CV Show Newsletter 6







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: March 21, 2012
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See TRACKER Fleet at CV Show

TRACKER is showcasing its new TRACKER Fleet product at the CV Show, offering fleet operators a robust and flexible solution for valuable assets without a power source, including trailers.

TRACKER Fleet is a completely re-engineered product, designed following a comprehensive consultation programme with TRACKER’s existing fleet customers and potential users of fleet telematics. It provides important cost-saving benefits by identifying fuel inefficiency and supplying insight in driver and business behaviour and its flexible reporting suite can be customised to meet the specific needs of each customer.

Stephen Doran, Managing Director of TRACKER said, “We are looking forward to bringing TRACKER Fleet to the Commercial Vehicle Show. This product marks our commitment to continually developing and enhancing our products to meet the changing needs of our customers. Visitors to our stand will see how they can harness the power of TRACKER Fleet to ensure vehicles keep moving, while improving efficiency and reducing cost”.

TEXA launches new diagnostic tool

At this year’s CV Show, TEXA will launch the latest additions to its diagnostic tool range: the ‘AXONE 4’, ‘NAVIGATOR Nano’ and ‘TwinProbe’ oscilloscope.

The AXONE 4 has been specifically designed for the workshop. With its latest generation processor and internal heat sink integrated into the casing, the AXONE 4 does not require cooling fans. It is fitted with lithium batteries in two cell packs.

Navigator Nano is a new miniaturised self-diagnosis vehicle interface for cars and light commercial vehicles. TEXA has reduced its size and weight by over 85% compared with a traditional solution, leaving diagnosis capability unchanged. The Navigator Nano belongs to a new generation of devices characterised by three key elements: reduced dimensions, wireless communication and excellent vehicle coverage.

The TwinProbe is a diagnostic measuring interface, able to connect to all the TEXA display units or a PC via Bluetooth wireless technology. The TwinProbe incorporates a two-channel oscilloscope, signal generator, a voltmeter and ammeter.

Dynamic savings from Bandvulc

Bandvulc is the only independent truck tyre retreader in the UK with its own rubber compound development and mixing facility, fleet management operation and 24-7-365 tyre support call handling under one roof.

One of the Group’s most recent innovations, the Dynamic range of fuel saving tyres, will be on display at this year’s CV Show. This product was designed in-house and has a special rubber compound. The Dynamic is available as BDE1+ 295/80R22.5 (drive axle, long-haul, regional application) and the B2K+ 385/65R22.5 (long haul trailer tyre).

The range has undergone extensive trials, on customer fleets and at independent proving grounds. Tests on five sets of Bandvulc vehicles show its low rolling resistance compound tyres with optimum tread depth gave best results and an average mpg improvement of 9.7%.

Protection at CV Show from LINE-X

LINE-X Protective Coatings Ltd will show its range of spray applied, hard-wearing protection at the 2012 Commercial Vehicle Show.

LINE-X began as a spray applied truck bed liner and now includes van cargo areas, bumpers, roll bars, tanks and, more recently, full body protection on 4x4s and other vehicles. The resilient LINE-X coating is increasingly specified on fleets of pick-ups and vans, due to its impact and abrasion resistance, durability, waterproofing and scratch resistance.

It is a spray-applied product that is touch dry in 3-5 seconds without the need for a heated booth or oven, making applications quick and adaptable and allowing a fast return to service for vehicles. It is VOC, CFC and solvent free, making it environmentally safe. The company has also released a new anti-microbial coating that has been independently proven to reduce harmful bacteria by 99.9%.

New diagnostics from Eclipse

Eclipse Automotive Diagnostics gives a CV Show debut to a powerful diagnostic tool, a rugged and more durable PC tablet for everyday use and a new generation of roll-around secure workstation cabinets for workshops.

The EDIS diagnostic system is equipped with several smart and innovative features, including VIN number ID technology. This improves accuracy and saves time by identifying the appropriate vehicle databases from chassis numbers. As most on-board data has been licensed directly from original equipment sources, EDIS results are reliable and its multiplexer technology means that the same VCI is used for all types of vehicles. At a more practical level, the EDIS is equipped with LEDs that make the location of diagnostic sockets and the monitoring of strength of the communication link easier.

TestPad Extreme is a response to the need for tougher PC tablets that can withstand the stresses of commercial vehicle workshop environments. By upgrading, users benefit from bump-resistant corners and military style toughness and a larger 10” screen with flash-drive.

No fuss, maximum service from Parts-4-Tail Lifts

Parts-4-Tail Lifts is the largest supplier of tail lifts and shutter parts in the UK. The company understands that identifying the correct tail lift part can be extremely challenging. It has recently invested in a new state-of-the-art IT system that allows it to manage enquiries more effectively and efficiently, helping customers to get their vehicles back on the road faster.

At this year’s CV Show, Parts-4-Tail Lifts will explain how the company can provide its customers with high service levels and competitively priced parts to keep businesses running smoothly.

Electronic drivers walk around check

The CV Show will see the new, VOSA compliant Truckfile Drivers’ Safety Check. Following recent notification from the Acting Chief Traffic Commissioner that drivers’ checks can be completed without paperwork, Truckfile will feature its system using electronic data and barcode tags on its stand.

Hand-held devices such as smart phones can be used for the driver’s walk around check. The device scans a Quick Reference (QR) barcode at the points that need to be checked for compliance. The vehicle barcode dictates the type and range of check to be completed and can be adapted for any vehicle. Once the check is completed, results are instantly sent to the Truckfile database and if defects are found they are reported to the appropriate manager.

Operators visiting the Truckfile stand at the CV Show with their android smart phone or iPhone can try the system. The app will be loaded onto the phone and a set of QR codes printed for a vehicle of the operator’s choice, free of charge.

Van Monster returns with a monster offer

Van Monster returns to the CV Show for the second year running after a very successful attendance in 2011.

The company says it offers extremely competitive prices on a variety of ex-fleet vehicles from top manufacturers including Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot and Volkswagen. At this year’s CV Show, Van Monster will display a selection of its stock of commercial vehicles and offer visitors the opportunity to view its range online and find out more about the added benefits it offers.

It has introduced the Van Monster Customer Charter for added reassurance, offering: 48 hour return policy, three-month/3,000 mile warranty and free RAC roadside assistance. Van Monster has a wide selection of the most popular vans in the UK at extremely competitive prices and is building on its reputation for quality and choice within the commercial vehicle retail market, with its ‘Vans of the Trade - Right Van, Right Now’ campaign.

Telogis takes driver safety to the next level

Telogis, the platform for location intelligence, has introduced its Driver Scorecard. This is part of the Telogis Fleet Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) fleet management system that makes it easier to manage and communicate the behaviour that directly influences driver and asset safety.

The system offers extensive metrics that are configured to each fleet, enabling companies to identify trends in driving behaviour and allowing them to improve safety and reduce the time and costs associated with accidents. This is valuable for potential insurance discounts, reducing workers’ compensation claims - avoiding accidents by pinpointing safety concerns - and to improve vehicle maintenance.

Telogis Driver Scorecard reports on activities critical to driver safety, including hard braking or acceleration, excessive speeding, after-hours use and seatbelt use. Reports are configurable to show daily, weekly and monthly trends. InSight Alerts can also be programmed for real-time feedback to supervisors.

Bus and coach investment trends

Lombard has identified a reduction in investment in the passenger transportation sector during the economic downturn. Industry statistics show that the average age of the UK bus fleet has risen from 8.6 years in 2006 to 9.2 years in 2010. “However, we believe that this trend is set to change in 2012,” says Derek Pridmore, Head of Commercial Transportation, Lombard.

“Lombard’s specialist commercial transportation team has observed that small and medium sized passenger transport operators recognise that running older vehicles means significantly higher maintenance and running costs. There is a growing awareness that the regulatory changes designed to reduce vehicle emissions mean that investment decisions can no longer be delayed.

“From 31 December 2013 Euro VI will be introduced. This is a considerable step-up from the previous emissions standards and there will be corresponding cost to implement the necessary changes, estimated at £8k for the average vehicle. At Lombard we have specially designed packages to meet the needs of bus and coach operators,” he continued.

Full details of funding options for bus and coach operators can be discussed on the Lombard stand at the CV Show.

Baumot offers retrofit solutions for LEZ

To help truck and coach operators comply with the latest Low Emission Zone (LEZ) regulations from 3 January 2012 and avoid heavy penalty charges, Baumot UK offers diesel particulate filters (DPFs), approved by Transport for London.

Baumot UK is a global specialist in exhaust after-treatment. Its filters are certified by DTI (Denmark), TUV/KBA (Germany), RDW (Holland), MIT (Italy), VERT (Switzerland) and EPA (USA). Vehicles using Baumot’s DPFs can enter LEZs throughout Europe.

At the CV Show, the company will explain all its DPF solutions for LEZ non-compliant vehicles. The Baumot DPF system combusts the soot particles collected in the filter ‘passively’ so they require no additives or additional running costs. The filters are have a two-year warranty and are equipped with an ECU to measure the exhaust back pressure and report on any potential issues before they arise.

TRW to demonstrate safety and cost-saving TPMS programme

TRW Automotive Aftermarket will carry out regular demonstrations of its tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) throughout this year’s CV Show to illustrate the system’s safety and cost saving benefits.

Figures released by the Sécurité Routière (French institution for road safety) show that 9% of all fatal road accidents are attributable to tyre under-inflation and, according to German safety consultant DEKRA, 41% of accidents with physical injuries are linked to tyre problems.

The TPMS display gives real-time warnings of any problems like rapid deflation due to a puncture, allowing action to be taken before an accident occurs or there is any serious damage to the vehicle. Apart from the obvious safety benefits, the system has substantial cost and environmental benefits.

Taubenreuther presents Lazer LED driving lights

On the Taubenreuther stand at this year’s CV Show, Lazer Lamps will premiere its innovative range of LED and fully ECE-approved forward lighting products for the commercial truck market. The new product range offers high efficiency and high output driving lights.

For night time driving, Lazer products bring unsurpassed levels of on-road illumination to the driver. For daytime safety, the integrated Daytime Running Light (DRL) signature strip ensures your fleet will be seen, dimming to become a side/position light when vehicle lights are switched on.

The ultra-low profile fully aluminium lamp bodies give these forward lighting products new mounting and packaging possibilities, while state of the art electronic thermal management ensures a robust and durable solution that fleet customers can rely on, backed up by a three-year warranty period.

New mobile data terminal for vehicle applications

Beijer Electronics will introduce the new TREQ-VM mobile data terminal at the CV Show. Designed for fleet management and mobile resource management providers, the TREQ-VM is available in a new versatile design, allowing for deployment in either fixed-mount or removable versions. The removable version allows the terminal to be removed from its base for occasional short excursions from the cab of the vehicle.

“These new products offer improved performance, better economy and new features to our existing line of TREQ mobile data terminals,” said Tyler Phillips, Director of Mobile Data Terminal Sales. “Beijer Electronics continues to prove its market leadership in the design and production of industry-leading, industrial-grade devices for in-vehicle use. We are confident the TREQ-VM will quickly become the high-water mark in the industry.”

All-round protection from Alcolock

Approximately 18% of all road accident fatalities are a result of drink driving. Alcolock GB can help to protect you and your vehicle whether a private car or business vehicle or even an expensive piece of machinery. The company will demonstrate its system at the CV Show.

Alcolock’s breathalyser, when connected to an immobiliser, can disable a vehicle until a breath sample indicates that it is safe to proceed. This level is determined by each company’s alcohol policy. For businesses that require closer monitoring, a live web-based management system and instant alerts are also offered.

A.I.D. Fuel Card Services at CV Show for the first time

A fuel card system through A.I.D. Fuel Card Services allows businesses to choose their account features - including online account management which shows companies all the data that is held on the card. This includes where and when a drawing has occurred, what product has been drawn, in what quantity and at what site. It is also possible to request copy invoices and stop cards.

A.I.D. Fuel Card Services offers different fuel card systems that can be managed through one account, so that fleets of all sizes with varying refuelling criteria can be accommodated.

50 years of loading expertise!

Joloda International celebrates a significant milestone at the CV Show with its 50th anniversary in 2012. The company was founded in 1962 when Mr Johnstone invented the famous Skate and Track system for which Joloda won the prestigious British Design Award in 1977.

The company has grown from a small manufacturer to an international market leader with more loading systems on offer than any other company in its industry. It manufactures up to 500 pre-sold truck systems each month.

The Skate and Track system will be displayed on Joloda’s CV Show stand, alongside its pallet loading system for the van market, including the new system for five-tonne twin-wheel models - Mercedes Sprinters and VW Crafters.

New products from OBS Logistics

At this year’s CV Show, OBS Logistics will launch CALIDUS Online. This is an online ordering portal enabling logistics service providers to accept orders from customers and removing the duplication involved in receiving and re-entering orders received by e-mail or fax. Orders can be processed much more quickly and with greater accuracy, reducing the likelihood of errors in delivery and offering significant savings in administration costs. This in turn improves customer service levels.

Electronic proof of delivery (ePOD) from OBS Logistics instantly processes delivery completion details and can also be integrated with vehicle tracking systems and GPS systems such as TomTom for a complete real-time view of delivery progress.

It can save businesses money by reducing the paperwork burden for customer services and finance teams while improving customer satisfaction by offering more complete and more reliable information about delivery status.

OBS logistics is offering a 10% discount off all ePOD systems ordered during the CV Show.

Ingimex celebrates 40 years of design excellence at the 2012 CV Show

Ingimex will celebrate its 40th year in the commercial vehicle industry at the CV Show this year. The company was founded in 1972 by Charles Gallen, with his idea of applying the properties of aluminium extrusion to commercial vehicles instead of the more typical use of wood or steel. This is still the principle behind the Ingimex designs today, resulting in high strength bodies with excellent payloads.

In celebration of its 40th year, Ingimex will launch its new box van and exhibit it at the NEC alongside the Ingimex dropside and tipper that was launched at last year’s CV Show. The new box van will have a large number of unique features fitted as standard, will be a market leader in payload and, like all Ingimex bodies, tested to meet the latest European design standards.