Author: Vitaliy Dadalyan

22 Mar by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

An Automated Future, First, Bendix Says

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Bendix says the driver remain key in increasingly automated vehicle systems for a long time to come. Photo: Bendix

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Bendix says the driver remain key in increasingly automated vehicle systems for a long time to come. Photo: Bendix

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Fifteen years ago, Bendix executives and engineers sat down to hash out the company's electronics strategy for foreseeable future. At the time, the focus was on the just-emerging field of electronic safety systems, based largely on Bendix's still-new anti-lock braking systems and brand-new anti-rollover technology.

"We had no idea where that path was going to lead us," company Bendix chairman and executive board member Joe McAleese says with a laugh.

I'm sitting with McAleese and Fred Andersky, who's job title names him as Bendix's director, customer solutions and government relations. But in reality, he's the company's Future Tech Wizard, playing an integral role in the development of Bendix's current vehicle technology while trying to peer into the crystal ball and figure out how the next phases of automotive tech — namely autonomous vehicles — will play out.

And the most interesting aspect of all this is that, increasingly, it's the integration of electronic vehicle systems like Bendix's Wingman active cruise/safety system that finds itself at the core of autonomous vehicle development efforts. "When we first put our electronics platform together 15 years ago,' McAleese says now, we knew we would build new functions onto them as they went forward. And we knew there would be some degree of integration. But, even so, we never envisioned anything on the scale we're seeing today."

All that said, you'd think Bendix is chomping at the bit to race forward into a bright, new, autonomous future. But the truth is Bendix is one of the more conservative technology companies today when it comes to autonomous vehicle prognostication. They decline to put an actual number on when we'll see fully-autonomous, Level 5 cars and trucks in everyday use. But both of ...Read the rest of this story

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Peterbilt Returns to MATS, Predicts 15% Market Share for 2017

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More than 70% of Peterbilt's production in 2016 were Models 579 and 567.

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More than 70% of Peterbilt's production in 2016 were Models 579 and 567.

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LOUISVILLE, KY -- Peterbilt Motors returned to the Mid America Trucking Show, after an absence in 2016, predicting the company could top 15% market share this year. Kyle Quinn, Paccar senior vice president and Peterbilt general manager, noted the company sold 36,000 units in 2016 for a market share in Class 8 of 13.4% -- it's fourth highest production year.

"We're taking steps to set a new market share record of 15% in 2017," he said. "We are well positioned to accomplish this, as we have achieved market share north of 16% in both of the first two months of this year."

Quinn predicts the North American Class 8 truck build for 2017 will be somewhere between 190,000 and 220,000 units, with much or that strength coming from the vocational segment.

"If you look at where we've been in the past three years, for example, the energy business has been soft, but during that period of time we raised the percentage of fleet market share, moving from 23% fleets to 38% fleets," Quinn said. "So, as the energy sector improves, we will see the return of those vocational energy bids. And that will come on top of already good performance this year and late last year on vocational orders."

Peterbilt expects its medium duty business to remain strong at 85,000 units, and Quinn noted that orders are so far keeping pace with expectations.

Overall, Quinn said he expects the industry to continue gaining strength based on solid fundamentals:

Freight tonnage is near record levels and is expected to grow by another two percent.Fourth quarter of 16 and early 17 prices are improving in the spot freight market.Over the past few months the energy sector has been gaining strength and the rig count ...Read the rest of this story
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Wabco Opens New U.S. Plant to Produce Air Disc Brakes

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Wabco's Jon Morrison at the grand opening of the company's new facility in North Charleston, S.C. Photo: David Cullen

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Wabco's Jon Morrison at the grand opening of the company's new facility in North Charleston, S.C. Photo: David Cullen

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North Charleston, S.C. — Wabco Holdings celebrated the grand opening of its new North Charleston, S.C., plant on March 22 that allows the company to produce air disc brakes for trucks and trailers in the U.S. for the first time.

The Belgium-based component supplier said it invested $20 million in the 145,000-square-foot plant to meet increasing customer demand for its air disc brakes. Already up and running, the plant also produces air compressors and related safety systems.

But air disc brakes are clearly the main attraction. Jon Morrison, Wabco president, Americas, told HDT that the brand-new facility has "assembly capacity of up to 200,000 units to serve the truck and trailer market here."

And Jacques Esculier, chairman and CEO of Wabco Holdings, pointed out that overall air disc brake penetration is still under 20% in North America - a market condition he views as "a runway to growth."

The facility increases Wabco's manufacturing footprint by more than 60% and the company has increased employment at the North Charleston facility by around 230 individuals.

Wabco manufactures its single-piston ADBs in Charleston to serve commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators in North America. Wabco's portfolio of ADBs is sold under the brand names Maxxus for heavy-duty trucks and Maxx 22T for trailers.

Wabco also manufactures high-performance air compressors at its North Charleston facility. Wabco and Cummins established a joint venture – fully operational in 1998 – to produce single- and twin-cylinder air compressors for heavy-duty trucks, buses, and industrial equipment.

“By localizing the production of Air Disc Brakes in the region we demonstrate our commitment to advancing commercial vehicle safety and shaping the future of the transportation industry,” said Esculier. “Our Air Disc Brakes pave the way to higher automation of ...Read the rest of this story

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Noregon Names VP of Innovation and Data Analytics

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Noregon has hired Richard Glasmann as its vice president of innovation and data analytics, the company announced.

In his new role, Glasmann will be responsible for the strategic direction for product innovation and data, developing product roadmaps and defining the strategic platform for new products and services. Noregon is a provider of vehicle diagnostic, repair, and monitoring applications for the commercial vehicle industry.

“We are very excited for Rich to join Noregon,” said Bill Hathaway, Noregon's founder and CEO. “His experience and natural leadership abilities will continue to drive us forward, helping Noregon meet both the long and short term goals we have set forth.”

Glasmann has a background in original equipment manufacturer development and telematics, working for Volvo Truck's telematics/service team. He worked for nearly three years with Omnitracs as the vice president of OEM strategy, sales, and marketing. At Omnitracs, Glasmann grew partner relationships with OEMs and tier 1 suppliers, identified new business opportunities, and defined long-term strategic goals.

“Having worked closely with Noregon in prior positions, I appreciate what they provide to the industry and felt this was a great fit,” said Glasmann. “I have always been drawn to the company's rich history in vehicle data and I look forward to growing and showcasing the data analytics services that Noregon provides.”

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WABCO opens new U.S. air brake manufacturing plant

The 145,000 sq.-ft. facility will employ 230 and represents a $20 million investment, according to the company.

WABCO Holdings Inc. is localizing production of its air disc brakes (ADBs) for commercial vehicles for the very first time in the U.S. at a new facility located in North Charleston, SC.

The 145,000 sq.-ft. facility will employ 230 and represents a $20 million investment, according to the company. WABCO said it is “relocating” current production to this new factory, which represents an increase of its manufacturing footprint by more than 60%.

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