Concrete Products

MAY 2019

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 63 May 2019 • 43 FEATURE TRUCKS & COMPONENTS The latest expansion of the Digital Advantage Program is presented as the first online Vehicle Identification Number search tool in the heavy-duty filtration market Users begin the Vindetech filter search by entering all 17 digits of a vehicle's VIN in the field at the bottom of the left column on the Luber-finer homepage. The tool confirms the VIN, model year, manufacturer and other vehicle details, then produces a list of the specific filters that are required for servicing. Additional features include VIN search capability for light and medium duty vehicles as well as the ability to upload multiple VINs at once from an Excel spreadsheet. The tool also generates a PDF packet of all search results so users can download for future reference. "This project is the culmination of years of catalog system software development," says Champion Laboratories Director of Heavy Duty Marketing Layne Gobrogge. "We knew that once we got the concept to work, it could be a game-changing tool for installers, parts managers and our own sales force. We will be leveraging this new tool as another example of how Luber-finer is indeed Built to Do More." With the Vindetech release, he adds, Luber-finer continues its effort to develop digital resources that make filter purchasing and resource planning easier for heavy-duty truck stakeholders. The tool is accessible on and will be included in a forthcoming version of the company's mobile app. — Champion Laboratories/Luber- finer, Toledo, Ohio, 800/851-3641; CHAMPION LABS | FILTER SEARCH TOOL DONALDSON | FILTER MINDER Using a vehicle's own telematics system, Filter Minder wireless sensors and receivers send performance data to the cloud, and predictive analytics inform the fleet manager when individual truck filters are approaching the end of their optimal service life. With no upfront hardware costs, easy installation and a low monthly subscription fee, Donaldson engineers note, Filter Minder connected technology can produce more cost-effective use of equipment by prompting changes based on filter condition versus scheduled maintenance intervals. The system also helps ensure that fleet managers have the right filters in inventory when maintenance is due. "Filter service performed too early is inefficient and service per- formed too late can damage equipment, cause unplanned downtime and raise operating costs," says Filter Minder Product Line Director Nate Zambon. "Maintaining the filtration system at the optimal time best protects the engine and drives down total cost of ownership." The Filter Minder monitoring system integrates with existing fleet management technology, making it simple to install and use. The technology encompasses a) wireless, simple installation in just minutes per truck; b) patented low-energy sensors that help conserve power and extend battery life; c) filtration insights for an entire fleet of trucks with customizable alerts by text, phone, email or dashboard; and, d) a scalable platform that can expand to monitor fuel, lube and hydraulics filters, with additional applications forthcoming. — Donaldson Co., Minneapolis; With an eye to weight reduction and corrosion prevention, the com- pany has added an aluminum air tank as standard on all aluminum flatbed, drop deck, and dump trailers, plus steel dump models. Made with less corrosive and lighter material, the 13.8-lb. aluminum air tank weighs 10.7 lbs. less than the steel version. Trailer air tanks provide air pressure volume to operate the pneu- matic system, including brake actuation and suspension performance (i.e., lift or steer axles), tire inflation and tailgate operation. Each East trailer has a minimum of two tanks so a tandem-axle trailer has 21.4 lbs. less weight than one equipped with steel tanks. The more axles added to a trailer, the more tanks required. Multi-axle trailers with a variety of lifts and/or steer axles could translate up to 150 lbs. in weight reduction, product engineers note. Efforts to reduce trailer tare weight continue at East, led by adoption of new technology from suppliers, plus developments in new alloys and extrusion design. the manufacturer stresses mate- rials' strength-to-weight ratio to provide maximum return on the fleet investment dollar. The aluminum air tanks join another stan- dard feature on East trailers: the Alcoa Ultra ONE aluminum 22.5 x 8.25 wheel. — East Manufacturing Corp., Randolph, Ohio; www. EAST MFG. | ALUMINUM AIR TANKS

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