Fourkites, a multimodal supply chain visibility provider for Fortune 500 companies, launched a real-time temperature and location tracking application for shippers to monitor temperatures to ensure compliance across their supply chains.  Fourkites says its real-time temperature tracking helps shippers comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act to ensure that temperature-sensitive foods remain within specified safe temperature ranges during transit.  Using Fourkites, shippers can reduce spoilage, operational costs, and one-time spot buys.  They can also increase customer satisfaction by identifying potentially non-compliant loads earlier in the shipping process, before those loads make it all the way to their destinations or have to be diverted to quality centers.  “As a partner to the largest food and beverage companies in the U. S., helping our customers achieve FSMA compliance is a natural evolution of our product,” said Mathew Elenjickal, founder and CEO of Fourkites.  “Our real-time temperature tracking solution will enable customers across a wide range of industries to ensure the safety and freshness of their products.”  A customer using Fourkites temperature tracking is Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest producer of pork products.  Transporting temperature-sensitive goods like produce and pharmaceuticals cross-country has historically created challenges, even for vehicles equipped with the latest refrigeration and telematics systems, because of the lack of real-time connectivity between carriers and shippers.  The Fourkites application relays load temperatures and location data every 15 minutes from telematics and trailer temperature tracking manufactures,  Customizable notifications alert users as soon as temperatures fall outside a specified range.

PACCAR 20K FRONT AXLE

Posted: June 14, 2017 in Kenworth

Kenworth is please to introduce the new Paccar 20K front axle for build beginning 7/31/2017.  Available with weight ratings from 20,000# to 22,800#, this front axle is designed for demanding applications such as construction, heavy haul, refuse, and other vocational uses.  At this time, only the wide track version of the Paccar 20k front axle is available, with a standard track version available at a later date.  The wide track version will allow full 22,800 pound weight rating when accompanied by deep-inset 12.25″ front wheels.  Features include improved steering efficiency and load carrying capacity.  The axle provides an innovative tapered kingpin roller bearing which simplifies the design and delivers enhanced steering efficiency, and offers steering angles up to 50 degrees.  This Paccar axle is available on the T400, T800, T880 and W900 models, and has a five year or 750,000-mile warranty.

CUMMINS

Posted: June 13, 2017 in Kenworth

Cummins has released the Guidanz mobile app, allowing users to read prioritized engine fault codes and other key engine information from a vehicle.   The Guidanz app offers critical information about Cummins 2007 and later on-highway engines and Tier 3 and later off-highway engines.  The information can be emailed to an operations manager, service providers or a Cummins Care representative directly from the app to initiate the service process.  The Immediate Assessment feature of the Guidanz app is available to certified service providers to help improve shop scheduling.  As providers begin to adopt Immediate Assessment in the coming months, they will not only be able to read the fault code, but assess the severity of the fault, how quickly it can be repaired, what repair parts are likely needed, and start a work order before a customer enters the service bay.  To operate, the Guidanz app must be paired with an Inline mini Bluetooth adapter or Inline 7 and requires and IOS or Android device.  Though the Guidanz mobile app requires a smart phone or tablet to operate, it will still function when the device is offline.  Customers are provided a list of fault codes regardless of connectivity, so even when operating in remote locations customers are still able to access enough information to call operations managers or service providers.

The first new product has emerged in the wake of Wabco’s purchase of Laydon Composites, and it comes in the form of a self-deploying trailer boat tail.  Introduced at the Technology and Maintenance Council annual meeting, the OptiFlow AutoTail automatically deploys at 45 mph and closes at 10mph, drawing on speed data from the trailer’s antilock braking system.  The automated opening helps to ensure that the potential aerodynamic benefits are always realized at highway speeds, while the closing will help to ensure the equipment is not damaged when a trailer is backed into a loading dock.  OptiFlow Auto Tail earned an EPA SmartWay designation through tests by Canada’s National Research Council.  Tests show the panels can improve fuel economy by up to 4.3% at highway speeds, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 4.8 tons per trailer per year.  The device differs from a competing system in several ways.  Rather than using hinges, the panes use cantilevers to swing into place.  They’re also shaped for better aerodynamic flow, only 21 inches wide, and made of injection-molded thermoplastic.  It was a rapid development process.  Wabco purchased Laydon Composites in April 2016 and the Ontario company’s former president Brian Layfield said his team had barely discussed the technology at the time of sale.  But now the company has the backing of a global company behind it.  “Its been for me really rewarding going from three engineers.  I now have the ability to tap into 2,400 engineers,” Layfield said, referring to available support and cost synergies.  Wabco, meanwhile, is looking to maintain the group’s entrepreneurial spirit.  “In the end it’s all about getting out of the way,” said Jon Morrison, Wabco president.  “We recognize what we know and what we don’t know.”  Wabco is also offering its manually deployed OptiFlow Tail for the first time in North America.  The OptiFlow Tail offers the same fuel savings as OptiFlow Auto Tail and is easily upgraded to the autodeploy version, according to the company.

Cummins announced that its B4.5, B6.7 and L9 engine platforms are compatible with certain kinds of renewable diesel fuels.  Both on-highway and off-highway versions of the engines and all vintage engines are approved to use renewable diesel fuels meeting the EN 15940 specification.  Compared to conventional diesel fuels, paraffinic diesel fuels can potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% to 90% over the total life of the vehicles, according to Cummins.  Cummins held an 18-month field test of its engines running 100% paraffinic diesel fuels in order to study the effects of the fuel on engine performance, aftertreatment and fuel system durability.  Engine performance remained stable and consistent while using the paraffinic fuel, Cummins found.  Depending on the application and engine duty cycle, fuel economy could take a hit of up to 6%, mostly due to the lower density of paraffinic fuels compared to regular diesel.  Cummins approval for the use of renewable diesel with B6.7 and L9 engines aligns with the introduction of EN 15940, a final European CEN specification for paraffinic diesel fuels.  Paraffinic fuels include hydrotreated vegetable oil, gas-to-liquids, and biomass-to-liquids.  Operators of Cummins-powered trucks and bused are required to source all paraffinic fuels from high-purity suppliers meeting EN 15940, as this ensures that the fuel contains the necessary lubricity additive for use in a diesel engine.  “Focused on energy diversity and enabling the power of choice, Cummins has provided another approved fuel option to help the continued reduction of emissions,” said Jim Fier, Cummins vice president of engineering.  “The use of paraffinic diesel allows customers to minimize their emissions-based footprint, without additional capital investment.  Plus, they have the comfort of knowing that Cummins conducted a thorough analysis prior to approval.”

THE T680

Posted: June 1, 2017 in Kenworth

The T680 has been on the road for approximately 5 years.  Following are a few thoughts from our dealership on this wonderful truck.  We at Wallwork believe this is the highest quality model Kenworth has ever released.  The cab is constructed from a variety of materials with each selected for long life and to eliminate cab noises such as wind noise and squeaks and rattles.  The robotic constructions process means assembly is done the same time after time.  Our 3 piece hood makes for easier, less costly, repairs, if they are needed.  Drivers like the wide cab, 83″ as opposed to 75″ on the T660.  The wide cab allows for 23″ of space between the seats making for easy entry into the sleeper.  A feature liked by lots of our customers is the dash.  Switches are within easy reach and are grouped so the driver has an easy time locating the one he is looking for.  The windshield is the largest of any Kenworth model making for great visibility.  The large windows in the doors add to this feature, allowing the driver to easily see the traffic around him.  Another visibility feature is the low height at the front of the hood.  A T680 hood is 4″ lower than the T660 hood,  allowing the driver to see objects close to the front of his truck.  Another improvement is the increased storage space in the sleeper.  The T680 with a 76″ sleeper has approximately 40% more storage than a T660 with a 72″ sleeper.  The swivel table in the sleeper that doubles as a work area and a dinner table is also popular.  Add a factory installed refrigerator/freezer and you almost feel at home.  If you aren’t familiar with this wonderful truck stop and see one.

Sydney Graner

Mandan, North Dakota

Sydney Graner won her first Buckle!  Sydney won in the Pole Bending category at the recent 2017 Sheyenne Red River Rodeo (SRRR). Sydney is a senior in Huff, ND, and is part of the SRRR Club.  Wallwork Truck Center a Ford F450, F550, F650, and F750 truck dealer sponsored Sydney in the SRRR.   Wallwork Ford Truck this year is celebrating 96 years of serving the North Dakota area for Truck parts, Truck sales, Truck Body repair and Truck service. Congratulations Sydney!

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