Thursday, January 31, 2019

Meritor® Launches 22 Electrification Programs with Global OEMs through 2020

Meritor, Inc. logo. (PRNewsFoto/Meritor, Inc.) (PRNewsfoto/Meritor, Inc.) 



130 Battery-Powered Commercial Trucks Hitting the Road through Meritor Blue Horizon

TROY, Mich., Jan. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) today announced it has 22 electrification programs with global OEMs that is expected to put at least 130 fully electric medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks on the road through 2020.

"These emission-free solutions offered under Meritor'sBlue Horizon technology brand have the potential to transform the industry by meeting the rising global demand for clean, electric-powered drivetrains that we believe will deliver a high-efficiency solution that greatly reduces the total cost of ownership for our customers," said John Bennett, vice president and chief technology officer for Meritor. "These programs position Meritor for future growth in an emerging industry segment."

In the first half of 2019, a major fleet customer will begin operating the first of six medium-duty Peterbilt Model 220EV Class 6 pick-up and delivery trucks equipped with Meritor's 14Xe electric drive systems and fully integrated subsystems from TransPower, a leader in electrification technologies for large commercial vehicles. In 2017, Meritor announced a strategic investment in TransPower.

Meritor's eCarrier platform integrates an electric motor into the axle, freeing up space for batteries and other components. This flexible design is the foundation for various drivetrain configurations, including full electric, hybrid and single or tandem axles with various options based on product application for vehicle Classes 5 through 8.

Among the 130 commercial vehicles expected to be placed into service by 2020, 60 of these trucks received funding from the California Air Resources Board as part of a broader effort to reduce carbon emissions in freight facilities.  

In addition to the truck applications, a prototype school bus outfitted with Meritor and TransPower electrification solutions has been exceeding expectations during testing in Escondido, California since late May. Testing includes climbing steep grades, stop-and-go at low speeds, off-road and freeway driving as well as heavy-load hauling on rural roads.

"Several large customers have come out to see and ride the bus, and their comments are very complimentary from ride comfort, noise, vibration and harshness, acceleration, top speed and design simplicity standpoints," Bennett said.

About Meritor
Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. With more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer superior performance, efficiency and reliability, the company serves commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers around the world. Meritor is based in Troy, Mich., United States, and is made up of approximately 8,600 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 19 countries. Meritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MTOR. For important information, visit the company's website at www.meritor.com.

Forward-Looking Statement
This release contains statements relating to future results of the company (including certain projections and business trends) that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "should," "are likely to be," "will" and similar expressions. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to reliance on major OEM customers and possible negative outcomes from contract negotiations with our major customers, including failure to negotiate acceptable terms in contract renewal negotiations and our ability to obtain new customers; the outcome of actual and potential product liability, warranty and recall claims; our ability to successfully manage rapidly changing volumes in the commercial truck markets and work with our customers to manage demand expectations in view of rapid changes in production levels; global economic and market cycles and conditions; availability and sharply rising costs of raw materials, including steel, and our ability to manage or recover such costs; our ability to manage possible adverse effects on our European operations, or financing arrangements related thereto following the United Kingdom's decision to exit the European Union or, in the event one or more other countries exit the European monetary union; risks inherent in operating abroad (including foreign currency exchange rates, restrictive government actions regarding trade, implications of foreign regulations relating to pensions and potential disruption of production and supply due to terrorist attacks or acts of aggression); risks related to our joint ventures; rising costs of pension benefits; the ability to achieve the expected benefits of strategic initiatives and restructuring actions; our ability to successfully integrate the products and technologies of Fabco Holdings, Inc. and AA Gear Mfg., Inc. and future results of such acquisitions, including their generation of revenue and their being accretive; the demand for commercial and specialty vehicles for which we supply products; whether our liquidity will be affected by declining vehicle production in the future; OEM program delays; demand for and market acceptance of new and existing products; successful development and launch of new products; labor relations of our company, our suppliers and customers, including potential disruptions in supply of parts to our facilities or demand for our products due to work stoppages; the financial condition of our suppliers and customers, including potential bankruptcies; possible adverse effects of any future suspension of normal trade credit terms by our suppliers; potential impairment of long-lived assets, including goodwill; potential adjustment of the value of deferred tax assets; competitive product and pricing pressures; the amount of our debt; our ability to continue to comply with covenants in our financing agreements; our ability to access capital markets; credit ratings of our debt; the outcome of existing and any future legal proceedings, including any proceedings or related liabilities with respect to environmental, asbestos-related, or other matters; possible changes in accounting rules; and other substantial costs, risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2018, as amended and from time to time in other filings of the company with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.


SOURCE Meritor, Inc.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

F-150: The Big Dog | F-150 | Ford


If you’re not the lead dog, the scenery never changes. Only the F-150 gives you best-in-class torque,* payload,* and towing.* It doesn’t just raise the bar, it is the bar.

*Max payload on F-150 XL Regular Cab, 8’ box, 5.0L, 4X2, Heavy Duty Payload Pkg. and 18” Heavy Duty Wheels. Not shown. Max towing on F-150 XL SuperCrew®, 6.5’ box, 3.5L EcoBoost, 4X2 and Max Trailer Tow Pkg. Not shown. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR based on Ford segmentation.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

NTEA: More than 100 product rollouts expected at WTS

Ford, FCCC, Freightliner, International, Mack, Nissan, Ram 
among OEMs planning to deliver updates 

Nissan Commercial Vehicles at WTS '18


The National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) says more than 100 companies plan to introduce new work trucks and equipment at Work Truck Week 2019.

The Work Truck Show, North America’s largest work truck event, runs March 5-8 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis IN. Educational sessions, Green Truck Summit, Fleet Technical Congress, and the Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference begin March 5, and the exhibit hall is open March 6–8.

Chevrolet Commercial Vehicles, Ford Commercial Vehicles, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, Freightliner Trucks, Hino Trucks, International Truck, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Kenworth Truck Company, Mack Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Nissan Commercial Vehicles, Peterbilt Motors Company, Ram Commercial, Volvo Trucks and Western Star Trucks plan to exhibit at the event, with 15 of them delivering exclusive chassis update sessions.

During each update session, company representatives provide insights into their future plans related to the work truck industry, share technical information on latest chassis specifications and designs, and review body and equipment installation options. Ford, FCCC, Freightliner, International, Mack, Mitsubishi Fuso, Nissan and Ram also scheduled press conferences at the Show.

“There’s no better place to see what’s new and what’s coming from the industry’s leading OEMs,” the association said.

To help attendees plan which booths to visit, 90 exhibitors are showcasing new products online in advance of the event as part of The Work Truck Show’s exclusive New Product Spotlight and Green Product Showcase programs. Offerings range from transmissions and suspensions to trucks and bodies. They include a variety of innovative power solutions, cargo management systems and vocational equipment from snowplows to cranes. To learn more about these products, visit the featured exhibitors section of the online floorplan at worktruckshow.com/floorplan.

“Every year at The Work Truck Show, the industry’s leading manufacturers of vocational vehicles, components and equipment converge on Indianapolis to showcase their newest products and share what’s coming next,” says Steve Carey, NTEA president and CEO. “With all the major players here, The Work Truck Show is the best place to take the pulse of the commercial vehicle community and find the equipment and education you need to continue to improve your operations.”

Show attendees will have the opportunity to check out products from 26 first-time exhibitors in a special New Exhibitor Pavilion that opens an hour before the exhibit hall on Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7. It’s located across from the Hall I exhibit hall entrance.

The Work Truck Show main exhibit floor covers more than 500,000 square feet. The event includes an educational conference with sessions designed to help attendees improve their operations.

“Anyone who works with commercial vehicles, including public and private truck fleet operators, manufacturers, dealers and equipment distributors, can find solutions to their business challenges at the Show,” NTEA said.

For more information and to register, visit worktruckshow.com or call 800-441-6832.

Source: https://www.trailer-bodybuilders.com/truck-equipment/ntea-more-100-product-rollouts-expected-wts

Friday, January 25, 2019

EZ STAK - WHO WE ARE

EZ STAK LLC


We are a global manufacturer of high quality mobile workspace systems, providing our Customers the joy of a well organized, safe and secure work environment.

We are a global manufacturer in providing safe, secure and well-organized vehicle storage solutions.

Founded in 1998, EZ STAK is an industry leader and manufacturer of vehicle interior storage systems for service utility work trucks and vans. Our durable, secure and lightweight aluminum storage drawers, cabinets, hardware and shelving units create organized, efficient and secure mobile work environments. EZ STAK’s fleet vehicle upfitting products are used extensively by municipalities as well as large corporations in the utility, telecom, cable, oil and gas, and construction industries.

EZ STAK’s design and engineering team utilizes the latest SolidWorks 3D technology to create standardized storage systems and customized solutions to meet the unique needs of our customers. Our manufacturing process ensures predictable, accurate installations and superior build quality. From our strategically located manufacturing and distribution centers in Chicago, Illinois and Kingston, Ontario, we quickly and efficiently deliver our complete line of products through our network of dealers, distributors and manufacturing representative groups. EZ STAK embraces Lean Manufacturing principles and Six Sigma quality standards, resulting in predictable lead times, value for clients and a respectful workplace.

EZ STAK is committed to providing exceptional customer service and workmanship making EZ STAK products the preferred and trusted choice for major fleets globally.

Modular Product Specialties: Service utility vehicles, work trucks, mobile workshops, service body drawer systems, commercial vehicle equipment systems for walk-in and van bodies, lightweight aluminum storage systems for fleet vehicles and service body trucks.

We know you have choice when it comes to finding a vehicle storage solution. So why go with us? Here are 10 reasons to start.

  •     We don’t point at a catalog and say, “Pick one.” We specialize in working one-on-one, until we find a configurable storage solution that suits how your team works in the field.
  •     You prefer turnkey solutions? We have those too. Our pre-engineered interior packages exclusively for walk-in truck and service body OEM’s are unmatched in the industry.
  •     Don’t wait days or even weeks to get a response to a quote, drawing or question. With our Customer Care Program, you’ll hear from us right away.
  •     Some companies work only with steel. Not us. Our high-grade aluminum drawers and cabinets weigh 40% less than steel, so they can significantly reduce your fuel costs.
  •     The quality of our materials and workmanship ensures, on average, a 12-year life expectancy for all of our products. Try finding a higher number with the other guys. In fact, we offer a LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY!
  •     One reason our aluminum drawers last longer than others out there is that we use platform mounts to attach them to the truck body. This adds rigidity and strength.
  •     Don’t have two free hands to open a drawer while on the job? Don’t worry. Our EZ Latch drawer mechanism allows you to easily open them with one hand.
  •     We are the only company out there that uses two heavy-duty latches on our aluminum drawers — one on each side. This makes it much easier to access your tools and parts.
  •     Three words: Build Your Own. Design your ideal walk-in interior with our online tool at ezstak.com and then submit it for quoting. Bet the other guys don’t let you do that.
  •     Our ambitions are global, but our storage solutions are made local. Based in Schaumburg, Illinois, our products are proudly manufactured in the USA.
EZ STAK LLC
22620 Fisher Rd
Watertown, NY 13601
P: 630.994.3300
F: 630.390.2343
E: info@ezstak.com

Find out more at: https://ezstak.com

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A No Compromise Design: Aluminum Truck Bodies from Knapheide



A new material, a new design. Our team of experts sought out to design aluminum truck bodies that are just as durable as steel. The promise to deliver the best could only be accomplished by taking a clean sheet approach. The result is a revolutionary designed lineup of aluminum truck bodies never before seen.

Learn more about our aluminum bodies: http://bit.ly/KnapheideAluminum

Monday, January 21, 2019

California Welding Operation Relies on ArcReach Technology



ArcReach® technology lets welders adjust parameters at the weld joint, reducing walks to the power source across a crowded worksite.

Trip and fall hazards are common on a typical jobsite. But with Miller ArcReach technology, welders can remotely set up and make process and parameter adjustments for stick, TIG, MIG, flux-cored and advanced wire processes - all at the weld joint. That means operators with California-based M&M Welding spend less time walking to the power source and more time welding, resulting in fewer opportunities for jobsite injuries.

 Learn more about ArcReach technology at: https://www.millerwelds.com/products/...

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Prepare Your Equipment for Battle

  BOSS SNOWPLOW Logo

The forecast calls for snow! You've been waiting for this all year. Finally, your city is in the path of the storm.


Here are a few tips to help ensure that your equipment is ready for battle:

Check Your Vehicle

Whether plowing with a BOSS pickup truck plow, a BOSS UTV plow or a BOSS Box Plow, knowing that your vehicle is in running order will ensure that you are successful this winter:

  •     Check your snow plow vehicle’s tire pressure.
  •     Check all fluid levels including engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, radiator coolant and windshield washer fluid.
  •     Check oil pressure, your engine will work hard this winter – oil is its lifeblood!
  •     Make sure the battery is working properly and that terminals are tightly connected with no corrosion.
  •     Check the condition of your wipers – operating your BOSS Snowplow with poorly operating windshield wipers is asking for problems. While you’re at it, make sure you defrosting system is working on snowplow truck as well!
  •     Check the vehicle’s headlights, brake lights and turn signals to ensure they are all in working order – visibility is crucial both to you and drivers around you.
  •     Never venture out without an adequate fuel supply.

Check Your BOSS Plow

You’ve checked your snowplow vehicle, now make sure your BOSS Snowplow is ready to go as well:
  •     Make sure that all bolts on your snowplow are tight and well fastened.
  •     Look for cracked welds and hydraulic fluid leaks.
  •     Make sure the plow lights and turn signals are aligned properly and are in good working order.
  •     Carry a few extras – keep a BOSS Snowplow Emergency Parts Kit handy that includes extra hydraulic fluid, hydraulic hoses, a pump solenoid, extra cutting-edge bolts and a trip spring.
  •     If you notice that you are in need of service or parts, call or visit your nearest BOSS Snowplow Dealer or visit ShopBOSS. If you need help locating your nearest dealer, simply visit bossplow.com and either use the Dealer locator, or feel free to use the Chat button to chat on-line with a BOSS Snowplow factory representative.
Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there to get you back up and running. Many BOSS Snowplow dealers feature 24-hour service during big snow events. At the BOSS Snowplow Headquarters you can call us with questions, talk to our Technical Service department, send us an email or chat online with us. If for some reason we can’t speak with you right away, leave a message, and we’ll get back to you quickly!

by Katie Roell

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Test Drive: Ford F650, 6.8-liter Ford Triton, V10 gasoline engine



The claim to Ford’s Medium-duty fame has always been its hard-working dependability and durability. For 2016, the F650 sports a second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine; that’s no surprise. What may come as a surprise is the growing popularity of the gas engine option. A 6.8-liter V10 gas engine is now available for both the F650 and F750.

Fleet Equipment Editor Jason Morgan had the chance to get behind the wheel and put the gas engine’s pedal to the metal in this episode of On the Road.

 For extended interview outtakes and more binge-worth episodes, drive on over to http://www.FEOnTheRoad.com

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

2018 SEMA: 2019 Ranger XLT 4x4 SuperCrew


Project Ranger X takes Ranger’s built-in performance and capability to the next level in the form of this ultimate back-country adventurer.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

DECKED Field Ready | Painter



DECKED makes your pickup truck more efficient and versatile with its sliding toolbox storage system allowing you to load your truck bed with materials and supplies while keeping your tools secure, dry and organized in drawers underneath. Work more efficiently with your tools and hardware rolling out at waist height reducing trips in and out of vehicles and increased storage organizer benefits. Transitioning from the lumberyard to jobsite and back has never been easier or more efficient.

 www.decked.com

Friday, January 11, 2019

Maxon Lift Corp.


MAXON Liftgates are the most trusted, best backed, most innovative in the business.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Product Updates | Sortimo By Knapheide


At Sortimo By Knapheide, we're dedicated to making today's mobile contractors as productive and efficient as possible. We're happy to announce these updates to our product line.

Monday, January 7, 2019

How Do Plumbers Benefit from Van Upfits?

 Improve Your Plumbing Van Organization with a Custom Upfit

A plumber sitting against his van with an Adrian Steel upfit;Find the Tool You Need Fast


For a plumber, every job presents a unique challenge. These challenges require a variety of tools, parts and gadgets to help diagnose and fix. A plumber’s van is their mobile shed, carrying almost everything they could possibly need. That’s why plumbing van organization is so critical – without proper planning, you may spend more time finding the tool you need than fixing the problem!

The best way to organize your van? A custom van upfit! Read on to discover how an upfit can benefit your bottom line, as well as tips for planning an effective upfit for your van.

Learn more at: https://www.adriansteel.com/blog/van-and-truck-upfits/plumbing-van-organization/


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Zero Emission Ford Transit LEV Cargo




  •     Battery-electric vehicle
  •     Fast, smooth, and quiet
  •     Installation, maintenance, and service performed by 
  •     QVM partners and Ford dealers
  •     Vouchers and grants available, call today for expert support
Learn more at: https://lightningsystems.com/ford-transit-cargo-van


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Modular Van Interiors From Harbor Truck Body & Van



Warren with Harbor Truck Body and Van shows off the modular van interiors bin packages available for all types of commercial vans. See more at http://www.harbortruck.com