There’s been no shortage of product development and engineering geared to concrete and aggregate delivery vehicles since last year’s Trucks & Components feature, especially with recent World of Concrete and ConExpo-Con/Agg shows. During the latter, Trimble announced its ConnectedTablet, along with a first-of-its-kind Enterprise Recording feature for the TrimFleet Communicator, and XL Specialized Trailers showed a prototype of its new lightweight bottom dump.

This year’s Trucks & Components section kicks off with another notable from ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017: A partnership between McNeilus and Command Alkon that will see the integration of the TrackIt telematics platform into the FLEX Controls system.


Through a partnership formalized at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017, concrete mixer and construction materials information technology market leaders McNeilus and Command Alkon seek to further integrate truck controls and fleet management software for North American ready mixed producers. Their initiative extends a FLEX Controls and TrackIt telematics platform the companies announced late last year at the Command Alkon User Conference.

FLEX Controls consolidates mixer monitoring onto the screen of a single Android-based tablet, standard on McNeilus mixers. The technology brings new levels of drum control, equating to less order-to-order variability in loading, mixing and delivering. The Smooth Drum Stop feature improves stop/start and charge to discharge transitions.


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A Kenworth T880S-mounted Bridgemaster anchoring the McNeilus ConExpo-Con/Agg booth was loaded with new mixer truck technology offerings, led by the FLEX Controls package. In addition to the FLEX program and Command Alkon/FiveCubits TrackIt telematics integration—as indicated on the single, in-cab tablet (above left) —McNeilus demonstrated such new options as Preco Electronics’ PreView Sentry collision avoidance radar device (top) and a water-dosing system for truck and chute washout.

Direct TrackIt connection to the FLEX Controls system at the McNeilus factory will provide a more streamlined user experience and reduce cab clutter. The integrated solution enables one versus multiple in-cab displays, McNeilus engineers note, allowing safer truck operation and reducing hardware costs. Engine diagnostic information can also be broadcast through the TrackIt platform.

“We’re providing a fully integrated package for the ready mixed concrete industry. [Command Alkon’s] innovative fleet management product is the perfect choice to integrate with FLEX Controls,” says McNeilus Concrete Mixer Platform Lead Bryan Datema, who characterizes the integration as “part of our continued focus on technology and innovation to help customers streamline their operations.”

“Integrating TrackIt into FLEX Controls further enables our customers to cost-effectively manage trucks, drivers and deliveries with efficiency and safety,” adds Larry Curtis, general manager of TrackIt developer FiveCubits, a Command Alkon company.

“McNeilus and Command Alkon are working together to solve industry issues by reducing the number of screens in the cab, as well as eliminating the need for secondary installation of the fleet management system,” affirms McNeilus Mixer Product Manager Chris Wurtz. “This collaboration is the first of many milestones, and represents the first step in a technology revolution that will fundamentally change how our customers utilize their equipment.”;


AssetOutlook Dashboard quickly references key equipment and vehicle performance metrics. Users can configure charts to identify top performers and filter results of their charts by group, category or a specific asset.

AssetOutlook Reports access data sets detailing machine and vehicle utilization, including number of hours and days assets have been operated, plus start and end times. A Geozone report shows how many assets were used on site and how many hours they were operated.

Tracking Tab displays an asset location map and summary of additional details for each piece of rolling stock. Esri feature enables users to include weather and traffic records, and display customized asset routes and travel history.

Alerts feature informs managers of when equipment is being moved from one location to another; if an ignition is turned on after hours; excessive hours of use; and, preventative maintenance requirements. A tandem feature to Alerts, Geofences, sets location boundaries that can be used to identify work zones and off-limits areas. AssetOutlook will record arrival and departure time stamps of equipment and vehicles for each geozone.

The company bills AssetOutlook as a next-generation telematics application to optimize construction operations for on- and off-road vehicle and equipment fleets. The app aligns field operations with business strategy through immediate insight into the location of assets and their hours of use. Programmers underscore these AssetOutlook features:

  • Equipment optimization. Improves visibility into preventative maintenance, fleet activity and asset utilization with cumulative engine hours and AEMP data feeds;
  • Full stack, single source solution. Program powered by CalAmp Telematics Cloud and companion devices to provide reliable, secure and actionable telematics intelligence without interoperability issues of multiple provider solutions;
  • Adaptability. Streamlines operations by adapting to mixed fleets’ unique attribute profiles and key performance indicators; and,
  • CAN bus capabilities. Provide direct engine hour or odometer readings, fuel levels, service interval indicators, hydraulics, oil pressure and a variety of other details related to remotely optimizing operations.

AssetOutlook developers cite the myriad of challenges associated with construction fleet maintenance and repairs, equipment acquisition/replacement, rental contract usage, fuel cost/consumption and labor shortage. In response, they contend, businesses that integrate Internet of Things solutions like fleet telematics devices can achieve greater competitive advantage in a rapidly evolving marketplace. AssetOutlook enables fleet owners to leverage telematics to tap into a new layer of actionable insights that unlock real-time information about rolling stock.

“The construction industry is comprised of mixed fleets of equipment from multiple manufacturers across numerous job sites, and management of those assets can be challenging and often leads to inefficiencies and revenue loss,” says CalAmp SaaS Business Vice President and General Manager Paul Washicko. “By leveraging our portfolio of technologies and solutions, we developed AssetOutlook as a tailored solution for the construction industry to enhance equipment management, serviceability and efficiency by optimizing utilization, improving preventative maintenance and helping prevent unauthorized use and theft.” — CalAmp, Irvine, Calif.,

One Source Parts supports Continental Mixers

Cynthiana, Ky.-based Commercial Specialty Truck Holdings (CSTH) has launched One Source Parts, a provider of OEM parts for Continental Mixers and EZ-Pak Refuse Trucks. After conducting extensive customer research, CSTH concluded a dedicated stand-alone company would best serve its customers with quality parts and expertise.

CSTH officials bill the new entity as a single source customers can turn to for parts, trusted expertise and personal commitment. “We’ve learned that it’s critical for our customers to work with a manufacturer who understands their business,” says President Frank Busicchia. “To them, it’s very personal, which is why we founded One Source Parts with a focus on being our customers’ one trusted source for parts.”

A dedicated team will serve customers and work to establish long-term partnerships. Because of its size, One Source Parts will enjoy close relationships with its customers, most of whom operate small- to mid-size businesses. Along with a substantial outlay for inventory, One Source Parts is also investing in three distribution hubs. The company is bringing together customer and manufacturer input, along with expertise in the ready mixed concrete and refuse industries.


A new telematics-based solution provides customers meaningful fleet information, maximizes uptime and improves engine reliability and performance. Connected Advisor users receive information analyzed by Cummins engine experts, who then report on both critical and noncritical issues and ease fleet managers’ vehicle servicing decisions.

Isolating and interpreting key engine and aftertreatment data daily, Connected Advisor provides customers with prioritized, time-based recommendations to distinguish between immediate repair needs and those that can be scheduled a few days out. Fault reports, including probable causes and recommended actions, are sent to fleet managers to help initiate the repair process. For faults requiring prompt attention, immediate notification reports are provided to alert a fleet manager.

“A differentiating feature of our Connected Advisor product is the estimated time-to-failure provided for each issue identified,” says Cummins Vice President – Connected Solutions Lori Cobb. “With a time frame in mind, customers can proactively manage the issue before it becomes a failure or causes an interruption in the vehicle’s operations.”

Cummins Connected Diagnostics customers can choose to enhance their remote monitoring capabilities by purchasing Connected Advisor, which provides an additional level of support in interpreting engine issues and improving operational efficiency with time-to-service recommendations.

Along with Advisor, Cummins has introduced Connected Software Updates, delivering secure over-the-air programming enabled through a capable telematics service provider. Through the Connected Solutions portal, fleet managers are notified of software updates available to engines within their fleet. Managers can upgrade an individual power unit or all eligible engines, or elect to pre-approve updates automatically.

“Connected Software Updates allows our customers more control over the performance and management of their fleets, saving thousands of dollars,” notes Cobb. “In eliminating the need to schedule shop visits for calibrations, they not only avoid technician labor costs, but they no longer need to spend days out of commission waiting to upgrade their vehicles. In as little as five minutes of downtime, the software update is installed.”

As a safeguard, Cummins maintains the original software in the engine control module throughout the update. Should a problem occur, the previous version is automatically restored to the ECM, minimizing the risk of interruption to the driver’s operations.


Unveiled earlier this year at the ATA Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual show, Guidanz allows customers to quickly read Cummins fault codes and other key information on 2007 and newer engines. The new mobile app reduces the need to drive to a certified service location or wait for a technician to arrive on site. Customers can view prioritized engine faults using the Guidanz mobile app paired with an Inline mini Bluetooth adapter, which provides critical information they can quickly share with their operations manager or service provider.

By either emailing the operations manager directly from the app or calling Cummins Care, programmers note, initiating the service process is faster and easier than ever with data available at customers’ fingertips. The app also links customers to an online service locator, helping them identify the closest certified repair location. Even when offline, Guidanz can provide users a list of engine faults. The Inline mini features a nine-pin connector that plugs directly into the standard SAE J1939-13 interface, allowing customers to quickly retrieve engine information using a Bluetooth-equipped iOS or Android device. Sharing this information with a service provider can help improve communication and speed up repairs.

The Guidanz mobile app also offers the Immediate Assessment feature to certified service providers, enabling them to improve shop scheduling. When a customer pulls into the service area, mechanics can use Guidanz with the Inline mini or the Inline 7 to obtain a full fault code report, and within minutes are able to assess the severity of the fault and how quickly it can be resolved. An Immediate Assessment feature provides repair time estimates, identifies the most likely repair parts, and enables a work order to be started before the vehicle even enters the service bay.

“The Guidanz mobile app with Immediate Assessment feature, paired with the Inline mini Bluetooth adapter, provides best-in-class service triage capability in a matter of minutes, drastically reducing our customers’ downtime, accelerating operational efficiency and improving overall communications throughout the service process,” affirms Cummins Director – Service Event Solutions Ryan Kikendall.,


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A new Aggressive Performance calibration joins the company’s lineup of UltraShift PLUS and Fuller Advantage automated manual transmissions. The new software feature will help vocational fleets in the highly demanding construction site environments.

Engineers have enhanced the performance on grades by incorporating new, quicker shift times—estimated at 200 to 300 milliseconds faster—which allows the engine to come in at higher rpm and tackle powerful grade climbs. Better start gear selection and improved offset have also been added to provide a stronger launch for ultimate control in challenging terrain.

Compared to the previous Performance calibration, Aggressive Performance significantly improves acceleration—up to 2.9 seconds faster to 25 miles per hour and up to 5.4 seconds faster to 55 miles per hour. In addition, new shift strategy improvements have resulted in better deceleration rates with raised downshift points and improved skip shifting on level ground.

Eaton has an extensive lineup of rugged automated transmissions for the vocational truck market with speeds ranging from 10 to 18 and maximum weight capacities from 110,000 to unlimited pounds gross combined weight rating. Available through many OEM, the UltraShift PLUS and Fuller Advantage automated transmissions offer a broad range of power takeoff compatibility and advanced features such as GearLogic technology to improve low-speed performance and driver confidence.


In addition to the transmission upgrade, Eaton has announced design enhancements for the Advantage Series heavy-duty clutches to improve durability, reduce harmful vibrations and better enable smooth, effortless shifting across a wide range of torque ratings up to 2,250 lb.-ft.

Advantage Self-Adjust and Easy Pedal Advantage clutch changes include a reduction in part numbers from 41 to 28 by combining several earlier models into one. The line will still cover all commercial heavy-duty truck applications while allowing dealers to reduce inventory levels. Among additional new features or modifications:

  • Strap drive system, which affixes the intermediate plate to the housing on the clutches, prolongs clutch life by eliminating lug fatigue that over time could lead to failures. The design also eliminates noisy rattle associated with the prior lug design.
  • Soft rate dampers effectively absorbing engine vibrations to prevent driveline damage and are now standard on all clutches. The premium damper technology enables downspeeding at all torque ratings up to 1,850 lb.-ft.
  • Spring separator system permits cleaner, quicker disengagement with the engine for more efficient, smoother shifting.
  • Second wear tab indicator added to the Advantage Self-Adjust model giving maintenance professionals better access during visual inspections.

Advantage Self-Adjust clutches in a new truck application are warranted for three years/350,000 miles. The new truck warranty for Eaton Easy Pedal Advantage clutches is two years/200,000 miles. Aftermarket warranty coverage for both designs is two years/unlimited miles. Release bearing lube intervals for all Advantage heavy-duty clutches is 50,000 miles. — Eaton Commercial Vehicle/Roadranger, Galesburg, Mich., 800/826-4357


Developed with commercial fleets in mind, SecuraMax software helps users upload, manage, protect, and share video files. The software simplifies video management by allowing files to be automatically and securely uploaded through Wi-Fi to the cloud when a vehicle pulls within range of a configured network.

SecuraMax automatically categorizes event video based on customizable recording triggers, such as PTO activation or erratic driving, to make locating video files even easier. With the ability to customize video retention periods based on category, SecuraMax allows event video to be stored as long as necessary to reduce liability. Non-event video is automatically deleted when its custom retention period expires, further simplifying the management process and freeing up valuable storage space.

With the advanced file sharing options in SecuraMax, users can securely share files to anyone with an email address. File integrity, notes the company, is maintained through autonomous audit trails and usage reports that cannot be altered by users or administrators. — Pro-Vision Video Systems, Byron Center, Mich., 800/ 576-1126;


The new portal brings all of Mack’s body builder resources together in one easily accessible online location.

The new Mack Body Builder Portal gives customers, mixer and dump body builders, plus dealers the tools to ensure a quick and efficient body upfit process.

“[Our] reputation for application excellence is built on delivering trucks that meet our customers’ specific needs, which in many cases includes body modifications from body equipment manufacturers,” says Mack Trucks North America Senior Vice President of Sales Jonathan Randall. “With the new Body Builder Portal, we’re making it even easier for customers and body builders to easily access the information they need to best modify their vehicles.”

Resources available through the portal include wiring schematics and links to industry associations like the American Concrete Pumping Association, as well as contact information for Mack’s Body Builder Support Team and exclusive concrete pumper support line. Also included are revised body builder manuals for all Mack models, which have been updated with simpler navigation.

The Body Builder Portal is the latest in a series of innovations to broaden Mack’s customers and body builders. In 2015, the manufacturer created the Body Builder Support Team, including a body builder order manager position focused on ensuring effective collaboration among body builders, dealers and customers during the ordering process. The Body Builder Support Group is located within the Mack Uptime Center in Greensboro, N.C., near the company’s world headquarters.

“Our Body Builder Support Group helps connect customers and body builders to our product experts for any questions that might come up during the upfit process,” notes Mack Construction Product Manager Tim Wrinkle. “This cooperation allows us to address customer inquiries before, during and after a vehicle is put into service.”

From a chassis perspective, he adds, Mack provides customers a wide range of components and packaging options to select the ideal truck configuration for their specific body and application. Access to electrical signals and connections are provided via conveniently located terminal points. — Mack Trucks, Greensboro, N.C.;


Early Kenworth T880S models bearing Con-Tech BridgeKing mixers made 2017 World of Concrete and ConExpo-Con/Agg stops prior to Oklahoma field duty.
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Unveiled at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s fall 2016 ConcreteWorks conference, the Kenworth T880S recently entered full production, and trucks are rolling down the assembly line to fill current orders. The W900S successor is Kenworth’s newest configuration and features a set-forward front axle.

“The T880S is well-suited for truck operators in ready-mix, dump and mobile crane applications where every incremental pound of payload delivered contributes directly to the bottom line,” says Kenworth Assistant General Manager for Sales & Marketing Kevin Baney. The model arrives in the midst of an excellent vocational vehicle market, he adds, as evidenced by a strong order log.

The T880S is offered with a front axle rated at 14,600 lbs. to 22,800 lbs., and Paccar MX-13 engine with up to 510-hp and 1,850 lb.-ft. of torque. For weight-sensitive applications, the 10.8-liter MX-11 engine is 400 pounds lighter compared to larger displacement engines, and provides up to 430-hp and 1,650 lb.-ft. of torque. The T880S has a 114-in. bumper-to-back-of-cab dimension and standard 28-in. bumper setting. Also offered are the 29.5-in. bumper setting, typical in dump applications, or 31.5-in. setting with a sturdy box bumper. “These provide the flexibility for customers to meet Bridge Formula requirements and stay under the 40-foot length limit,” notes Baney.

The T880S uses a number of key T880 specs, he adds: “One especially key feature is the five-piece hood design with bolt-on fenders for minimal downtime in the event of a repair. Getting the truck back into service and delivering loads is the name of the game with these vocational applications, and [T880S] customers see the real value of the bolt-on fenders.”

Single, tandem or tridem drive axles and a wide variety of factory-installed lift axles are among a range of options to meet demanding jobsite requirements. The T880 and T880S also provide clear back-of-cab options that make it easy to configure the truck body, handle extreme loads, and ease body upfitting.

Commercial Ready Mix adopts 42Gears’ Enterprise Mobility Management



Commercial Ready Mix Products embraced the dashboard view of SureMDM complete with version numbers plus battery and signal percentages. Remote support capabilities allow the producer to troubleshoot problems employees face in the field, freeing IT team members of having to drive hours to assist.

Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) stems from companies across the economy deploying tablets and smartphones for business functions, but mindful of attendant information technology system security and wireless service expense control. Among first movers in EMM, 42Gears Mobility Systems has facilitated data and device security installations for 6,000-plus users, including heavy-duty truck fleet operators, in over 100 countries.

Flagship SureLock, SureMDM and SureFox products lead 42Gears’ suite of solutions supporting mobile device lockdown; website filtering for safe, restricted browsing; plus, remote management and troubleshooting of devices in the field. All operate on Android, iOS or Windows platforms.

The SureLock tool allows IT administrators to restrict workers’ access to certain mobile device applications. It helps reduce downtime tied to intentional or accidental misuse of the device; overages in mobile data consumption; and, loss of productivity due to distraction. In fleet operations, IT staff can use Driver Safety Mode, a 42Gears feature that ensures a device is partially or fully inoperable when the vehicle is in motion. SureLock also supports website filtering policies on network devices and blocking users from accessing content not explicitly authorized.

SureMDM equips businesses to remotely secure, manage and monitor mobile devices in the field. With the click of a button on the web console of their preferred desktop browser, IT administrators can install apps or push software upgrades and content. A Remote Control feature provides full access to a device screen and is especially useful in troubleshooting without the need to ship mobile hardware for repairs.


42Gears’ inaugural construction materials user is Winton, N.C.-based Commercial Ready Mix Products, Inc. (CRMP), operating 12 concrete plants in North Carolina and Virginia. With an eye to providing excellent customer service, the producer cites a commitment to retaining the best personnel while investing in the latest technology, modern equipment and rolling stock.


Ready mixed and aggregate producers adopting Enterprise Mobility Management systems see significant mobile device downtown and service overhead expenditures, 42Gears reports.

To address inefficiencies surrounding routine concrete and aggregate delivery documentation, CRMP opted to equip mixer and dump truck drivers with Samsung tablets. The producer required a mobile device management solution that could automate app distribution; track vehicle location in real time; support driver and dispatch communication; assist drivers with tech issues; and, monitor movement of tablets in case of loss or theft. Absent a proper solution, CRMP envisioned the potential for enormous data overage charges.

Management targeted tablets designed for multiple use, but did not want the devices to become an interference for drivers on the road or executing site duties. 42Gears offered location tracking, remote management, lockdown and remote support in a single package. CRMP chose SureLock and SureMDM for managing its tablet solution.

“The ability to login to SureMDM and see what the driver sees on his tablet helped us resolve all issues instantly. This function is very useful when the driver is four or five hours away from the office,” says CRMP Communications and Distribution Technology Manager Andrew Eger. “[With] 42Gears products, I can easily fix all issues remotely without jailbreaking the tablet, saving my time and resources. We utilize the NIX agent in over 115 of our trucks. I get more features and options for a fraction of the cost of the other vendors.” 42Gears Mobility Systems Inc., Fremont, Calif., 408/758-0205;


Company bills Traxx Rod as a new benchmark in vocational torque rod weight and bushing walk-out performance. The design achieves up to 3x longer life versus conventional forged or cast torque rods, engineers note, and incorporates high strength materials utilizing Hendrickson’s expertise in robotically-welded fabrications. Traxx Rod bushings and rod bodies are specifically designed for each capacity and application criteria. The flexible rod design can accommodate a straddle or taper pin bushing and package with any hub size and length. — Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems, 630/910-2800;


Construction-grade Armor Max Pro Grade MSD features cool-running base compound plus rugged tread design for enhanced on- and off-road traction, and is available with DuraSeal technology, which helps seal nail-hole punctures up to ¼-inch in diameter in the tire’s repairable tread area.

“All of our tires have been designed to offer optimized performance, along with low cost of ownership, thanks to our cutting-edge research, development and manufacturing capabilities,” says Goodyear Marketing Manager Evan Perrow, adding that the company is also expanding its bias tire product offering in order to better meet construction industry needs.

Along with the Armor Max series, Goodyear offers fleet operators a range of management tools, including EMTrack, a performance monitoring system that provides custom reports based on tire tread depth, inflation level and other important measurements. The Tire Trac online management tool helps construction operations monitor commercial truck tire installations, field performance and maintenance opportunities. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.,,


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Allen Ready Mix Concrete of Maryville, Mo., is the first operator to utilize Kimble Mixer Company’s new K2200-RC remote control rear discharge mixer with optional Shumaker Industries’ Rotabelt T3D16. The mixer, which is on a Western Star 4700SB, and its integrated controls were on full display at Kimble’s outdoor ConExpo-Con/Agg booth.

Using the K2200-RC enables the operator to stand away from the mixer and have complete control of the load. Drivers are free to maneuver the vehicle into an advantageous position, pour, and maneuver out of the jobsite: all without an additional contractor, the company notes, improving productivity and operating margins.

Chassis control is made possible through the remote control system by bypassing the truck’s normal drive train and controlling movement with electric-over-hydraulic power. The steering is controlled by an in-line hydraulic steering gear, independent of the chassis power steering system. This enables wireless operation of the front steer axle without using the cab steering wheel.

The remote control system also includes a hydraulic powered chute, which may be raised, lowered, and swung left and right by using a joystick on an ergonomic wireless console. This eliminates the need for additional labor while the mixer is being discharged. All mixer functions are available in the remote control system, including: Drum Rotation & RPM, Engine RPM, Chute Brake, and Charge Hopper.

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The wireless console provides the operator with the ability to fully operate the vehicle’s chassis and chute movement with the two joysticks; activation switches provide optimal safety. A built-in console LCD display shows mixer functions in real-time, including: battery, signal, and all mixer activity.

The Rotabelt T3D mixer-mounted conveyor is an optional feature for the 2200-RC. Shumaker announced the remote control for the Rotabelt equipment in 2016 (“Truck-mounted belt, rotating chute equal precision placement,” Concrete Products, January 2016). The rotating chute improves the operator’s ability to place concrete more accurately, Shumaker reports, while the T3D increases the equipment’s coverage by 80 percent over a fixed position conveyor. The additional reach (53 feet) allows the Rotabelt T3D16 to place concrete anywhere in a 33- x 50-ft. area without repositioning the mixer, which in turn promotes jobsite safety and curtails the maintenance resulting from moving a truck with conveyor extended. — Kimble Mixer, 877/546-2537,; Western Star, 866/850-7827,; Shumaker Industries, 800/326-9349,

Volvo Trucks | VNR DAY CAB

Compared to its prior regional haul offerings, the company presents the new VNR as a versatile tractor, suited to bulk and flatbed applications and defined by innovations from aerodynamic design, reimagined working environment, improved engine and transmission options to gearing and loading efficiencies, passive and active safety systems plus integrated connectivity.

With a 113-in. bumper-to-back-of-cab length and improved sightlines over the hood, the vehicle is designed for increased maneuverability in tight spaces and urban traffic to complement a 50-degree wheel cut. Details like stamped steel bumpers that protect the lights and grille, engineers note, make it clear the VNR is truly a work truck.

“Regional routes often mean traveling at highway speeds, where aerodynamics becomes increasingly important,” says Volvo Trucks North America Director of Product Marketing Wade Long. “With the new VNR, customers will see an overall fuel efficiency gain of up to 3.5 percent compared with our previous regional haul model.”

The cab environment is designed to allow drivers to work more comfortably, productively and safely, adds Volvo Trucks NA Chief Designer Brian Balicki. “Every innovation has been filtered through the driver’s eyes,” he notes. “We channeled the input of nearly 2,000 drivers and brought those thoughts and preferences to life through the VNR.”

Driver feedback is reflected in features like the Position Perfect three-motion steering wheel, which allows for more optimal vertical setting to help reduce arm, neck and shoulder fatigue. New seats offer adjustments to fit more drivers’ shapes and preferences, and bring heating and cooling comforts.


The new VNR builds on Volvo’s safety reputation through passive and active technology enhancements. In addition to sound warning, Active Driver Assist projects a critical signal onto the windshield when drivers approach too close to an object in front of them, and can automatically apply brakes to help mitigate a collision. Automotive-quality LED headlights increase visibility and decrease light spillover onto oncoming traffic, making the road safer for all. Automotive features like automatic lighting and rain-sensing wipers provide convenience and help driver safety, while a lane change support system provides visibility to blind spots.

The VNR model has a high-strength steel cab. In the event of a crash, available side airbags for the driver’s seat also help protect the driver in a rollover. The driver’s seat airbag complements the steering wheel-mounted driver’s-side airbag standard on the VNR.


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The Volvo D11 engine is standard on the new truck and offers up to 425 hp and 1,550 lb.-ft. of torque. Given the weight-conscious nature of many regional haul applications, the engine was designed to match the VNR. The model can also be spec’d with a Volvo D13 rated up to 500 hp and 1,850 lb.-ft. of torque. The engines feature wave pistons, a patented Volvo technology that burns fuel more efficiently. A common rail fuel delivery system with proprietary features is more efficient but also lighter, quieter and more precise. Both innovations reduce friction, which means longer engine life and quieter ride.

Combined with an (eXceptional Efficiency) XE transmission package, the engines for the VNR model are even more efficient as a result of downspeeding. Paired with Volvo’s I-Shift automated manual transmission as standard also allows for spec’ing of automated functions, among them Adaptive Loading, which senses when a truck is empty and lifts an axle to increase efficiency; and, Adaptive Gearing, which locks out overdrive when the truck is fully loaded and makes it available on an empty return.

The VNR is equipped with Volvo’s factory-installed telematics hardware, providing connectivity for predictive diagnostics and monitoring of critical engine, transmission and aftertreatment trouble codes. Through standard connectivity hardware, customers can also perform powertrain software and parameter updates over the air with Remote;


New lithium complex-based line includes Superior Performance True Multi-Purpose, Heavy-Duty High Temperature and Heavy-Duty Extreme Pressure Greases. Products are interchangeable with each other, meaning they won’t cause cross-contamination issues that compromise performance and effectiveness; excel in extreme conditions; and, protect against rust and corrosion.

The all-in-one Superior Performance grade is formulated with calcium sulfonate, providing what company engineers describes as superior lubrication and long-lasting performance under extreme pressure and high temperature conditions. The Heavy-Duty High Temperature grade is engineered to withstand mechanical loads and extreme temperatures, and is well suited to heavy-duty trucks plus construction equipment. The Heavy-Duty Extreme Pressure product exhibits load-carrying ability, anti-wear protection and high dropping point properties, and can be used in a variety of automotive and construction applications. WD-40 Co., San Diego,


First shown as a prototype at 2017 ConExpo-Con/Agg, a new dump model features 25-yd. or 60,000-lb. capacity and base weight 1,000 pounds lighter than the manufacturer’s standard model. The XL Bottom Dump design is durable, owing to gate and reinforced sidewalls of 3/16-in. and 1/8-in. Hardox steel, respectively.

The hopper specs make hauling and delivering a variety of materials an efficient process. At 96- x 193-in., the hopper opening of the XL Bottom Dump is the largest available on the market, the company notes. An infinite control allows users to open the gates to any width, giving them more control when unloading material. Adjustable side locks and windrow deflectors assist in dumping various materials. The air-operated gates include an electric cab control and manual air valve, which can be controlled from the ground. The oscillating 5th wheel plate pivots as needed to pull the trailer over large piles.

User-friendly features include a bolt-on removable push block, bolt-on access ladders and steel tread plate fenders on the front and rear decks. XL offers tarp options to suit drivers’ needs: front to back roll, manual or electric flip, and manual slide.

The prototype XL Bottom Dump has entered its next phase of testing, to include work in the field. After sufficient testing, the model will go to market, giving aggregate haulers a lightweight steel bottom dump option. — XL Specialized Trailers, Manchester, Iowa;


Company has implemented engineered routings in all Model 567, 579 and 389 configurations, further enhancing serviceability across its product lines. The routings bundle air, fuel and electrical systems separately, allowing easier identification and service by technicians. Routing enhancements are standard with orders specifying 2017-level emissions engines.

“Thanks to the innovative features of the engineered chassis routings, customers will enjoy enhanced ease of repair and maintenance,” says Peterbilt Chief Engineer Scott Newhouse. “Peterbilt has taken great strides to improve product quality with the implementation of the engineered routings, which provide consistent manufacturability, improved product quality and improved serviceability.” — Peterbilt Motors, 800/4-Peterbilt;

Wabco expands domestic air disc brake production

For the first time in its history, Wabco Holdings Inc. has based production of its most advanced air disc brakes (ADB) for commercial vehicles in the United States. The manufacturer invested $20 million in a new North Charleston, S.C., facility to meet increasing customer demand for its ADB, energy-efficient air compressors and related safety systems. It moved from an existing Charleston location to a new, 145,000-sq.-ft. facility, expanding its manufacturing footprint by more than 60 percent.

“By localizing the production of Air Disc Brakes in the region we demonstrate our commitment to advancing commercial vehicle safety and shaping the future of the transportation industry,” says Wabco Chairman Jacques Esculier. “Our Air Disc Brakes pave the way to higher automation of commercial vehicles and platooning, both of which rely heavily on superior braking performance.”

“Commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators in North America value the superior performance of single-piston air disc brakes compared to traditional drum brakes and other ADBs available in the market today,” adds Wabco President, Americas Jon Morrison.

Wabco manufactures high-performance, single-piston ADBs in Charleston to serve commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators in North America. Its portfolio of ADBs is sold under the brand names Maxxus for heavy-duty trucks and Maxx22T for trailers. Compared to conventional drum brakes, Wabco contends, the ADBs reduce stopping distance up to 10 percent while almost completely eliminating brake fade, and extend service intervals up to two times. Wabco ADBs lower maintenance costs, the company notes, as technicians are known to exchange pads on ADB four times faster than the linings of a drum brake.

In addition to ADB, Wabco manufactures high-performance air compressors at its North Charleston facility. Wabco and Cummins Inc. established a joint venture, fully operational in 1998, to produce single- and twin-cylinder air compressors for heavy-duty trucks, buses and industrial equipment. — Wabco Holdings Inc., Rochester Hills, Mich., 248/270-9300;



TrimFleet Communicator

ConnectedTablet is a ruggedized mobile computer for ready mixed concrete and aggregate fleets. “[It] gives our customers an additional choice when selecting an in-vehicle display for their fleet,” says Trimble CL Director of Product Management Jeff Van Grootel. “Not only will this portable tablet enable users to improve productivity inside and outside of the cab, but it also has the strength to withstand the extreme environment of the construction industry.”

The Android-based ConnectedTablet connects wirelessly to the Trimble Vehicle Gateway (TVG) and provides a rich in-cab experience for the operator, including features such as in-cab navigation with CoPilot Truck from ALK Technologies; Hours of Service; daily vehicle inspection reports; plus, text and push-to-talk voice communications. The TVG uses GPS technology and cellular data to provide vehicle tracking with real-time updates on location and events, using a combination of automated geo-based statuses for site arrival and departure and sensor-based automated statuses for load and unload events.

“Pairing the ConnectedTablet with the TVG gives fleets the combination of a rugged device and a powerful software platform, enabling them to maximize efficiencies, improve customer service and increase safety for their drivers,” Van Grootel affirms.

ConnectedTablet was announced at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017, along with a first-of-its-kind Enterprise Recording feature for Trimble CL’s Radio over Internet Protocol solution, TrimFleet Communicator, that replaces traditional radio communication and serves as a push-to-talk application supporting communication between drivers and dispatch, or through point-to-point calls with specific individuals.

Enterprise Recording allows an organization to access one year of recorded communication. Users can search their fleet’s stored communications by date range, time of day, driver and specific channel. “From providing efficient work instructions to relaying information on the jobsite, reliable, real-time communication is essential for any fleet in construction materials,” notes Van Grootel. “Adding the ability to record communications gives organizations a digital paper trail and tangible evidence should customer billing disputes or safety and compliance issues arise.” — Trimble Construction Logistics,