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SEPTEMBER EDITION UPDATE
Amid all the hype surrounding last month's unveiling of a new Scania truck range it would be easy to overlook the fact that the launch comes at least twelve months later than originally planned. We report on the reasons for this and on what is genuinely innovative in the truck itself and in the connected services behind it.
There is almost nothing that the latest automated manual truck gearboxes cannot do better than traditional, costly, fully automatic transmissions with torque converters and planetary gearsets. That at least is what many truck-makers would have you believe. Allison Transmission begs to differ. We've been to Hungary to find out why, and to learn more about Allison's own automated manual, already in service in the US and on its way to Europe.
People in the news this month include the Trailer Innovation 2017 award-winners at the IAA Hannover show; Mike Williams, stepping down from the chief executive's post at Dawsongroup; and Frank Thorpe, starting a new job at BYD Europe.
CV Engineer film reviews: and why not?
Ryder's Project Rebirth
So you want to show the world that your commercial vehicle technicians and workshops are a cut above the rest? You could always try one or two of many and various accreditation schemes and hope for the best. Ryder in the US has come up with an altogether more imaginative and startling solution, starting with spectacular destruction of a new Volvo truck.
“While the kind of destruction shown in this video is extreme, it’s not that far from some of the excessive damage that has come through our shops over the past 80 years," says Ryder's global fleet management boss Dennis Cooke, with no hint of tongue in cheek. "Showing our technician team in action in a high-stakes challenge like this is a great way to highlight the kind of talent our customers have access to every day at any one of our 800 maintenance shops across North America. If businesses are going to outsource fleet maintenance to Ryder, they need to be really confident about our ability to maintain and repair trucks quickly and correctly the first time. Because our technicians work behind the scenes, there aren’t many opportunities for us to showcase their incredible knowledge and skill. These videos enable us to show the world in an exciting and compelling way the outstanding expertise of our technician workforce.”
Volvo engineers of a nervous disposition may want to look away now.
Click here to see Ryder's Project Rebirth video.
Hungry for more footage of Volvo trucks being given a hard time? Try these for size, courtesy of Volvo itself and a four-year-old film star by the name of Sophie...
CILT on vulnerable road-users
The acting is never going to win any Oscar nominations. And gratuitous plugs for the CILT's own magazine and awards scheme are a bit cheesy and irritating. But The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK nevertheless deserves plaudits aplenty for a new ten-minute video delivering a potent message on the moral, economic and legal obligations related to road transport operations. The focus is mainly on vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians, and the target audience is primarily board-level company directors in operations running trucks, buses or coaches. But this video's graphic portrayal of what can happen when road safety is allowed to slip down the priority list of any organisation packs such a punch that it ought to be required viewing for everyone with road transport management responsibilities, no matter how big or small the commercial vehicles they manage. That certainly includes the home-delivery operations which depend on vans and small trucks up to 3.5 tonnes gvw. Based on our shocking revelations of a few years ago, Sainsbury store managers responsible for small home-delivery van fleets and their drivers would be right at the top of our list of those most in need of learning the lessons this video teaches so memorably.
To see the CILT video on YouTube click here
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