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Record Attendance at 20th NHES

By Marek Krasuski

Canada’s largest heavy equipment show celebrated its 20th anniversary April 6 and 7 at The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Innovative designs, cutting edge products for every conceivable sector were on display – industrial eye candy for both industry veterans and neophytes alike. Exhibitors were present from the heavy equipment, road building, construction, forestry, landscaping, aggregates and other related industries. This year especially – the National Heavy Equipment Show (NHES) is a biennial event – saw a strong representation from suppliers of machinery dedicated to infrastructure improvement, thanks in large part to funding in the amount of some $125 billion from the Ontario and Federal governments. Canada is under construction and there was no shortage of equipment at the Show to handle any job.

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Cooling Systems & Emission Controls

By Marek Krasuski

With summer on the horizon thoughts turn to keeping cool during the sweltering months that lay ahead. Thinking also migrates to the various cooling systems for trucks on the market, their costs and efficiencies. Of note to many is the ongoing debate over preference between battery powered air conditioning systems and auxiliary power units (APUs). Battery powered systems are quiet and relatively maintenance free compared to APUs that require constant maintenance – oil changes, filters, etc. around every 500 hours. The maintenance issue is a problem for fleets because of the cost related to upkeep of APUs. Fuel used to operate an APU is less than running the truck to be sure, but is in excess of a battery operated system. Noise in APUs is a factor as well. The advantage of an APU, however, is that if an operator has to be somewhere for 2 or 3 days then an APU makes sense as they run for longer periods. Still, as battery technology improves running times are extended. And more recently companies are improving on battery life as well with the use of solar panels mounted on truck hoods, that will power A/C unit when the truck is down for the night, thereby eliminating the need for an onboard power generator.

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Urgent Terror Alert for Drivers

By Dawn Truell

Stockholm, Sweden – On Friday, April 7, 2017, a terrorist stole a company’s tractor trailer and used it to try to murder innocent civilians walking in the streets of Stockholm. In Sweden this has not been experienced before and was completely a shock to everyone there. During this past year many similar incidents have happened, specifically in Berlin, Germany, Nice, France, and London, England. The US CBP Department of Homeland Security, Officer Dan Bauer from the JFK International Airport office, issued an urgent notice to all truck drivers, owner operators and transportation companies to be “Vigilant and see that their drivers and vehicles are not in jeopardy of falling victim to such diabolical actions.”
Please note the following preventative measures suggested by this Officer:

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Refrigeration Units to Feeding America

Athens, Georgia – Carrier Transicold, a leading producer of transport refrigeration equipment for trucks, trailers, rail cars and containers, announced a program funded by a $150,000 grant from parent United Technologies Corp. to donate truck and trailer refrigeration units to individual food banks in the Feeding America® network. The grant, which will cover the donation and installation of transport refrigeration units to seven food banks, was presented to Feeding America representatives at Carrier Transicold’s 2017 Americas Truck / Trailer Dealer Meeting in Las Vegas. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Climate, Controls and Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

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