Saturday, May 26, 2018

Introducing the 2019 F-150 Raptor | F-150 | Ford

With enhanced off-road capability that allows drivers to maximize traction in all off-road environments, the upgraded 2019 F-150 Raptor is ready to claw at the terrain. See the new Trail Control, new FOX Live Valve shocks, and new Recaro front seats in action.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

EverLast™ Service Bodies


The BrandFX line of EverLast™ Service Bodies are made from advanced composite construction that deliver a high-strength and lightweight build with industry-leading durability—providing up to 20 years of continual use. That’s why BrandFX has been named the Life Cycle Value Leader.

Our composite body design offers numerous advantages compared to traditional steel and aluminum bodies, including zero-corrosion and zero-oxidation construction that will not bend, dent, crack or rust. The lighter weight bodies are also up to 60% lighter, improving fuel efficiency and reducing wear on tire, brakes, and suspension systems. To top it all off, these premium service bodies are designed to maintain their quality appearance for a sleek, professional look across entire service fleets.

Feel free to download our whitepaper, Advanced Composite Construction Changing the Truck Body Business. for in-depth discussion about how composite bodies are revolutionizing the industry.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Reading Truck Body Introduces the RVSL Steelhawk™ - 2018 NTEA

Something big landed at the 2018 Work Truck Show as Reading Truck Body introduced the new RVSL Steelhawk™. The much lighter RVSL Steelhawk is made with A60 Galvannealed Steel for optimal corrosion resistance and comes standard with steel diamond plated floors for better grip and slip resistance, and has more load-carrying capacity. This RVSL Steelhawk, designed for the Ford Transit cutaway chassis, is up to 700 lbs. lighter than current Ready Van SL bodies without compromising functionality or durability. That saves real money on fuel without impacting your ability to get the job done. Backed by Reading Truck’s legacy of service, the RVSL Steelhawk has a comprehensive six-year structural warranty and a three-year coating warranty. Standard packages include: secure, weather-tight compartments, interior & exterior LED lighting, easy cab access, infinitely adjustable shelving, and small parts storage.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ford Restarting F-150, Super Duty Production Ahead of Schedule after Fire at Magnesium Parts Supplier

  • Ford is resuming production of the F-150 pickup at Dearborn Truck Plant on Friday. Ford team has also successfully repaired the supply chain for Super Duty; production targeted to restart by Monday for Super Duty at Kentucky Truck Plant and F-150 at Kansas City Assembly Plant
  • Ford marshaled a global team of experts, that included partners and suppliers, following a May 2 fire at Meridian Magnesium Products in Eaton Rapids, Mich., to quickly refurbish and relocate tooling needed to produce parts for the Ford F-150, Super Duty and five other vehicles – Ford Expedition, Explorer, Flex and Lincoln Navigator and MKT
  • Because of this quick action, Meridian is producing truck parts again at its Eaton Rapids facility. Plus, Ford airlifted tooling to a Meridian facility in the U.K. to produce parts for F-150, which will further speed production ramp-up
  • Ford Expedition, Explorer, Flex and Lincoln Navigator and MKT production continue uninterrupted
  • Company reaffirms 2018 adjusted EPS guidance range of $1.45 to $1.70; expects adverse impact of $0.12 to $0.14 per share in second quarter due to lost production  1  
DEARBORN, Mich., May 16, 2018 – Ford Motor Company is restarting production of the popular F-150 at Dearborn Truck Plant Friday after just over one week of downtime. The company has also successfully repaired the supply chain for Super Duty, with production targeted to restart by Monday at the Kentucky Truck Plant as well as the Kansas City Assembly Plant that also makes F-150 pickups.

This follows the massive May 2 fire at the Meridian Magnesium Products facility in Eaton Rapids, Mich.

Ford teams, together with suppliers including Walbridge and other contractors, worked nearly around the clock to get America’s best-selling vehicle franchise back on line as quickly as possible.

The teams removed 19 dies from Meridian’s badly damaged facility, and in one case, moved an 87,000-pound die from Eaton Rapids, Mich., to Nottingham, U.K., via an Antonov cargo plane – one of the largest in the world – in just 30 hours door-to-door. A die is a tool used to cut or shape material using a press.

“Faced with unexpected adversity, the Ford team, including our global supply partners, showed unbelievable resiliency, turning a devastating event into a shining example of teamwork,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing. “Thanks to their heroic efforts, we are resuming production of some of our most important vehicles ahead of our original targets.”

Work started immediately in the aftermath of the May 2 fire. Teams removed and remediated safety concerns – including dangling siding – and restored electricity, gaining approval to access the site while debris still smoldered inside.

This allowed Ford and Meridian to safely retrieve and relocate tools to more quickly resume part production and work to minimize the financial impact of the stalled plants.

Ford recovered, repaired and validated most dies that were at the Eaton Rapids facility, and Meridian is now producing parts for the F-150 at two locations – Eaton Rapids and Nottingham, U.K.

Production of bolsters for Super Duty is also restarting at the Eaton Rapids plant.

Under normal circumstances, moving tooling the size of a bolster die would take approximately 10 days just to get the proper import and export approvals. However, Ford and its suppliers managed to cut the total time for the entire move to 30 hours, including trans-Atlantic flight time.

When the team removed the die from the Eaton Rapids factory, it was shipped to Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio. Rickenbacker had both the capacity to handle such a large piece of equipment and allowed an Antonov An-124 Russian plane, one of the largest planes in the world – typically used to transport trains, dump trucks and even a 25-foot sea yacht – to take off as soon as the equipment was loaded.

Nearly 4,000 miles away, a team in Nottingham was waiting to receive the die and take it to Meridian’s nearby factory. In between, the Ford team received a U.K. import license for the die – a mere two hours before the plane touched down.

Parts produced at Nottingham are being shipped via daily flights on a Boeing 747 jet until production in Eaton Rapids returns to pre-fire levels.

Inventories of Ford’s best-selling F-Series pickups and other vehicles remain strong and customers won’t have a problem finding the model they want.

1 Adjusted earnings per share is a non-GAAP financial measure. Ford does not provide guidance on an earnings per share basis, the comparable GAAP financial measure. Ford’s earnings per share in 2018 will include potentially significant special items that have not yet occurred and are difficult to predict with reasonable certainty prior to year-end, including pension and OPEB remeasurement gains and losses.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Pressure to go even greener mounts on fleet maintenance facilities in 2018

        Many agree that the pressure to go green in commercial                    Transportation is moving up and down the 'food chain.'

As heavy duty trucks and buses increasingly feature cleaner-burning, more fuel-efficient engines, a new industry overview by heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni reveals that the maintenance facilities in which these vehicles are serviced and the equipment used to repair them will also be under even greater pressure to go more green in 2018.

On the vehicle front, big changes have already taken place: semi-trucks, refuse vehicles, transit buses and other heavy duty vehicles are now available in all-electric, fuel-cell or hybrid models. What’s more, thousands of battery-powered semi-trucks have been ordered by large commercial fleets such as Wal-Mart and J.B. Hunt, and progressive manufacturers such as Volvo, BYD and Tesla are broadening their product lines.

On a more granular level, prominent industrial manufacturer Cummins, traditionally a diesel-engine maker, recently debuted its electric Urban Hauler Tractor, a Class 7 semi-truck with a 44,000-pound payload capacity. And, in the commuter coach industry, BYD has already deployed 137, 45-foot battery-electric buses across the U.S., and has 27,000 electric buses currently in service around the world.

The trend is clear. According to a recent Navigant Research Report, hybrid and electric powertrain populations in commercial vehicles will increase, with volumes expected to grow from about 125,500 today to 1.66 million over the next decade. What’s more, some believe that may be a conservative estimate.

In addition, many agree that the pressure to go green in commercial transportation is moving up and down the food chain – all at warp speed.

Noted Dr. Jean DellAmore, president of Stertil-Koni, “With cleaner running commercial vehicle use on the rise, maintenance facilities across North America are also increasingly taking into consideration new ways to modernize their shops. That’s why we’re seeing more LEED certified service shops and other sustainable approaches, such as the use of grey water, solar panels and more efficient lighting options – all contributing to healthier and more ecologically conscious, sustainable structures and workplaces.”

For its part, DellAmore stresses that at Stertil-Koni, the company takes green initiatives very seriously.

“As part of our mission to provide the broadest range of high performance heavy duty vehicle lifting systems for our customers, we also strive to deliver powerful options for our customers to go green.”

He continued, “I believe that all lift companies share a responsibility to help reduce transportation costs, boost energy conservation, while simultaneously reducing the level of waste, byproducts, and pollution.”

The company’s mobile column lifts and inground systems provide a case in point.

Consider: The Stertil-Koni EARTHLIFT is widely recognized to be the first green hydraulic wireless mobile column lift in the industry. Its columns are made from 98% recyclable materials and its closed hydraulic system contains 100% recyclable bio-degradable fluid and batteries. It also employs an Active Energy Retrieval System to deliver 35% more lifting cycles at maximum load – thus reducing the need for charging and increasing shop productivity.

In terms of inground lifts, the Stertil-Koni ECOLIFT broke new ground as the original ultra-shallow, full-rise inground axle-engaging scissor lift. “It offers high-pressure, low volume cylinders requiring only 3.5 gallons of hydraulic fluid each, thereby reducing its carbon footprint,” stated Peter Bowers, technical sales support manager at the company. “ECOLIFT also features an ultra-shallow pit design that is a mere 34 inches in depth and has a free-standing console with a touch-screen control for easy access and quick maintenance.”

The greening of the vehicle lift business doesn’t stop there. DIAMONDLIFT, Stertil-Koni’s state-of-the-art inground telescopic piston lift -- with a capacity of up to 35,000 lbs. per piston -- requires a mere 4.5 gallons of biodegradable hydraulic fluid per piston, and in the popular “cassette” version, delivers DiamondGuard protection to thwart electrolysis and corrosion while ensuring that hazardous workshop fluids are fully contained.

But there’s more.

Because the new, greener engines typically run up to 50% hotter than conventional engines, the requirement to periodically clean the undercarriages – particularly in the cold winter months when salt and grime can accumulate – becomes ever more pressing. If not addressed, engine life can be cut short.

To counter this challenge, Stertil-Koni offers several water-resistant heavy duty lifting systems including a Wash Bay version of the SKYLIFT – a true vertical rise, clear floor concept platform lift. Featuring hot-dip galvanized platforms, its three-layer mono-pox coating and stainless steel control box provide superior water protection for its electronic controls.

“In conclusion,” DellAmore stated, “the commercial transportation industry has made tremendous progress in terms of going green. From more efficient engines and new fuels, to the latest maintenance facility advances and designs, the growth is impressive. Still, we’re far from done and I believe 2018 will be a year of tremendous opportunity in terms of improving the environment and serving our customer base at the same time. At Stertil-Koni, we’re excited about the opportunity and ready to make substantive contributions to this effort in the year ahead.”

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Electric Powertrains Are the Future. Will Fleets Be Ready?

 Many automakers are making a switch to producing battery-electric and hybrid electric vehicles across all vehicle classes. Image:Josh Bauer/NREL

Most readers of Government Fleet are seasoned professionals pursuing careers either in public fleet management or in corporate roles in support of public sector fleets. For a moment, however, put aside your current career history and aspirations and try to remember when you were a younger person, weighing career options and considering just what path to take.

The public fleet industry is on the threshold of a truly cosmic shift, and it’s quite possible that young people today are looking at our industry and questioning those options. We should, as those young people may be doing, consider what this shift will mean when it occurs.

The shift will be toward a predominance of electromotive powertrain technology and away from the internal combustion engine (ICE). Is it true that the demise of the ICE is greatly overstated, or, should we, like those young people still contemplating their career paths, be reading the tea leaves and presume they portend a very different future for us?


Monday, May 14, 2018

CargoGlides Extreme Test VS. Competitor

Say goodbye to the aggravation of a normal truck bed. With CargoGlide, you can stop crawling in the back of your truck or van every time you need to reach your gear. So, stop scuffing your knees and hurting your back! Install a CargoGlide in your truck or van and get your gear and materials out where you need them! Loading and unloading your tools, toys or any other materials is considerably faster, safer and easier when you have a CargoGlide.