Concrete Products

MAY 2017

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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Page 44 of 67 May 2017 • 43 FEATURE TRUCKS & COMPONENTS upgrade their vehicles. In as little as five minutes of downtime, the software update is installed." As a safeguard, Cummins maintains the original software in the engine control module throughout the update. Should a problem occur, the previous version is automatically restored to the ECM, minimizing the risk of interruption to the driver's operations. ENGINE FAULT APP Unveiled earlier this year at the ATA Technology & Maintenance Coun- cil's annual show, Guidanz allows customers to quickly read Cummins fault codes and other key information on 2007 and newer engines. The new mobile app reduces the need to drive to a certified service location or wait for a technician to arrive on site. Customers can view prioritized engine faults using the Guidanz mobile app paired with an Inline mini Bluetooth adapter, which provides critical infor- mation they can quickly share with their operations manager or service provider. By either emailing the operations manager directly from the app or calling Cummins Care, program- mers note, initiating the service process is faster and easier than ever with data available at customers' fin- gertips. The app also links customers to an online ser- vice locator, helping them identify the closest certified repair location. Even when offline, Guidanz can pro- vide users a list of engine faults. The Inline mini fea- tures a nine-pin connector that plugs directly into the standard SAE J1939- 13 interface, allowing customers to quickly retrieve engine information using a Bluetooth-equipped iOS or Android device. Sharing this information with a service provider can help improve communication and speed up repairs. The Guidanz mobile app also offers the Immediate Assessment feature to certified service providers, enabling them to improve shop scheduling. When a customer pulls into the service area, mechanics can use Guidanz with the Inline mini or the Inline 7 to obtain a full fault code report, and within minutes are able to assess the sever- ity of the fault and how quickly it can be resolved. An Immediate Assessment feature provides repair time estimates, identifies the most likely repair parts, and enables a work order to be started before the vehicle even enters the service bay. "The Guidanz mobile app with Immediate Assessment feature, paired with the Inline mini Bluetooth adapter, provides best-in-class service triage capability in a matter of minutes, drastically reducing our customers' downtime, accelerating operational efficiency and improving overall communica- tions throughout the service process," affirms Cummins Director – Service Event Solutions Ryan Kikendall. —, www. AUTOMATED TRANSMISSIONS DRIVE CUMMINS, EATON JV Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies is a new joint venture targeting the global heavy- and medium-duty commercial vehicle market. Eaton Corp. and Cummins Inc. will hold 50/50 stakes in the entity, whose formation is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, but anticipated during the third quarter of 2017. "Customers are focused on powertrain solutions that provide the best combination of technology, performance and quality," says Eaton CEO Craig Arnold. "Our joint venture with Cummins will leverage the technical strengths and experience of two leaders with long histories and deep industry expertise to provide superior automated transmis- sion technology for global customers." "Our growth strategy includes extending our global footprint by becoming the world's leading powertrain supplier," adds Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger. "Our JV with Eaton will deliver the most advanced automated transmissions and develop an integrated powertrain and service network that supports customers like never before." The joint venture will provide customers with transmission solu- tions that deliver best-in-class fuel efficiency, performance and uptime, Eaton and Cummins officials contend, while leveraging both partners' global service and support networks. It will design, assem- ble, sell, and support all future medium- and heavy-duty automated transmissions for the commercial vehicle market. Eaton's current medium-duty automated transmission, Procision, and next generation heavy-duty automated transmissions, will be part of the joint venture. The new business will also market, sell, and support Eaton's current generation of automated heavy-duty transmissions to original equip- ment manufacturers in North America. The Eaton Vehicle Group will retain current generation medium- and heavy-duty automated trans- missions for markets outside North America, plus its global manual transmission, clutch and aftermarket businesses.

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