News about Cummins, Penske and Truck Impact Survey is featured, in Diesel News, this week, as well as innovation to go on show at the IAA Truck Show, coming up in Hannover later this month.
Penske Power Systems has announced the appointment of Sean McLean to the position of Director On Highway, focusing on the Detroit and Allison brands. He replaces Kevin Dennis, who was promoted to the position of Managing Director of Penske Commercial Vehicles, in June.
As well as being responsible for on highway sales and after sales, product and technical support and dealer developmen, McLean will oversee the relationship between Penske, Western Star and Freightliner, as well as Allison sales and support.
“The Penske organisation in Australia and New Zealand is quickly gaining a reputation for its customer- focused approach to doing business in the on-highway market, and I look forward building upon this in my role,” said McLean.
Another engine maker, Cummins, has announced the 2016 Cummins TMC Scholarship winners. These are awarded to young service technicians from Australian workshops to attend the Paccar & Dealer TMC in Melbourne, October 24-26.
The winners are:
- Reece Joyce, workshop manager at Pymont Transport Services
- Nathan Arguis, examiner at Unanderra Tanker Hire
- Joel Cunningham, first year apprentice, K&S Easter
Each scholarship includes one full delegate registration to TMC 2016, including attendance at the PACCAR Parts TMC Fun Night and the Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner. The scholarships also include two nights standard hotel accommodation in Melbourne.
Detroitalso announced Mark Hurst as its Master Technician for 2016, atechnician from Townsville, he won Detroit’s inaugural skills and diagnostics competition. In winning he outperformed five fellow technicians and colleagues in a battle featuring the company’s best of the best at Penske Power Systems’ training centre, Glendenning, NSW.
Higher productivity trucks can improve safety and halve the number of trips required to move goods, according to the Australian Trucking Association’s Senior Engineering Adviser, Chris Loose.
This follows the release of the second edition of the ATA’s Truck Impact Chart, which includes guidance on the impacts of using different truck combinations. The chart and its associated technical advisory procedure was developed by the ATA’s Industry Technical Council.
“The updated truck impact chart clearly shows that larger trucks can reduce the number of truck trips required to move a load of goods, reduce fuel needs, reduce emissions and reduce the amount of road space needed to move goods from A to B,” said Loose. “When deciding what truck combination to use or allow on our roads to do a particular job we need to pay attention to the wide range of truck impacts in order to make the right call.”
The updated truck impact chart compares different truck combinations and includes information on the number of trips required to move 1,000 tonnes, fuel use, driver requirements, overall length, emissions, and the amount of road space required.
On show in Hannover at the IAA Truck Show later in September will be a truck able to automatically drive itself into a bay for loading or unloading. The self-loading feature is among a series of autonomous technologies to be found on Knorr-Bremse’s ‘Future Truck’ concept, on display at the IAA.
Knorr Bremse has brought together its experience of existing driver assistance systems, such as ABS, ESP, active cruise control, lane departure warning and emergency braking systems, to develop its fully automated truck.
With its on-board environment detection system and the data from various sensors, combined with intelligently networked brake, drive and steering control systems, it manoeuvres itself to and from the loading bay, automatically stopping if danger is detected.
Also on display in Hannover will be a truck with digital mirrors which projects images from all around the vehicle directly onto its dashboard. Developed by instrument cluster specialists, Stoneridge Electronics, the Innovation Truck features a mirror-replacement system named MirrorEye.
The technology uses the latest automotive camera systems to replace traditional mirrors with high definition digital cameras and interior displays, making drivers better aware of dangers around their vehicle, such as pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles that would traditionally be in their blind spots.
“We are very excited about showing customers MirrorEye at this year’s IAA, said Kent Pålsson, head of Vision & Safety at Stoneridge. “So far we have received very positive feedback from OEMs, Fleet Operators and Drivers alike. Not only does it remove blind spots but tests have shown that it can give fleets substantial fuel savings by removing aerodynamic drag.”
The aerodynamic element would involve removing the conventional mirrors altogether, with the camera images being projected directly onto the truck dashboard onto panels either side of the central instrument cluster.