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INDUSTRY NEWS: NOVEMBER 2016

ADDRESSING HURRICANES, ICE STORMS, AND REGIONAL POWER OUTAGES

When large utility companies are called to action, time is of the essence. Being ready to roll at first light—or in blackout conditions—requires an organized, dependable response vehicle. The goal is to put utility vehicles featuring the best in design and equipment in mobile storage solutions on the job—because an organized workspace equals maximum efficiency. And, maximum efficiency leads to improved productivity.
An industry leader and manufacturer of modular work truck interior storage systems for work trucks, vans, and trailers, EZ STAK prides itself in delivering custom-fit solutions. For example, a recent order from ComEd, a major utility company in the southern US, required a 28-ft trailer to be outfitted for territory-wide response with power, heat, and a workspace that provides organized storage space, plus a desk and/or workbenches. In essence, a fully-powered mobile office.
“We sized up the trailer and put together a three-dimensional concept after consulting with managers,” explains EZ STAK sales rep, Paul Lawrenson. Once the quote was agreed upon, a key stipulation came into play: ”ComEd needed it done before hurricane season.” EZ STAK not only made the deadline, it came in a week early.
When it comes to upfitting fleet vehicles, the company has extensive experience in meeting the needs of customers in the utility, telecom, cable, oil and gas, and construction industries. Using only high-grade aluminum or galvanized steel, the custom-designed products are tough and durable—able to take daily abuse. Plus, they’re quiet in transit. No more vibration and rattle in the drawer units that come with either 200- or 500-lb heavy-duty ball bearing slides.
www.EZSTAK.com

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR NAFA’S 2017 INSTITUTE & EXPO

In celebration of NAFA’s 60th year, NAFA’s Institute & Expo (I&E) heads to Tampa Convention Center on April 25-28, 2017, promising attendees the biggest and best conference yet. Registration has officially opened at www.nafainstitute.org. For those looking to save on the registration costs, the Association is offering early-bird registration rates available until January 31, 2017.
The I&E is more than just a fleet trade show, it is an opportunity to network with more than 2,000 fleet professionals from all segments, learn about industry advancements from leading experts, and experience new industry technologies within the 60,000-sq-ft expo space. I&E remains the must-attend event of the year for fleet professionals worldwide.
“It’s always exciting when NAFA’s I&E returns to Florida, and 2017 will be yet another tremendous gathering,” says NAFA’s CEO, Phillip E. Russo, CAE. ”Integrating attendee and member feedback from the 2016 conference, creating one of our most ambitious agendas of fleet education, and presenting two important pre-conference events—the return of NAFA’s International Fleet Academy (IFA) and the new full day for Sustainable Fleet education—it is clear that NAFA’s I&E remains the event of the year for fleet professionals.”
The excitement begins with the return of NAFA’s Fleet Excellence Awards (FLEXY) celebration, featuring the presentation of the industry’s highest honors. Don’t forget about the networking and leading educational opportunities, including the CAFM®/S® Boot Camp, 45 relevant seminars, seven industry-specific workshops, and a highly engaging and inspirational keynote speaker. In addition, I&E offers industry-specific gatherings, such as the Law Enforcement New Product Showcase and OEM service concerns discussion.
www.nafainstitute.org

LIQUI MOLY OFFERS ADDITIVES INTENDED FOR PICKUP TRUCKS

German motor oil and additive specialist, LIQUI MOLY, has developed its own additive line especially for pickups.
The Truck series is made up of five gas, diesel, and oil additives that ensure strong engines remain strong. The Truck Series Complete Diesel System Cleaner is an effective cleaning additive that frees the fuel system and the combustion chambers from deposits.
The Truck Series Diesel Performance and Protectant is designed for permanent use. It is multi-talented, not only removing deposits, but also preventing the creation of new deposits and increasing the cetane number. A higher cetane number improves the combustion of the fuel, providing better engine performance. The counterpart for gas motors is the Truck Series Complete Fuel Cleaner. With it, the engine runs more quietly and consumption is reduced. The older the truck, the higher the mileage, the greater the effect of the additives.
The fourth additive of the new Truck series is the DPF Protector. If the truck is mostly used for short journeys and in urban traffic, the DPF does not reach the necessary temperature to begin automatic regeneration. The result: The filter is prematurely blocked. The DPF Protector reduces the temperature required for automatic regeneration, so the filter remains unblocked.
The fifth additive of the new Truck series is the Oil Treatment. It contains MoS2 particles as a lubricant, which reliably protect the engine against wear. The Oil Treatment protects during ignition, when the oil has not yet reached every part of the engine, during times when the engine is under extreme stress, and even in the event of complete oil loss.
www.liqui-moly.com

NOREGON LAUNCHES TRIPVISION AS PART OF THE GEOTAB MARKETPLACE

Noregon, the vehicle data experts and creators of the JPRO® advanced in-shop diagnostic solution, announces the availability of TripVision® on the Geotab Marketplace, a go-to source for top organizations requiring GPS fleet management and vehicle tracking solutions.
TripVision, a trusted fault guidance service, provides customers with real-time vehicle health monitoring for all heavy-duty makes and models. Fleet dispatchers receive detailed, actionable fault information from each vehicle, including a safety score, health score, and location information to better manage overall fleet operations. TripVision is accessible through a portal using any internet connected device, and pertinent information is organized in an easy-to-understand format, allowing users to make informed decisions quickly in order to maximize operational efficiencies.
“TripVision provides a comprehensive solution for fleets to turn their vehicle data into usable information,” says Bill Hathaway, founder and CEO at Noregon. “Noregon is extremely excited to work with Geotab and offer this much-needed solution to our mutual customers.”
“Our partnership with Noregon enables heavy-duty fleets to reduce maintenance costs and increase safety by effectively monitoring fault information and vehicle health,” says Neil Cawse, CEO, Geotab. “This integrated solution provides insight into real-time vehicle diagnostics, allowing dispatchers to make data-driven decisions to optimize the performance of their fleet.”
The Geotab Marketplace is a robust complement to the MyGeotab platform that provides customers with an extensive ecosystem of valuable business-focused applications and add-ons. Utilized by companies with fleets large and small, the Marketplace offers key applications to more than 14,000 Geotab customers and is on track to feature more than 200 third-party applications by the end of the year, further solidifying the company’s leadership in commercial telematics.
www.geotab.com/marketplace

PETERBILT ADDS COLLISION MITIGATION TO MEDIUM-DUTY MODELS

Peterbilt is adding Bendix® Wingman® Advanced™ to its medium-duty Models 337 and 348, providing collision mitigation technology that improves safety and integrates with the Bendix® ESP® full stability system. Bendix Wingman Advanced gives drivers alerts to take evasive action and will actively engage braking if the system detects an imminent collision.
“The introduction of Bendix Wingman Advanced further establishes Peterbilt as a safety leader,” says Scott Newhouse, Peterbilt chief engineer. “This collision mitigation technology will enhance safety for our customers operating medium-duty trucks, which are often used in congested urban areas or jobsites. It complements existing safety features, such as Bendix ESP, to help maintain vehicle stability during hard braking, and assists the driver in operating safely with automation when needed.”
Bendix Wingman Advanced uses a radar-based sensor to help drivers keep safe following distances through adaptive cruise control and to detect stationary metallic objects regardless of darkness, fog, rain, smoke, and snow.
When a potential hazard is detected, Bendix Wingman Advanced gives the operator an audible warning and displays the warning on an in-dash module that is also the driver interface with the system. When cruise is on and speed is set, the adaptive cruise control feature, depending on the situation, automatically engages the throttle, engine retarder, or foundation brakes to maintain a safe following distance; the collision mitigation technology activates by alerting the driver and applying the foundation brakes when the system determines a collision is imminent.
Drivers can apply additional braking and steering, according to Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems. The company notes that no commercial vehicle safety technology replaces a skilled, alert driver exercising safe driving techniques and proactive, comprehensive driver training. Responsibility for the safe operation of the vehicle remains with the driver at all times.
Bendix Wingman Advanced is available now for order through Peterbilt dealerships.
www.peterbilt.com
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