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The Trucker Newspaper - April 15, 2018

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36 • April 15-30, 2018 Equipment Continental adds pre-cured tread manufacturing facility to its Mount Vernon, Ill., campus THE TRUCKER NEWS SERVICES FORT MILL, S.C. — Continental, a technology company and manufacturer, has added a pre-cured tread (PCT) manufacturing facility to its existing campus in Mount Vernon, Illinois. The new plant, which began start-up production in January, will produce madein-the-USA tread rubber for the ContiTread premium retread line. Continental expects the plant to reach full operation by the end of the first quarter of this year. The new PCT facility features a technologically advanced manufacturing process to maximize safety for plant personnel and quality of the pre-cured tread rubber. A specialized cooling tower helps to stabilize the tread compound more quickly, and robotic assistance on the tread press helps prevent distortion of the product for more consistent filling of the mold. In addition, the production line features a prototype technology to provide more consistent texture in large-lug tread patterns. “Continental is investing in the latest advances in retread manufacturing technology to ensure our pre-cured tread rubber is the best on the market, and that our people have a safe and ergonomically efficient workspace,” said John Barnes, Continental’s head of ContiLifeCycle retreading for the Americas. “As a technology company, we’re always looking to see what’s next on the horizon, whether for manufacturing or fleet solutions like digital tire monitoring. We want to deliver the best value to our customers by capitalizing on the latest innovations in the industry.” As part of Continental’s commitment to the quality of its retread rubber, Barnes said each new tread pattern produced in the startup phase must be meticulously measured and reviewed by the company’s Research & Development team. Each pattern requires over 150 points of measurement to be submitted for approval before it can be released into the market. “Continental continuously strives for best-in-class performance. The cornerstone of this performance is commitment to outstanding quality,” said Catherine Loss, Continental’s head of retread worldwide. “When designing this new Pre-Cured Tread plant, we focused on utilizing lessons learned from our existing plant in Morelia, Mexico, to optimize the layout and flow of the plant, and our long years of manufacturing experience in the main Mount Vernon plant to ensure reliability and repeatability in the production.” “The team has worked tirelessly to ensure the first treads out of our Mount Vernon PCT plant are exactly what our customers need and expect from the ContiTread brand,” Loss said. “Quality is where we began the project, and a consistent quality mindset is what will continue to drive our future.” The first tread patterns being produced at the Mount Vernon PCT plant will be Conti- Tread HDL EcoPlus, ContiTread HDL, and ContiTread HDR1. The ContiTread HDL EcoPlus, a longhaul drive pattern, features an advanced tread compound for low rolling resistance balanced with mileage. Like many Continental tread patterns, it features a stone ejection system, helping reduce stone retention to protect the casing and maximize retreadability. The ContiTread HDL, a long-haul drive pattern, features a mileage-focused tread compound for long haul to regional applications. The closed-shoulder design, available in multiple tread depths, provides even wear and high mileage. The ContiTread HDR1, a regional drive pattern, features excellent wet and dry traction with its open-shoulder design. Available in multiple tread depths, it is designed to resist irregular wear and reduce stone retention. With an innovative lug angle and cut- and tear-resistant tread compound, it is ideal for regional and light on/off-road applications. 8 G H b Volvo from page 35 b if a driver approaches too closely to an object in front of them. If no driver action is taken, the system can automatically apply the brakes to help mitigate a collision. Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology, an electronic stability control system, is also standard on all VNL models to help detect imminent loss of control, jackknife, or rollover events. The system automatically reduces engine torque and selectively applies braking to help keep the truck on course. To improve visibility, help fight fatigue and reduce maintenance, Volvo employs LED bulbs as standard equipment for all exterior and interior lighting. The new VNL features LED high/low beam headlights, as well as LED turn, marker, and parking lamps. Premium headlamps also features a “signature” LED daytime running light. Automatic lighting and rain-sensing wipers are also available to help improve safety. Long Volvo’s standard, the new VNL 760 cab is built with high-strength steel and exceeds both the Volvo Swedish Cab Safety Test and ECE R-29 rollover requirements. The industry’s only standard driver’s side airbag is now joined by an integrated, seatmounted rollover airbag on the driver’s side. All Volvo VNL models come standard with Volvo Remote Diagnostics, Volvo’s factory-installed telematics hardware that provides connectivity for proactive diagnostics and monitoring of critical engine, transmission and aftertreatment trouble codes. The same hardware also allows customers to perform powertrain software and parameter updates over-the-air with Remote Programming, which helps improve uptime and vehicle efficiency while reducing downtime costs. 8 b Mack from page 35 b than $2,000 per day depending on a number of factors, uptime is critical to profitability, Randall said, adding that Mack Connect includes Mack’s telematics-based solution, GuardDog Connect. Using fully integrated, factory-installed hardware, GuardDog Connect proactively monitors a truck’s performance. If the system detects an issue, Mack’s 24/7 OneCall staff at the Mack Uptime Center are automatically notified. Depending on the severity of the issue, OneCall agents will reach out to the customer’s designated contact with actionable information through Mack ASIST, an online communications and service management portal. Should service be required to resolve the issue, service bay space and parts availability are confirmed at the closest dealer, all while the truck is still on the road. “Mack’s industry-leading approach to uptime is paying dividends for customers,” said David Pardue, vice president of connected vehicle and contract services, Mack Trucks. “GuardDog Connect has helped us cut diagnostic and repair times by more than 70 and 20 percent respectively.” “When it comes to fleet management solutions, our approach is centered on enabling customer choice,” Pardue said. “Using our GuardDog Connect platform as the data source allows for the ultimate flexibility. 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Features April 15-30, 2018 • 37 Goodyear honors 3 drivers at annual Highway Heroes award presentation Klint Lowry LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Brian Bucenell hails from Richmond, Virginia. Ryan Moody calls Tacoma, Washington, home. And Frank Vieira resides in Ancaster, Ontario, about 55 miles (or 89.5 kilometers, as he would say), southwest of Toronto. You would imagine fate would have to put in some overtime to ever bring these three veteran drivers together for any reason, much less to share a spotlight in Louisville, Kentucky. Yet there they were. On March 22, immediately after the first day of the Mid-America Trucking Show, a crowd gathered at the nearby Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Center hotel to celebrate serendipity’s fait accompli, and three standup guys, as the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company marked the 35th anniversary of its Highway Hero Award. Each year since 1983, Goodyear has honored professional truck drivers who perform extraordinary acts of heroism, often at risk to themselves. This year, Bucenell, Moody and Vieira were the three finalists for the award. Gary Medalis, marketing director for Goodyear, said that over the years, the Highway Heroes award has honored drivers who have saved children’s lives, come to the aid of police officers and have performed numerous other feats of bravery. He added that the three drivers selected as finalists this year are all fine Virginia ‘Hackathon’ to pit techies against one another to invent way to thwart trafficking Dorothy Cox Around the Bend When you read or hear the word, “hacking,” what do you think of? I think of some tech-savvy person breaking into an individual’s or business’s computer system. Or, using a machete to cut down heavy undergrowth in a jungle somewhere. Or, not being able to cope with something, as in, “he wasn’t able to hack it, so he quit his job.” Hacking comes from an old English word, haccian, meaning to ‘cut in pieces’ and is related to Dutch hakken and German hacken. So when I heard about a “hackathon” in Arlington, Virginia, April 14-15 I wrongly thought people were going to learn how to be better computer hackers so they could break into computer systems for ill-gotten gain. It turns out that’s not what it’s about at all. But I bet you guessed that already. choices as the award — the oldest of its kind in trucking — marks this milestone year. The incidents that led to these three drivers being nominated for the Highway Hero Award were about as far-flung from one another as their hometowns, with one thing in common: They all exhibited personal and professional cool under pressure. For Bucenell, an owner-operator, it all started just after he’d merged onto the Ohio Turnpike near Toledo. He heard chatter on the CB about a high-speed chase going on somewhere in the vicinity. Moments later, Bucenell saw several state troopers in his rearview mirror chasing a car and gaining on him fast. Just then, he came upon a construction zone. “We lost the far left lane,” he said. “It went from three lanes to two lanes. They put up a concrete barrier, blocking it off.” When the car reached Bucenell’s truck another truck was running alongside. Bucenell said the car tried to pass him on the left, saw the barrier, then cut back behind him. From that point on, Bucenell said, the car kept trying to pass, to the left, to the right, between the two trucks. Every time he moved, Bucenell, who’s been driving professionally for 10 years, moved over just enough to cut him off. “I know my truck pretty well,” Bucenell said. “It was a mixture of his lack of experience and my knowing my truck. I think that’s what let me be able to stop him.” In this case hack means to put pieces of something together in order to build something else, not hacking or breaking into something. It means that local computer programmers, college students, tech gurus, engineers, tech specialists and others — about 100 people so far — will be competing to come up with an algorithm or app or some such thing in order to thwart human traffickers. This hackathon is being held by Blue Compass, a tech development group which works with government agencies to help them use data to figure out answers to problems. And that is way over-simplifying what they do. OK. OK. Just for example, say an agency like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is trying to find out if traffickers go after a type of child, or they’re looking for a certain child who has been kidnapped. Instead of having a human go through miles of data and pictures of children, they use all this data to create an algorithm and feed that to a robot or some sort of artificial intelligence thing-a-ma-bob and have it come up with a pattern of what kind The Trucker: KLINT LOWRY From left are Goodyear Marketing Director Gary Medalis, 2018 Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Frank Vieira, and finalists Brian Bucenell and Ryan Moody. Finally, the driver tried to swerve on the shoulder again. “I just whipped it toward the guardrail and stopped,” Bucenell said. The car was trapped, and the chase, which Bucenell later found out had reached 100 mph of children they’re looking for and what types of children are at risk of being trafficked. Or where a specific child might be. The idea, says Christine Jung, president and CEO of Blue Compass, is that technology can be used to say, predict the kinds of places where trafficking is more likely to occur. From data they have already, they’ve found it happens more in areas of the country or in nations that are unstable economically, where people are desperate and will take desperate measures to get money. Those areas are ripe for trafficking, Jung said. It could be a third-world country or an inner city or rual area in the U.S. The participants at the hackathon will be “everyday people,” she said, students from area schools, young professionals, computer techs, professors and also people who want to learn about the subject of human trafficking. In the trucking industry you hear about “big data” being generated from the truck engine, from on-cab cameras and other devices like the ELD. That data is being used to help carriers spot waste or garner proof it was the at one point, was over. “There were 20 cop cars on him in the blink of an eye. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Bucenell said. See Hero on p38 m four-wheeler that hit the truck, not the other way around or, some say, to spy on drivers. One trucking company using trailertracking devices discovered their trailers were being used to move goods other than theirs. And it was causing a lot of unnecessary wear-and-tear to their equipment. The idea, said Jung, is to understand large volumes of data, the complexity behind the data and then figure out how to make sense of it and like the carrier whose trailers were being used illicitly, put a stop to it. Whatever “it” might be. In this case, it would be trafficking. Now, don’t ask me whether this will be an app or what. This is so not my area of expertise. Also invited to the “hackathon” will be people who know about human trafficking and the different ways traffickers use to victimize children and young adults, such as posing as a modeling agent or as someone looking for a “date.” I’ll keep you posted on what happens with the event and I hope they will explain it to me in plain English so that I can understand it. Just sayin.’ Be safe out there and God bless. 8