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News Article | September 13, 2016
Site: www.greencarcongress.com

« Final testing confirms ADEPT 48V diesel hybrid reduces fuel consumption 10-12% at low incremental cost | Main | XALT Energy to supply Li-ion cells for world’s largest electric ferries; 4.16 MWh packs » Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has entered into a 7-year agreement with Swedish-American energy storage manufacturer NorthStar Battery Company as the supplier of Ultra High Performance Pure Lead AGM batteries as part of the improvements being made to the next-generation Cascadia truck. NorthStar is also available as an extended life option on the majority of DTNA platforms creating a strategic partnership valued at up to $500 million. The agreement with Daimler makes NorthStar batteries a standard on all ParkSmart optioned trucks as well as a standard option on most other Freightliner, Western Star, Freightliner Chassis and Thomas Bus factory orders. NorthStar is now also available from DTNA’s extensive network of dealers throughout North America. DTNA is the first to market in offering its customers an Ultra High Performance Pure Lead AGM power solution as a standard offering for ParkSmart models. This provides a real advantage to fleets by reducing down time and operating costs. Customers trading in trucks every four years may never have to replace a battery during the ownership cycle of the truck.


« car2go carsharing community crosses two million customer milestone | Main | Faurecia unveils $64M digital factory showcasing the future of manufacturing; Industry 4.0 » Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced new collaborations with AT&T and Microsoft Corporation with the goal of delivering further enhancements to its Detroit Connect suite of connected vehicle services. (Earlier post.) AT&T will provide cellular service for the new Detroit Connect Truck Data Center, an intelligent piece of hardware that connects the truck to the Internet of Things. Exclusive to the new Freightliner Cascadia, the box out of Daimler Trucks global modular system provides communications capabilities for the Detroit Connect telematics system. This includes Detroit Connect Remote Updates, which enables over-the-air engine updates and powertrain electronic firmware update capabilities for customers, as well as the ability to integrate third-party telematics applications. DTNA will also collaborate with Microsoft to establish a new cloud-based back office environment for all Detroit Connect services, including new features, such as Detroit Connect Remote Updates. The Microsoft Azure cloud platform helps process immense amounts of vehicle performance data in a secure way. With about 400 000 connected vehicles worldwide, Daimler Trucks is by far the industry leader in connectivity. Our collaboration with technology leaders such as AT&T and Microsoft further enhance our ability to provide connectivity solutions to our customers in North America. —Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, member of the Daimler AG board responsible for Trucks and Buses More than 215,000 DTNA trucks in North America are online, said Martin Daum, President and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America. Daum expects this number to increase significantly with the new Cascadia truck, DTNA’s new flagship truck in the heavy-duty Class 8 market. (Earlier post.) The new Freightliner Cascadia is the most connected truck Freightliner has ever built and sets the benchmark with an exclusively used platform. The new Detroit Connect Analytics provides users with on-demand, automated fuel efficiency and safety performance insights. The new DTNA connectivity platform will be available with start-of-production of the new Freightliner Cascadia in January 2017. It will be based on the brand new and worldwide-standardized Truck Data Center of Daimler Trucks. This is the basis for bringing electronic modules into vehicles in all markets and innovations to customers faster. Since the launch of FleetBoard 15 years ago, Daimler Trucks has constantly been setting standards in the field of telematics. Daimler Trucks will invest around €500 million (US$558 million) in the connectivity features of its vehicles and new solutions by 2020. The goal is to boost performance in logistics and to make transportation of goods safer and more environmentally friendly. Among the latest developments are: Mercedes-Benz Uptime, a preventive service product which helps avoid immobility cases, efficient management of repairs and maintenance, as well as real-time support for customer repairs, based on the continuous analysis of the data generated by the Mercedes-Benz Truck; The FleetBoard Store for apps as an open platform which allows software experts from other industry partners such as body manufacturers, logistics companies and customers to contribute useful apps in order to make the entire transport business even more efficient overall; The new FleetBoard Manager App offers all Mercedes-Benz truck customers simple, fast and free access to connectivity and provides helpful information—for example, the average fuel economy of the fleet, split up by road and stationary consumption with and without ancillaries, vehicle with best and poorest fuel economy etc.


News Article | October 4, 2016
Site: www.greencarcongress.com

« Mercedes-Benz GP Ltd takes an option to enter Formula E in Season 5 | Main | Daimler Trucks North America collaborates with AT&T and Microsoft on new connectivity solutions for HD trucks » In September, the carsharing company car2go, which is part of Daimler AG, crossed the two million customer mark. The two million customers worldwide include more than 1.1 million in Europe, of whom more than 550,000 are in Germany. Over the past year, car2go membership grew by a significant 43%. This underscores the rapid growth in the fully flexible carsharing sector. Every 1.5 seconds, one of car2go’s 14,000 vehicles worldwide takes a car2go member where they need to go. Primary growth drivers of the past year were the market launches in Spain and China: car2go gained more than 100,000 new members in Chongqing, China and Madrid, Spain. The introduction of four-door Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA vehicles to car2go’s European fleet also brought new customers. The ten highest ranking car2go cities in terms of customer numbers are: car2go’s free-floating car-sharing concept does not use fixed rental stations. Instead, vehicles are spread throughout a city. car2go members simply use the car2go app on their smartphone to unlock, drive and park their car2go in any legal parking space within that car2go location’s Home Area.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) announced today that Waste Management has renewed its Silver Level Partnership to help the organization elevate the issue of gender diversity in the transportation industry. As WIT celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017, the association continues to pursue its mission: encouraging women to consider careers in the trucking industry, addressing obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and celebrating the success of its members. The annual Accelerate! Conference and Expo, the WIT Index which monitors the representation of women in the industry, and ride-alongs with regulators and legislators are just a few examples of recent initiatives that are helping the organization achieve its mission. This is the second consecutive year that Waste Management has supported WIT at the Silver Level. In addition to providing financial support, the company actively participates in the association. Rod Cross, Talent Acquisition Advisor-Sourcing at Waste Management, serves on WIT’s advisory committee. “Congratulations to Women in Trucking on reaching the 10-year milestone!” Cross said. “Waste Management, North America’s leading environmental solutions provider and largest residential recycler, is a proud partner of Women In Trucking. Their mission of encouraging the employment of women in the trucking industry, promoting their accomplishments, and minimizing obstacles faced by women working aligns with the core values of our organization. We look forward to many more years of this mutually successful partnership.” “As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Women In Trucking this year, we also celebrate the partnerships that allow us to keep working toward our mission,” said Ellen Voie, WIT president and CEO. “With support from business leaders like Waste Management, we’ll keep pushing the envelope for women in the transportation industry.” About Women In Trucking Association, Inc. Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Arrow Truck Sales, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Trucks North America, BMO Transportation Finance, Expediter Services, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Ryder System, Inc., U.S. Xpress, and Walmart. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482. About Waste Management Waste Management is a leading provider of comprehensive environmental solutions services in North America, serving more than 21 million customers in the U.S. and Canada. As part of our strategy, we are committed to developing new waste solutions that can help communities and organizations achieve their green goals, including zero waste.


News Article | October 28, 2016
Site: www.prweb.com

SuperTruck Technical Panel on the Agenda for SAE 2016 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress in Rosemont, Ill. SAE International announces the SuperTruck Technical Panel at the SAE 2016 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, which will be held Oct. 4-6 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. The SuperTruck Technical Panel will offer firsthand experiences from the engineers from Cummins & Peterbilt, Freightliner, Navistar and Volvo who designed SuperTrucks for this industry and DOE co-funded initiative, and learn their plans for next steps. The panel will be held on the exhibit floor with the large vehicle static displays. The panel will be held Wednesday, October 5 in Exhibit Hall G with the large vehicle static displays from: The Peterbilt 579 exhibited by the Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck team is powered by the recently unveiled Cummins X15 Performance Series and incorporates many of the key engine and vehicle technologies that were developed and demonstrated in its successful U.S. DOE-partnered SuperTruck program completed in 2014. Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) SuperTruck program achieved 115% efficiency improvement, surpassing the DOE program’s goal of 50% improvement. During the development of the SuperTruck, DTNA engineers investigated how high-risk, high-reward technologies used in other industries could be applied to Class 8 vehicles. Freightliner Inspiration Truck is the first licensed autonomous commercial truck to operate on an open public highway in the United States, showcasing what is possible through the energy of infinite inspiration. Formed in 1902, International Truck is a leading producer of medium-, heavy-duty, and severe service commercial vehicles. Its products, parts, and services are sold through a network of over 700 dealer outlets in North America. The Oshkosh TerraMax UGV technology delivers both force protection and force multiplier capabilities to the modern battlefield. Vehicles outfitted with the TerraMax system provide a force protection advantage by removing operators from the vehicles entirely, and creating a safe standoff distance from threats such as improvised explosive device attacks. The Oshkosh JLTV is the next-generation light tactical wheeled vehicle with an unprecedented combination of protection, mobility, transportability, and net-ready systems integration that delivers the network capability of a mobile command center. VNL64T670 with Enhanced Fuel Efficiency: bumper, flared chassis fairings, roof fairing updates, chassis packaging, cooling fan and fan clutch, I-Shift cooler, application specific powertrain solutions, optimized under hood and complete vehicle airflow characteristics, reduced wheelbase, optimized trailer gap, improved serviceability, and substantial fuel savings. With a theme of “Connectivity,” the SAE 2016 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress & Exhibition, brings together a global assembly of both on- and off-road professionals, providing solid, profitable interaction with engineers, supply managers and executives. Executive Chairman for the event is Dr. Wilfried Achenbach, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Technology, Daimler Trucks North America. Click here to learn more about the SuperTruck Technical Panel. To learn more about the SAE 2016 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress & Exhibition, visit http://www.sae.org/events/cve/. SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 127,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.


News Article | February 28, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced the three finalists for the 3rd Annual Distinguished Woman in Logistics award (DWLA) established to promote the achievements of women employed in the North American transportation industry. Finalists for the award include Andra Rush, Karen Duff, and Lacy Starling. The winner will be announced by the DWLA program sponsor, Truckstop.com on behalf of WIT on Friday, April 7, during the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) 2017 “Capital Ideas” Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada. The award highlights the vital roles of leading women in the dynamic and increasingly influential field of commercial transportation and logistics, which encompasses both logistics service providers as well as motor carriers. The finalists for the 2017 DWLA award lead businesses or operating units that have achieved significant regional, national and/or global scale and which serve many of the industry’s premier shippers as transportation service providers. Each has demonstrated superior leadership within their company as well as with other professional, educational or philanthropic organizations. Andra Rush is chair and CEO of Rush Trucking Corporation, CEO and president of Dakkota Integrated Systems, and chair, CEO and president of Detroit Manufacturing Systems. As founder, chair, CEO and president of Rush Group, which owns and operates Rush Trucking, Dakkota and DMS, she leads the largest woman-owned business in Michigan, and one of the largest Native American-owned enterprises in the U.S. Her mission from the very beginning has been to create sustainable job opportunities in underserved communities. In 1984, she borrowed $5,000 from her parents and used her credit cards to launch Rush Trucking Corporation with one van and two pickups. Today, Rush Trucking transports goods for Fortune 100 companies across the U.S. and Canada with 1,100 trucks and 700 drivers. Karen Duff is the Founder, president and CEO of International Express Trucking, Inc. (IXT), and its family of businesses – IXT, LLC; IXT Leasing, LLC; and National Permit Services, Inc. Her global transportation experience and expertise positions her for success encompassing all facets of the transportation business – import, export, and domestic drayage, brokerage, leasing, permitting and drive away. Today, IXT is the largest woman-owned intermodal drayage business within the six-state Midwest region and has twice been honored with the Kansas Woman-Owned Business of the Year – Distribution in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, IXT received regional recognition as a Top 25 under 25® small business within the Kansas City area. The daughter of a truck driver and a part-time librarian, Lacy Starling grew up seeing first-hand how the logistics industry affects working-class Americans. When the opportunity came along to open Legion Logistics, it felt like the right move. Lacy was able to combine her knowledge of freight, gleaned from years of watching her dad earn a living driving tanker trucks, with her beliefs about how company culture should be formed and nurtured. Legion is now a $26 million company with 51 employees. Lacy also finds time to teach sales at the University of Cincinnati and has started the Fast Growth Roundtable, a group of business owners who are focused on the same kind of rocket-ship growth Lacy has fostered at Legion. Finalists were selected from an extensive field of high-performing women representing warehousing, traffic and shipping, third-party logistics, supply chain management, and related functional disciplines. Members of the judging panel were: Dr. Stephanie S. Ivey, Director of Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute, Southeast Transportation Workforce Center, and Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Memphis; Shelley Simpson, chief marketing officer and president of ICS & Truckload, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. and recipient of the 2016 DWLA; and Ellen Voie, CAE, president and CEO, Women In Trucking, Inc. The winner of the 2017 award will be announced Friday morning, April 7, during the TIA Capital Ideas Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada. Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Arrow Truck Sales, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Trucks North America, BMO Transportation Finance, Expediter Services, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Ryder System, Inc., U.S. Xpress, and Walmart. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.


News Article | February 20, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

'New Bureba' food processing smart facility puts into practice key principles of Industry 4.0 to deliver a more efficient, agile, flexible manufacturing operation MADRID, SPAIN--(Marketwired - Feb 20, 2017) - Cisco ( : CSCO) -- Campofrío Food Group, the leading international producer of branded processed meats, headquartered in Madrid, Spain, has cut the ribbon on a brand-new plant that boasts the latest in digital technology. With a gross surface area expanding 99,000 square meters and an estimated production of 101,400 tons a year, the 'New Bureba' plant is located in Burgos, in Northern Spain. It replaces the previous facilities, destroyed by a fire in November 2014, but is far from a standard rebuild, incorporating the industrial sector's very latest innovations. From the beginning of the design process, Campofrío seized the opportunity to create a 'smart' factory that connects machines, devices, sensors and people in real-time. The company selected Cisco Connected Factory solution to create a 'Factory 4.0' that would enable to manage and optimize its business processes and make well-informed decisions. This is the first implementation of the Cisco Connected Factory in Spain. With Cisco Connected Factory, manufacturing customers are able to benefit from a validated, complete solution to securely connect machines and sensors and gain insights from IoT data. The solution is already in use by international manufacturers globally, including General Motors, Stanley Black & Decker, and Daimler Trucks North America. About Campofrío Food Group Campofrío Food Group is a subsidiary of Sigma Alimentos (Sigma), a company which produces processed meats, milk products and refrigerated and frozen goods that it commercializes through well-positioned brands in the markets in which it operates. Sigma operates in 68 countries and 144 distribution facilities, serving more than 500.000 clients within eighteen countries in Northern, Center and South America, Western Europe and the Caribbean. Currently, Sigma counts with more than 40,000 employees. About Cisco Cisco ( : CSCO) is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Our people, products and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow's digital opportunity today. Discover more at newsroom.cisco.com and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco. Cisco, the Cisco logo, Cisco Systems and Cisco IOS are registered trademarks or trademarks of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. This document is Cisco Public Information.


Patent
Daimler Trucks North America | Date: 2013-01-23

Described herein are fiber-reinforced composite members and methods and systems for making the same. The composite members can be any of various types, including load-bearing structural members such as frame rails for a truck chassis. The composite members can be formed directly in a desired shape, such as with a pultrusion process, with irregular features, such as bolt holes, preformed therein without damaging the fibers. The composite members can provide similar or greater overall strength compared to metal members with reduced weight, and can comprise fibers distributed and oriented in such a manner to create additional strength in desired locations and directions and reduced strength in other locations/directions.


Patent
Daimler Trucks North America | Date: 2013-01-23

Described herein are fiber-reinforced composite members and methods and systems for making the same. The composite members can be any of various types, including load-bearing structural members such as frame rails for a truck chassis. The composite members can be formed directly in a desired shape, such as with a pultrusion process, with irregular features, such as bolt holes, preformed therein without damaging the fibers. The composite members can provide similar or greater overall strength compared to metal members with reduced weight, and can comprise fibers distributed and oriented in such a manner to create additional strength in desired locations and directions and reduced strength in other locations/directions.


Patent
Daimler Trucks North America | Date: 2014-02-19

In one exemplary embodiment, an exhaust dilution and dispersion device (10) for a vehicle (2) can include a generally elongate tailpipe (12) comprising an inlet section (13) capable of being in exhaust receiving communication with an exhaust system of a vehicle (2). The tailpipe (12) further comprises an outlet section (18) in exhaust receiving communication with the inlet section (13). The outlet section (18) can also comprise a downwardly directed exhaust deflection portion (19) and an exhaust outlet in exhaust dispersing communication with the surroundings external to the device. The exhaust outlet can comprise a generally elongate exhaust dispersion opening (43) extending in a lengthwise direction along the tailpipe (12). At least a portion of the exhaust outlet can be coextensive with the downwardly directed exhaust deflecting portion (19) and a major portion of the exhaust dispersed from the outlet can have a transverse component.

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