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INDUSTRY NEWS: JULY 2018

PPG POSTS COMMERCIAL COATINGS DIVISION TRAINING SCHEDULE

The PPG Commercial Coatings Q3 training class schedule for July, August, and September is posted. PPG commercial coatings classes cover PPG brands, DELFLEET ESSENTIAL and DELFLEET EVOLUTION as well as PPG Commercial Performance Coatings. PPG training is designed to ensure technicians are up-to-date with advances in PPG products.

PPG instructors lead the classes lasting one to two days. The classes include group discussions, lectures, and Q&A sessions as well as opportunities for hands-on time in the paint booth. Topics range from product selection to application best practices. For more, visit us.ppgrefinish.com/training.

COOPER TIRE AND RUBBER COMPANY LAUNCHES THREE NEW TIRE SERIES

Cooper launches a line of commercial truck tires with the aim to reduce a fleet’s overall tires program costs. Cooper offers tires in three different series for specific applications: PRO Series for long-haul; WORK Series for regional-haul, pickup, and delivery; and SEVERE Series for mixed service.

The WORK Series is an on/off-highway line-up featuring proprietary technology and SmartWay verified tires in steer and drive positions. The WORK Series has a mix of efficiency and durability for demanding applications. The SEVERE Series is designed for mixed service line-up for extreme applications. Proprietary compounds promote resistance to chips, cuts, and scrubs. The SEVERE Series’ heavy-duty construction and tread designs deliver the performance expected in extreme conditions. For more, visit www.coopertrucktires.com.

WILSON ELECTRONICS LAUNCHES WEBOOST DRIVE 4G-X FLEET

Specifically for fleet vehicles including government or commercial vehicles, delivery trucks, and more, the weBoost Drive 4G-X Fleet boosts 4G LTE and 3G signals for all cellular devices in the vehicle on all carriers including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Straight Talk, and more. With weBoost, fleet staff have access to improved signal strength to communicate and stay connected with their team and customers. The Drive 4G-X Fleet keeps fleet managers connected to their drivers even in weak signal areas. weBoost increases cellular range, gets the fastest available data speeds, and improves call quality. It also enables faster mobile payment processing, allowing drivers to close out payments regardless of poor signal location.

The Drive 4G-X Fleet’s antenna accesses all cellular and data signals, then transmits them to the booster, which receives the signal and acts as a touchpoint between the mobile device and the nearest cell tower. The Drive 4G-X Fleet kit is priced at $499.99 and includes a high-performance New Motorola antenna that enhances network signals up to 32 times. For more, visit www.weboost.com.

CELLCONTROL RELEASES SOFTWARE VERSION 3.0 TO FURTHER IMPROVE DRIVER SAFETY

Mobile device management technology company, Cellcontrol, releases Version 3.0 that features improvements to the usability, performance, stability, and reliability of the system. Cellcontrol helps drivers limit cell phone usage, keeping them focused on the road. The solution is found in a mobile app that can be accessed from any device, a management console for operational control in the office, and an IoT device in each vehicle.

Enhancements to the system include usability and design upgrades to the management console and the mobile app, increasing user efficiency. Infrastructure upgrades deliver better performance and reliability. A Privacy Shield Policy is also integrated into the new version, granting a heightened level of privacy regarding collection, use, and retention of users’ personal information. For more, visit www.cellcontrol.com.

SENSLYNX’S NEW GPS TRACKING BUSINESS MODEL IS PERFECT FOR INDEPENDENT RESELLERS

SensLynx, provider of solutions in fleet management and tracking, debuts its GPS Management Accelerator Program (GMAP), an all-inclusive program designed to turn sales professionals and existing businesses into fleet/asset tracking entrepreneurs. GMAP enables start-ups or enhances existing business portfolios with the addition of tracking solutions that require no upfront investment or inventory warehousing.

SensLynx’s new program is built around the company’s bundled solution components, including Fleet and Asset Tracking, Electronic Logging Device, Routing Application, Video/DashCam capture, and Workforce Management for smartphones. SensLynx’s fleet/asset tracking software includes features such as Data Handling, Database, Parsing, Mapping, Reporting, Alerting, Dispatch, Maintenance Logging, Local Posted Speed Limits, and much more. The complete solutions software is available for one guaranteed monthly price. For more, visit www.senslynx.com.

VOLVO EXPANDS ADVANCED DIESEL TECHNICIAN TRAINING

Volvo partners with three technical colleges in Florida, Ohio, and Texas, to teach Diesel Advanced Technology Education (DATE). DATE will be taught by Volvo-certified instructors, and graduates of the DATE program will receive a certification from the program and an associate’s degree in diesel mechanics. This program prepares students for immediate employment at any Volvo dealership across Volvo’s North American network.

Students will train in electrical and electronic systems, chassis components, software and engine diagnosis and repair, and Volvo powertrains. For more, visit www.volvotrucks.us.

FIVE NEW MEMBERS OF NTEA’S MEMBER VERIFICATION PROGRAM

The purpose of NTEA’s Member Verification Program (MVP) is to acknowledge the companies leading the industry to excellence. Fleet managers, OEMs, and truck dealers can rest easy knowing truck equipment manufacturers and distributors with MVP status have implemented specific business and quality standards into their operations as well as comply with federal regulations.

New MWP members include: Carco Industries Inc of Phoenix, Arizona; Carco Industries Inc of Tualatin, Oregon; Frazer Ltd of Houston, Texas; Knapheide Truck Equipment Center of Wentzville, Missouri; and Scientific Brake and Equipment Company of Saginaw, Michigan.

Current NTEA Distributor and Manufacturer members can apply for MVP status at any time with no charge. Companies receive MVP status for three years once qualified. For more, visit www.ntea.com/mvp.

MiX TELEMATICS’ SURVEY IN ELD COMPLIANCE

Global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions, MiX Telematics, announces results of survey conducted among fleet executives and managers. The survey took place in March and April 2018 and received 122 complete responses.

Reducing risky driving was identified as a top concern for fleet professionals followed by optimizing operating costs, ELD/HOS compliance, and improving maintenance. Optimizing overall fleet operating costs was the top concern followed by improving maintenance among fleets with more than 500 vehicles.

Chief client officer of MiX Telematics North America, Pete Allen says, “By this point—seven months after the ELD Mandate went into effect—we expected higher compliance. Three in 10 fleets that need to comply have not yet done so. With the FMCSA now fully enforcing the law, fleets need to take action.” For more, visit www.mixtelematics.com or explore.mixtelematics.com/us/white-paper/survey.


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