Concrete Products

MAY 2018

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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www.concreteproducts.com May 2018 • 49 FEATURE TRUCKS & COMPONENTS Volvo Trucks North America presented new interiors for the VHD 300 daycab and other series models during the North American Com- mercial Vehicle Show and World of Concrete 2018. They feature LED lighting, extensive connectivity points to support a driver's daily work, new seating choices, optimized ergo- nomics, and driver convenience features. "The new interiors for the VHD series make hard work even easier," says VTNA Director of Product Marketing Wade Long. "Design was guided by feedback from nearly 2,000 pro- fessional drivers, and we've channeled that information to deliver the comfort and con- venience features they want, and fleets seek to help improve driver retention." Productivity is directly affected by driver comfort, he adds, citing the all-new VHD dashboard, which puts often-used controls within the driver's reach. Centered in the gauge cluster is a configurable, 5-in. color driver information display that provides trip and diagnostic data. The display is custom- izable, ensuring that critical information is always available at a quick glance. A dash-top tray features 12-volt power and USB connec- tivity to keep devices fully powered. The VHD is now equipped with Volvo's smart steering wheel, putting controls for nearly all interface functions at a driver's fingertips. The wheel is attached to the Per- fect Position air-assisted, fully adjustable steering column. The feature enables drivers to tilt and telescope the steering column, and tilt the wheel relative to the column. Drivers of all statures can find the optimal steering wheel position and easily view the information display. All-LED interior lighting reduces power consumption and provides a softer alternative to traditional cab lighting. "Our new VHD interiors incorporate the best, most sought after features of our renown highway trucks and have been aligned with drivers' needs for tough, off-road work environments," observes VTNA Product Marketing Manager – Vocational John Felder. "The results speak for themselves: New VHD interiors provide the most comfortable, driv- er-friendly environment we've ever offered for the vocational market." The company has included a wide variety of new seating options for the mixer- and dump-ready VHD. An increase in seat travel fore and aft, as well as up and down, improves driving ergonomics. Premium features like seat heating and ventilation are also avail- able. Drivers can likewise benefit from a refrigerated passenger seat option, providing a cool place to keep food and beverages cold while out on the job. — www.volvotrucks.us VOLVO TRUCKS | VHD UPGRADES LED HEADLIGHTS SHINE Volvo Trucks North America activated LED headlights for VHD series vocational trucks at World of Concrete 2018. Standard on the VHD 300 daycab, the headlights will help reduce eye strain, increase visibility, and improve road and jobsite safety. They provide an estimated 10,000 operating hours—10 times greater than previous incandescent ones. The decision to outfit VHD trucks with LED headlights is "based on our longstanding commitment to safety," says VTNA Product Marketing Manager – Vocational Trucks John Felder. "Jobsites and roadways are unpredictable and professional drivers can benefit from improved nighttime visibility." The Volvo VHD 300 in set-forward (left, center) and set-back axle versions suits a wide range of construction and heavy building materials conditions. Recognizing the driver comfort–productivity link, Volvo Trucks NA has upgraded its interiors to cater to concrete, aggregate and equipment delivery professionals.

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