2017 BONNELL EQUIPMENT EXPO
Bonnell Industries just hosted its biannual Equipment Expo on June 7 and 8 in Dixon, Illinois. Located at 1385 Franklin Grove Road, Bonnell’s Expo brought in just under 1,000 people to enjoy the event and 40 exhibitors displaying products. These expos are held to introduce customers to Bonnell’s vendors and their new product advancements.
Bonnell’s own equipment featured at the show included 30 fully equipped snow and ice fighting trucks, two industrial leaf vacuums, two road drags, and a grader. Among those 30 trucks were a new 2017 Mack and two new 2017 Ford-550s—all three are for sale by Bonnell and are ready to be customized with snow and ice equipment. The company has more brand new trucks becoming available soon. Bonnell upfits and sells these trucks to make the purchasing process simpler on its customers.
Do you ever have questions at events, but can’t seem to find anyone with the knowledge? At the Bonnell Equipment Expo, all you have to do is turn around and grab a guy in orange and gray. The staff, who is more than willing to help, has the knowledge to answer all questions.
On top of good service was an amazing catered lunch. Fey’s BBQ from Sandwich, Illinois, caters every Expo Bonnell Industries has hosted and will continue to do so in the future of Bonnell’s events. The president, Joe Bonnell, says, “At Bonnell Equipment Expo, we get to enjoy a great BBQ, but most of all we look forward to bonding and fellowship with our customers and vendors.”
The next Bonnell Equipment Expo will be held in June of 2019. Follow Bonnell Industries on Facebook to keep up-to-date on Bonnell news and events. Bonnell Industries is a leading truck equipment distributor in Northern Illinois. Utilizing its nationwide distribution network allows Bonnell to be a major countrywide supplier of snowplows, spreaders, leaf vacuums, and road maintenance equipment for municipalities.
UPGRADE YOUR MANAGEMENT
Technology really is pretty brilliant, right? With the click of a button—or tap of a finger—we can find out impossible amounts of information pretty much anywhere, any when. Technology is to the fleet industry what HGH is to the human body—that is to say, technology helps the fleet industry grow. More specifically, technology can help to regulate fleets so that productivity is up and loss is down. The fleet technology to which I am referring is, of course, telematics. With the ever increasing amount of fleet data available, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. David Palle, vice president of product management, Omnitracs, discusses how to make the most of your telematics solution.
MWS: OMNITRACS RECENTLY ANNOUNCED AVAILABILITY OF THE ROADNET ANYWHERE V4.5. WHAT DOES THIS UPDATE BRING TO THE TABLE IN TERMS OF BEING DIFFERENT FROM OTHER TELEMATICS COMPANY OFFERINGS?
PALLE: The Roadnet Anywhere Fleet Management Platform solves a variety of problems for distribution and service companies. As the challenges of last-mile grow, software must adjust to solve these issues. The RNA platform is a growing application that tackles new challenges as they evolve, which is exactly how the new product evolved within the Omnitracs Routing, Dispatching, and Compliance (RDC) platform.
Companies typically rely on data from multiple systems from multiple vendors, which are not designed to work together, as each vendor provides different data calculations. It’s difficult for most fleets to maximize the value of these systems because you have to spend so much time trying to sort through the data.
The RNA platform, as part of our broader RDC platform, is our solution to these challenges. One solution. One device. A single device in the cab for drivers and a single backend for the office. No more switching devices. Through our Omnitracs RDC platform, we are the first in the marketplace to offer a completely integrated, non-overlapping product that combines routing, dispatching, trip management, proof of delivery, performance management, and compliance.
This latest software update incorporates advanced vehicle overview features, allowing managers to more easily view the status and track the performance of their entire fleet while also enhancing workflow configurations on the ground.
Fleet Overview provides a better singular management area for vehicles that have a route plan, or do not have a plan at all. Additionally, this update provides advanced compliance tools that encompass HOS/eLogs, DVIR, and IFTA to further enhance the Omnitracs RDC solutions.
MWS: WITH TELEMATICS BEING SO PROMINENT IN THE FLEET INDUSTRY, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO FLEET OWNERS/MANAGERS TO MORE EASILY FIGURE OUT WHAT EXACTLY THEY NEED FOR MAXIMUM PRODUCTIVITY?
PALLE: Fleet owners and managers need to be able to balance their various needs against efforts to maximize productivity, and this requires a more holistic perspective.
Most companies find it difficult to effectively balance needs around route efficiency, driver safety, regulatory compliance, and customer service. It’s not uncommon for fleets to drive initiatives or actions that optimize one process at the expense of other things. One example of this could be developing route plans that fail to fully account for potential negative compliance effects—such as creating hours of service issues.
With RDC, managers and drivers can easily balance their business needs by having a comprehensive perspective on all aspects required to make the best decisions, and then quickly make adjustments as needed.