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INDUSTRY NEWS: AUGUST 2016

ISUZU OPENS WORLD-CLASS CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN PENNSYLVANIA
Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., distributor of America’s best-selling low cab forward trucks, opens its first Center of Excellence in northeast Pennsylvania.
The complex—the first of its kind for Isuzu—is comprised of a state-of-the-art, 100,000-square-foot parts distribution center and a world-class 30,000-square-foot training and technical assistance facility.
The Center of Excellence puts three major functions supporting dealerships and customers in the region under one roof:

  • Parts Distribution: More than $8 million worth of parts are stocked in the facility, placing them close to a concentrated area of commercial vehicle dealers, reducing delivery time.
  • Training Center: Dealership service, parts, sales, and customer satisfaction personnel from throughout the US will receive intensive, hands-on technical and lifecycle training at Isuzu Truck University.
  • Technical Assistance: The center will house local Field Service Engineers and a Technical Assistance Line team. By focusing on dealers in specific parts of the country, both teams can react to issues and trends in a faster, more personalized manner.

The Center’s location in Jenkins Township/Pittston was strategically chosen. The northeast region of the country is home to one of the highest concentration of US Isuzu dealerships, Isuzu commercial trucks in operation, and the company’s annual parts sales.
While this Center of Excellence is the first of its kind for Isuzu, it will not be the last. Plans are already underway to open a second facility in the United States.
www.isuzucv.com
DRIVE PRODUCTS CREATES NEW POSITION FOR US
Drive Products, corporately based in Mississauga, Ontario, creates a new executive position for the United States. Omar B. Sandlin II has been recruited into the role of VP of business development, US. Drive Products is a “Quality Focused, Customer Driven” company with ten locations throughout Canada, from British Columbia in the west to Halifax in the east.
Omar delivers more than 30 years of leadership experience, new product innovation, and strategic growth initiatives with a focus on sales and marketing. Omar will be responsible for setting up key accounts nationwide and bringing the many Drive Products brands into the US markets, including Voth Truck Bodies.
www.driveproducts.com

ASA ELECTRONICS RELEASES REAR SENSOR SYSTEM
Backing up has never felt so safe. With ASA Electronics’ new Voyager® CVRPS14 Rear Sensor System, drivers of medium and large vehicles have the comfort of knowing what is behind them at all times. Newly released to the market, this system comprises four, independent rear sensors spaced evenly along the back of a vehicle, giving drivers an accurate reading of the surrounding areas along with excellent range of vision. When attached to a compatible display, the sensors will provide an audible and visual notification when an object is detected. The audible warning progressively beeps as objects approach the vehicle. The visual warning and real time video can be displayed on any attached Voyager monitor or any JENSEN touch screen stereo with a camera input.
“Customers love the fact that the sensor system is fully integrated into the Voyager camera system. The sensor system utilizes the same cabling that the standard Voyager system uses, which displays the OSD and audible alert on the Voyager monitor,” says Pat McCullough, ASA Electronics’ VP, Sales.
Each sensor operates independently from the others, giving off four distinct, constant signals to alert the driver of objects currently behind the vehicle, as well as objects moving toward or across the rear of the vehicle. “The color coded signal warning zones, along with the actual camera image, show the driver just how far away an object is. And, when combined with the audible beeps, it allows a driver to back into a location with complete confidence,” says Joe Camacho, CV division accounts manager.
www.asaelectronics.com
NEW UPDATES TO MUNCIE POWER’S ONLINE, PRODUCT CONFIGURATION TOOL NOW AVAILABLE
New updates to Muncie Power Products, Inc.’s online, product configuration tool—M-Power—are now available. The Quick Reference and Power Take-Off Designer have been updated with new products. Both tools are easier to use with improved functionality and product compatibility. The Competitor Crossover tool features more competitor crossovers for power take-offs. M-Power’s Competitor Crossover tool has improved functionality for an easier PTO series crossover. The My Account tool has been updated, as well, including saving product searches, creating folders, viewing the status of warranty claims, and more. M-Power is an online, application tool designed to assist customers with product configuration. The tool gives customers the ability to view pricing, crossover products, and use many other resources at their convenience. Find out more or get started using Muncie Power Products’ online, product configuration tool, visit www.munciepower.com/mpower.
LINK® MANUFACTURING TO SHOWCASE GLOBAL CAPABILITIES FOR CAB AND HEAVY-DUTY TRUCK SUSPENSIONS AT IAA EXHIBITION IN GERMANY
Link Manufacturing, Ltd. will showcase its line of cab suspensions and heavy-duty truck suspensions to a global audience at the 66th IAA Commercial Vehicles show, held in Hanover, Germany, from September 22 to 29.
Exhibiting in Hall 13, Stand C13, Link will showcase a variety of its leading suspension and chassis products for heavy-duty and commercial vehicles, including the Air Link® Tandem Drive Vocational Suspension, a unique combination of air spring and walking beam technology that is designed to ensure maximum traction and load equalization. It delivers everything needed in a heavy-duty vocational suspension—high roll stability, low maintenance, and a smooth ride. Available in capacities ranging from 46,000 to 84,000 lbs, it’s ideally suited for commercial vehicles in the fire, heavy-haul, refuse, redi-mix, military and logging industries, as well as crane operations.
“We’ve helped a number of global OEMs solve unique suspension and chassis challenges,” says Michael Hof, vice president, Sales and Marketing at Link. “We’re looking forward to meeting manufacturers throughout Europe and around the world at IAA who will appreciate our ability to collaboratively engineer solutions to overcome their specific suspension challenges, as well as the reliability and durability that Link is known for.”
www.linkmfg.com
BONNELL EQUIPMENT EXPO 2017
Bonnell Industries Inc. Truck and Road Equipment will hold its 2017 Equipment Expo on June 7 and June 8, 2017, in Dixon, Illinois. Customers may choose a day to attend and will receive one free lunch ticket for one day of the Expo. The Expo will include demonstrations, door prizes, new and old equipment, and quality products, people, and food. RSVP by June 1, 2017, for your chance to attend. Find out more from your sales representative, call 815.315.2617, or email marketing@bonnell.com.
TE CONNECTIVITY’S DEUTSCH JIFFY SPLICES
Part of TE Industrial & Commercial Transportation’s extensive portfolio of harsh environment electrical connectors, Jiffy Splices are a unique, field-serviceable alternative to permanent splices. Jiffy Splices are designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the construction, mining, marine, and agricultural industries. They are easy to install and can be used to quickly repair damaged electrical connections on equipment at the jobsite.
www.te.com
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MODERN WORKTRUCK SOLUTIONS: AUGUST 2016 ISSUE

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