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Bendix says Intellipark earning positive feedback from fleets, drivers

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Intellipark replaces the traditional air parking brakes with illuminated electronic switches – helping prevent rollaway and runaway crashes. Easy to use and driver friendly, it delivers parking brake status on both the tractor and trailer. (Courtesy: BENDIX CVS)

ELYRIA, Ohio — Currently on the road in intensive pilot programs with three of North America’s 25 largest for-hire carriers, the Bendix Intellipark Electronic Parking Brake continues to earn positive feedback from fleets and drivers alike, and will be available for OE release and retrofit installation in the fourth quarter of this year, according to officials at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems.

Rebecca Carter, Bendix product manager for specialty valves, said Intellipark offers driver-friendly operational benefits while helping prevent rollaway and runaway crashes by automatically setting the parking brakes if the driver exits the vehicle while it’s unparked.

“Fleets have enthusiastically responded to this technology because it can be such a game changer when you look at how it can enhance safety and driver satisfaction,” Carter said. “Nearly 60 percent of fleet managers who participated in a Frost & Sullivan survey confirmed that they had experienced a rollaway in a 24-month period. We all know that accidents happen, but rollaways can be incredibly damaging – if not deadly – and come at a great cost to fleets in terms of money, resources, and reputation. And all because the parking brake didn’t get set properly or was released accidentally. Intellipark can help make these kinds of incidents – and their repercussions – a thing of the past. Throughout our testing, we’ve heard repeatedly that even the most experienced drivers are glad to have a backup parking brake system in place to help keep them safe.”

Bendix also engineered the Intellipark Electronic Parking Brake with an eye on improving the driving experience for the men and women behind the wheel.

“It just makes sense that the engineers who introduced the MV-3 dash control valve to the industry 30 years ago are now advancing parking brake technology to a whole new level for fleets,” Carter said.

Gone are the red and yellow push/pull knobs known for delivering the “sting” that comes with activating a 120-psi brake: Intellipark replaces them with switches that are quickly recognized (they bear the well-known red and yellow brake valve symbols), easy to flip, and pain-free. They also clearly display the brakes’ status.

“There’s a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and excitement about the brake indicator interface,” Carter said. “Drivers are now able to view the trailer parking brake status at a glance, thanks to the LEDs integrated into the switches. They’ve never been able to do that from looking at the knobs. And the ease of activation is particularly valuable to bus drivers, because the vast majority have to engage and disengage parking brakes at every stop.”

Intellipark’s rollaway prevention capability is made possible through interlocks installed in critical areas such as the seat belt or cab door, which can engage the parking brake electronically if the driver exits the vehicle without setting the brake first.

Fleets can also use information from the data Intellipark provides through a vehicle’s J1939 communications network to enhance their safety programs and driver training efforts. Intellipark is currently available for order, with a widespread market release planned for the second half of 2019.

“Bendix’s own vehicle testing, along with the real-world experiences of test fleets, means that Intellipark has been put through the wringer for durability, extreme temperatures, vibration, thermal shock, humidity, corrosion – just about anything you can imagine out there on the road, Intellipark has been exposed to it, over hundreds of thousands of park and auto-park cycles,” Carter said. “And because of the high interest from fleets, not only are we supporting truck OEMs with Intellipark availability, but it will also be part of our Retrofit Upgrade Program portfolio beginning in October.”

The Bendix Retrofit Upgrade Program is a unique, first-of-its-kind program that enables professional installation of an expanding portfolio of Bendix advanced safety technologies – including Intellipark electronic parking brake – to upgrade vehicles that did not come factory-equipped. The Bendix Retrofit 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.

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.

Intellipark can be used on almost any air-braked vehicle, including tractor-trailers, single-unit trucks, motorcoaches, and school buses. Bendix stresses, however, that while it is designed to help drivers mitigate a variety of unsafe situations, no technology replaces the need for safe drivers practicing safe driving habits, or the support of ongoing, proactive driver training.

For more information about Bendix safety systems and technologies, visit or call 800-247-2725.

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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 , email [email protected] 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.

 

 

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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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