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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Page 60 of 71 May 2018 • 59 FEATURE TRUCKS & COMPONENTS The Mack Connect suite of tools integrates intelligent software, predictive analytics and driver assist technologies into three pillars to boost productivity: connected support, business and driving. Technology is standard on Granite and all other Mack models. "Productivity translates to profitabil- ity, and our customers are always seeking the next advantage to gain an edge," says Mack Trucks Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing Jonathan Randall. "With Mack Connect, we're providing the tools required for our customers, and their customers, to be successful." No aspect of productivity is more important than the driver, he adds, and Mack Connect offers several features to improve safety, efficiency and comfort. Bendix Wingman Fusion, a camera- and radar-based driver assistance solution, is available as part of Mack Connect and standard on Anthem trucks. Fusion provides collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning, helping drivers stay safe on the road. New information and entertainment options, including Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio and Apple Car Play integra- tion, allow drivers to focus on the road ahead. Drivers can also download additional applications, such as navigation, to help ease the demands of the open road. Mack Predictive Cruise, an intelligent cruise control system, is also part of Con- nect and available on mDRIVE automated manual transmission-equipped models to help improve fuel efficiency by up to 1 percent. When cruise control is activated, the technology learns the topography of the route, storing up to 4,500 hills in its memory, along with information about engine load, weight, speed and road gra- dient. The next time the driver travels the route, Predictive Cruise engages the Mack MACK TRUCKS | CONNECT TECHNOLOGY Housby Mack Inc. built a B5 Bridge Formula mixer on a thoroughly detailed Granite model for its World of Concrete 2018 booth. Taking note of the unusual trim and wheel package—completed at Housby headquarters—an existing customer relieved staff from having to dispatch the truck back to the Iowa shop from the Las Vegas Convention Center. The company builds both the B5 Bridge Formula and F5 Standard mixers for Mack and other OEM. — Housby Mixer Systems, 866/218-6266; PHOTO: Concrete Products MACK IN BLACK mDRIVE to employ an optimized shift strategy and choose the most fuel-efficient gear. With unplanned downtime events estimated to cost heavy-duty trucking customers more than $2,000 per day depending on a number of factors, uptime is critical to profitability, Mack officials note. Mack Connect includes the proven telematics-based solution, GuardDog Connect. Using fully integrated, factory-in- stalled hardware, it proactively monitors a truck's performance. If the system detects an issue, the 24/7 OneCall staff at the Mack Uptime Center is automatically notified. Depending on the severity of the issue, OneCall agents will reach out to the customer's designated con- tact with actionable information through Mack ASIST, an online communications and service management portal. GuardDog Connect is also the key enabler of Mack Over The Air (OTA), another productivi- ty-boosting feature of Mack Connect. It allows remote updates for software and other param- eters to take place when it's convenient for drivers' schedules. Data from Mack's GuardDog Connect telematics platform is made available to best-in-class fleet management software providers, allowing customers to choose fleet management software that works for their business, without having to rely on third-party hardware installations. —

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