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Bendix launches retrofit upgrade program for advanced driver assistance technologies

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Systems currently available in the robust Bendix Retrofit Upgrade Program include the Bendix Wingman Fusion driver assistance system. Wingman Fusion combines and cross-checks information from sensors that are working together – not just in parallel – along with powerful computing. The combined technologies – radar, camera, and brakes – create a highly detailed and accurate data picture, delivering multiple benefits, including braking on stationary vehicles. Note: There is no image projected onto the vehicle windshield. This image is a simulated display for demonstration purposes only. (Courtesy: BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS)

ELYRIA, Ohio — Driver-tested and fleet-proven, Bendix’s leading-edge commercial vehicle safety technologies are for the first time available through a retrofit upgrade program.

At present, Bendix offers retrofits of six safety technologies. In some cases, retrofitting requires the vehicle to come factory equipped with Bendix® ESP® full-stability technology:

  • Bendix Wingman Fusion
  • Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology
  • AutoVue 4G Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System by Bendix CVS
  • Bendix BlindSpotter Side Object Detection System
  • Bendix VORAD (Vehicle On-Board Radar) VS-500
  • SafetyDirect by Bendix CVS

A slate of additional technologies, including the Bendix Intellipark Electronic Parking Brake, will continue to expand the scope of the program throughout 2019.

A unique, first-of-its-kind program that enables professional installation of Bendix advanced safety technologies to upgrade vehicles that did not come factory-equipped, the Bendix Retrofit Upgrade Program features two key elements: a comprehensive website that enables vehicle operators to determine retrofit opportunities per vehicle, and an escalating network of Bendix Authorized Retrofit Dealers and Distributors (ARDs) to facilitate the professional installation.

“Keeping a fleet equipped with the latest safety technology can be a never-ending challenge,” said TJ Thomas, Bendix director of marketing and customer solutions – controls. “It’s just not practical to scrap all your trucks and replace them overnight. The Bendix Retrofit Upgrade Program makes it possible to bring vehicles not originally built with selected safety systems up to speed with the latest increasingly essential systems. It helps enhance a fleet’s safety, while also contributing to an improved driver experience vehicle to vehicle.”

With a phased-in introduction that began in 2017, the program has already been eagerly adopted by a growing list of major fleets across North America, with upgrade installations taking place daily.

Offering 24/7/365 access with information and more, Bendix will launch a website in mid-May to serve as the hub of the Retrofit Upgrade Program: www.bendixcvsupgrade.com. The site allows fleets and vehicle operators to identify which retrofit upgrade options are available for specific vehicle make, model, and year configurations. It allows Bendix to connect registered customers with a network of Authorized Retrofit Dealers and Distributors that can assist fleets in securing Bendix retrofit installation and support.

According to Thomas, “The website is the essential first step in the equation. When it comes to the complexity of safety system retrofit upgrades, there’s no margin for maybe. That’s why the ability to retrofit any Bendix safety system depends on each vehicle’s specifications; given the build variability for each OE, and the vast array of aftermarket products that can be added, additional vehicle information is required to confirm retrofit compatibility on a specific vehicle.”

“Retrofitting safety systems is very technical work and care must be taken – with the help of a knowledgeable supplier – to do it properly,” Thomas said. “It’s critical that the configuration of the vehicle and the equipment already on it will integrate with the new capabilities to be added. That could mean some vehicles may be retrofit-capable, and some vehicles may not. In all cases, specialized retrofit expertise for evaluation and installation is crucial.”

Bendix has established a demanding training program specifically designed to certify technicians who already meet the company’s rigorous criteria. The training involves classroom and hands-on learning – as well as mandatory ongoing continuing education instruction – to prepare technicians for the unique technical challenges associated with these systems. Only these Bendix Certified Installers – trained and assessed by Bendix – have access to all the tools and information necessary for retrofitting Bendix technologies, and only Bendix Authorized Retrofit Dealers and Distributors have access to the Certified Installers.

With retrofits expected to be handled in hours – not days or weeks – the proper certification of installers is key to getting trucks on the road quickly with minimal disruption to fleet operations.

Like the Certified Installers, the ever-growing network of specially authorized outlets – the ARDs – have been vetted and trained to help vehicle operators understand system availability, what vehicles are compatible, scheduling, and more.

“This program is a massive step forward in terms of driver, vehicle, and highway safety, and we are already partnering with a number of major fleets across a range of vocations on retrofitting these technologies,” Thomas said. “That work helped pave the way for the full launch of the program. Additionally, with full stability a requirement on new Class 7 and 8 trucks, more vehicles will have the foundational components in place to add these advanced safety systems in the future – and that carries the potential for greater highway safety for everyone.”

The Bendix Retrofit Upgrade Program also provides the building blocks for more complex, integrated safety products yet to come.

“There’s a lot of enthusiasm and excitement about this program from fleets and vehicle owners alike,” said Thomas. “It offers a whole new opportunity for our customers to bolster their operations, support their driver retention programs, and enhance their bottom line. We’re proud of this effort as one more way that we’re working hand-in-hand with teams across the industry to shape tomorrow’s transportation together.”

Thomas said Bendix safety technologies – including all those within the Bendix Retrofit Upgrade Program – complement safe driving practices and are not intended to enable or encourage aggressive driving. 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.

 

 

 

 

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Schneider continues to grow investment in intermodal equipment

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Schneider officials said benefits of the additional intermodal equipment includes consistent and cost-efficient shipping, decreased downtime and improved reliability, increased availability, improved service and load acceptance and enhanced safety. (Courtesy: SCHNEIDER)

GREEN BAY, Wis. —   Schneider completed its conversion to a company-owned and managed chassis fleet last year, and continues to invest in company-owned equipment including intermodal chassis, containers and tractors.

The company added more than 4,200 intermodal containers in 2018, bringing its total to 22,200 – a 24 percent increase year over year. The containers – combined with the corresponding number of company chassis to maintain a private fleet – allow Schneider to provide truck-like service in the intermodal segment. In a world of tight capacity, shippers and drivers are experiencing the benefits of Schneider’s company-owned intermodal equipment, according to Jim Filter, senior vice president and general manager of Schneider’s intermodal division.

“Investing in reliable company-owned equipment means we don’t have to rely on equipment pools and, as a result, we have offered a better experience to our customers and dray drivers,” Filter said. “With Schneider-owned chassis, drivers experience less downtime due to their easy access and low maintenance needs. Investing in the equipment space delivers a win-win for drivers and shippers.”

Filter said benefits and productivity gains that shippers and drivers are experiencing as a result of Schneider’s company-owned intermodal equipment investments include:

  • Consistent and cost-efficient shipping: By working with an asset-based intermodal provider that has new lightweight chassis, shippers can move up to 700 pounds more than the common pool chassis for a total of 45,500 pounds with a day-cab tractor. The weight of all Schneider chassis is the same, so the shipper knows how much weight it can haul with every load.
  • Increased availability: The demand for chassis in shared pools often outstrips supply, as recently experienced in the Chicago market. Schneider’s equipment increases supply and allows the company to precisely match the number of customer orders to equipment availability.
  • Decreased downtime and improved reliability: Schneider’s high-quality chassis and complete control over the maintenance of those chassis allows the company to maintain equipment, identify issues and make repairs before they turn into critical breakdowns and costly delays.
  • Improved service and load acceptance: Available and reliable chassis have already led to increased productivity, which has improved driver retention and dray capacity availability.
  • Enhanced safety: Consistent with Schneider’s No. 1 core value of Safety First, and Always, the company’s maintenance control over the assets also ensures all Schneider chassis are well maintained.

Schneider plans to continue investing in intermodal containers, chassis and tractors to continue supporting the needs of both shippers and drivers, Filter said.

For more information about shipping with Schneider Intermodal, visit www.schneider.com, email solutions@schneider.com or call 844-701-LOAD.

 

 

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Mack Trucks seeks entries for 2020 Mack calendar contest

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Mack Trucks launched its 2020 Mack Calendar Contest, which runs from April 2 to May 31, 2019. Six lucky owners of Mack® trucks will be chosen by Mack’s fans and followers to appear in next year's Mack Calendar. (Courtsey: MACK TRUCKS)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Owners of Mack trucks have the chance to once again be in the spotlight for a month courtesy of the 2020 Mack Calendar Contest.

For the fourth year running, six lucky truck owners will be chosen by Mack Trucks’ social media followers to appear in next year’s Mack Calendar. The contest runs from April 2 to May 31, 2019.

“Mack built its reputation on the hardest-working trucks and owners in the industry, and great-looking Mack trucks are always celebrated by our passionate fans,” said John Walsh, Mack Trucks vice president of marketing. “The calendar contest gives everyone a chance to express their Mack pride and vote for their favorite trucks to be featured in next year’s calendar.”

Nominations will be accepted in categories for each of Mack’s current models, including the Mack Anthem, Pinnacle, Granite, Granite MHD, LR and TerraPro, plus an additional category for Mack models which are no longer in production. All nominated trucks must be in revenue-producing service. The truck must be in routine actual use and not kept as a show truck or antique.

Mack’s fans and followers will vote on which truck they like best in each category and are allowed to cast one vote per day, per category for the duration of the contest.

Contest entrants are urged to get out the vote through their own social media channels to increase their chances of winning. Winning trucks will receive a professional photo shoot, courtesy of Mack Trucks, and will be featured in the 2020 Mack Calendar.

The Mack Calendar is eagerly anticipated each year by Bulldog aficionados and is distributed around the world.

To enter a truck or cast a vote, click here.

 

 

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Kenworth delivers tractor with 200,000th Paccar MX engine

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Kenworth, Paccar and UPS officials gather for the delivery of the 200,000th Paccar MX engine. From left are Kathie Falcone, Kenworth director of sales operations; Kevin Baney, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales & marketing; Mark Collins, UPS director of maintenance and engineering for transportation equipment; Bill Brentar  UPS senior director of maintenance and engineering for transportation equipment; Katie Guest, new truck sales, MHC Kenworth – Atlanta; Eddie Davis, MHC Kenworth vice president; Andy Manos, Kenworth national fleet service manager; and Lance Walters, plant manager, for the Paccar Engine Plant in Columbus, Mississippi. (Courtesy: KENWORTH TRUCK CO.)

COLUMBUS, Miss. —  The 200,000th Paccar MX engine produced for the North American market at the Paccar Engine Co.’s engine plant in Columbus, Mississippi, was celebrated recently during a special presentation to UPS. The milestone engine is a Paccar MX-13 was installed in a Kenworth T680 Day Cab going into service in UPS regional haul operations.

“It was fitting to recognize UPS with the 200,000th Paccar MX series engine. We have established an excellent collaboration with UPS over the years, aided by the strong support of MHC Kenworth – Atlanta and the Paccar Columbus engine plant,” said Mike Dozier, Kenworth general manager and Paccar vice president. “Paccar MX engines are known for outstanding fuel efficiency, exceptional reliability and durability, low ownership cost, high horsepower and torque ratings, and quiet operation. These important attributes provide tangible benefits to UPS and all our customers operating Paccar MX engines.”

“We appreciate the selection of UPS to receive the milestone 200,000th Paccar MX engine for installation in our newest Kenworth T680. Our Kenworth T680s equipped with Paccar MX engines are performing well in UPS operations throughout the United States,” said Bill Brentar, UPS Senior Director of Maintenance and Engineering for Transportation Equipment at the company’s headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. “UPS maintains a productive working relationship with Kenworth and MHC Kenworth – Atlanta, and we look forward to our continued mutual success.”

UPS purchased its first Kenworth trucks with Paccar MX engines from MHC Kenworth – Atlanta in 2012. Today, UPS operates more than 3,000 Kenworth T680s with the Paccar MX-13 engine.

“Our collaboration with UPS is very important. UPS further optimized the Paccar MX-13 engine’s benefits by also making the Paccar 12-speed automated transmission standard for its T680s, beginning with last year’s 700-truck order of Kenworth’s on-highway flagship,” said Eddie Davis, MHC Kenworth vice president.

During the special ceremony, Kevin Baney, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing, presented a special commemorative plaque to Brentar and Mark Collins, UPS director of maintenance and engineering for transportation equipment. Also participating were MHC Kenworth’s Eddie Davis, and Katie Guest, new truck sales, MHC Kenworth – Atlanta; Lance Walters, plant manager for the Paccar Engine Plant in Columbus, Mississippi; Kathie Falcone, Kenwoth director of sales operations; and Andy Manos, Kenworth national fleet service manager.

The Paccar MX engine series is comprised of two engines. The 12.9-liter Paccar MX-13 engine provides efficiency and flexibility together into one, high-performance solution, and is available with ratings of 405 to 510 hp and 1,450 to 1,850 lb-ft of torque. The 10.8-liter Paccar MX-11 engine features superior performance, powerful and lightweight design, and offers ratings of 355 to 430 hp and 1,250 to 1,650 lb-ft of torque.

Both the Paccar MX-13 and Paccar MX-11 offer a B10 design life of one million miles in line haul applications. This means 90 percent of Paccar Engines will log up to one million miles without a major overhaul.

The Columbus factory began producing Paccar advanced diesel engines in 2010. Located on a 400-acre site in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park, the 450,000-square-foot factory employs more than 600 people, and produces 160 engines each day of operation, according to plant manager Walters. The plant has been a zero-waste-to-landfill facility since it was opened, and nearly 90 percent of material arrives at the plant in returnable containers.

“Employees are critical to the plant’s success with the quality, innovation, technology and care they build into every Paccar MX engine produced here,” Walters said.

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