Wednesday, April 16, 2014

News Bytes from J&J OEM Partners

Caterpillar introduced stainless steel fluid ends to their XD line of gas and oil well stimulation pumps and fluid ends. Stainless steel brings "numerous benefits, including improved corrosion resistance, reduced incidents of cracking due to corrosion, and improved overall durability," says Scott Roberts, CAT's well service product marketing manager. Customers cite Caterpillar's product reliability and the committed support of its worldwide dealer network as keys to their businesses' success.

Freightliner Trucks announced that it now offers twin steer chassis prep kits for its 114SD and 122SD trucks. The kits will serve to quickly facilitate aftermarket conversions and installation of second steer axle and heavy-duty suspensions, resulting in faster delivery to the customer. Twin steer chassis provides a stable platform for increased truck efficiency and performance and is just one of many options available for the Freightliner Trucks line of severe duty products.

Hino Trucks' mobile app is designed to provide customers with personalized access to Hino's nationwide dealer network. This free app offers useful tools for drivers, including a Dealer Locator, Roadside Assistance, Quick Specs, and Specials. This app is available now through the Apple Store and Google Play.

Kenworth Truck Company announced it will make Bendix ABD 22X front air disc brakes standard on Kenworth Class 8 trucks. These brakes have a two-pin floating caliper design that provides a more consistent force distribution. "Customers appreciate their superior performance, car-like feel, ease of maintenance, and lightweight design," said Kurt Swihard, Kenworth marketing director. The air disc brakes are standard with an aluminum hub and splined disc rotor assembly.

Mack Trucks continues to invest in training for future technicians. Students enrolled in WyoTech's Diesel Advanced Technology Education for Mack Trucks program in Blairsville, PA, are eligible to receive scholarships from Mack Trucks in preparation for positions servicing and repairing Mack trucks. All students receive specialized training on Mack engines, electronics, emissions, powertrain and chassis components and graduate as apprentices with a potential for master technician status. Mack Trucks' own training program recently took home a Gold Award, often called an "academy award," for its certification program.

Navistar, Inc. recently announced that it has started customer shipments of its first International DuraStar vehicles with the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine. Initial customers include Budget Truck Rental, Idealease and Penske. The DuraStar is available with a broad array of specs in the medium-duty industry and is available in many horsepower and torque ranges.

Peterbilt Motors Company received the highest honor at the ninth annual Working for Clean Awards from the North Texas Commission. "We're extremely pleased to be recognized by the North Texas Commission for our commitment to continuously improve Peterbilt's environmental stewardship throughout all of our operations at all of our locations," said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. Prior to the awards ceremony, attendees were able to view several clean air vehicles. Peterbilt displayed a natural gas powered vehicle for attendees to learn about this technology and its environmental benefits.

Volvo Trucks recently welcomed Volvo Truck dealers and fleet representatives to their New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, VA, where they were able to see the construction of a Customer Experience Track. The Track is slated to open in late 2014 and will feature a 1.1-mile paved road course and an off-highway area, allowing Volvo to showcase its entire Class 8 lineup during customer tours and other events. The course is designed to simulate a variety of work environments.

Western Star Trucks announced the availability of its 4800SB all-wheel drive model in an 8x8 axle configuration. Complementing Western Star's rugged 4800 model lineup, the new configuration provides additional traction for the most extreme off-road conditions and is equipped with a two-speed transfer case. Spec'd with a 57k-lbs tridem rear and a 23k-lbs front axle, the 4800SB 8x8 AWD is ideal for customers operating heavy equipment. It is available with power ratings from 350 to 470 hp and 1250 to 1650 lb-ft of torque.

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