are at least two extra tires to replace or rotate.

CDL – Commercial Driver’s License
The vehicle’s GVWR is one of the factors that will effect whether the diver needs a CDL. If the truck has a GVWR, and GVW of 26,000 lbs. or lower, the driver does not need a CDL.

Class A
A Class A license is required to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 lbs. or more. This includes towing a trailer weighing over 10,000 lbs. which makes the vehicle and trailer rating over 26,001 lbs.

Class B
A Class B license is required to operate a single vehicle with a GVWR or 26,001 lbs. or more, and/or a vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 lbs. or heavier that is towing another vehicle weighting up to 10,000 lbs.

Class C
A Class C license is required if the vehicle you intend to drive does not meet the criteria for either Class A or B and it is meant to transport either: 16 or more passengers including the driver or hazardous material.

Original Source: NTEA Truck Equipment Glossary


Blog Source: https://www.knapheide.com/news/blog/2018/08/quick-guide-to-industry-acronyms

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

READING Aluminum Classic II - LIGHTWEIGHT DURABILITY YOU CAN TRUST


Reading Truck Body



The first and most rugged aluminum service body, tested on the job for over 35 years.

Our aluminum service bodies are made with heavy-duty powder coated aluminum – a material that resists rust for life. Designed to go anywhere and haul anything, our aluminum service bodies are lightweight yet rugged, so you pack up to 50% more cargo and save up to 10% on fuel.

Leran more at: https://www.readingbody.com/truck-show-aluminum/


Monday, April 29, 2019

Reading Classic II work truck walk around



The Aluminum Classic II offers an unbeatable combination of standard features, useful options, and the know-how of over 25 years of refinement. This service body is designed for efficiency today, and built to last for tomorrow

Saturday, April 27, 2019

ZONAR - Smart Fleet Management Solutions

Access essential information easily, 
accurately and instantly

Fleet management software


 Zonar’s fleet management system lets you access essential information easily, accurately and instantly. Zonar gives you a clear picture of every asset’s location, fuel efficiency, speed, stops, idling, maintenance needs and more. Dramatically minimize total cost of ownership by knowing where every vehicle and piece of equipment is at all times, as well as with how they are operating and when service is needed.

Our solutions are affordable, easy to implement and easy to access from any computer or smart device. Plus, our customer care team is available 24/7/365 to answer any questions. From onboarding to installation, we make sure you’re set up for success from the start, and we stay with you for the entire journey.

  •     Ongoing visibility of all assets and how well they’re running
  •     Replace manual meter reading with automated meter collection
  •     Avoid unnecessary rental costs with verified utilization reporting
  •     Prevent serious problems before they happen with real-time engine diagnostics
  •     Reduce down time with automated integration of inspection data into maintenance software
  •     Manage fuel by decreasing idle times, monitoring speed, and automating IFTA filings and reimbursement
  •     Optimize your driver's time with efficient dispatching
  •     24/7/365 Customer Care by Zonar employees
  •     Easy to implement and use 
Learn more at: https://www.zonarsystems.com/industries/vocational-fleets/

Thursday, April 25, 2019

COMPARE AIR COMPRESSOR, GENERATOR & WELDER COMBOS FOR WORK TRUCKS

It’s not an easy task to compare systems that combine an air compressor, generator and welder into one tidy package, but we’re here to help! In this article, we compare several of the most popular air compressor generator welders and tell you everything you need to know to make a smart buying decision.
Air compressor generator welder combos are a great option for mobile operators who perform a variety of tasks on the go and never know exactly what’s waiting for them on a remote job site. These combo systems are popular with mobile mechanics, heavy equipment repair technicians, and other multi-talented operators who are frequently out in the field.
VMAC-MF-Finning
Compressor generator welder systems go by many names, including:
  • 6-in-1
  • All-in-one
  • Multi-power
  • Power system
  • Power pack
  • Multifunction system
  • And more (including many combinations of the words above!)
Most of these systems include an air compressor, a generator, and a welder, but it’s also common to add a battery booster, battery charger, and specialty features as well.
Let’s take a look at a few of the most popular compressor generator welders in North America


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Switch N Go Custom Dump Body - Enoven Truck Body


Sam with Enoven Truck Body goes over a custom dump body with a Switch N Go body dumping and removal system.  See more at http://www.enovenind.com

To have your junk removed contact The Junk Revolution at http://www.thejunkrevolution.com

Switch N Go Custom Dump Body - Enoven Truck Body

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

121 Ways to Save Fuel: Tires

1) Buy fuel-efficient tires

Getting the right tire at the right wheel position can improve fuel economy by several percentage points.

About 13% of each gallon of fuel consumed goes solely to overcoming rolling resistance. That can vary by the load on the tire, the tread pattern and of course, inflation pressure.


“The relationship between rolling resistance and fuel consumption is about 8:1,” says Rick Phillips, senior director of sales, commercial and OTR products at Yokohama Tire. “An 8% reduction in tire rolling resistance will result in a 1% savings in fuel consumption.”

Various wheel positions have different impacts on fuel economy.

“On a tractor-trailer combination, the steer tires contribute 15-20% to fuel economy, drive tires 30-40% and trailer tires about 40-50%,” says William Estupinan, vice president of technical service for Giti Tire USA. “The first priority for a fleet interested in saving a significant amount of money is to start moving toward fuel-efficient tires for the trailer axles.”

A tight rib pattern, thinner tread — 12/32- to 20/32-inch of tread depth — and advanced compounding make today’s trailer tires very fuel-efficient.
With drive tires, traction and durability are higher on the list of priorities. But traction hasn’t really suffered in a significant way in the quest for lower rolling resistance, manufacturers say.

Learn more at: http://www.truckinginfo.com/article/story/2014/06/121-ways-to-save-fuel-tires.aspx

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Monday, April 15, 2019

Transfer Flow's TRAX 3™ Fuel Monitoring System!



The next generation of Transfer Flow's TRAX auxiliary fuel tank operating system is here! TRAX 3™ is a computer controlled, self-diagnosing fuel monitoring system that transfers fuel from your Transfer Flow auxiliary fuel tank to your main fuel tank. For your peace of mind, the TRAX 3™ computer module constantly monitors fuel levels in both tanks. Now, you’ll always know the percentage of fuel in your Transfer Flow auxiliary fuel tank and main fuel tank!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Take Idle off Your Truck With the Miller EnPak A30 Power System




The EnPak A30 all-in-one solution reduces idle time on your truck by up to 75 percent and provides technicians with the power they need to get jobs done. Less idle time reduces costly maintenance and lowers the risk of unplanned downtime that can leave your truck and technician stranded. Using the EnPak A30 unit instead of your truck engine is the best way to improve your bottom line, maximize efficiency and keep your technicians and customers satisfied. Equipped with compressed air, battery charge/crank assist, electric power, inverter-based welding and more, this power system is the quietest, most fuel-efficient all-in-one. The EnPak A30 power system maintains PTO-driven power capabilities, including 12V DC, in a compact, lightweight solution that’s backed by the industry-leading reliability and performance you expect. To learn more, visit: https://www.millerwelds.com/equipment...

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Tommy Gate - V2 Series Operation



                                        Operational Video for the Tommy Gate V2 Series.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Businesses need smarter tech in their fleets to survive e-commerce boom

e-NV200 Zero Emission
New data from Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi highlights unpreparedness of small to medium-sized businesses to keep up with the growth of e-commerce
  • Small businesses with fleets need smarter technology to improve delivery efficiencies
  • Improved connectivity is considered most key to logistical success
  • More than half of small businesses (55%) believe fleets will be fully autonomous within 20 years1, by which point 66%2predict they will also be fully electric
Almost a fifth (18%)3 of small business leaders say the sheer pace of the fast-moving world of e-commerce and the rising demand for deliveries is the biggest business challenge they face logistically, closely followed by the ability to keep up with regulation changes (17%)4.
Small businesses surveyed across the globe also highlighted changing customer expectations for delivery times (12%)5and urban traffic and congestion (11%)6 as key concerns.
While 40% of small businesses feel well set up for the increasing demands of e-commerce7, research commissioned by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi LCV business – which is part of the Alliance, the world's leading automotive partnership – has shown that almost a third (30%)8 believe their business is not ready for these demands as they need smarter technology.
American small businesses recognize some of the benefits of autonomous fleets, but are doubtful fleets will become fully autonomous in the future. To read more insights about the U.S. market, read the U.S. factsheet document provided.
For more on this study, visit Nissan's global newsroom.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Ford F-750 drops emissions with Roush CleanTech near-zero autogas upfit


Todd Mouw, president of Roush CleanTech, talks about near-zero autogas technology in an F-750 that his company brought to the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. Approved by the California Air Resources Board and less costly than electric, the clean-burning engine is 90 percent cleaner than current EPA standards.

SOURCE: 


Monday, April 1, 2019

FORD Trucks at the 2019 Work Truck Show


NTEA Work Truck Show, all new Ford F600, RV chassis, E-chassis and of course 2021 F650-750. Commercial trucks chassis cabs will all the safety features of a F150.

Source: MrTruckTV

Saturday, March 30, 2019

2019 Work Truck Show Part 4 Ram Heavy Duty and Chassis Cab


Ram Heavy Duty and Chassis Cab Limited with higher towing and more features. Ram Multi Function Tailgate (barn door). Turbo demonstration, unveiling new 2019 HD Tradesman.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

As trucks get more complex, so does fleet maintenance

Technicians are turning to new tools and technologies to overcome these challenges and reaping dividends through predictive maintenance and less vehicle downtime. 


The growing complexity of modern trucks is driving changes at maintenance shops and for the workers who have to navigate this increasingly digital world.

“Electronics allow vehicles to have a better conversation with technicians than ever before,” said Kristy LaPage, business manager of the commercial vehicle group at Mitchell 1. “In the transition from mechanical to electronic control systems, there has also been a shift from technicians to diagnosticians. Vehicle electronics are the source of information that can become actionable, so shop solutions are evolving with this change.”

“The digital shop is not only changing inspection and maintenance practices,” said Jeff Sweet, solutions engineer at Decisiv, a provider of a service relationship management (SRM) platform. “Advancements in sensors and monitoring continue to improve fault condition filtering and help prioritize work based on fault severity.”

Photo: Noregon

A solution that simultaneously diagnoses all components is now essential as an intake tool for technicians.

Also constantly under development are the tools technicians need to service advanced electronic systems.

“A solution that simultaneously diagnoses all components is now essential as an intake tool,” stated Tim Bigwood, CEO at Noregon Systems, a provider of JPRO commercial vehicle diagnostic and monitoring solutions. “And those tools have evolved because while previously there were limited fault trees to consider based on symptoms, today’s vehicles are more complex, so the aid of a diagnostic and repair solution is a necessity.”

The increase in electronics on vehicles is allowing for real-time access to the equipment’s operating conditions and fault data, noted Renaldo Adler, industrial principal, asset maintenance, at Trimble Transportation Enterprise.

“Fleets now have access to a vast amount of diagnostic data needed to repair assets faster,” he said. “Inspections can also be improved with the use of electronic diagnostic tools, which analyze the equipment’s condition and any active faults, so maintenance departments are able to be proactive.”
Remote diagnostics

All of the original equipment manufacturers offer systems on their new trucks that provide diagnostic data. These sensor-based and telematics-driven solutions can improve maintenance efficiency and vehicle uptime.

Kenworth dealers, for example, use diagnostic data from TruckTech+ Remote Diagnostics.

“We have found it can cut the time a unit is in our shop by 30%,” said Josh Hayes, branch manager at NorCal Kenworth – San Leandro. “We’ve also found that among trucks with TruckTech+ Remote Diagnostics, we’re seeing about a 15% reduction in the number of trucks that must be towed because remote diagnostics allow us to monitor fault codes and diagnose issues to determine if a truck can be driven into the shop.”

Photo: Mack Trucks

For OEMs, part of the value of remote diagnostics systems is that the vehicle is effectively reporting its own status.

Sanjiv Khurana, general manager of digital vehicle solutions at Daimler Trucks North America, said with the Detroit “virtual technician” system, maintenance managers get real-time alerts and a plan for critical faults. When the truck arrives at the service location, the diagnostic information and fault history allow the technician to get a jump-start on the repair process.

At Peterbilt, SmartLinq remote diagnostics have been integrated with reasoning engine technology to enable more precise diagnostic information, fault code collection, and enhanced analysis by linking cascading faults.

Volvo, Mack, and Navistar also offer their own systems, aimed at reducing downtime and allowing for over-the-air software updates.

“With the increase in electronics on commercial vehicles, fleets have a better understanding of vehicle health,” said Brian Mulshine, director of customer experience for Navistar’s OnCommand Connection.

In short, the value in all of these remote diagnostics systems is that the vehicle is effectively reporting its own status to a maintenance operation.

“The key for truck fleets is to apply electronics to enable a proactive system that adds value and not cost,” said Wally Stegall, technical fellow, director at Morey Corp.

Robert Braswell, executive director of the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC), noted that greater vehicle complexity makes preventive maintenance more of a challenge. “Until enough fleet data in the field is gathered, it makes it more difficult to optimize service and inspection schedules for new electronic systems,” he explained. “But increasing complexity can bring with it sensor-based maintenance strategies that can help with self-diagnostics.”

Source: https://www.fleetowner.com/maintenance/trucks-get-more-complex-so-does-fleet-maintenance?NL=FO-02&Issue=FO-02_20190321_FO-02_446&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_1_b&utm_rid=CPENT000004488230&utm_campaign=23847&utm_medium=email&elq2=5bd8750c9eba4791abe0019c109758f6