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28 Sep by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

TMW Introduces Mobile Applications for Innovative IES

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Mobile apps designed for TMW Systems Innovation IES Access and Access Plus truck management systems were introduced at the PeopleNet TMW in.sight User Conference in Nashville Sept.27.

IES Mobile Dispatch allows fleet managers to review ending EDI tenders and key information such as customer, load-at location, consignee and bill-to information from their Android or iOS mobile devices.

The app also lets managers search and review available loads, match those loads to drivers and equipment and then dispatch the load from the same interface. It offers quick access to customer account information and also allows them to review stops and advance funds to s driver.

IES Mobile Driver enables drivers to review and manage trip details, messages and other information using their smartphone. Both Android and iOS devices are supported.

Once drivers log into the app, they can see details on their trips, hours of service and other information. The app's driver hours tab shows a breakdown of the drivers current-day hours-of-service, hours driven in the past eight days and hours available for the current week. Drivers can also use the app to view maps, load characteristics and ETA for each stop.

Related: TMW Systems, PeopleNet Hold First Joint User Conference

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PeopleNet and TMW Recognize Innovators at User Conference

PeopleNet and TMW Systems recognized the winners of their 2016 Innovator of the Year awards at their joint in.sight User Conference in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 27.

The awards are presented to customers from each company every year to recognize those that have made the most innovative use of technology in their businesses.

A joint award was presented to Solar Transport. The carrier achieved improved fuel mileage and enhanced driver safety by implementing technologies from companies.

The recipients of the PeopleNet awards were selected from three tiers, based on fleet size. Plus, a Canadian fleet was recognized. PeopleNet 2016 Innovators of the Year included OrTran Express (less the 100 vehicles), Solar Transport (100-500 vehicles), DOT transportation (more than 500 vehicles) and Grimshaw Trucking (Canadian Innovator).

TMW Systems recognized fleets in specific categories and the recipients included OrTran Expres (truckload), Liquid Freight (non-asset), Grimshaw Trucking (less-than-truckload, intermodal and specialty), Western Refining, Inc., (energy), Master Fleet (maintenance), Nebraska Furniture Mart (private) and Royal Trucking Co. (business intelligence).

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West Virginia trucks haul flood relief to Louisiana

The severe 1,000-year flooding that struck Louisiana back in August left a trail of devastation in its wake – devastation that continues to be set right, however, by shipments of donated supplies to affected areas. Earlier this month West Virginia National Guard (WVNG) soldiers loaded five of their tractor-trailers with much-needed donated goods and headed down to the Pelican state. (All photos by Sgt. Zoe Morris of the 153rd Public Affairs Detachment)

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Economic Watch: Business Investment Increasing, Consumer Confidence Soars

A preliminary report shows new orders and shipments for big-ticket manufactured durable goods lost steam in August. Inside the report, however, is some evidence that business investment for the long term is increasing.

Commerce Department figures show the level of new orders for items designed to last at least three years was nearly unchanged from the month before, following a downwardly revised 3.6% increase in July. The performance was better than a consensus estimate by analysts who were expecting a 1.5% drop.

Shipments of manufactured durable goods fell 0.4% in August from the month before, following two consecutively monthly gains, while the July performance was revised slightly lower. This most recent drop was led by a 1.1% drop in shipments of transportation equipment.

Compared to August 2015, new orders last month fell 0.6% while shipments declined by 0.9%.

New orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, an indicator of business investment, improved a surprising 0.6%, the third straight monthly improvement, while such shipments fell 0.4%. These new orders are down 4% from a year ago while shipments are 5.1% lower.

Weak business spending has been a major factor behind the economy's subpar growth in recent years, according to the Wall Street Journal, and has been a mystery to economists. It reports, “Some of the weakness is tied to depressed energy prices, which have led to a decline in drilling and exploration, but other factors appear at play.”

Overall, manufacturing in the U.S. remains below where it was earlier in the current economic recovery, with the Institute for Supply Management reporting early this month the sector contracted in August following five consecutive months of expansion. However, a separate report from IHS Markit shows manufacturing is still expanding, but at a slower rate than it was in July.

Consumer Confidence Highest Since 2007

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Mahle Shows More Efficient Bearings at IAA

Mahle is working on a camshaft technology that will replace conventional bearings with wear-free roller bearings, the company announced at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany.

Because the roller bearings do not rely on pressurized oil, the burden on the oil circuit is reduced and complex oil channels to the bearing points are no longer required. The associated simplification of the cylinder head design will, in turn, open up new opportunities, such as stop-start applications in commercial vehicles, according to Mahle.

The combination of improved engine components, less friction, and reduced oil requirements based on actual demand can lead to lower fuel consumption and consequently reduced CO2 emissions. For heavy-duty commercial vehicles, Mahle can says it can achieve a reduction of around 3% thanks to optimized oil management and innovative engine components.

Another innovation Mahle introduced at IAA is a map-controlled thermostat for commercial vehicles. These thermostats have already been successfully introduced as a series production application in passenger cars.

They are designed to react fast and operate even at low temperatures. As a result, the thermostats are flexible in any driving situation and can optimally condition the coolant. In systemic interaction with the controlled E-Visco coolant pump and the E-Visco fan, the map-controlled thermostat can reduce fuel consumption and therefore CO2 emissions by 2%, according to Mahle.

Related: Mahle Releases 2016 Heavy Duty Catalog

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Don’t Wait—FTX Room Discount Ends Friday

Time is running out to take advantage of the hotel room discount for the Fleet Technology Expo (FTX), which will be held October 17-19 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.

The discounted room rates expire on Friday, September 30. To view the discounted rates go here.

FTX is designed for fleet professionals who oversee vehicle fleets of all sizes and types who are looking to improve their fleet operations through the use of cutting-edge technologies and methodologies.

Among the cutting-edge topics being discussed by industry heavy hitters are the future of autonomous vehicles, how to improve vehicle safety through technology, alt-fuel technology, the future of mobility, and how to motivate employee drivers with through telematics gamification.

Concurrent sessions will be broken into two tracks: light-duty or medium-/heavy-duty.
In addition to top notch educational content, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in the largest alt-fuel ride and drive in the country, with the chance to get behind the wheel of some of today's most advanced alternative-fuel vehicles.

Finally, the conference will end by honoring the next generation of fleet professionals with the Fleet Visionary awards and the most efficient and sustainable fleets with the FTX Efficiency and FTX Sustainability awards.

FTX is produced by Bobit Business Media, publisher of Automotive Fleet, HDT, Fleet Financials, and Work Truck magazines.

Don't delay, register today before it's too late!

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