Kenworth is please to announce the availability of a driver’s side seat belt sensor on its K series.  This option includes a connector on the belt buckle that senses when the seat belt is engaged.  The sensor works with the trucks that are equipped with aftermarket telematic systems, allowing fleet managers to monitor driver usage of belts.  The connector will not interface with the cab as it is intended to work with fleet telematics systems allowing fleet managers to identify the driver’s usage of the seat belt.

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CUMMINS ISX12 DISCONTINUED

Posted: August 16, 2018 in Kenworth

Cummins Engine Company is discontinuing its ISX12 engine effective January 1,2019.  As a result, Kenworth is asking customers to consider the Paccar MX-11 or Paccar MX-13 in the place of the ISX 12.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association announced the creation of a centralized email that can be used by carriers that need to request an extension of the eight-day period allowed in the regulations to repair an electronic logging device that malfunctions.  In such an event, the ELD mandate rule specified, the affected driver would be able to use paper logs for up to eight days, after which the carrier would need to request an extension if more time was needed.  To date, carriers have been instructed to send request for extensions directly through the FMCSA state division office that covers the area in which the carrier is domiciled.  Now, when requesting an extension, carriers can use the ELD-Extension@dot.gov email address.  FMCSA spokesman Duane DeBruyne said email requests received still would be routed to the appropriate state division offices, and the “FMCSA state-based Division Administrator will make the determination” whether to grant the extension and “provide notification”.  DeBruyne said that while the established route toward contacting the state division offices directly remains an option to carriers, the centralized email also would allow FMCSA’s central office to keep tabs on the “malfunctions occurring across the country.”

The Kenworth T680 on-highway flagship and Kenworth T880 and T880s vocational trucks are now available with the Cummins Westport L9N near zero NOx emissions natural gas engine.  The L9N engine is certified to the California Air Resources Board’s optional low NOx standard for emissions, representing a 90% reduction from engines operating at the current Environmental Protection Agency NOx limit.  The L9N features on-board diagnostic capability, a three-way catalyst, closed crankcase ventilation system, and an engine control module designed for durability.  On the Kenworth trucks, the 8.9 liter L9N is rated at 320 horsepower and 1,000 lbs-ft of torque.  It can be powered by either compressed natural gas or liquified natural gas, and is also compatible with renewable natural gas, which offers a further reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.  “The Kenworth T680, T880 and T880s specified with the Cummins Westport L9N near zero emissions engine are ideal for pickup and delivery, vocational and refuse fleets focused on reducing their environmental impact and decreasing operating costs,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director.

PACCAR SHOWS INNOVATION CENTER

Posted: August 8, 2018 in Kenworth

Paccar recently showed of its PACCAR INNOVATION CENTER IN Sunnyvale, California.  Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the innovation center works on three core development areas, according to Jason Skoog, Paccar vice president.  These are connectivity, driver interface systems, and driver assistance systems.  The Paccar Innovation Center is a small but ultra-modern facility with space for 50 full-time employees, a five-truck work bay, as well as meeting and collaboration spaces.  A Paccar Experience features various displays, including the futuristic WAVE concept truck developed in conjunction with Walmart.  The center’s location in the heart of Silicon Valley gives Paccar engineers access to many of the sharpest minds and start-up companies shaping emerging transportation technology.

The proprietary Kenworth AG400L tandem rear suspension in now standard equipment on the OEM’s T680 on-highway flagship truck.  The AG400L is rated at 40,000# and is compatible with disc brakes.  The 4-bag suspension is designed to be a cost-effective solution for over-the-road and delivery applications.  A trailer arm design can result in a smooth ride and the suspension is also easy to service, according to Kenworth.  “The AG400L provides the T680 driver with a comfortable and smooth ride,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director   “The suspension is also virtually maintenance free with few moving parts, and there are no periodic adjustments or lubrication required.”  Kenworth’s family of proprietary suspensions also include the Kenworth AG130 front air suspension, and the AG210, AG380, AG400, AG460 and AG690 rear suspensions.

Kenworth says it will make standard the Bendix ADB22X front and rear air disc brakes on its T680 on-highway tractor.  The Bendix ADB22X front air disc brakes have been standard for several years.  This announcement officially introduces rear air disc brakes as standard equipment.  Kenworth Marketing Director Kurt Swihart says the brakes exceed the federal government’s reduced stopping distance requirements for enhanced safety, offer extended brake change intervals, and provide weight reduction.  Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes offer a two-pin floating caliper design that provides consistent force distribution.  The design also reduces brake fade with no degradation of stopping power, according to Bendix.