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Dana launches total cost of ownership calculator

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The new Dana calculator requires minimal input and includes visual prompts for simple navigation. (Courtesy: DANA)

MAUMEE, Ohio — Dana Inc. has launched its total cost of ownership calculator for the commercial-vehicle market.

Fleets and independent operators can utilize this calculator to make comprehensive cost comparisons between traditional diesel platforms and full-electric powertrain solutions, according to Mark Wallace, president of Dana Commercial Driveline Technologies.

“Fleets are closely evaluating the costs to potentially transition from diesel to electric platforms as they seek to move goods more responsibly,” Wallace said.  “Dana is committed to supporting customers throughout the evolution of mobility, and our new analytics tool provides an extensive review of the total cost of ownership for diesel and electric powertrains, aiding fleets as they explore electrification’s role in their operations.”

The easy-to-use calculator requires minimal input and includes visual prompts for simple navigation, Wallace said.  Prior to beginning an assessment, a user may choose to include their specific cost of ownership details, such as vehicle acquisition cost, taxes, tolls, and maintenance fees.  If this information is not readily available, the calculator is pre-populated with common operating parameters for six key “electrification-first” applications.  Designed with the flexibility to tailor the calculations to a user’s unique situation, Dana’s calculator is able to address the needs of its diverse customer base, including regional considerations for units of measurement and currency.

Total cost of ownership calculations include fuel, equipment, and a total of “other” costs to provide a summary assessment of the total cost per mile and the total annual cost for operation.  The user is able to toggle between the diesel evaluation and the full electric evaluation, as well as display both calculations for a side-by-side comparison.

Wallace said future enhancements to the calculator will include alternative power variants, as well as the ability to customize powertrains featuring specific Spicer Electrified with TM4 systems.

To experience the Dana total cost of ownership calculator, visit .

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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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Diesel Laptops, ADTC partner to improve tech recruiting, training

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Diesel Laptops and ADTC will also jointly produce and distribute training in other modalities, including live webinars and instructor-led training. (Courtesy: DIESEL LAPTOPS)

GILBERT, S.C. — Diesel Laptops and American Diesel Training Centers (ADTC) have formed a strategic partnership designed to address the diesel technician shortage and on-going career development that is essential to improving employee retention.

Diagnostic skills and accompanying use of technology are critical in attracting new entrants into the field of diesel repair and maintenance, according to JB Ryan, senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Diesel Laptops.

He said advancing those skills with more in-depth training and use of the most modern technology and services available ensures that technicians stay current with market-place needs, which effectively services customers and provides a strong return on investment for their employers.

All American Diesel Training Center facilities will be outfitted with all relevant Diesel Laptops hardware and software products for integration into the 300-hour ADTC Training Curriculum. That includes diagnostic testing and hardware kits and cross-platform online repair information.

Diesel Laptops and ADTC will also jointly produce and distribute training in other modalities, including live webinars and instructor-led training that will be offered through ADTC’s rapidly growing footprint of shop-based training facilities across the U.S.

“ADTC and Diesel Laptops essentially have the same mission, to provide the industry with the workforce, knowledge, and technology to most effectively keep the United States moving and growing. We’re completely aligned in mission and shared values,” said Timothy Spurlock, president and co-founder of American Diesel Training Centers.

“It is no secret that there is a real shortage of techs coming into the industry. Combining resources with ADTC addresses this problem head-on while educating them on the most critical parts of diagnostics and troubleshooting,” Ryan said

Diesel Laptops, founded in 2014, provides specialized diesel diagnostic equipment for the commercial truck, construction, automobile, agriculture, and off-highway markets. Diesel Laptops is the industry leader in diesel diagnostic tools and repair information. The team there prides itself in being the diesel diagnostic experts and providing customers with world class customer service.

For more information, visit www.DieselLaptops.com.

American Diesel Training Centers, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest producers of diesel technicians in the United States. Founded in 2017, it uses an innovative “sharing model” where it partners with shops, dealers and fleets to deploy its recruiting and 300-hour entry level technician training system. Graduates of its program work for more than 100 U.S. companies.

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