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DICA Moves to New Manufacturing Headquarters

DICA recently announced its move to a new headquarters and manufacturing facility in Urbandale, Iowa. This will double the company’s manufacturing capabilities for both standard and custom products. “A consolidation from multiple facilities in rural Iowa to a large, single manufacturing and office space enables us to provide an even higher level of customer service,” said Kris Koberg, CEO of DI…

Sensata Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Sensata Technologies has developed a new Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) for vehicle OEMs to help improve vehicle safety and performance. Interest in BLE TPMS is on the rise as vehicles become more connected, electrified and autonomous. While common in consumer applications like speakers and headphones, BLE is relatively new in the TPMS space for vehicle OEMs a…

The First All-Electric Bucket Truck Hits the Road

| Sean M. Lyden |
Terex Utilities’ Joe Caywood digs into the details behind the company’s groundbreaking announcement. In June, Terex Utilities introduced the first ever all-electric bucket truck at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. The truck combines Navistar’s International eMV electric chassis (33,000-pound GVWR) with the Terex Optima 55-foot aerial device and the HyPow…

Flexibility and Safety Drive Utility Choices in Aerial Devices

When it comes to aerial devices, utilities heavily weigh ergonomics and the ability to accomplish the job when choosing equipment for their fleets. This, and options that provide the most flexible positioning of personnel, has influenced recent trends in equipment boom types and accessories for aerial devices. Opting for Overcenter Overcenter aerial devices are typically selected for the range …

Think Like a Thief to Stop Catalytic Converter Theft

| Denise Rondini |
Two factors have contributed to the surge in catalytic converter thefts: the value of the materials in catalytic converters and the increased opportunity for thefts to occur. The costs of three precious metals – platinum, palladium and rhodium – found inside catalytic converters have skyrocketed. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), on January 4, 2019, rhodium was valued at …

Optimizing Your Shop Schedule

Like many managers, utility fleet professionals face conflicting priorities in managing people and fleet services. Budgets are under fire, so keeping a close eye on labor costs is a top priority. But trucks and other vehicles must be adequately maintained and ready to go to work. It’s up to fleet managers to strike the right balance between managing operational costs and efficiencies and mainta…

Traffic Cones and Flashing Lights

Question: How many traffic cones does it take to stop a speeding car? Yes, the barriers we use are flimsy, and a traffic cone will not stop an errant vehicle from driving into a work zone. But there are some tweaks we can make to the equipment we use that will improve the level of protection workers on the street can get out of the resources available. Yet even with all our preparations, there …

Electrification: Ambitious Goals, Practical Realities

I spent a few days in June at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. Ann Brown-Hailey, Seth Skydel, the EUFMC board and the entire EUFMC staff put on an amazing event. It felt great to see everyone in person for the first time in three years. The theme that pervaded the conference: The future of fleet is electrification – and the future is now. Terex Utilities…

Latest Developments in All-Electric Utility Construction Machines

| Sean M. Lyden |
There’s a lot of media coverage around the rollout of new electric vehicle models. But there’s one EV category not grabbing headlines – yet it’s still critical to achieving a utility fleet’s sustainability goals: utility construction equipment. All-electric machines eliminate emissions and allow crews to operate in noise-sensitive areas and outside of standard work hours. They offer operators a…

Navigating the Surge in Fuel Costs

| Grace Suizo |
High fuel prices have made it increasingly difficult for fleet operations to keep costs low – especially utility fleets, whose essential services require daily travel to job sites. According to Dan Remmert, senior manager of fleet services for Ameren Illinois, “Not only are fuel prices at record highs, but pretty much everything else it takes to maintain a fleet is affected by higher cost.” Okl…

All About GPS Tracking for Fleet Trailers

| David Cullen |
GPS-based electronic tracking systems first made inroads with over-the-road truck fleets to keep tabs on freight trailers as they’re hauled great distances and parked in far-off lots after cargo is offloaded. But every application for this dynamic technology differs where trailers are concerned, which is why utility fleet professionals should dig into how available systems match up to their spe…

SmartWitness KP2 Dashcam for Fleets

Sensata Technologies has announced that recently acquired SmartWitness is bringing industry-first modular flexibility to video telematics with its new KP2 dashcam. The KP2 is a compact road-facing camera with a snap-on driver-facing camera option that enables commercial fleets to add driver-facing video at any time with no wiring changes, no added installation cost and no downtime. Available im…

Terex Opens New Georgia Service Center

Terex Utilities has opened a new Terex Service Center in Georgia. The brand-new location in Atlanta was built to suit, offering full-service repair facilities, as well as inspections, preventive maintenance, transfers and rebuilds, and more. The Atlanta location opened in May 2022 and adds additional support for customers in the Southeast U.S., along with existing locations in Birmingham, Alaba…

Terex Utilities Names First 9 Utilities to Order New All-Electric Bucket Truck

Terex Utilities recently introduced the industry’s first all-electric bucket truck at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. In addition, the company has also announced the first nine customers who will receive these new Terex Optima 55-foot aerial devices, powered by the HyPower SmartPTO by Viatec and mounted on an International Class 6/7 medium-duty electric…

DECKED CargoGlide Extends Truck-Bed Utility

DECKED has revealed CargoGlide, a heavy-duty sliding bed platform that makes loading, unloading, organizing and accessing gear for work and play more efficient. CargoGlide allows owners to store and easily retrieve heavy and bulky items like welders, compressors, heavy-duty tools, spare tires, rescue gear, boxes and more without crawling into the back of the truck. With the pull of a lever, Car…

Spec’ing All-Terrain Utility Vehicles for Fleet Applications

| Grace Suizo |
Industry experts share important factors to consider before ordering an ATUV. One of the most common mistakes utility fleet managers make when it comes to all-terrain utility vehicles (ATUVs) is purchasing machines that are either too heavy or too light for the work they most commonly perform, according to Tavis Renglich, sales representative for UTV International Inc. (www.utvint.com). “If you…

The Skinny on Confined Spaces

Author’s Note: Yes, this is a fleet-oriented magazine, so you might ask why this issue includes this article on confined spaces. Well, I’m glad you asked. All utility employees, including fleet employees, are required to have the skills to recognize a confined space and the hazards in the confined space, and they must also know how to protect themselves from confined space hazards. As you read …

Damage Control

| David Cullen |
Tracking collision damage limits vehicle downtime and repair costs. The larger the fleet, the more complex the repair process and the higher the cost to fix body and frame damage. No one aims to bang up a bucket truck or other fleet equipment, but it does happen. Once damage occurs and is properly reported, the repair process can begin. Obviously, significant cosmetic damage or damage that inte…

Will Hydrogen Electrify the Future of Heavy-Duty Trucks?

| Sean M. Lyden |
An industry executive says that hydrogen fuel-cell trucks – and the fueling infrastructure to support them – will become more practical and affordable in the not-so-distant future. Most discussions around fleet electrification today focus on battery-electric vehicles. And for good reason. More EV models are becoming available, costs are getting closer in line with conventional vehicles, and cha…

The State of Electric Vehicle Order-to-Delivery Times

Despite manufacturers’ reassurances, vehicle delivery delays are expected. In February, Ford began deliveries of its E-Transit EV van to fleet customers, one of the earliest of the highly anticipated commercial-grade battery-powered vehicles to have its orders fulfilled. It’s a bright spot in the electric vehicle market as fleet managers keep an eye on shifting EV delivery dates. Some delays ar…

DICA Moves to New Manufacturing Headquarters

DICA recently announced its move to a new headquarters and manufacturing facility in Urbandale, Iowa. This will double the company’s manufacturing capabilities for both standard and custom products. “A consolidation from multiple facilities in rural Iowa to a large, single manufacturing and office space enables us to provide an even higher level of customer service,” said Kris Koberg, CEO of DICA. In addition to investment in new equipment, the facility expands warehouse space for the company’s full line of outrigger pads, crane pads, cribbing, access mats and sling protection products. …

Sensata Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Sensata Technologies has developed a new Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) for vehicle OEMs to help improve vehicle safety and performance. Interest in BLE TPMS is on the rise as vehicles become more connected, electrified and autonomous. While common in consumer applications like speakers and headphones, BLE is relatively new in the TPMS space for vehicle OEMs and is enabled by newer vehicle system architectures that can support BLE functionality. Sensata’s new BLE TPMS leverages its field-proven tire pressure monitoring sensors by replacing the ultra-…

| Rich Kunkel |

Felling Trailers, Inc. – August 2022

  Felling Trailers introduces the Air Ramp Slider Track System (patent pending) for the Drop Deck I (DDI) series, air brake equipped, FT-20 I and FT-24 I trailers. The air ramp system does the lifting for you, flip the switch, and the air ramp system will raise or lower the ramps. Unique to the DDI’s air ramp operation is the slider track system that works in unison with the ramps pivoting as they are raised or lowered. For more information visit www.felling.com

| Sean M. Lyden |

The First All-Electric Bucket Truck Hits the Road

Terex Utilities’ Joe Caywood digs into the details behind the company’s groundbreaking announcement. In June, Terex Utilities introduced the first ever all-electric bucket truck at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. The truck combines Navistar’s International eMV electric chassis (33,000-pound GVWR) with the Terex Optima 55-foot aerial device and the HyPower SmartPTO system by Viatec. Terex designed the truck for electric distribution line work in urban applications. It offers a 135-mile driving range and the ability to operate the bucket for …

Flexibility and Safety Drive Utility Choices in Aerial Devices

When it comes to aerial devices, utilities heavily weigh ergonomics and the ability to accomplish the job when choosing equipment for their fleets. This, and options that provide the most flexible positioning of personnel, has influenced recent trends in equipment boom types and accessories for aerial devices. Opting for Overcenter Overcenter aerial devices are typically selected for the range of upper boom articulation they provide. This supports distribution work practices that take place on both sides of the pole. Overcenter aerial devices have a greater range of motion, better side …

| Denise Rondini |

Think Like a Thief to Stop Catalytic Converter Theft

Two factors have contributed to the surge in catalytic converter thefts: the value of the materials in catalytic converters and the increased opportunity for thefts to occur. The costs of three precious metals – platinum, palladium and rhodium – found inside catalytic converters have skyrocketed. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), on January 4, 2019, rhodium was valued at $2,300 per ounce. On April 25, 2022, that value had risen to $16,500 per ounce. “Even before the pandemic, we were seeing an increase in thefts,” said Robert Passmore, department vice president …

Optimizing Your Shop Schedule

Like many managers, utility fleet professionals face conflicting priorities in managing people and fleet services. Budgets are under fire, so keeping a close eye on labor costs is a top priority. But trucks and other vehicles must be adequately maintained and ready to go to work. It’s up to fleet managers to strike the right balance between managing operational costs and efficiencies and maintaining a high level of service and acceptable turnaround times. In 2020, the City of Missoula, Montana’s Fleet Maintenance Division added several departments to its service group, resulting in 20…

Traffic Cones and Flashing Lights

Question: How many traffic cones does it take to stop a speeding car? Yes, the barriers we use are flimsy, and a traffic cone will not stop an errant vehicle from driving into a work zone. But there are some tweaks we can make to the equipment we use that will improve the level of protection workers on the street can get out of the resources available. Yet even with all our preparations, there is always a worst-case event dramatized by a recent news photo of an errant car, upside down on a bucket truck that was on a right-of-way well off the highway. It is the reason that OSHA and other …

Electrification: Ambitious Goals, Practical Realities

I spent a few days in June at the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. Ann Brown-Hailey, Seth Skydel, the EUFMC board and the entire EUFMC staff put on an amazing event. It felt great to see everyone in person for the first time in three years. The theme that pervaded the conference: The future of fleet is electrification – and the future is now. Terex Utilities unveiled the industry’s first all-electric bucket truck (see article on page 34). GM and Ford touted their upcoming electric pickup trucks and other battery-powered models. And the utility cons…

| Sean M. Lyden |

Latest Developments in All-Electric Utility Construction Machines

There’s a lot of media coverage around the rollout of new electric vehicle models. But there’s one EV category not grabbing headlines – yet it’s still critical to achieving a utility fleet’s sustainability goals: utility construction equipment. All-electric machines eliminate emissions and allow crews to operate in noise-sensitive areas and outside of standard work hours. They offer operators a safer work environment with no exposure to diesel fumes. So, what’s the latest in EV machines? Consider these new developments in three equipment categories – compact excavators, compact loader…

| Grace Suizo |

Navigating the Surge in Fuel Costs

High fuel prices have made it increasingly difficult for fleet operations to keep costs low – especially utility fleets, whose essential services require daily travel to job sites. According to Dan Remmert, senior manager of fleet services for Ameren Illinois, “Not only are fuel prices at record highs, but pretty much everything else it takes to maintain a fleet is affected by higher cost.” Oklahoma Gas & Electric, which operates a total of 2,240 assets – 55% gasoline and 45% diesel – is facing similar challenges. The utility has a 65% utilization rate, and its vehicles are collec…

| David Cullen |

All About GPS Tracking for Fleet Trailers

GPS-based electronic tracking systems first made inroads with over-the-road truck fleets to keep tabs on freight trailers as they’re hauled great distances and parked in far-off lots after cargo is offloaded. But every application for this dynamic technology differs where trailers are concerned, which is why utility fleet professionals should dig into how available systems match up to their specific operations. Steven Berube, senior business development manager, off-road vocational, for Geotab (www.geotab.com), said there are several reasons for electric utilities to consider deployin…

SmartWitness KP2 Dashcam for Fleets

Sensata Technologies has announced that recently acquired SmartWitness is bringing industry-first modular flexibility to video telematics with its new KP2 dashcam. The KP2 is a compact road-facing camera with a snap-on driver-facing camera option that enables commercial fleets to add driver-facing video at any time with no wiring changes, no added installation cost and no downtime. Available immediately through telematics service providers, the KP2 includes a choice of real-time automatic driver assistance system and driver state monitoring features for accident prevention, plus cloud-ba…

Terex Opens New Georgia Service Center

Terex Utilities has opened a new Terex Service Center in Georgia. The brand-new location in Atlanta was built to suit, offering full-service repair facilities, as well as inspections, preventive maintenance, transfers and rebuilds, and more. The Atlanta location opened in May 2022 and adds additional support for customers in the Southeast U.S., along with existing locations in Birmingham, Alabama; White House, Tennessee; and Charlotte, North Carolina. The Atlanta service center is situated on 5 acres and is equipped with 14 drive-through bays, a wash bay, and two 10-ton OHD bridge cranes…

| Rich Kunkel |

Felling Trailer – July 2022

  The PCD, Pole/Cargo/Dump trailer is the newest addition to Felling Trailers’ utilities-based product line. The PCD model class is a true workhorse of Felling Trailers’ Utility/Telecom solutions. An operator can carry out a host of transport runs without changing out trailers. The Pole/Cargo/Dump can transport poles, backfill, debris, and even reels with the optional removable reel stands. It is one unit with the functionality of four. For more information visit www.felling.com

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