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Minimizer has published a white paper and released a new video addressing the risks associated with driver fatigue and the importance of driver comfort products, such as the company’s new mattress, in keeping drivers alert and performing at their best.
In the new white paper, Minimizer writes when a truck driver is suffering from fatigue there can be dire consequences. While there is no agreement on how to directly measure the role of fatigue in accidents involving trucks, Minimizer says the National Transportation Safety Board estimates that fatigue played a role in 20 percent of the truck-related accidents it investigated in 2015.
Minimizer goes on to address different tactics and products drivers can use that can improve their health and reduce instances of fatigue. Among those products are high-quality seats and mattresses, where a driver will spend the majority of their time. “The right mattress coupled with the right seat will ensure the driver is well rested and stays alert throughout the day,” the company says.
In the associated video, Minimizer speaks with Dr. Kelly Nesvold, who speaks to the short- and long-term health effects of quality rest for a commercial truck driver.
Doctor recommended semi truck mattress - YouTube
The company adds both the educational materials and its associated products come from Minimizer’s commit to the end users it serves.
“Minimizer was started by a truck driver and has started a movement to #RespectTheDriver with premium well deserved in-cab features that focus on health and safety,” says Steve Hansen, Minimizer marketing director.
“We’ve noticed gaps in the product offering with respect to high quality options for driver comfort. The reaction from drivers at trade shows and on social media has been incredible. That I know of, this is the first seat and mattress actually specified by drivers and doctors instead of OEM manufacturer engineers. It’s no surprise drivers absolutely love the product.”
Since 1996, BFGoodrich commercial truck tires have helped American truckers take control on our nation’s highways and byways. With the launch of two new all-terrain tires from BFGoodrich, the Cross Control S and Cross Control D, the legacy continues for trucks used for construction, logging and energy that encounter aggressive conditions in grueling day-to-day environments, according to an announcement.
“BFGoodrich commercial truck products are built to deliver the best uptime in their class with tough proven performance. It’s a brand that fleet operators can count on while working on the most demanding job sites,” says Adam Murphy, vice president of B2B marketing at BFGoodrich commercial truck tires.
The BFGoodrich Cross Control tire line is designed to combat damage and downtime with features that include:
Thick sidewalls to resist damage from impacts;
heat-release compounds to help reduce internal casing temperatures;
a full-protector ply, which is 75 percent wider than a leading competitor, to provide protection from penetrations and road hazards even past the outer grooves;
anti-cut and chip resistance to help prevent damage that can take a tire prematurely out of service.
In fact, the BFGoodrich Cross Control S (all-terrain steer/all-position) tire is guaranteed to provide 20 percent more mileage on the wide-base iteration of the BFGoodrich Cross Control S than with the BFGoodrich ST565TM wide-base tire. The serrated shoulder with staggered rib blocks assist with maneuverability in soft soils and snow conditions. The aggressive ribbed tread design provides traction in challenging conditions without sacrificing handling or ride comfort. The BFGoodrich Cross Control S tire is available in sizes 11R22.5 and 11R24.5 (Load Range H), 315/80R22.5 (Load Range L), and starting in May 2018 will be available in sizes 385/65R22.5 (Load Range J) and 425/65R22.5 (Load Range L), according to an announcement.
The BFGoodrich Cross Control D, an all-terrain drive tire, offers many of the same features as its steer counterpart. Built for traction, it is designed with 25 percent more lugs on the road to grip snow, mud and dirt. A 75 percent wider protector ply than a leading competitor provides greater protection from road hazards and penetrations, which can leave fleets and owner-operators on the side of the road encountering unexpected downtime, the company says. The BFGoodrich Cross Control D tire is available in 11R22.5 and 11R24.5 sizes (Load Range H). And confident in the Cross Control’s downtime-fighting durability and increased mileage, BFGoodrich offers a work-hard guarantee for the products.
“The BFGoodrich Cross Control D and S tires are extremely beefy compared to what I normally drive on during a construction job. I like that design because I get the best traction, even climbing up steep grades and rocky material,” says Kelli Desmond, driver for Sierra Rental & Transport. “But what’s surprising is that these are also some of the most comfortable tires I’ve ever driven on the highway.”
“To ensure we are meeting customer demand for durability and traction, we will be revitalizing the entire product portfolio over the next few years,” Murphy says. “In addition, we are also eager to introduce a new BFGoodrich brand technology — an augmented reality (AR) app — an exciting tool that brings a 3-D version of the new tires to life in the user’s environment.”
Available soon through the app stores, it is designed for newer iOS and Android devices. The BFGoodrich AR app allows users to interact with the tire’s features, benefits and key support materials, including technical specs, videos and customer testimonials.
The BFGoodrich Tires brand offers a full line-up of high quality, retreadable tires for line haul, regional, urban and on/off-road applications.
Phillips Industries introduces QWIK-CHECK, developed for quick and easy confirmation of power within the 7-way connection between the tractor and trailer.
Designed for integration into the electrical system of the nosebox, Phillips says QWIK-CHECK eliminates the immediate need for a continuity tester, visually confirming an electrical signal from the tractor to the trailer.
With the tractor turned on and power supplied to the 7-way connection, the color-coded LED lights of the QWIK-CHECK will light up as each circuit receives power, Phillips says. Each light is an indication that power to the correlating circuit is reaching the 7-way connection. If a light does not come on, Phillips says this indicates that there is a problem with the associated circuit and further investigation is warranted.
Phillips says the QWIK-CHECK is currently offered for universal installation on any nosebox, or as a readily available replacement for units already installed on the i-BOX or VOLT-BOX noseboxes. The universal unit comes with 12-in. blunt cut wires and ring terminals to customize installation. Replacement units come with wires pre-cut to length and ring terminals already installed, the company adds.
Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. recently held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new Welding Technology and Training Center in Cleveland. The event highlights Lincoln’s expanded educational offering and commemorates the centennial anniversary of its welding school, the longest-running welding school in the world, according to an announcement.
The Center focuses on training welding educators, engineers and industrial professionals who are advancing welding in schools and industry globally. Additionally, the Center provides advanced technical welding training for professionals, as well as a portfolio of turnkey educational solutions that can be used to launch welding training at customers’ own facilities. Lincoln’s education portfolio includes an extensive educational curriculum, virtual reality and technology-assisted training tools, industry-leading welding and cutting solutions and robotic cells.
“Our new Center is a strategic investment to help our customers and educational partners grow using leading solutions. Our educational offering and leadership in automation solutions provide meaningful solutions to address the skills gap and capacity constraints facing customers in our industry,” says Christopher L. Mapes, Lincoln Electric chairman, president and CEO.
“We are committed to providing students and customers with the relevant skills and knowledge needed to support career and technical schools, advanced manufacturing and infrastructure growth. Our education model will shape the next generation of welders, managers and industry leaders,” says Jason Scales, Lincoln Electric business manager, education.
Located on the company’s headquarters campus in Cleveland, the new 130,000 sq.-ft. facility represents a $30 million investment in training for a new generation of welding leaders and educators, according to the announcement. The Center is a state-of-the art educational facility that features 166 welding and cutting booths, a virtual reality training lab with 10 VRTEX virtual reality welding simulators, as well as extensive seminar and welding school classroom space, and a 100-seat auditorium to advance technical skills. The Center will also become an American Welding Society accredited testing facility later this year.
Service Line Inc. has launched the Renegade I-Series Pass-Through Wash, Rinse, Dry Parts Washer System, which is custom-designed to deliver two-stage, continuous cleaning efficiency to clean and dry heavy-duty truck and bus parts transported via inline conveyor operation, according to an announcement.
The wash stage compartment contains oscillating spray manifolds with strategically-placed nozzles to deliver high-pressure force and high-temperature cleaning. The dry stage compartment contains a powerful air blower to remove residual water from hard-to-reach cavities. Conveyor “tunnel” or “flow-through” cleaning systems are designed for high-production, repetitive cleaning operations, and stages can be configured in any order.
Key components of the Renegade I-Series system include a powerful gas immersion heat system; dual six-bag filter assemblies for the wash cycle; power vent for rapid steam removal; PLC/HMI touch screen, user-friendly controls with seven-day timer; filter monitoring; preset maintenance and wash cycles; and temperature display. Additional features include Ethernet connection for remote monitoring; filtered fresh air intake; heavy-duty, variable-speed conveyor transport system; and rugged stainless-steel construction.
The Renegade modular conveyorized cleaning system reduces labor and increases operational efficiency for real impact on operation costs, according to the company. Renegade parts washers are designed to work with Renegade solvent-free detergents for maximum cleaning without residue buildup.
Based in Houma, La., Fleet Supply Warehouse has been providing high-quality brand name filters, belts, batteries and exhaust products to the oil field, shipping and on-highway industries for more than four decades. The company was established in 1974 and offers a large inventory of truck and trailer components. The company operates from a 63,000-sq.-ft. warehouse to provide timely and reliable delivery service to much of southern Louisiana including New Orleans, Lafayette and Baton Rouge.
“The experienced management and sales team at Fleet Supply Warehouse have the product knowledge and proven expertise to meet the unique needs of each customer,” says Mark Iasiello, general manager, Power Heavy Duty. “We are pleased to welcome them to the growing family of Power Heavy Duty distributors.”
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual International Roadcheck, a three-day ramp up of truck and bus enforcement across North America, is scheduled for June 5-7. The year’s focus will be on hours-of-service compliance, says CVSA, due in part to the implementation of the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate.
“The top reason drivers were placed out of service during 2017 International Roadcheck was for hours-of-service violations,” says CVSA President Capt. Christopher Turner of the Kansas Highway Patrol. “Although the electronic logging device rule that went into effect on Dec. 18 does not change any of the underlying hours-of-service rules or exceptions, the ELD mandate placed a spotlight on hours-of-service compliance. We thought this year would be a perfect opportunity to focus on the importance of the hours-of-service regulations.”
However, inspectors will perform full Level I inspections on most rigs checked during the inspection blitz. Level I inspections are the most thorough, including examination of both driver compliance and vehicle-related violations, the organization says.
CVSA has said in years past that an average of 15 trucks and buses are inspected every minute across North America during the 72-hour event. In last year’s Roadcheck, 15,000 out-of-service orders were issued. Of those, 12,000 were for vehicle-related violations and 3,000 were for driver-related violations. Violations related to hours of service and brakes topped the out-of-service infractions. Enforcers in 2017 conducted more than 63,o00 inspections during the 72-hour event.
Ioxus, designers and manufacturers of smart power solutions based on its widely used ultracapacitor technology, today announced a new addition to its product lineup. The uSTART energy storage solution is now available for Classes 7 and 8 day cab trucks and tractors with up to 12-liter engines.
Ioxus says uSTART is a smart power solution that improves starting reliability and extends battery and starter life. Installed by the OEM or as a retrofit; as a drop-in Group 31 battery replacement, uSTART provides a level of starting power not available in typical batteries, particularly in tough duty cycles or cold weather. uSTART reduces the number of batteries a truck would require throughout its service life. In addition, uSTART systems reduce stress on starters and provide jumpstart capabilities, the company says.
“With a solid foundation in ultracapacitor design and manufacturing, Ioxus has developed patented power management systems that are deployed across several applications where reliable, on-demand power is needed”, says Mark McGough, president and CEO at Ioxus. “uSTART smart power systems are already widely used in Class 6 models in package and other delivery truck markets. After extensive field testing, we are proud to announce that uSTART is proven to provide those same benefits to operators of Class 7 and 8 day cabs.”
Ioxus says uSTART smart power systems are based on ultracapacitors, which are used as energy storage building blocks. The systems use smart power electronics to intelligently monitor, manage and control power on a vehicle’s electrical bus, minimizing cycling on the remaining batteries. uSTART also has jump start capabilities, which eliminates costly and time-consuming roadside service calls for engine starting issues, the company adds.
The GenNext and Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network (CVSN) Distributor Training Expo has sold out for the third consecutive year, organizers announced Tuesday.
This year’s event will be held April 20-22, in Atlanta, and will allow 30 aftermarket suppliers to train 200 distributor sales professionals over the course of two days. GenNext and CVSN say every single classroom session, training expo period, keynote presentation and networking break will be filled with students and industry professionals, ensuring everyone involved is able to maximize their experience at the event.
Organizers say event attendees are capped due to food, beverage, lodging and budget costs, and that each year the event has been held it has been able to grow 15 to 20 percent while still selling out.
“That’s what we signed up for,” says Minimizer Marketing Director and DTE Chairman Steve Hansen. “It’s exhausting but when I leave I know I literally trained 200 aftermarket distributor salespeople and that’s a great feeling!”
Distributor attendees are available online HERE. Supplier Partners are available online HERE. A tentative agenda is shown HERE, and a bio of keynote speaker Jim Pancero can be found HERE.
Additionally, if you are a supplier or distributor and are interested in being involved in 2019, please reach out to Steve Hansen (email@example.com) or Angelo Volpe (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be added to the initial contact list.
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