Sunday, August 2, 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Utility Contractors - Carry your canoe for work or play!


By Steve Taylor

I spotted this Ford mounted Knapheide Utility truck parked by a pond near my home in Tampa, Florida. It’s sort of a mystery because it’s parked in a sewer main construction zone . I thought it was a contractor for the project but when you take a close look you will see it’s carrying a canoe atop the Rack-it Style rack!

If you look close you will see a guy back-to surveying the pond. Makes me wonder if he’s working or going fishing! It could be both, he may carry the canoe to his work and then go fishing at the end of the day I guess!

In any event this Ford SuperDuty Extended Cab is prepared to go off-road, it is a 4 X 4 also outfitted with a winch. It's ready to pull its weight whether you need it for work or play!

You may find more about Knapheide products at: http://www.knapheide.com/

Guest Post by Steve Taylor: Steve specializes in lean six sigma process improvement. He focuses on consulting with landscape / snow removal contractors, truck fleets, equipment distributors and manufacturers in the work truck industry. He may be contacted at steve@truckarchitect.com and his website is http://www.upstreamsource.com/




2016 Silverado: The New Face of Strong



  • ·         Bolder, more sculpted look reflects Silverado strength, dependability
  • ·         Available support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • ·         Expanded use of 8-speed transmissions; additional safety technologies
 
DETROIT – Chevy Trucks are on a roll, with Chevrolet pickup sales up 32 percent so far this year. Chevrolet intends to strengthen this momentum with significant updates for the 2016 Silverado 1500 full-size pickup.
“The redesigned 2016 Silverado will build on Chevy Trucks’ legacy of dependability. It will feature a more muscular appearance and offer new customer-focused technologies,” said Sandor Piszar, marketing director for Chevy Trucks.
“New front end designs with bold horizontal elements, sculpted hoods and dramatic lighting reflect the strength and refinement that have helped make Silverado the fastest growing full-size pickup brand this year.”
Other changes for 2016 will include expanded use of 8-speed automatic transmissions, updated Chevy MyLink with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and additional safety technologies.
The redesign of the 2016 Silverado 1500 is part of an aggressive strategy to build on Chevy Trucks’ momentum.
Since the introduction of the all-new Silverado 1500 in the spring of 2013, Silverado sales have grown by double digits, on a percentage basis, each year. Through June of this year, Silverado sales are up 14.6 percent. Chevrolet also sold 41,575 midsize Colorados during the same period.
More product details will be available this fall, closer to the public debut of the redesigned 2016 Silverado 1500.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive & active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Friday, July 31, 2015

GMC Adds Apple CarPlay to 2016 Canyon, Yukon and Sierra


Phone integration tech also includes Android Auto 
offered on some Sierra models



DETROIT – GMC adds Apple CarPlay capability to the 2016 Canyon, Yukon and Sierra, taking the iPhone features customers want to access while driving and putting them on the vehicle’s display in a smart, simple manner with the brand’s IntelliLink system.

Android Auto capability will also be offered on some Sierra models at the beginning of the model year and all Sierra, Canyon and Yukon models later in the year.

The features allow customers to use select smartphone apps through the touchscreen interface of GMC’s IntelliLink system. Many features can be controlled via voice commands through a button on the steering wheel, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

“GMC IntelliLink is taking another step forward with this simple and intuitive functionality that makes phones and vehicles work better together,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “Like other GMC features, from OnStar 4G LTE connectivity and active safety features, it’s technology designed to enhance the driving experience without intruding on it.”

GMC’s latest infotainment systems include an eight-inch-diagonal screen version offered on Canyon, Yukon and Sierra, which will be compatible only with Apple CarPlay at the beginning of the 2016 model year. A seven-inch-diagonal screen radio is offered on Sierra base models and will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability at the beginning of the model year. Android Auto capability is expected to be available on the eight-inch system later in the 2016 model year.

Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone features customers want to access while driving and puts them on the vehicle’s display in a smart, simple manner. This allows drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Apple CarPlay-supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and third-party audio apps. A full list of those apps can be found at Apple.com/ios/carplay. Apple CarPlay is compatible with iOS 7.1 or higher.
Android Auto is built around Google Maps, Google Now and the ability to talk to Google, as well as a growing audio and messaging app ecosystem that includes WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, Spotify and podcast players. A full list of supported apps is available at g.co/androidauto. Android Auto requires a phone running an Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or above.
Using either application is simple. A “Projection” icon on the IntelliLink screen is visible when a phone is not connected, then changes to indicate CarPlay or Android Auto when a compatible phone is connected via USB.

Compatible apps need to be downloaded to a phone before using. Apple and Google’s privacy statements and terms of use apply. Data plan rates may also apply.

Complementing OnStar 4G LTE connectivity
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability complement the OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot offered in all 2016 GMC models, including Acadia and Terrain.

The state-of-the-art technology provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected wherever and whenever they like with up to seven personal devices. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/three gigabyte data trial, after which there is an option to purchase additional data.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A well equipped RAM Utility Truck utilized by TECO, Tampa, Florida


By Steve Taylor

This bucket truck in Tampa, Florida is being used for maintenance on Street Lights. Bucket trucks are used for raising workers up near electrical utility poles for maintenance. Insulated buckets trucks are used to protect workers from danger from high voltage wires.




This RAM diesel powered chassis and Utility Body is outfitted with a Pedestal Mounted Man Basket. This boom set up has the longest reach that can be used without outriggers!

This body has all kinds of storage space on shelving behind the closed cabinet doors. Notice the extra storage for long tools on the curbside top of the body. The body has an rear extension of the bed allowing access and egress from the bucket. Notice the cross box the full width of the bed underside. Steps w/ railing are integrated into the extension on the curbside. A wheel chock cradle is crafted into the side of the body.

Other interesting equipment are the built in traffic cone holder, the attachment of parts buckets below the rear, the  cooler and water bottles, a basic requirement in this Florida sub-tropical climate!



Guest Post by Steve Taylor: Steve specializes in lean six sigma process improvement. He focuses on consulting with landscape / snow removal contractors, truck fleets, equipment distributors and manufacturers in the work truck industry. He may be contacted at steve@truckarchitect.com and his website is http://www.upstreamsource.com/




Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Video: Ford Focuses on Alternative Fuel Options



Ford Focuses on Alternative Fuel Options, CNG, Propane, etc.

Isuzu FRR - Landscaper's use of a Beavertail Body makes loading lawn mowers easy!



This Platform/Flatbed Body is being used by a Landscaping Company in Tampa, Florida. The body has a beavertail extension and ramp that enables the easy loading of mobile equipment such as mowers. Notice the extensive use of expanded metal, including in the headboard, the cabinet enclosure on top and the drop-down sides. This design allows for increased visibility, while looking back through the headboard and visibility into the cabinets.




The Chassis is an Isuzu FRR Single Rear Axle with a Standard Cab. This truck cab allows great visibility for the driver, being close to the windshield. The driver and passenger have a great view down through the side door windows which start at an elevation close to the floorboard. 

This body was installed by Knapheide Truck Equipment in Orlando, FL. Find out about Knapheide products at: www.knapheide.com


Guest Post by Steve Taylor: Steve specializes in lean six sigma process improvement. He focuses on consulting with landscape / snow removal contractors, truck fleets, equipment distributors and manufacturers in the work truck industry. He may be contacted at steve@truckarchitect.com and his website is http://www.upstreamsource.com/

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ever wonder what’s Inside the Stanley Steemer van?




By Steve Taylor

Often these vans appear to be parked and the driver likely to be out having coffee and donuts! Right, but if you take a close look at the rear of the van you will see a vacuum hose and cords snaking out from the underside of the van. Look closer and you will see a small extra exhaust pipe next to the van tailpipe. And if you listen carefully, you will hear a 2 cycle engine running!



So whats going on? The van is working, even with all the doors buttoned up! There is a small gas engine powering an electric generator as well as a vacuum system, all this going on without any help from the vans engine! Of course the other end of the hoses will (hopefully) find people working as well, using the vacuum to clean carpets etc!


And if you open the rear doors you will find a very well ordered and organized equipment and storage configuration. The hose reels are accessed from the rear of the van, with the hoses exiting the interior through the floor.


When you open the side doors you will find a well organized space containing portable equipment. tool trays, hoses reels, and chemicals stored securely in place.

The use of the auxiliary engine requires fuel and in this case it is gas. The gas is supplied from the vehicle tank and the system monitors the fuel level. The auxiliary engine cannot drain the tank of it's contents, it shuts the aux engine down at an adequate to allow the van to travel to the refueling station.

So idle trucks can be working, when you take a close look you might be surprised at what you find!

Find out more about Stanley Steemer at: https://www.stanleysteemer.com/



Guest Post by Steve Taylor: Steve specializes in lean six sigma process improvement. He focuses on consulting with landscape / snow removal contractors, truck fleets, equipment distributors and manufacturers in the work truck industry. He may be contacted at steve@truckarchitect.com and his website is http://www.upstreamsource.com/





GMC Double Cab 4x4 with 8' Harbor Service Body



Jordan Lewis gives us a tour of a new 2015 GMC Double Cab 4x4 truck with an 8' Harbor Service Body with Stainless Steel Lids, HD Forklift Loadable Rack, Tow Package, and more.

See more at http://www.DowLewisTrucks.com

Monday, July 27, 2015

GMC Interactive Canyon Experience


Ever wondered what a new pickup might look like sitting in your driveway?

Thanks to GMC’s interactive Canyon Experience, you can find out without having to finance a new vehicle. Canyon Experience lets customers virtually “test drive” a Canyon in four lifestyle environments starting from their neighborhood – or anywhere else.



The Canyon Experience is the first with Google Maps and Google Street View technology that lets users “see” a Canyon in their neighborhood, close to their home.

“The Canyon Experience will appeal to the variety of lifestyles and interests of our very diverse audience,” says Kenn Bakowski, Canyon marketing manager. “Customers can learn about the various Canyon attributes that interest them, including capability, safety, the quiet cabin, connectivity and more.

When customers visit the site, they can choose different scenarios for their Canyon test drives – city, shore, mountains and rural. They can even ‘park’ a new Canyon close to their home to see how it looks, and share it socially.

“We set out to engage potential Canyon customers in a fun, creative way,” says Bakowski.

The Canyon Experience is designed to connect with customers in the early stages of the vehicle-buying process and is compatible with desktop (Internet Explorer 9 or higher), tablet and iOS and Android smartphones.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Knapheide Develops Service Bodies For Half-Ton & Compact Trucks

The Knapheide Manufacturing Company introduces 
an exclusive service body product offering to the industry.


The Knapheide Manufacturing Company, the nation's leading provider of commercial vehicle solutions, announces the release of EC Series Service Bodies.  EC Service Bodies feature an optimized understructure for superior strength to weight ratio and possess many of the same tried and true standard features customers have come to expect in Knapheide Service Bodies.  Knapheide received a high volumne of positive feedback when customers got a sneak peek of the EC Series Service Body at the 2015 Work Truck Show, held in Indianapolis, IN at the Indiana Convention Center.      

"Customers have become very payload sensitive but still want the durability of steel," said Tony Marshall, Product Manager at Knapheide. "The combination of a half-ton or compact pickup with an EC Series Service Body give the owner/operator more than enough applicable payload.  The OEM approved bed delete option on half-ton and compact trucks has opened up a whole new segment for truck body manufacturers and upfitters."

Traditionally confined to utilizing only cross or side mounted toolboxes or toppers, half-ton and compact truck owners now have the ability to transition into a dedicated service body which promotes forced organization to drive increased efficiency and productivity.  Loaded with innovative standard features like automotive-quality rotary latches, stainless steel continuous hinges, and E-Coat prime paint protection, the EC Series Service Bodies are built to provide years of dependable service for owner/operators.

EC Series Service Bodies are available through Knapheide's extensive North American distribution network.  Visit the EC Series Service Bodies product page for more information or fill out the form below.

Caseco Lube & Mechanics Truck New Features



Don Freeman, Vice-President of Business Development at Caseco talks with Joe Hughes, of the National Ford Truck Club about some of the changes and features of the Caseco lube and mechanics bodies. See much more about Caseco at http://www.casecotruck.com

Saturday, July 25, 2015

2016 GMC Sierra Unveiled


 With exterior styling as its top reason for purchase, the new truck adds key design elements: LED “C-shaped” signature daytime running lights and LED headlights; new front fascia and grilles for each trim level; new LED fog lamps; new bumpers; and new “C-shaped” LED taillights.

The new Sierra will be available in the fourth quarter of this year, with additional details and information on the new model released in the coming months.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, onTwitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.


GMC’s best-selling truck has great momentum coming off its best June since 2006 and 12 consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Cummins Genuine Parts vs. Non-Genuine Parts: There is a Difference (Korean subtitles)



Sometimes it can be hard to see the difference between Genuine Cummins parts and non-genuine parts, but it’s the little details that make a difference. Non-genuine parts may fit a Cummins engine – but they aren’t built or remanufactured using the same procedures or materials, to Cummins exact specifications. This video takes a look at some of the critical differences in quality and performance between Genuine Cummins parts versus non-genuine parts. To learn more about Genuine Cummins parts, visit http://cumminsgenuineparts.com or contact your Cummins dealer or distributor. This video includes Korean subtitles.

때 로는 정품 커민스부품과 비 순정품 간에 차이를 눈으로 구분할 수 없지만, 조금만 자세히 보면 분명 차이가 있습니다. 비 순정부품이 커민스엔진에 맞을 수 있습니다. 그러나, 비 순정품은 커민스의 정확한 제품 규격에 맞는 재질 혹은 절차에 따라 제조되지 않았습니다. 이 동영상을 통해 순정부품과 비 순정부품간의 성능과 품질의 중요한 차이점을 확인 할 수 있습니다. 커민스 순정부품에 대한 자세한 내용은http://cumminsgenuineparts.com를 방문하거나 커민스 대리점에 문의하십시오.

Mercedes-Benz Econic with scissorlift body: Two Econic 2630 trucks handed over to Wisag Aviation Service



•    To be used as airport service vehicles at Frankfurt airport
•    Supply of cabin equipment to aircraft, ranging from passenger blankets to newspapers
•    Medical lift to carry the infirm and wheelchair users
•    Low-frame concept and low overall vehicle height allows deliveries to practically all aircraft types
Press Information

23 July 2015
Stuttgart/Frankfurt – Two Mercedes-Benz Econic 2630 trucks have been handed over to Wisag Aviation Service in Frankfurt, a company specialising in airport services. The vehicles are used to deliver supplies to aircraft ranging from passenger blankets and cushions to magazines and newspapers. In addition these vehicles with their scissorlift bodies can also be used as "medical lifts" for wheelchair users and infirm passengers. "The investment has definitely been worthwhile, as the Econic 2630 is not only efficient and environmentally friendly by virtue of its design. Thanks to its improved safety technology, the new Econic also eases the daily workload of our personnel when making deliveries to aircraft at Frankfurt airport," says Hartmut Meyer, General Manager of Wisag Aviation Service Holding.

Users of the Mercedes-Benz Econic appreciate the low-entry concept with its convenient access and outstanding visibility through the large, panoramic windscreen as well as to both sides. Visibility is further improved by cameras for a 360-degree all-round view and the so-called blind-spot camera system. The Mercedes-Benz Econic is equipped with an Allison automatic transmission as standard. This means that the driver can concentrate fully on the traffic situation, which benefits safety on the apron.

Moreover, thanks to its low-frame concept in combination with the low cab available ex factory, the Econic has an overall vehicle height which allows it to deliver supplies to all current aircraft types from the MD80 to the Airbus A380, without requiring a slimmed-down cab or any modifications to the cab.

Wisag Aviation Service Holding is a leading specialist in airport services. Its core business is ground-based transport services for airports and airlines, predominantly provided with its own employees. Its activities encompass Airport Service, Ground Service, Passage Service, Cargo Service and Airport Personal Service.

A photo of the Mercedes-Benz Econic with the index number 15A464 is available online: www.media.daimler.com

Caption for photo 15A464:
Two Mercedes-Benz Econic trucks have been handed over to Wisag Aviation Service in Frankfurt, a company specialising in airport services. The vehicles are used to deliver supplies to aircraft and for waste removal.

Contacts:
Jürgen Barth, +49 (0) 711 175 2077, juergen.barth@daimler.com
Uta Leitner, +49 (0)711 175 3058, uta.leitner@daimler.com
Heidi Frühe (Wisag), +49 69 505044-260, heidi.fruehe@wisag.de

Further information about Mercedes-Benz is available online: www.media.daimler.com and www.mercedes-benz.com