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Kate Wade

Hino INSIGHT

 

hino-insightA Web-based location and telematics solution developed by WebTech Wireless, Hino’s INSIGHT is offered with a free one-year service subscription plan on 2008 through 2012 model year trucks. INSIGHT services include route tracking, geofencing, vehicle administration, maintenance management, real-time diagnostic alerts, fleet performance reporting and remote door unlock telemetry. On the dashboard main page of the HinoInsight.com Web portal, specifically designed to access a daily snapshot of a fleet’s critical diagnostics status and performance, fleet managers can simultaneously view real-time vehicle and driver-related information including performance measures for speed, acceleration, braking and fuel usage, in-route/driving fuel economy versus overall fuel economy, drive time, idle time, PTO time and diesel exhaust fluid tank level monitoring.

The user administration interface of Hino INSIGHT can be extended to internal maintenance supervisors, logistics managers, dispatch, drivers and customer service representatives, as well as externally to authorities and insurance companies. INSIGHT includes an automated email scheduling system that enables user-defined groups to receive selected reports. Options available to INSIGHT customers include two-way dispatch/driver communication, electronic driver logs with hours-of-service reporting, routing, security/blind spot video monitoring, axle payload weight monitoring, a security alert system with emergency call center integration, seat belt and tire pressure monitoring, accelerometer accident reporting and other customized solutions.

www.hino.com

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Altec Cranes

 

altec-cranesRiding seat crane models from Altec Industries feature a new tilt cab option that allows the operator to adjust the angle of the cab with hydraulic power. Included are the truck-mounted and track carrier AC38-127S models. The truck-mounted AC23-95B from Altec features out-and-down outriggers to provide increased productivity during setup in confined areas with short-span, mid-span and full-span load charts.

Designed and built with integral safety features to help comply with new standards, Altec cranes include interlocks to help prevent boom operation prior to deploying the outriggers and outrigger controls at ground level, located within view of the shoes to help prevent crush hazards. Other safety features of the company’s models include winch drum rotation indicators that signal the operator of winch drum motion and speed, area protection in the load moment indicator that helps warn of potential overhead hazards, and load moment indicators programmed with a 50 percent de-rate for personnel handling with pin-on platforms.

www.altec.com

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Ramsey Winch POWERMASTER

 

ramsey-winch-powermasterThe new POWERMASTER series from Ramsey Winch includes a complete bumper system that has a 20k hydraulic planetary winch with optional extended shaft, Capstan drives with lifting capacities up to 6,000 pounds and Capstan heads. The new POWERMASTER bumper features a shell made from galvanneal steel, which is precision welded for added strength and lower maintenance costs. The POWERMASTER design also includes locking latches for bumper compartments that provide added security for tools and equipment.

www.ramsey.com

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Seth Skydel

Resale Value

 

resale-5-webAn important part of any fleet manager’s responsibility is the remarketing of used vehicles. For a growing number of fleets, the highest used values are being realized by turning to auction companies that specialize in the disposal of used utility vehicles and equipment.

In a recent roundtable discussion with Utility Fleet Professional Editor Seth Skydel, representatives of three leading auction companies discussed the trends that are impacting their remarketing choices and success, and the reasons that utility fleet managers should consider auctions as they manage their fleets’ remarketing efforts.

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Green Fleet Technologies

eaton-2-webEaton
The developer and manufacturer of hybrid power systems for commercial vehicles, Eaton’s parallel hybrid systems are already in use in many utility fleets. Available through truck manufacturers, the systems include the electric hybrid solution featuring an engine-off power-takeoff (ePTO), and an optional auxiliary power generator and AC power panel for utility, telecom and municipal operations using medium-duty bucket trucks.

The Eaton electric hybrid power system maintains the vehicle’s conventional drivetrain and blends engine torque with electric torque. The system recovers power normally lost during braking and stores the energy in batteries. It can provide ePTO and work site capability for operations needing hydraulic and electric power on job sites. The system is coupled with the vehicle’s engine and Eaton’s UltraShift automated manual transmission and clutch. Between the output side of the clutch and the transmission, the system includes an electric motor/generator that is connected to a power inverter and lithium-ion batteries, and is controlled with an electronic control module.

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Changing Landscape

green-fleets-2-webThe landscape for utility fleets is changing again. Earlier this year, the first-ever fuel efficiency and carbon rules for trucks were put in place. Following the process used for light-duty vehicles, the new rules set standards for all on-highway vehicles with GVW ratings above 8,500 pounds. The new rules that will take effect include U.S. Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas regulations beginning with 2014 model year vehicles and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fuel consumption regulations that begin with the 2016 model year.

Under these new regulations, fuel efficiency will rise and carbon emissions will go down for all vehicle classes, including tractors, Class 3 to 8 vocational work trucks, and heavy-duty pickups and vans. Manufacturers are expected to meet the new regulations with both engine and full vehicle technology approaches.

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Benchmarking Success

benchmarking-3-web“The challenge of operating on a flat budget requires us to look for cost-saving measures on an annual basis,” says Richard Dwornik, business manager for transportation and equipment services at We Energies. “That and other management challenges lead to the need for a comprehensive process of benchmarking our fleet. Equipment utilization and staffing issues, for example, are among the things that drive us to see what other utilities are doing and to identify best practices that we can incorporate into our fleet management processes.

“We’re evaluating data on our operation and comparing it to the industry average as well as to historical and current internal benchmarks,” Dwornik continues. “We look at measurements of vehicle utilization, cost per unit, work order touches per unit, fuel usage, operating costs and staffing levels.”

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Isuzu Commercial Van

isuzuIsuzu Commercial Truck of America and Utilimaster have rolled out the Reach commercial van. Featuring a body designed by Utilimaster on a 12,000-pound GVWR Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX chassis, the Reach will be offered in 134- and 151-inch wheelbases and body lengths of 10, 12 and 14 feet. Resulting cargo area will measure 450, 540 or 630 cubic feet. The Reach van is powered by an Isuzu 4JJ1-TC 3.0-liter turbocharged engine rated at 150 HP, and is fitted with an Aisin medium-duty six-speed automatic transmission. In the design, the stripped chassis’ engine has been relocated to minimize protrusion into the cab and the driver seat position, and numerous component locations have been revised to accommodate the walk-in van body.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America    www.isuzucv.com

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Hino Trucks Class 4 and 5 Diesel and Hybrid Cab-overs

hinoHino Trucks has unveiled four models of its newly designed Class 4 and Class 5 cab-over-engine trucks. Included are the Class 4 155 diesel and the OEM’s first U.S. Class 4 diesel-electric hybrid, the 155h. Both 155 models have a 14,500-pound GVW rating. Hino is also offering the Class 5 195 diesel and the 195h diesel-electric hybrid with a 19,500-pound GVWR. All models are powered by the Hino J05E Series 5-liter engine rated at 210 HP and 440 lbs./ft. of torque and are equipped with Aisin’s A465 six-speed automatic transmission.

Hino Trucks    www.hino.com

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RUD Snow and Traction Chains

rudRUD manufactures a variety of snow/ice and traction chains. Its snow chains are available in various designs to fit both on- and off-road vehicles, from snow chains for snowblowers to rugged alloy steel chains that can meet the demands of large off-road equipment. RUD’s top-of-the-line conventional snow chains meet the highest demands for traction. Made of high-quality alloy steel, the tire chains are easy to mount and designed for maximum traction, smooth running performance and exceptional tire protection. The Grip is RUD’s starter model, an effective snow chain at an extremely attractive price. It is mainly recommended for front-wheel drives, and for use on cars, mini-buses and delivery vans. The ROTOGRIP® – RUD’s automatic snow chain system – features the proven universal mounting system. The patented design of the chain wheels allows for installation on either side in your choice of six-, eight-, 10- or 18-strand wheels. Designed for a wide range of vehicles and suspensions, the ROTOGRIP® system is easy to install and designed to work in forward and reverse, providing excellent traction at low speeds.

RUD    www.rudchain.com

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K&H Lights

kh-night-rayNew to K&H Industries’ line of remote-controlled spotlights, the Night Ray NR-955-20 now features a 50-watt high-intensity discharge (HID) xenon metal-halide arc discharge bulb with output of 750,000 candlepower. The lamp operates at less than half the power draw of a standard 100-watt lamp and provides light intensity five times brighter. Other Night Ray spotlight features include 370 degrees of rotation on the horizontal axis and 350 degrees of vertical tilt. The unit’s light housing and base are completely enclosed and weather-tight, and its motor assemblies, shafts, brackets and other mechanical components are made from marine-quality materials.

K&H Industries    www.khindustries.com

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Pelsue Umbrella Mount

pelsueWith temperatures heating up, you can count on Pelsue to keep you cool. The company’s new umbrella mount utilizes two suction cups, giving you the ability to mount an umbrella for shade on any flat surface. Each suction cup can hold up to 75 pounds to ensure your shade isn’t going anywhere. Fabricated from zinc-plated steel, this mount will stand the test of time.

Pelsue    www.pelsue.com

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Reading Body Aluminum Classic Service Van

readingReading Body’s line of truck bodies – including the Aluminum Classic Service Van (CSV) – is designed to improve productivity on the job with effective materials and equipment organizing systems. CSV models are designed with a high-strength alloy aluminum shell, a two-sided galvannealed steel diamond plate floor (patent pending) and a corrosion-resistant understructure joined with multiple grade-8 stainless steel hardened fasteners. This combination, according to the company, results in a 45 percent weight savings over steel.

Reading Body    www.readingbody.com

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Bigfoot Outrigger Pads

bigfoot2011 marks Bigfoot Construction Equipment’s 15th year of manufacturing outrigger pads. The company offers wood and plastic outrigger pads in the widest range of sizes. All of Bigfoot’s plastic pads carry a full lifetime guarantee, plus you can choose from a large selection of stock pads or opt to have them manufactured in any size you need. To help celebrate Bigfoot’s anniversary, mention Utility Fleet Professional by name when placing an order and receive a 10 percent discount.

Bigfoot Construction Equipment    www.outriggerpads.com

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Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Canter FE/FG Series Trucks

mitsubishiMitsubishi Fuso Truck of America (MFTA) has introduced its 2012-model Mitsubishi Fuso Class 3 through Class 5 cab-over model trucks. The line includes the Class 3 Canter FE125 rated at 12,500 pounds GVW, and the 15,995-pound GVWR Class 4 Canter FE160 and Canter FE160CC seven-passenger crew cab models. Also included are the Class Canter FG4X4 Class 4 four-wheel drive at 14,050 pounds GVWR and the Class 5 Canter FE180 rated at 17,995 pounds GVW. All new MFTA models feature a standard-width 33.5-inch straight ladder frame made with 56,565 psi-yield-strength steel designed with patterned holes at regular intervals along its length and height to make body mounting easier and to save weight compared to previous FE models. The trucks are powered by the OEM’s new 4P10 dual-overhead-cam turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder diesel engine coupled to a Mitsubishi Fuso Duonic six-speed, dual-clutch automated manual transmission.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America    www.mitfuso.com

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Terex L13i Series

terexTerex Utilities has added the L13i to its product family. The L13i is designed for installation on light-duty chassis in the 3,500-kg (7,700-pound) GVWR range. The L13i is descriptive of a 13-m working height insulated aerial.

Key product features include:
• Insulated articulating and telescoping aerial device
• Ability to mount on a variety of light-duty chassis
• Bottom-of-platform height of 11.1 m (36.5 ft.)
• Working height of 12.6 m (41.5 ft.)
• Optional two-person platform

The L13i Series will be a valuable addition to the product lineup. It provides users with increased chassis options for applications that vary from trouble truck work to tree trimming in urban applications.

Terex Utilities    www.terexutilities.com

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Golight HID Stryker

golightIn response to consumer demand, Golight Inc., the leader in remote-control searchlights, has introduced the High Intensity Discharge (HID) Stryker. The new HID Stryker offers Golight users tremendous intensity with minimal strain on the vehicle’s electrical system. By comparison, the HID upgrade more than triples the light output of its incandescent counterpart. Renowned for its beam precision, Golight has been able to generate a peak beam intensity of 650,000 candelas by incorporating an internally-ballasted HID bulb and updated reflector into the Stryker remote-control light housing, and achieve a maximum beam distance of more than one mile. Besides increased intensity, the HID system emits light at significantly greater color temperature – 4100 k – which creates a whiter light comparable to daylight. After an initial startup surge, the HID Stryker requires only 3.5 amps for continuous operation. The unit reaches peak output in less than 10 seconds and reaches 70 percent capacity in just four seconds. The filament-free bulb also has durability advantages, with a rated life of greater than 3,000 hours.

Golight Inc.    www.golight.com

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Doing It Right

dsc01553Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS), headquartered in Rutland, is one of the largest businesses in Vermont and the state’s largest electric company. The utility, which was organized in 1929 with the consolidation of eight electric companies, traces its roots to more than 100 companies, including one dating back to 1858.

A shareholder-owned electric utility, CVPS serves one of the most rural territories in the country, with just 18 customers per mile of line. Its customer base, however, numbers more than 159,000 in 163 communities. Due to the size of its operating territory, CVPS utilizes 617 miles of transmission line and 8,806 miles of distribution line to meet customer power needs.

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Goodyear fleetHQ Solution Center

goodyear-fleethqIntroduced three years ago, the Goodyear fleetHQ Solution Center combines emergency road services with a portfolio of business solutions. Included are online information systems providing 24/7 access to service in progress, retread history, repair data and tire purchase history.

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GM FleetTrac

GM FleetTrac offers fleet managers an opportunity to dramatically simplify the vehicle maintenance process. The new solution from General Motors offers the convenience, flexibility and reduced administrative costs of a system that consolidates vehicle maintenance invoices, documents vehicle repair history and minimizes the repair authorization process.

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