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International unveils HV Series, a severe duty truck focused on driver comfort; adds sleeper option to HX Series


Over the past two years, International has introduced a new or refreshed product every 4 to 6 months, giving the Lisle, Ill.-based truck-maker the distinction of featuring the industry’s newest truck lineup.

Navistar continued its tractor reinvention with the debut of the driver-centric HV Series severe service truck.

“Imagine [an interior] space that works for drivers operating these kinds of trucks,” Denny Mooney, Navistar senior vice president of product development, says of the truck’s driver-centric design.

“All the design features in this cab were driven by feedback from more than 100 [vocational customers],” adds Mark Stasel, Navistar vice president of vocational trucks.

The truck, Mooney says, was designed “from the inside out” for increased driver comfort, but in the “inside out” design, the inside got more attention than the outside of the reworked WorkStar.

“One of the things we didn’t change was the hood and the grille,” he adds.

As with International’s RH and LT trucks, newly redesigned doors remove the vent window and improve seals, minimizing air leaks and wind noise. Pedestal mirrors have been moved forward, improving visibility and allowing drivers to turn their head to a lesser degree.

A new premium instrument cluster sits center of the driver, complete with driver information display, and is the same unit that was featured in the LT, RH and LoneStar.

The transmission selector has been moved to a stalk on the steering column and integrated with the engine brake. The wing panel has been redesigned to increase knee room and an AC vent has been added in the center panel for riders. The fuse panel has been integrated in the top of the dash, another nod to the LT and RH.

The HV Series also features International’s Diamond Logic electrical system for the automation of tasks and interlocks to help protect both equipment and crew, and the truck was designed to ease the process of body upfitting.

“Our Diamond Logic electrical system is best known for its ability to provide control and communication between work trucks and body equipment,” Stasel says. The Diamond Logic electrical system offers nearly 200 factory available body integration and driver efficiency features, plus the ability to customize more vehicle functions.

Cross member anchored tow loops prevent frame twisting. The Super Single half-inch thick fame rail is rated up to 3.35M RBM and an integral – not bolt on – 20- and 27-inch frame extension adds rigidity. A 20,000 lb. off-set bowl front drive axle allows for a lower ride height than a traditional center bowl.

Configurations range from 4×2 to 8×6 and BBCs of either 107- or 113-inch and set-forward or set-back front axles are available. A clean Cab-to-Axle (CA) configuration is also available. The HV comes standard with International’s in-house engineered A26 engine with Cummins B6.7 and L9 engines available as options.

With an inside wheel cut of up to 50 degrees, the HV Series can navigate tight city streets.

The HV Series – available for order today – is available in a variety of specifications: Regular Cab, Extended Cab, and Crew Cab.

Also on the vocational front, Navistar says its models HX 520 and HX 620 will get a 51-inch short sleeper option next month, while the HX 515 and HX 615 will feature the A26 engine in May.

Navistar also made public its intentions to upgrade features on its OnCommand Connection platform, including a prognostic platform that can diagnose faults before they occur.

“We can tell customers we will proactively identify problems before they ever happen … before anything fails on the truck and the customer experiences downtime,” Persio Lisboa, Navistar Chief Operating Officer, says of the company’s Live Action Plans platform.

The prognostic models are developed using both Navistar field service intelligence and algorithms based in big data analytics. Lisboa says when certain adverse conditions are identified on a vehicle, OnCommand Connection would provide the customer with alerts about potential corrective actions, the potential repair, the parts needed, and the training required to make the repair.

If the repair is performed as instructed and the vehicle is under warranty, Navistar would pay for the repair. The company expects to pilot the platform over the next three months, with an official launch in 2018.

Automated Driver Vehicle Inspection Reporting, another integrated function of OnCommand Connection, Lisoba says, will relieve drivers of much of the paperwork associated with the vehicle inspection process, but ensures a fleet’s inspection protocols are followed.

The company’s trailer tracking software is intended to provide detailed analytics and reporting for trailer management, built on the OnCommand Connection platform. GPS fleet trailer tracking helps companies keep tabs on their trailers and their cargo, so they can better maximize these assets to reach their customers and clients effectively. It also helps improve asset utilization, maintenance practices, and optimize trailer capacity.

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Builtrite 2280 mounted loader adds capacity but not weight


Builtrite Manufacturing has increased the lift capacity of its new Model 2280 Truck Mounted Loader over its previous model without increasing the loader’s overall weight, the company says.

The 2280 has almost 10,000 pounds of lifting capacity – 3,000 more than the Model 2200-TM ­– with its overall weight remaining 11,900 pounds.

The loader has a reach of 27 feet, 6 inches. A 25-foot, 6-inch boom is also available. It is designed for highway, foundation-drilling and pipeline contractors and can handle a variety of materials, including concrete barriers and slabs, construction attachments and drills.

It also features an on-demand piston-pump hydraulic system, larger boom and stabilizer pins, built-in hydraulic tank and cooler, fold-away stabilizers, a centralized grease system and heavy duty guarding around the operator.

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Redesigned Atlas Copco QAS generators smaller, more efficient


Atlas Copco’s redesigned QAS generators

Atlas Copco’s eight-model lineup of QAS generators has undergone an overhaul to make them easier to transport, operate and maintain, the company says.

They feature Tier 4 Final engines from Isuzu, John Deere or MTU, and the generators take up 20 percent less space than their predecessors. They also come with the new Power Management System that automatically adjusts machine operation to the workload to save fuel.

The inside doors have been layered with foam for water tightness and sound reduction. The canopy is corrosion resistant.

Depending on the model, the generators can run for 40 hours on a tank of fuel. And operators don’t have to bend to connect power cables.

Atlas Copco’s QAS 70 ID mobile generator

Other features include a controller that starts the generator with two clicks and has advanced warning and alert parameters, an AREP alternator excitation system that provides 300 percent overcurrent for 10 seconds for motor starting, and an external emergency stop button.

The models in the lineup range from 25 to 330 kilovolt amps – QAS 25 ID, QAS 45 ID, QAS 70 ID, QAS 95 JD, QAS 125 JD, QAS 150 MD, QAS 250 MD and QAS 330 MD.

Each generator has dual stage filtration with a safety cartridge and dual stage air cleaning. They need less than two hours of service after every 500 hours of operation, the company says.

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Flood-damaged rental fleets get help from Genie; guidelines for flooded machinery released


With its 4WD, the Z-60/37FE has gradability to 45 percent and can travel up to 25 percent faster than comparable models.

Terex AWP has sent three teams to travel throughout Texas to assess Genie equipment in customers’ rental fleets following flooding from Hurricane Harvey and help them get back up and running.

The company has also issued water damage repair checklists for Genie booms, scissors and telehandlers to all customers in the area, as well as for the Deutz engines that power the machines.

The product support teams are working with the company’s sales team in Texas to make sure Genie customers are assisted as quickly as possible. Bartley also indicated that similar strategies will be used in Florida, once flooding from Hurricane Irma has diminished and it’s safe for the teams to be in the area.

The diesel engine can power the machine entirely by itself, but also couples to a generator that powers the batteries, hydraulics and AC drive motors.

What to do with flood-damaged machines and engines

Genie released the following guidelines for dealing with flood-damaged machinery and engines:

In the event your Genie or Terex machine experiences water damage due to submersion or other water exposure, the following guidelines may be useful in attempting to repair your unit. You are responsible for any repairs made and for the maintenance and safe operation of your machine.

It is impossible for anyone to know the full extent of damage to a machine that has been fully or partially submerged in water without a complete disassembly, thorough visual inspection, repair, and function test of the affected components and/or systems. Depending largely on the depth and duration of submersion, some obvious areas of concern are:

List of Minimum Repairs Needed:

Notes: Mark the highest point of submersion for future reference during repair procedures. If such an indication is not evident, assume the machine was fully submerged. Thoroughly clean and visually inspect the machine to remove all mud, corrosion and debris. Significant effort should be made to thoroughly clean all surfaces exposed to flood waters to prevent latent degradation of paint and hardware due to corrosion.

Important: If exposed to saltwater, it may be impossible to overcome the long‐term corrosive effects on painted surfaces and hardware. Consideration should be given to refurbishment including complete disassembly, component/system replacement, media blast, new paint and new hardware.

1. Replace any and all Electrical Circuit components for which any part has been submerged in water including, but not limited to:

a. Control systems and boxes

b. Motors, brakes and any drive controllers

c. Machine controls

d. Switches, sensors, and power cables

e. Ignition Start Module, fuses and fuse panel

f. Batteries

g. Cables, chain, pulleys and sheaves

2. Disassemble, clean, and inspect all pinned joints, all boom sections and all bearing surfaces that have been submerged.

Replace any and all wear pads, hardware, chains/cables, and any damaged components. Clean, lubricate and reassemble.

3. Drain and remove the covers from drive/torque hubs and inspect for water intrusion.

If water is present, disassemble the gearbox, clean and inspect for damage. Replace any damaged components. Refill per service manual.

4. For aerials replace turntable bearing if submerged

5. Disassemble and inspect the Turntable Rotation Drive if submerged.

Clean and inspect for damage. Replace any damaged components and refill per service manual.

6. Remove all hydraulic cylinders, rotators, brakes, motors, pumps, manifolds and valves if submerged.

Have these components repaired by a qualified hydraulic repair facility. Replace all load holding valves on all cylinders.

7. Replace the hydraulic power unit(s) if submerged.

8. Drain the entire hydraulic system if submerged.

Clean and inspect the reservoir, refill and change filters per service manual.

9. Drain the entire fuel system if submerged.

Clean and inspect the tank, refill and change filters per service manual.

10. Contact the engine manufacturer for repair recommendations, if submerged.

11. When all repairs are complete, an Annual Inspection must be performed before returning the machine to service.

12. Sample the hydraulic oil and fuel after 1 hour of functional operation.

Have these samples analyzed by a lab and follow their recommendations regarding oil changes, filtration intervals, or supplemental additives until a clean, water free, system is established.

Deutz engines

Submerged engines are considered no longer emissions compliant.

Engine replacement is the compliant course of action.

The following instructions are to be used as a guideline to make an engine temporarily operational.

Allowing the condition of the machine it is mounted in to be evaluated.

Note: If your engine has been submerged or partially submerged under water, do not simply try to start the engine until it is cleaned or reconditioned. Serious damage could occur to precision parts from dirt and silt ingress. In addition, this procedure should be followed immediately upon engine recovery from a flood condition.

Please be advised: the flood recovery instructions provided are a guide to assist customers during engine recovery, however, engine recovery success is always dependent upon flood severity.

Engines that are flooded can be further damaged and fail if the proper procedures are not followed prior to starting. With the exception of military or special purposes engines, diesel engines in general are not designed to be sealed against water entering the crankcase, and certain other components of the engine, when flooded.

If you are unsure of how to carry out any of the procedures listed, your DEUTZ Distributor can be contracted to perform these procedures for you. You may also consult with your distributor for technical advice, or consult with our DEUTZ Service Desk for advice.

The following procedures are intended specifically for DEUTZ Diesel engines and may not specifically address the procedures necessary for other engine brands. You should consult the manufacturer of those engines before starting.

I. Disconnect the battery.

Clean the exterior thoroughly with a hose or low-pressure steam cleaner

II. Intake and Exhaust Systems:

Inspect all areas of intake and exhaust system for debris and standing water.

1) Remove the air cleaner element from the air cleaner housing and replace it. In cases of oil-bath filtration systems: clean the oil bowl and change the oil.

2) If the intake air system contains any piping that is below the level of the air cleaner or the intake manifold, that would allow water to be trapped, this piping must be opened and the water completely drained. This would include the charge air cooler if the engine were so equipped.

3) Loosen the intake and exhaust manifold bolts or nuts to allow any accumulated water to drain or be removed manually.

4) Inspect the exhaust system piping and muffler to determine if any area would trap water and either loosen or remove these sections to allow water to drain. Exhaust after treatment mufflers and catalysts are deemed compromised and should be replaced.

III. Fuel System: The entire fuel system must be completely flushed.

1) Completely drain and flush the fuel tank with Diesel Fuel (properly dispose of the contaminated fuel). Refill the tank with clean (water free) fuel.

2) Remove the fuel suction line coming from the fuel tank to the fuel transfer pump and blow it out using compressed air.

3) Remove the fuel line going from the fuel transfer pump to the fuel filter and blow it out with compressed air.

4) Remove the fuel return piping and blow it out with compressed air.

5) Change the primary fuel filter and if equipped the fuel pre-filter.

6) Remove the fuel injectors from the cylinder head or heads and rotate the engine over by hand removing any water from the cylinders. Then using the starter motor to remove any water that may be trapped in the cylinders. It is critical that the engine be rotated by hand before using the starter motor to allow sufficient time for the water to escape if a cylinder is full or nearly full. Then, squirt light lubricating oil into each cylinder to lubricate the cylinder walls and rings.

7) Series 2012/2013, 4.1, 6.1, 7.8, 1015, 2015, TCD12 & TCD16; Remove over flow valve (pressure regulating valve) from fuel galley. Drain and flush the fuel enclosed in fuel galley. On engines equipped with an internal fuel gallery.

8) Reinstall the fuel injectors. Replace high pressure fuel lines as necessary on all common rail engines.

9) Series 2.9/3.6/12/16L common rail pump. After the fuel system has been cleaned, and flushed. Remove the MPROP and overflow valve, then activate the lift pump to flush clean fuel thru the common rail pump.

10) Series 4.1/6.1/7.8L common rail pumps and fuel control unit. Disassemble and manually clean the fuel control unit. Replace any common rail fuel systems part that shows indications of water intrusion

IV. Lubrication System:

1) Drain and properly dispose of the lubricating oil mix in the oil pump. Replace lube oil.

2) Change the lube oil filter.

3) Drain the oil reservoir of the injection pump on 912/913/914/413/413F/413FR/513/513R and 1015 engines. (Note some older engines are equipped with a closed injection pump lubrication system. Oil will need to be added to the oil reservoir after draining.)

V. Cooling System:

1) Visually inspect the cooling system and clean as necessary.

2) On liquid cooled engines it might be necessary to replace the coolant. Visually check coolant and then test coolant using a hydrometer.

3) Inspect and clean the radiator and charge air cooler fins.

VI. Electrical System:

Any or all electrical components are suspect of contamination after submersion. This may not be immediately necessary but all of these components will most likely fail eventually due to being submerged.

1) The engine control unit (ECU) is not useable after submersion.

2) All engine sensors are suspect of potential failure.

3) Any pressure sensor related to the engine should be replaced. These sensors have small openings to the atmosphere that can become plugged with silt and contaminants. Ie; fuel pressure, oil pressure, exhaust back pressure, intake manifold pressure.

4) All electrical connectors should be opened and dried with compressed air.

5) Do not apply dielectric grease to connectors when reassembling. Dry fit connectors.

6) Inspect, clean and dry machine side of the ignition system including relays and fuses.

VII. SCR System:

1) Completely drain and flush the DEF tank with clean fresh water. Refill the tank with clean fresh DEF.

2) Remove the DEF suction and return line coming from the tank to the DEF pump module and blow out the lines using compressed air. Remove the DEF pressure line from the pump module to the injector and blow out with compressed air.

3) Change the DEF filter

4) Open and blow dry all DEF system electrical connectors. Replacement of DEF system relays is highly likely and encouraged.

After cleaning equipment and reassembling parts operate the engine for approximately 30 minutes, assuring the engine is at operating temperature. Then change the oil and filters, repeat oil change one time if oil remains milky. If the oil is still milky after second oil change and 30- to 60-minute run time. Have the engine evaluated by a DEUTZ distributer.

If engine disassembly is needed for thorough cleaning, this is best done by an experienced service technician.

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Doosan Bobcat donates equipment to hurricane relief efforts


Doosan Bobcat North America is donating more than $325,000 worth of Bobcat equipment and Doosan Portable Power light towers and generators to help with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief efforts.

The company is also providing financial assistance to affected dealership employees and their families in the affected areas. Employees plan to direct annual charitable drives to assist those impacted by the hurricanes.

Prior to Hurricane Harvey’s landfall in Texas, Doosan Bobcat expedited equipment and attachment deliveries to areas that would be impacted in an effort to be prepared for clean-up efforts. It also took steps to expedite equipment deliveries to southern Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma.

“Doosan Bobcat has been on the scene helping communities recover from natural disasters for more than 50 years,” said Rich Goldsbury, president of Doosan Bobcat North America, in a press release. “We have a ready-response program that ensures Bobcat equipment and other assets are readily available to help out local communities, our dealerships, and their employees. Our support and prayers go out to those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.”

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New AASHTO president hopes to work with Trump on infrastructure


John Schroer

Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer has been elected the new president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ board of directors.

Schroer said he hopes to lead AASHTO’s efforts to work with the Trump administration and Congress to enact an infrastructure package and a new long-term transportation reauthorization bill.

The impacts of new technologies such as autonomous, connected and electric vehicles on the nation’s transportation infrastructure will also be a top priority.

“One of my goals will be to make sure that AASHTO is on the cutting-edge of innovation, to ensure states are ready to meet the many challenges that new transportation technologies will bring,” Schroer says.

Schroer was appointed Tennessee DOT commissioner in 2011 and has served as chairman of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Finance and Administration and of its Strategic Management Committee. He served as mayor of his hometown of Franklin, Tennessee, earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Tennessee. He and his wife, Marianne, have three children and one grandson.

In other board elections, Carlos Braceras, executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, was elected vice president, and Scott Bennett, director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation, was elected secretary-treasurer.

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New inspector general to seek out waste in WisDOT


The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will create a new position to lead an effort to root out waste, fraud and abuse.

The new inspector general’s tasks include reviewing all programs and initiatives to look for cost savings and then make recommendations for improvements, according to a WisDOT news release. The new position was created by an executive order from Gov. Scott Walker.

The order requires a report be submitted to the WisDOT secretary in December 2018 and every two years afterward.

“WisDOT has great potential to accomplish more within our current budget,” says Transportation Secretary Dave Ross. “We are committed to finding savings and putting these savings into improved roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure.”

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‘Critter shelf’ makes N.Y. debut to prevent wildlife-vehicle crashes


An installed critter shelf. Photo credit: NYSDOT Facebook page

The New York State Department of Transportation and The Nature Conservancy have installed a novel and less costly way to help animals cross a dangerous road.

The two agencies teamed up to create a “critter shelf,” a 2-foot-wide steel platform that extends the length of a culvert under State Route 12. Instead of crossing the road, it is hoped wildlife will take to the 138-foot-long shelf for safe crossings under the road and also safely above water in the culvert which averages about 3 feet deep.

The shelf was installed this summer in a culvert under on the highway south of Boonville in the Black River Valley. It cost $28,375.

The shelf is currently in a test phase at the site within the 650,000-acre Black River Valley between the forests of the Adirondacks and the Tug Hill. The Nature Conservancy has been using trail cameras activated by motion and heat to monitor wildlife activity at this site for more than a year prior to the shelf installation. The cameras will stay in place for at least a year to help assess the effectiveness of the new walkway, the NYSDOT says.

“In this area, the critter shelf is a low-cost alternative to the massive wildlife overpasses like you see in the Canadian Rockies for elk and other mammals,” says Alissa Rafferty, wildlife connectivity project manager with The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter. “If it works well here, it could be used in other parts of the Northeast.”

The shelf was shipped to New York from Montana, where that state’s transportation department has found success using the technology. The design, trademarked and patented as CritterCrossing, was developed and tested in Montana by transportation experts, a wildlife biologist and a steel manufacturer, the DOT says.

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