7/24/24

Smart Solutions for Smaller Fleets with Dave Prusinski | Workshops | Ford Pro™


Dave Prusinski, the Global Chief Revenue Officer for Ford Pro™ Intelligence, delivers a workshop on how Ford Pro helps to level the playing field for small businesses. Our always-on, cloud-based Ford Pro™ Intelligence platform combines data from your vehicles, charging hardware, and daily fleet activity in one place to help simplify your business operations and accelerate productivity. Learn more at https://ford.to/3WgGG1S


7/22/24

Truck U #905: BOLT Locks




In this segment Bruno Massel and Matt Steele hosts of Speed channel's Truck U Talk about the benefits of using BOLT Locks. This segment was featured on Episode #905 "Tundra Daily Driver" which aired on March 30th 2013. To learn more go to http://www.boltlock.com/

7/20/24

Masterack: Uplyft Ladder Rack



7/18/24

Ford Pro™ EV Charging Benefits for Fleet Managers | Ford Pro


Ford Pro™ Charging has a range of options to fit fleet managers' charging needs. Businesses can count on solutions to meet their fleet needs, whether that be home charging, depot charging or public charging. We also offer software to make it easier to keep track of it all and help you maximize uptime. ​2022 Ford E-Transit available early 2022.


7/16/24

Partskeeper Organizer by Ranger Design


Ranger Design launched a revamped version of one of our most popular product lines: the Partskeeper cases and cabinets! These products are perfect for storing and organizing small parts and tools that tradesmen may need to take with them onto the job.

Partskeeper Parts Organizer Carry Case, 62-U5079Our updated Partskeeper cases are rugged and durable and have been put through rigorous strength tests to ensure that we provide our customer only with the highest quality. They now come in a clear hard plastic cover with snaps along the sides that allow them to be stacked on top of one another for easier transportation. We’ve also maximized the design of the case’s storage space by 11% to carry extra tools and hardware onsite.

The Partskeeper cabinets have been updated to our newly branded black end panels, to allow for more rigidity and overall resilience. They come in 4 different sizes, ranging from a single case carrier, all the way up to an 8-case cabinet for those tradesmen with a wider variety of tools.

7/14/24

Catalytic Converter: How It Works | Science Garage


Exhaust has a lot to do with performance. Catbacks, Mufflers and resonators get all the attention, but the Catalytic Converter is super cool too! It’s an amazing design that changed the way we think about driving. Catalytic Converters have helped gas engines a viable means of transport while drastically reducing emissions. Bart cuts one open to see what's inside, and he explains the reactions they facilitate to turn exhaust from nasty to nice. Bart teaches us how cars work by blowing stuff up and cutting things in half. It’s a science show for the car lover who’s easily bored. Join Bart as he explains the science behind everything automotive. This is cars down to the atom. This is Science Garage. Some of our best videos ever are coming out soon, stay tuned so you won't miss a thing!








7/12/24

NHTSA’s New SaferCar App


Our new SaferCar app allows you to save your vehicles, car seats, equipment, or tires in a virtual garage on your smartphone. If a recall is issued, you’ll get an alert.

7/10/24

Financing Your Electric Fleet | Customer Interview | Ford Pro™ FinSimple™


Watch as leaders from Grade A Construction share how Ford Pro™ FinSimple™ helped finance the chargers at their business and employees’ homes.

7/06/24

Next Step in the UPFIT Process: Ensuring Proper Maintenance.

While mistakes may not often happen when maintaining upfits, they can occur. Having the right "tools" for the job is essential.  - Photo: GETTYIMAGES.COM/KARANDAEV

 - Photo: GETTYIMAGES.COM/KARANDAEV

Your upfit is installed, and you are now utilizing it in your operations. The next step in the upfit process is ensuring proper maintenance.

Top Upfit Maintenance Challenges:


A huge challenge many fleet managers face in maintaining upfits is simply communicating the value and importance of proper upfit maintenance to field personnel and drivers.


“Most drivers understand the importance of oil changes, brake services, etc., and will typically make sure their vehicle is serviced in a timely manner. But prioritizing upfit maintenance in a similar fashion typically isn’t something that comes naturally. The fleet manager must educate their frontline personnel on the critical aspect of properly maintaining the vehicle’s equipment; not only to maximize its effective lifecycle and control costs but also to ensure the safety of their fleet personnel in the field,” said Jeff Klinghoffer, regional engineering manager for Holman Enterprises.


At the end of the day, it comes down to education and awareness.


“As a fleet manager, you’ll need to communicate the importance of proper upfit and equipment maintenance to your drivers. Beyond that, you can certainly implement processes and procedures to assess the condition of the vehicle and its upfit regularly. You can also explore potential gamification or incentive programs to help secure buy-in from your drivers,” Klinghoffer added.


Let’s face it; fleet managers have a lot on their plate.


“Fleet managers face daily challenges mixed in with bigger picture issues that include building a safe, reliable, and appropriate truck for the job while making executives and stakeholders happy. Finding the time to answer all of the challenges can be difficult,” said Mathew Marcussen, director of customer relations for BrandFX. “Taking the time to do research and learn more, in the beginning, will reap great savings, benefits, and efficiency in the end. Also, purchase a body that maintains its good condition over a long period will reduce the cost of repairs and service.”


When it comes to the different types of materials used in upfitting, you need to select the right material for the job.


“Ladder racks on top of cargo vans are impacted by either the snow and ice removal chemicals in the Midwest or the salty air near coastal regions. Using aluminum and stainless steel in those products is a must to provide the customer a quality product that gets them a good return on their investment,” said Katie Groves, national fleet sales manager for Adrian Steel.


Don’t forget to depend on those who know upfitting best.


“Partner with an upfitter that has a national presence and a team that can support these instances,” Groves recommended.


6 Mistakes Maintaining Upfits


While mistakes may not often happen when maintaining upfits, they can occur. Here are a few top ones to avoid:


Mistake 1: Lack of Inspection


Just as drivers need to inspect your vehicle for leaks, tire wear, etc., they should examine their upfits, too.


“Constantly check routing and clipping for rub points, just because a battery cable was tied up nicely last time you inspected it doesn’t mean a clip didn’t break loose since then,” said Brad Howard, director of Operations for Fontaine Modification.


Mistake 2: Ignoring Preventive Maintenance


When it comes to the vehicles themselves, preventive maintenance (PM) second nature, but that may not be true for upfits.


“Fleet managers realize that adhering to a recommended PM schedule is vital to optimizing the vehicle’s lifecycle and controlling the total cost of ownership. However, the same methodology also applies to a vehicle’s upfitting and equipment, but preventive maintenance for these items is often overlooked,” said Kelly Klemisch, regional engineering manager, Holman Enterprises.


To avoid this mistake, work upfits into your PM strategy for your vehicles.


“Regular service for equipment such as air compressors, material handling units, and aerial devices should be included in the unit’s PM schedule. Additionally, you can also include inspections in the schedule as well, so drivers receive reminders for those items as well. Or, at the very least, take measures to keep these PM items top-of-mind for drivers and operators. For example, you can track crane or compressors hours on an interior door decal,” Klemisch added.


Mistake 3: Not Adjusting Upfits Correctly 


Make sure that ladder racks are correctly adjusted to your ladders. 


“A properly adjusted ladder rack will keep the ladder secured on the van during transportation, reduce noise that could cause driver distraction, and extend the life of both the ladder and ladder rack,” said Katie Groves, national fleet sales manager for Adrian Steel.


Mistake 4: Misusing Upfit Equipment


You should also ensure your drivers and frontline workers fully understand how to use the vehicle’s equipment properly.


“Many vocational vehicles feature sophisticated and complex attachments, so training your employees on the best practices for using these units will help to minimize premature wear and tear and maximize the equipment’s effective lifecycle. This also applies to something as simple as a vehicle’s storage units. We often see fleet personnel overloading a service body or interior shelving with more than it is intended to hold, and this really impacts the longevity of these items,” said Klemisch of Holman Enterprises.


Mistake 5: Wrong Service Timing


When you service certain upfit items is also essential.


“When you service trucks, and related upfits is a big item. One example is a snowplow: make sure to service at the end of the snow season AND beginning of the season,” said Patrick Clark, director of fleet sales for Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment.


Mistake 6: Improper Equipment Storage

Where you store your equipment has a considerable impact on its useful service life.

“Also storing equipment inside helps preserve the life. Work with the local upfitters to make sure you are servicing cranes, liftgates, plows etc correctly,” said Clark of Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment.


Source: https://www.worktruckonline.com/10120069/value-of-effectively-maintaining-upfits

7/04/24

Inside Billion $ Factories Producing Massive Trucks From Scratch - Production Line


With this feature on FRAME, we explore the production process of the Ford Super Duty trucks. Check out how this American manufacturer designs and builds heavy-duty trucks in its state-of-the-art facility in the United States!

7/02/24

Ford CEO Jim Farley discusses the rapid evolution of electric vehicles


Ford CEO Jim Farley joins CNBC's Julia Boorstin for a discussion on EVs, rapidly evolving vehicle technology, and how drivers' shifting priorities are reshaping what we expect in cars and trucks. NBCUniversal News Group is the media partner of Aspen Ideas Festival.


6/30/24

Safe Fleet at Work Truck Week 2024 Press Conference!



Safe Fleet Discusses Joining Clarience Technologies, Service-Centric Initiatives, & New Acquisition at Work Truck Week 2024 Press Conference Safe Fleet’s Steve Kiefer and Marc Richter discuss the power of the platform, joining Clarience Technologies, acquiring Vango Rolling Tarp Solutions, the SAAS initiative, and how our Trusted Fleet Experts are helping fleets move the needle when it comes to improving safety and productivity. Contact an expert here: https://loom.ly/ggSP4EA #wtw24 #trustedfleetsafetyexperts #safefleet #worktrucks24 #greentrucks24 #worktruckweek

6/28/24

Flexible Municipal Fleet Financing | Customer Interview | Ford Pro™ FinSimple™



After the Woodbridge Township, New Jersey Mayor explains the unique vehicle needs of municipalities, the various payment options available to cities wanting to bundle fleet vehicle purchases with upfits are detailed by a Ford Pro FinSimple Municipal Finance Operations Specialist.


6/26/24

Plywood vs. Legend Composite Van Flooring


Here’s the thing. We have a plywood van floor in our lineup too. But as Experts in Fleet Protection, we’ve come a long way to create a unique, industry-leading composite rigid floor, which is safer, stronger, and much more sustainable than any plywood on the market. As the EV market continues to take the world by storm, Legend works hard to protect the future of transportation. This starts by protecting the van drivers, and where they walk hundreds of times every day - the floor of the cargo van. We’d like to share some of the most significant highlights of Legend Composite Flooring in this video. See floor here: https://blog.legendfleet.com/products...

6/24/24

Tongue Weight Safety Demonstration


Proper trailer tongue weight improves the vehicle and trailer towing experience by improving performance. Not enough tongue weight or force on the hitch/tow ball causes an increase in trailer sway from side to side, making it difficult to control. Conversely, too much tongue weight or force on the hitch/tow ball could overload the rear tires of the towing vehicle, pushing the rear end of the vehicle around. This could also negatively affect the vehicle handling. Performance is impaired as you might not be able to go around corners and curves properly, and your vehicle may not stop quickly enough when you press the brake pedal.

6/22/24

Why Ford Pro™ | Ch. 1 | This is Ford Pro™


Watch as Ford Motor Company President and CEO Jim Farley discusses the history of Ford’s commercial vehicle success and the direction in which the company is headed. He details the inspiration behind Ford Pro and shares how our physical products combine with software and services to provide a comprehensive solution made for CEOs, local governments, and businesses of all sizes.

About Ford Pro: Ford Pro™ is a productivity accelerator designed to drive business forward, delivering solutions to commercial customers of all sizes. We offer the right tools, software and services designed to keep your business on track and your crew on the road.

6/20/24

Towing Overview | Ford How-To | Ford


This informative video will help explain some of the features your vehicle may have that can help with towing a trailer.

6/18/24

Our NEW 2024 Ford F450 Platinum FULL EXTERIOR Review!


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