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INDUSTRY NEWS: DECEMBER 2016

NAVISTAR ANALYTICS TEAM SELECTED AS WINNER OF THE FIRST ANALYTICS 50 AWARDS

Navistar announces that it is honored to be among the winners of the first-ever Analytics 50 Awards. Drexel University and CIO.com announced the winners of the awards program, and Navistar’s Analytics team, represented by Dan Pikelny, vice president, Analytics, was named as one of the honorees. The goal of the Analytics 50 Awards program is to honor 50 companies using analytics to solve business challenges.
“We are committed to providing our customers with the best trucks and buses in the industry and as such, we employ comprehensive data analysis to help our customers optimize their fleet maintenance and uptime,” says Phil Christman, senior vice president, Joint Strategic Operations and Planning, Navistar. “We’re proud of Dan and the Analytics team for achieving this honor precisely for their work to help customers proactively manage their fleets by detecting major issues four to six months earlier using our predictive model.”
To be nominated for the award, Navistar described how it came up with an analytics-based solution to address a current business challenge. The Analytics team has developed algorithms to predict the lifetime failure rate and sets alerts on future risk, instead of focusing on historical experience, which means they are helping fleet managers to detect problems and prepare accordingly.
“Navistar needs to be able to support our trucks while they are out in the field,” says Dan Pikelny, vice president, Analytics, Navistar. “And, from an analytics perspective, our challenge is detecting problems in the vehicle before customers experience issues in the field. Our OnCommand™ Connection remote diagnostics system has given us the ability to predict which vehicles are at risk and which components are potentially problematic.”
The Analytics 50 honored leaders from a wide range of industries—including manufacturing, software, pharmaceutical, health care, government, financial services, and others. By identifying leaders in analytics, the program aims to share best practices and recognize innovation. Learn more about the Analytics 50 winners at www.cio.com, or head over to www.navistar.com for more on Navistar’s remote diagnostic system—OnCommand Connection.

WABASH NATIONAL RECOGNIZES VAN DEALERS FOR SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE

Wabash National Corporation awarded eight van dealers with 2016 Ambassador Awards for achieving top-ranked dealer status in 2015.
Twenty-three dealers who sell and service Wabash National brand dry van and refrigerated van trailers were in contention for the award based on 2015 performance criteria. Award winners are:

  • Cobble Hill Trailer Sales, LLC
  • Fleetco, Inc.
  • M&K Trailer Centers
  • Stoops Freightliner—Quality Trailer
  • TEC Equipment, Inc.
  • Twin State Trailers, LLC
  • Wabash Canada
  • Wick’s Truck Trailers, Inc.

This is the first year Wabash National has recognized dealers with an Ambassador Award. The Wabash National Ambassador Program requires the highest level of performance to keep pace with its standards, growing customer expectations, and heightened industry demands. The recipients of this award have clearly demonstrated their commitment to achieve this objective by consistently striving to exceed customer expectations, making them some of Wabash National’s most valuable assets and an integral part of the company’s success.
“Our Ambassador Award winners represent the best of the best in our van dealer network,” says Sean Kenney, vice president of sales, Commercial Trailer Products. “We’re honored to work with dealers who not only share our commitment to customer service, quality, and innovation, but also demonstrate a desire to collaborate with us to better serve customers in today’s ever-changing operating environment.”
www.wabash-trailers.com/sales-locations

CURT ENGINEERING IMPLEMENTS “REAL TOWING” TEST WITH MULTI-FACETED CARLOS TC TESTING

CURT Manufacturing, the leading manufacturer of USA-made towing products, has developed new testing capabilities at its engineering facility in Wixom, Michigan. This multi-faceted, three-axis, real-time test allows CURT to prove the safety of its hitches like never before and is setting a new standard in the towing industry in North America.
Based on testing developed by European manufacturers called the Carlos TC (Car Loading Standard, Trailer Coupling), this new test is designed to simulate towing in the real world. It does this using three actuators and varying loads. While many tests today apply load pressure up and down, CURT is able to simulate actual driving conditions by pushing, pulling, lifting, and pressing at the coupling point. These forces are applied in varying combinations and degrees, to mimic the behavior of a real trailer in tow.
CURT prides itself on paving the way in the towing industry with new innovations and the most advanced technology. This includes testing. Currently, it is working with some of its OE customers, as well as a competitor, to develop its new testing capability into an industry-wide standard for North America. Robert Krouse, director of R&D, Testing, and Wixom Engineering, states, “It is important that we are testing our products to the state-of-the-art, and the Carlos TC test and our latest North American industry work are important steps in furthering that goal.”
Find out more about CURT’s new testing capabilities in Wixom, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrfeHEvpXlk&feature=youtu.be.
www.curtmfg.com.

STERTIL-KONI ENCOURAGES PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP AND CONGRESS TO IMPLEMENT US INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTATION UPGRADES

Heavy-duty lift leader, Stertil-Koni, has called on the incoming administration headed by President-elect Donald Trump to focus on upgrading US infrastructure and transportation in the upcoming term, beginning January 2017. Further, Stertil-Koni urges members of Congress to support public and private investments—and related incentives—to advance public works programs that will create better roads, transportation systems, bridges, and jobs for American workers.
The need is pressing. Here’s why: The American Society of Civil Engineers recently gave America a “D+” rating in terms of infrastructure, citing dilapidated roadways, insufficient waterways, and “a pressing need for modernization.”
The group estimates $3.6 trillion would need to be invested into US infrastructure by 2020, just to raise the country’s support systems to acceptable levels. A 2015 American Public Transportation Association/Mineta Transportation Institute study found that 75 percent of Americans support increased spending on public transit infrastructure. The initial plan from President-elect Trump’s 10-year infrastructure proposal will cost $1 trillion, but according to a November 11, 2016, Wall Street Journal article, the President-elect hasn’t specified the source of the funds.
That said, the President-elect has vowed that his infrastructure proposal will create “millions” of jobs, likening it to Dwight Eisenhower’s creation of the interstate highway system. Stertil-Koni president, Dr. Jean DellAmore, notes, “The stakes are indeed high, but overall if the program is implemented, it will result in a big win for American business and American workers. The reason is clear: It will spur jobs and manufacturing in multiple regions of the country, including the Rustbelt.”

ASA ELECTRONICS®: 40TH ANNIVERSARY PROMPTS COMPANY REBRAND

In anticipation of its 40th Anniversary coming up in 2017, ASA Electronics has developed a new company brand to match its state-of-the-art product development. The new brand, which includes an updated wordmark logo design, as well as a new color scheme, carries a feel that embodies the company’s technological premise.
“This new brand design marks the beginning of an exciting time for us here at ASA. With 40 years under our belt, we wanted a look that reinforced our modern, sophisticated products while incorporating a timeless feel. We are very excited to share this with our industries,” Brent Barrow, president of ASA Electronics, says.
From a design aspect, there were many things to consider before the company adopted a new brand.
“My main goal was to come up with an identity that was clean, simple, and progressive. With ASA being a leading technology company in our industries, we needed a design that aesthetically expressed the feeling of future technology and innovation,” Matt Skarritt, lead graphic designer at ASA Electronics, explains.
ASA Electronics will celebrate its 40th anniversary throughout all of 2017, with special events and promotions to be announced later. ASA Electronics has been designing and manufacturing mobile electronic products for the marine, RV, powersports, agricultural, construction, commercial vehicle, and bus industries since 1977. Its proprietary brands are JENSEN®, JENSEN Heavy Duty®, iN-Command® Control Systems, Marine Audio®, Voyager®, and ADVENT® Air. ASA Electronics is also a distributor in specialty markets for SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and Polk Ultramarine® products.
www.asaelectronics.com

TELOGIS ANNOUNCES PRODUCT INFO

Telogis announces a number of next-generation extensions to the award-winning Telogis Mobile Resource Management (MRM) software platform. The new apps and solutions were developed to help customers run safer, more efficient, and productive organizations.
The new Telogis Spotlight mobile app gives supervisors and fleet managers a quick, easy-to-read snapshot of what’s happening in the field by providing up-to-date analytics about the health of each vehicle and driver performance. Spotlight highlights critical data and areas of concern, which allows users to determine where attention may be required.
Feature enhancements to the Telogis Compliance applications for managing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations for driver Hours of Service (HOS) make meeting mandates simpler with intuitive applications that are tied to vehicle mileage and verified inspection walk-arounds.
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