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Transportation Update

The beverage fleets of today's beer wholesalers would be unrecognizable to their counterparts a century ago. The pace of transportation innovation has never stopped, as manufacturers have responded to the needs of the marketplace with ever more efficient trucks, engines, truck bodies and trailers.

Just as they always have, fleet managers are searching for the most efficient transportation specifications, and this issue of Modern Brewery Age is intended to help them do just that.

Freightliner "Business Class"


An entirely new line of medium trucks has been introduced by the Freightliner Corporation. These vehicles replace the familiar Mercedes-Benz cabover in Freightliner's product line, and are designed to serve in a wide range of applications, including intracity and local beverage distribution.

"Freightliner has been listening to the medium-duty North American buyer," said Jim Hebe, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Freightliner, "and as a result, is breaking away from the commonality found in the mass-produced medium-duty trucks built in the U.S. for decades, and focusing on custom-built products which will maximize productivity and profitability for the customer."

The "Business Class" product family includes six conventional cab base models - the FL 60, FL 70, FL 80 and the MB 60, MB 70 and MB 80 (FL designates a Cummins B or C Series engine, and MB indicates a Mercedes-Benz OM 366 engine; the number designates whether the vehicle is in Class 6, 7 or 8.)

The FL/MB 60 is a Class 6 vehicle rated 21,000 to 25,500 lbs GVW, designed for local or regional distribution. The series is offered with a choice of 160 to 190-HP diesel engines and rear axle capacities from 15,000 to 17,500 lbs.

The FL/MB 70 is a Class 7 truck engineered for more demanding service with a more powerful engine and heavier axle capacities. These trucks are offered with horsepower ratings from 160 to 230 and GVW-ratings from 27,000 to 33,000 lbs. Rear axle capacities range up to 23,000 lbs.

The FL/MB 80, a vehicle with a GVW range of 32,000 to 35,000 lbs, is available as either a truck or a tractor. The truck is available with engine ratings from 210 to 230 HP, front axle ratings up to 12,000 lbs and rear axle ratings of 23,000 lbs. By early 1992, Freightliner reports, engine offerings up to 275 HP, tandem rear axles and GVW-ratings up to 56,000 lbs will be available.

According to Freightliner, customers can specify turbocharged and aftercooled diesel engines from either Mercedes-Benz or Cummins. The Cummins B5.9, a six-cylinder, in-line 5.9 liter diesel, produces 160 to 230 HP at 2500 RPM and turns out a peak torque of 400 to 605 pound-feet at 1600 RPM. The Mercedes-Benz OM 366LA six-liter is a six-cylinder, in-line diesel that is available in ratings from 170 to 230 HP at 2600 RPM, with a peak torque of 413 to 590 pound-feet at 1400 RPM.

In addition, the vehicles can be specified with a choice of automatic or manual transmissions by Fuller and Allison, from the standard five-speed to nine-speed versions. Customers can also specify their choice of gear speeds, torque ranges, rear-axle ratios, suspensions and other components to optimize performance. The vehicles come in a range of wheelbases from 126 to 252 inches.

Freightliner also cites a whole range of other features, including an ergonomically-engineered cab and a large windshield designed to optimize visibility.

The trucks are built with a set-back front axle, which allows a 50-degree inside wheel cut. Freightliner says the configuration also permits better weight distribution by reducing the chance of rear-axle overloading and taking advantage of available front-axle capacity.

Each Freightliner medium-duty in the series comes standard with front and rear low suspension ride heights, and standard low-profile radial tires. Freightliner notes that the vehicles are compatible with domestic body manufacturers' installation procedures.

The manufacturer also notes that body installation is simplified because cross-members and other components are mounted to the web of the frame, which provides a flat, uniform mounting surface from the back of the cab to the end of the rails. Because the top of the frame is completely uncluttered, body installation time and expenses are kept to a minimum.

For more information, contact Freightliner, 4747 N. Channel Ave., Portland, OR, 97217-7699. Tel: (503) 735-8535



The Volvo GM Heavy Truck Division reports that the 1992 Volvo FE truck may look the same, but looks can be deceiving. Beneath the cab, Volvo says, everything is new.

The Volvo FE Series is now built on a heat-treated American-made Class 8 chassis with a variety of Class 7 drivetrains to tailor them to American distribution-market preferences. The new trucks, which replace the European-made Volvo FE6 and FE7, will be made at the company's Orrville, OH, assembly plant.

The new vehicles are Class 7 low-cabover models, the FE42 truck and FE42T tractor. Gross vehicle weights for trucks range from 30,000 to 37,500 lbs and gross combination weights for tractors range from 55,000 to 70,000 lbs. Both truck and tractor models are available with either 1/4- or 9/32-inch 110,000-psi frames similar to those of the Class 8 WhiteGMC WG truck and tractor. The new FE Series also features a 59-inch setback and an 83-inch effective BBC (bumper-to-back-of-cab measurement).

"These upper-end Class 7 trucks and tractors are ideal for beverage operations," said Roger Johansson, director of marketing for Volvo GM Heavy Truck.

The FE42 and FE42T are available with 185- or 215-HP Caterpillar 3116 or 215- or 250-HP Volvo FE7 engines. These can be matched with fully-synchronized five-speed Spicer, six-speed Fuller, nine-speed Volvo or automatic Allison transmissions.

Front axle options include the 10,000-lb VF10, 12,000-lb VF12 or 14,500-lb VF14 Volvo axles. Rear axles available are the 21,000-lb 23070S axles. Other options include include flat-leaf or parabolic front and rear suspensions; air-ride is another option for rear suspensions.

Cabs for the Volvo FE42 Series are fabricated in Sweden with corrosion-resistant steel, and the entire structure is welded for structural integrity. Cabs are fitted with seats, instrumentation and all interior options in the U.S.

According to Volvo, the cabs are designed according to the company's "man and machine" philosophy, which places special emphasis on engineering cabs to make the driver more productive. Volvo says the man and machine philosophy emphasizes cabs with exceptional entry and exit convenience; ergonomically designed seats with lumbar support; padded interiors and head-liners; extra sound insulation; good visibility; and accessible controls and instruments. Standard features include power steering, short-throw gear shift, clutch assist and 48-degree wheel cut.

For more information, contact Volvo GM Heavy Truck Corporation, 7900 National Service Road, P.O. Box 26115, Greensboro, NC, 27402-6115.

Hino '92 Models

Hino Diesel Trucks U.S.A. of Orangeburg, NY, has introduced its line of nine straight truck models in Classes 4 through 7, together with one Class 7 tractor.

According to Hino, all models feature lower RPM, high-torque engines for use in a wide range of applications and operating terrain. The Hino powerplants also feature mechanical fuel-injection and turbo-charge intercooling.

Hino offers three engines for the '92 model year - 150 HP, 200 HP and 225 HP. Characterized by low RPM and high torque, Hino says they yield high performance coupled with good fuel efficiency and long service life. In addition, the company notes, the turbo-charged intercooled process of compressing intake air while cooling it forces the maximum volume of air into the combustion chamber to yield the most complete burning of the fuel.

Additional features on all 1992 models include larger radiators, non-asbestos brake linings, coolant-level warning lights, extra-heavy drive shafts and pressure-fed oil-cooled pistons.

The company is currently fielding several models suitable for beverage applications.

First on the list is the Class 5 FB 15, a 16,500-GVWR truck powered by a 150-HP, in-line four-cylinder engine. The vehicle is offered in three wheelbases, 129.9, 148.8 and 161.4 inches. According to the company, it is well-suited to 14-foot refrigerated body applications and six-bay beverage bodies.

For heavier beverage service, the company offers models with higher gross vehicle weight ratings. The FF20 model, powered by a Hino 200-HP diesel, and the FF23, with a Hino 225-HP powerplant, are 30,000-GVWR vehicles, with 11,700-lb front axles and 21,300-lb rear axles. The FF 20 features a six-speed overdrive transmission, and the FF 23 offers a six-speed direct drive. The Allison MT 643 automatic transmission is an optional specification for either vehicle. Each model is available in 181.1, 198.8, 217.7 and 228.3-inch wheelbases. Additionally, the FF 20 model is available in a 168.5-inch wheelbase.

The SG 20 model is powered by Hino's 200-HP engine, and the SG 23 with a 225-HP powerplant. Both models are rated at 32,900 GVWR, each with a front axle rated at 11,700 lbs and a rear axle at 21,300 lbs. The standard transmission is a six-speed direct drive, with the option of an Allison MT 643 automatic. Each model is available in wheel-bases of 168.5, 181.1, 198.8, 217.7 and 228.3 inches. Additionally, the SG 23 model is available in a 148.8-inch wheelbase.

Hino's Class 7 SG tractor is rated for 55,000 gross cargo weight, and is powered by a 225-HP Hino. Standard specs include a nine-speed direct Fuller RT 8609 transmission, with a six-speed direct or Allison MT 643 automatic available as options. The SG has a 126-inch wheelbase, with a front axle rated at 12,000 lbs and a rear axle at 21,300 lbs.

For more information, contact Hino Diesel Trucks U.S.A., Inc., 25 Corporate Drive, Orangeburg, NY, 10962. Tel: (914) 365-1400.

Waymatic Trailer Improvements

According to Waymatic, Inc. of Fulton, KY, the company's trailers are engineered for efficient operation and dependable performance. The refrigerated compartment and trailer are built as one unit with welded construction. The insulated, refrigerated compartment can also operate on an optional generator. Beer dispensing trailers are available in three sizes - 12-foot, 16-foot and 16-foot "half & half."

Waymatic has announced several improvements for the 1992 model year. These will include a body panel of galvanized steel, rubber-cushioned axle assemblies with 9.5 x 16.5 tires and an included breakaway kit. Standard equipment now includes wall-mounted double straps for two #50 CO2 cylinders, voltage monitor and defrost timer.

Waymatic reports that the company has standardized the tire sizing, to reduce the need to stock different sizes of spare tires and wheels. All optional items such as aluminum diamond plate in cooler room, imron paint, generator package and removeable serving counters for the dispensing area are still available for 1992.

In addition, Waymatic notes that it still offers the option of refrigerated draft route truck bodies that incorporate picnic/party dispensing areas and accessories. Trucks are available using existing cab/chassis or new vehicles.

For more information, contact Wanda Barker, Waymatic, Inc., P.O. Box 409, Fulton, KY, 42021. Tel: (502) 472-2804.

Johnson Custom Kegger

Johnson Truck Bodies, Inc. has announced the introduction of the Custom Kegger, a 24-ft. double-drop keg beer trailer.

The Custom Kegger sports Johnson's "Duracoat" finish on all of the trailer's locks to protect against rust and corrosion. Additionally, Johnson reports that all strap hinges and recessed interior releases are chrome, while all door handles are stainless steel.

Johnson manufactures the unit using Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) with R-34 value four-inch urethane insulation foamed in place.

Additional features of the Custom Kegger include 48-inch wide split rear doors, empty keg rack, 48-inch high diamond plate steel wall and door flashing, front bumper two-wheel handcart rack, split and single doors on each side and slide-out walkup steps and platform.

Interior features include Dole Cold-Wel plate blower, rack for empty kegs, hinged keg holder at each door and nylon strap and "E" bar retaining devices.

The kegger design can be manufactured in bodies of various lengths from 12 to 32 feet with compartments and doors arranged to individual customer requirements

For more information, contact Johnson Truck Bodies, P.O. Box 480, Rice Lake, WI, 54868-0480. Tel: (800) 922-8360.

Hackney Stretch-16 Trailer

The Stretch-16 route trailer, designed and manufactured by Hackney and Sons, Inc., is designed to increase capacity and ease unloading, the company says.

According to Hackney, by reconfiguring the Standard Vision 2000 beverage trailer design, the company has developed a new unit that differs from other Hackney and Sons models. Instead of the standard 10 deep bays and six short bays, the Stretch-16 trailer offers 12 deep bays and four short bays.

"We wanted to design a more efficient trailer and to reduce the difficulty of unloading at the same time," Hodges Hackney says, "while retaining our traditional cost-competitiveness. It was a difficult challenge, and our engineers met it by looking for innovative new design ideas."

According to director of research and development Curtis Brookshire, Hackney and Sons engineers worked with computer-assisted design to reconfigure the standard 16-bay unit design. "They began by moving the trailer's kingpin forward," Brookshire said, "which allows the cantilevered area to be shortened. The greater space created permits two deep bays to replace two short bays in a traditional unit, which means that room is available to transport 120 more cases of product."

The manufacturer reports that the Stretch-16 offers advantages associated with the Vision 2000 route trailer. Hackney and Sons says these advantages include full six-inch radius rounded cornerposts to help reduce wind friction and fuel consumption; extrude structural members behind bay walls and X-bracing behind back bay walls in the forward area; as well as stronger bay floors and interlocking joints.

The company notes that the Stretch-16 is provided with the Tendurance limited warranty, which guarantees performance for ten years or 250,000 miles.

For more information, contact Hackney and Sons, Inc., Washington, NC, 27889. Tel: (800) 334-0711.

Betten Super Strong Door-Strap

Betten Trucks has begun marketing a new bay door strap designed to last the life of the vehicle and ensure maximum driver safety, the company reports.

According to Betten, the DuraStrap is made from a new high-tech material that outperforms any other on the market. The company reports that the strap also offers "super-gripability," that ensures the safety of the routeman when opening and closing the door.

Betten notes that the strap will not freeze up or accumulate ice under the harshest weather conditions, and is designed with an inward bend to keep the strap inside the truck when the door is being closed. The company reports that DuraStrap will not stretch, fray or fade and is designed to accomodate easy-on/easy-off installation. Betten guarantees the strap for the life of the truck.

The strap will fit all bodies, including Hesse. DuraStrap is available in two sizes - one-inch x 24 inches and one-and-a-half inches by 24 inches - exclusively through Betten Trucks, 100 Betten Lane, Aurora, IN, 47001.

Orders for the strap will be taken at (800) 247-3999.

Mickey Diesel-Fired Trailer Heating

A new trailer heating system has been unveiled by Mickey Truck Bodies. The system, while originally developed for double trailer applications, can be modified for single units, the company says.

"The heating system for these units is very important because most of the time they are loaded with product and transported to a marshalling area, where they wait outdoors to be separated and taken to individual markets," says Chuck Martin, manager of sales engineering.

Martin says that, historically, propane heaters placed over the A-frame were used to keep beverage products from freezing while inside doubles units. For a number of reasons, Martin notes, that approach is inefficient. "The trailers had to carry enough fuel to provide heat for up to 48 hours," he says, "and besides that, the heaters were usually too small to heat the trailer evenly. Then, of course, you had to worry about the volatility of the propane itself."

Mickey's new design features a 30,000-BTU diesel-fired heating system, mounted on the nose of the lead trailer. While the heaters provide ample BTUs to heat the two trailers sufficiently, its 250 CFM (cubic foot of air movement per minute) would not be enough to distribute the heat evenly through the two trailers. "So we created a sophisticated duct system that funnels the ducts down 50 percent in area from front to rear," explains Omar Williams, the beverage engineer who spearheaded the design. "That maintains constant delivery pressure at all locations through the trailers."

The ducts run through every other bay wall, and those walls feature a louver, or vent, at the bottom to release the warm air. Another vent at the opposite side of the wall is used as a cold air return. Each bay duct also features a "diverter" switch to control the flow of air.

The heater is contained in a box that has been symmetrically and aerodynamically designed, including bevelled edges, in conjunction with the trailer bulkhead. In addition to the heater, the box contains a 110 12-volt coverter and simulated battery for an overnight "plug-in" power source.

According to Mickey, the box was designed for the outside of the trailer for easy accessibility to the heater. This allows servicing by simply lifting the cover, unlike conventional interior systems, the company notes.

"The net result of this heating system is that we are able to use a heater that is undersized for this application in terms of CFMs and make it work through the addition of a duct system," Williams says. "The box design is a prime example of how we can combine our CAD and computer numerical control punch program. We are now able to tie function and aesthetic consideration into the design and engineering process."

For more information, contact W.F. Mickey Co., Inc., Box 2044, High Point, NC, 27261. Tel: (919) 882-6806.

New Diesel for Mack Mid-Liner

Following the recent introduction of a new, charge-air cooled 6.2-liter RVI E3 diesel engine, Mack Trucks, Inc. reports no other major changes on its 1992 Mack Mid-Liner vehicles. The Mid-Liner is available in both conventional and cabover configurations. According to Mack, the Mid-Liner remains a proven performer in a variety of applications, including city and intra-city beverage distribution.

Mack's Class 6 and 7 workhorse is available in the 200 Series, with a 180-HP engine, or the 300 Series with a 210-HP engine.

The Mid-Liner cabover MS200P and MS250P trucks, together with the conventional CS200P and CS250P trucks, feature Eaton's 4106B six-speed transmissions as standard equipment. In the 300 Series, which includes the CS300P and CS300T (tractor), and MS300P and MS300T (tractor), Mack offers the RVI T1060A six-speed transmission as standard equipment. Mack also offers optional five- and nine-speed designs, as well as Allison automatics.

Rear axles with capacities ranging from 17,500 to 23,000 lbs, with single or hub reduction designs, complete the Mid-Liner's list of powertrain options.

According to Mack, the company's medium-duty vehicles have been designed for comfortable operation. The company cites the CS Series' four-point shock absorber/rubber-mounted cab suspension system, which Mack says provides a smoother ride. The MS Series features a three-point suspension mounting with torsion bar in the front and shock absorber/rubber padding in the rear to assure an equal amount of operator comfort.

Other ergonomic features include form-fitting seats that encourage alert operation, with suspended brake and clutch pedals to facilitate safety.

According to Mack, the 1992 Mid-Liner has been refined to meet the demands of a variety of vocations, including beverage service.

For more information, Contact Mack Trucks, Box M, Allentown, PA, 18105-5000. Tel: (215) 439-2513.

GMC Beverage Hauler Specs

At the recent NBWA convention in Las Vegas, GMC Truck was on hand with eight new beverage hauler specification packages. The new GMC packages include four truck models, with a rear axle rated for 21,200-lbs GVW and a gross vehicle weight rating of 31,200 lbs. The truck spec packages are designed for 261-inch wheelbase vehicles with 12-bay beverage bodies. GMC is also offering four tractor model spec packages with gross cargo weight ratings of 53,000 lbs.

Truck or tractor purchasers have a choice of powerplants: a seven-liter 427 c.i. gasoline engine or a Caterpillar 3116 diesel rated for 215 HP at 2600 RPM. Transmission options include a Fuller FS6206 six-speed or an Allison automatic four-speed, and the trucks are equipped with 23,000-lb Eaton 23070S single-speed rear axles.

GMC announced that these new spec packages will include the first level of GM protection plan coverage at no charge. This includes vehicle coverage for three years or 100,000 miles on gas-powered vehicles and 3 years and 150,000 miles for diesel-equipped trucks.

For more information, contact GMC Truck Division, General Motors Corporation, 31 Judson St., Pontiac, MI, 48342-2230. Tel: (313) 456-5000.

Higher Horsepower for Isuzu

A line of modernized low cab forward commercial trucks has been introduced by Isuzu Truck of America for 1992, featuring new higher horsepower engines.

The 1992 models, ranging from 11,050 to 32,900 GVWR, feature new engine technology which increases horsepower and torque, while complying with the new, strict 1991 EPA emissions standards. According to Isuzu, the 1992 line features three innovations: new intercooled turbo technology, a unique timing and injection rate control system (dubbed TICS) and redesigned piston heads.

As Isuzu explains, the intercooler cools the hot, compressed air from the turbo-charger before it enters the engine, providing increased horsepower and torque, improving fuel economy and minimizing exhaust emissions. The intercooler employs a finned heat exchanger in front of the radiator to cool the air, increasing its density and ensuring the greatest amount of air enters the cylinders from the turbocharger.

The TICS feature is another new innovation for Isuzu powerplants. Isuzu reports that TICS is an electronic diesel fuel injection management system that monitors and regulates the rate of injection at low, medium and high engine speeds, offering better low-speed torque with lower emissions and more economy.

Lastly, Isuzu notes, the piston heads' combustion chamber has been redesigned into a rounder and deeper shape. Isuzu says this configuration combines to improve the swirl action of the air/fuel mixture, which can result in improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions.

Currently, the NPR models feature a four-cylinder engine, while the NRR, F and E models utilize a six-cylinder diesel. Bothe cab and stripped chassis NPR trucks are now available with a 14,250 GVWR, in addition to the 11,050 and 13,250 GVWR already offered.

For more information, contact Isuzu Truck of America, Inc. Tel: (800) 255-2550.

Centennial's Handi-Van Truck Body

A truck body originally designed for softdrink vending machine service has been introduced by the Centennial Body Division of Douglas & Lomason, located in Columbus, GA.

Current production models of the Handi-Van are designed to carry 300 to 400 cases of canned product on easily accessible shelving. For ease of loading and unloading, Centennial employs patented Nylotrack silicon impregnated track. According to Centenial, the movement of cases is simplified through the use of Nylotrack. Assist bars allow the full body width to be accessed, the company notes.

According to Centennial Body, these features are typical of the ergonomically-sound features that the company is designing into its trailers and truck bodies to help eliminate the problems of operator fatigue and injury.

Douglas & Lomason Company is a principal supplier to the automotive industry. Centennial Body is one segment of the company's truck body division.

For more information, contact David Parker, national sales manager, Centennial Body Division, Douglas & Lomason Co., 420 10th Ave., Columbus, GA, 31993. Tel: (800) 241-7541.

Mitsubishi Medium-Duty Trucks

A full-line of medium-duty trucks, including many models suitable for service in the beverage industry, are manufactured by Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. According to the company, these models include the FH100, GVW-rated for 17,196 lbs, suitable as a route truck for smaller deliveries.

For heavier beverage service, the company manufactures the FK/FM Series, which feature maximum GVW-ratings ranging from 23,000 to 32,900 lbs.

The heaviest model offered is the FM557, with a rear axle GVW-rated to 21,200 lbs. and the maximum GVW-rating of 32,900. The FM557 is offered with a choice of two horsepower ratings, 190 HP and 220 HP. The basic powerplant is an in-line six-cylinder turbocharged, intercooled 7.5 liter diesel. The 190-HP variant is designated the Mitsubishi 6D16-1AT4, and can be linked to a five or 10-speed transmission. The 220-HP Mitsubishi 6D16-1AT2 can be linked to six-or 10-speed transmission.

The FM557 is available in several wheel-bases, including 144.9, 181.9, 200.0, 218.5 and 230.7 inches.

The company has also worked with the Fontaine Modification-Components Co. to convert the cabover FM557 truck into a Class 7 single-axle tractor.

The FM557 tractor has a gross cargo weight of 55,000 lbs, and is powered by a intercooled, turbocharged direct-injection diesel rated at 220 HP. The tractor is equipped with 10-speed transmission, synchronized in 2nd through 10th gears. According to Mitsubishi, the low and high operating ranges of the transmission provide the gearing versatility needed for driving with varying load conditions.

The 132-inch wheelbase tractor is equipped with a full floating type rear axle that features single-reduction hypoid gearing. The transmisions first low gear ratio of 10.06 combined with the rear axle's ratio of 4.625 yields an overall reduction ratio of 46.5:1.

For more information, contact Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc., P.O. Box 464, Bridgeport, NJ, 08014. Tel: (609) 467-4500.

Caterpillar Mid-Range Diesel

A mid-range diesel that is designed for low operating costs is being fielded by Caterpillar. According to the manufacturer, the Cat 3116 diesel is designed to provide excellent fuel economy, long life and reliable performance.

The mid-range 6.6 liter 3116 incorporates air-to-air aftercooling, a feature designed to promote fuel economy. The engine also features a uniside cylinder head, a design that Cat says eliminates crossover pipe, simplifies installation and improves service-ability.

Other features include individual unit ejectors, roller cam followers and a geardriven compressor. In addition, Cat notes that a full-range mechanical governor provides speed control similar to an automotive cruise control, resulting in less driver fatigue.

The Cat 3116 diesel is available in 170, 185, 215 and 250-HP variants. All engines receive a warranty of three years/150,000 miles, with extended service coverage available. Oil sampling and preventive maintenance programs are also available.

For more information, contact Caterpillar, Tel: (800) 447-4986.

Eaton Synchro-Six Transmission

The Eaton Corporation offers a complete line of medium-to heavy-duty truck transmissions. A recent addition to the Eaton transmission family is the FS-7206A, a fully-synchronized six-speed transmission. According to Eaton, the FS-7206A was developed for medium-duty to upper Class 7 applications. It is rated for use with engines generating up to 270 HP and 750 lbs ft of torque.

According to Eaton, by eliminating the need for a two-speed axle in certain applications, the Synchro-6 will benefit sophisticated and unsophisticated operators alike. Eaton says the uncomplicated shift pattern provides convenience for skilled drivers and benefits for the less proficient as well.

Eaton states that the drivetrain provides increased fuel economy and extended component life over an improperly used, or unused, two-speed axle.

For more information contact Eaton Corporation, Transmission Division, P.O. Box 4013, Kalamazoo, MI, 49003. Tel: (616)342-3000.

TSS "Powertrax" System

Truck Transfer Systems, Inc. recently introduced the "Powertrax" moving floor system for both loading and unloading pallets and other cargo. The system, which features air-lifted rails installed in the trailer floor, is designed to lift a load and move it to the rear of the compartment.

According to TSS, "Powertrax" steel rails provide gentle movement with the ability to withstand forklift traffic. Additionally, installation of the front trailer-mounted operating mechanism is easy because there is no trailer reconstruction involved.

For more information, contact Truck Transfer System, Inc. Tel: (717) 243-6849.

Navistar Team 2000 Software

An integrated fleet maintenance software program has been introduced by Navistar International for fleets that operate their own maintenance centers. According to Bill Hough, manager of Team 2000 for Navistar, "Team 2000 provides a communication link between a fleet's maintenance department, its local International dealer and a Navistar mainframe computer.

"Team 2000 automates many fleet maintenance repair functions," Hough continued, "from parts ordering to processing repair orders to maintenance report generation. And the resulting savings in operating costs can significantly lower the cost of vehicle operation for larger fleets."

Hough reports that the system provides an on-line management system to automate numerous functions, including preventive maintenance, fuel consumption tracking and warranty functions.

Equipment needed to implement Team 2000 includes an IBM-compatible 386 or 486 personal computer, data entry touchscreen terminals, bar code printers and readers, reports printer, tape backup and a modem.

For more information on Team 2000, contract International International Transportation Corp., 455 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago, IL, 60611. Tel: (312) 836-3666.

Nissan Class 7 Models

The UD3000SD is one of the newest Class 7 models in the Nissan Diesel America UD trucks product line.

The UD3000SD offers high payload capacity because of its gross vehicle weight rating and light chassis weight. According to Nissan, it is designed for operators needing a lighter-weight truck without sacrificing payload capacity.

According to Nissan, the UD3000SD fills a gap in the company's product line. "We found that we needed a truck with a GVW that rated between our UD2800 and UD3000," said Dayle Weatherell, vice president of marketing. "so we created the SD, a powerful, lightweight truck capable of handling 30,000-lbs GVW."

According to Weatherell, the greatest advantage of the UD3000SD is its gross payload capacity. The high GVWR - 29,760 lbs - and lightweight chassis allow a payload of up to 21,000 lbs.

The UD3000SD is powered by a Nissan Diesel FE6TA turbo/intercooled diesel engine, providing 210 HP at 2800 RPM. Standard transmission is a six-speed overdrive, with synchromesh on 2-6 gears. The company reports that an Allison AT545 four-speed automatic transmission is optional on the UD3000 SD.

For more information, contact Nissan Diesel America, Inc., P. O. Box 152034, Irving, TX, 75015. Tel: (214) 550-8400.

PHOTO : Freightliner "Business Class" Medium-Duty

PHOTO : Volvo FE42T

PHOTO : Hino Medium-Duty Cabover

PHOTO : Johnson "Custom Kegger" 24-ft trailer

PHOTO : Hackney Stretch-16 Route Trailer

PHOTO : Betten's Durastrap

PHOTO : Mickey Heated Double Trailers

PHOTO : Mack Mid-Liner


PHOTO : Mitsubishi FK/FM Series

PHOTO : Eaton Synchro-Six

PHOTO : Caterpillar 3116
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