Concrete Products

NOV 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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52 • November 2017 Leading into the premier North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show earlier this fall, Mack Trucks unveiled Granite and Pinnacle model cab improvements aimed at helping customers attract and retain drivers, and boost productivity. A racecar-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel—a trucking indus- try first—improves driver comfort against a conventional full-round design, Mack engineers note, and makes entering and exiting the vehicle easier; gives drivers a better view of the dash; and, can be equipped with illuminated cruise control, Bluetooth and audio system buttons. A new gauge cluster and dash layout likewise improves visi- bility and readability, and puts frequently used controls at the driver's fingertips. Switches are repositioned higher on the dash than predecessor Granite and Pinnacle cab designs, while the Mack mDRIVE automated manual transmission shift pad is within easier reach. The dash panel has room for up to 18 easy-to-read switches, which feature laser etched labeling that won't rub off. HVAC controls now include Auto- matic Temperature Control that maintains the driver-set temperature. A new lower center console includes cup holders and storage bins, and can be easily removed for cleaning. Multiple 12-volt and USB charging ports are available throughout the dash; two of the USB ports are in a non-slip pad on top. Updates to the Mack Co-Pilot display, located behind the steering wheel, include a 5-in., full-color screen for visibility and intuitive navigation of many functions. Co-Pilot provides drivers a convenient way to monitor engine and oil temperatures, trip odometers, after- treatment status and tire pressure. A Pre-Trip Assistant guides them through inspection points and includes a single person exterior light inspection mode. Controls for the Co-Pilot functions are located on the updated right-hand steering column stalk. A new information and entertain- ment option, anchored by a 7-in. touchscreen display, is available in both the Granite and Pinnacle models, and accesses Apple Car Play, satellite or weather band radio, and TomTom truck navigation. The display is compatible with third-party back-up camera systems. INNOVATIONS REPORT TRUCKS Mack updates Granite interior, rolls out new flagship tractor

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