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P.S.I. produces 1.5 millionth automatic tire inflation system



Pressure Systems International exports its product to 45 countries, including China, India, South America, Africa, Australia and Europe. (Courtesy: PRESSURE SYSTEM INTERNATIONAL) 

SAN ANTONIO — In the early 1990s, Pressure Systems International (P.S.I.) produced the first automatic tire inflation system for commercial vehicles.

In September 2019 the company produced the 1.5 millionth system at its facility in San Antonio.

The milestone was announced during the recent 2019 Meritor/P.S.I. Fleet Technology Event.

P.S.I. entered into a distribution partnership with Meritor 21 years ago to market its automatic tire inflation system as the Meritor Tire Inflation System (MTIS) in North America.

Since that time, MTIS has established itself as the system of choice at a majority of the leading private and for-hire fleets, according to Tim Musgrave, president and CEO.

In 2016, P.S.I. moved into a new facility that doubled its footprint in San Antonio and added needed capacity to meet the growing global demand for their product.

At the completion of facility tour during the fleet technology event, Musgrave revealed the 1.5 million milestone as a congratulatory banner was raised above the production floor.

Musgrave was quick to recognize the efforts of the employees in San Antonio in reaching this milestone.

“I personally want to thank each of the individuals that work for P.S.I. in every department across the company,” he said. “Everyone has contributed to keeping us focused on meeting the quality and volume demands for our product.  We also appreciate the support that the Meritor partnership has afforded us in building our overwhelming share of the North American ATIS market”

Production team members from each of the production cells provided the facility tour for the guests.

Mike McIver, vice president of manufacturing, said “our team members are the true highlight of the tour.  They are excited to share their commitment to our product and our customers.  They are the reason for our success.

P.S.I exports to 45 countries, including China, India, South America, Africa, Australia and Europe.

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FTR reports prelim September trailer orders highest since February



Trailer production should remain sturdy in September but somewhat off recent months with backlogs expected to drop for the ninth consecutive month, FTR said. (Courtesy: GREAT DANE)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — FTR is reporting preliminary trailer orders for September at 19,000 units, the highest since February.

Trailer order activity rebounded from the recent doldrums as some fleets began placing orders for 2020.  Orders were up 81% month-over-month but minus 66% year-over-year. September’s net orders could have been even higher but were negatively affected by fleet cancellations of excess 2019 orders.

Trailer production should remain sturdy in September but somewhat off recent months with backlogs expected to drop for the ninth consecutive month, FTR said, noting that trailer orders for the past 12 months now total 264,000 units.

“This is a decent order amount for September. It indicates fleets are somewhat optimistic about 2020,” said Don Ake, FTR vice president of commercial vehicles. Orders should rise to healthy levels in October, as more large fleets place their 2020 orders. The increase in September orders signals the trailer market is becoming much more stable and should be settling into historic order patterns, after a turbulent couple of years.

“Trailer sales are expected to dip in 2020 after hitting record volumes in 2019. However, the forecast is still for a solid year based on moderate economic and freight growth, which should provide fleets with enough profits to buy new equipment.”

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Netradyne says its Driveri has improved stop sign compliance by 55%



According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 15 percent of fatalities are from intersection accidents with 15% of these fatalities resulting from stop sign violations. (©2019 FOTOSEARCH)

SAN DIEGO — Netradyne, a provider of artificial intelligence (AI) technology focusing on driver and fleet safety, said Friday its vision-based safety platform, Driveri, has improved stop sign compliance by 55% across its customer base, with some fleets improving over 90%.

The company analyzed their last 10 million stop sign observations to show a 61% improvement for non-stop events and 51% improvement for rolling stops.

Driveri utilizes AI to capture every minute of every driving day to visually recognize and analyze driving events, enabling fleets to not just measure violations, but overall compliance.

To date, the system has recorded over 900 million minutes and 350 million miles of driving, “seeing” events that legacy “trigger-based” systems would not, including stop sign violations that are rarely inertial-based.

Adam Kahn, president of fleet for Netradyne, said improving stop sign safety is especially important knowing that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37 percent of vehicle-related fatalities are from intersections with 15% of these fatalities resulting from stop sign violations.

“The very fact that this improvement can be recorded illustrates the power of AI within our industry,” Kahn said. “Just a few years ago, things like rolling stops would have not been captured. Today, our intuitive, deep-learning, vision-based technology allows us to highlight your drivers’ great driving while gaining visibility into other incidents with full context for more productive conversations between fleet managers and drivers.”

Driveri provides fleet managers with a comprehensive view of drivers’ activity through a blend of real-time positive driving notifications and best practice identification, Kahn said.

“This combination of supportive comments along with constructive feedback about risky driving behavior engages drivers in a balanced way that promotes collaborative relationships and ultimately, as the data has shown, safer drivers,” he said.

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Anheuser-Busch to deploy electric trucks in California as part of  sustainability effort



As part of the initial validation, Anheuser-Busch put the BYD 8TT through extensive testing on range, acceleration, gradeability, charging speed and more. (Courtesy: ANHEUSER-BUSCH)

LOS ANGELES — Anheuser-Busch, BYD (Build Your Dreams), the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE) and ENGIE Services U.S. (ENGIE) said Tuesday that Anheuser-Busch will be deploying 21 BYD battery electric trucks in their California fleet as part of a state project to showcase economically and environmentally sustainable warehousing and distribution technology. This is a landmark achievement as the largest Class 8 electric truck deployment in North America.

‘The Zero Emission Beverage Handling and Distribution at Scale’ project will showcase BYD’s second generation 8TT Class 8 electric trucks at four Anheuser-Busch distribution facilities across southern California: Sylmar, Riverside, Pomona and Carson.

As part of the project, a southern California-based team from ENGIE will lead the design and installation of charging infrastructure at all four facilities. ENGIE will also be installing and commissioning a 958.5 kW solar array at the Carson site, which will generate zero-emissions power to offset the use of conventional energy in the charging process, further reducing emissions and resource consumption.

“At Anheuser-Busch, we are committed to leading our industry toward a more sustainable future by reducing our carbon emissions across our value chain by 25% by 2025,” said Angie Slaughter, vice president of sustainability procurement at Anheuser-Busch. “The transport industry is one that is prime for innovative solutions and we are excited to continue driving progress towards a zero-emission fleet through this partnership.”

To facilitate the project, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) awarded funds to the CTE, a nonprofit in the zero-emission vehicle industry, who will be responsible for project oversight, development, management and reporting during this deployment. CTE will also provide technical support, risk analysis and mitigation strategies, permitting, equipment and station deployment, training and assistance with commissioning.

The project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in disadvantaged communities. The project is expected to result in emissions reductions of 910 metric tons of CO2 per year, the equivalent of taking almost 200 passenger vehicles off of the road. CARB anticipates the project will be replicated statewide.

“With this exciting project, Anheuser-Busch is providing a real-world demonstration of the future for moving goods and products throughout California,” said Richard Corey, executive officer at CARB. “I congratulate all the companies partnering on this impressive effort for embracing zero-emission trucks, and showing other businesses a zero-emissions solution to moving goods and cargo that cleans the air, protects our children’s health, and fights climate change.”

“This project represents a huge step forward in integrating clean energy and clean transportation to realize the full environmental benefits of battery electric vehicles,” said Joel Donham, an Engineering Consultant at CTE. “CTE commends ARB, the CCI program, and all the project partners for their leadership in an effort to demonstrate the viability, benefits, and scalability of holistic energy and transportation systems.”

As part of the initial validation, Anheuser-Busch put the BYD 8TT through extensive testing on range, acceleration, gradeability, charging speed and more. The truck exceeded the requirements of Anheuser-Busch and received enthusiastic feedback from drivers, clearing the path to this large-scale deployment.

“We’re honored to be part of this major milestone demonstrating the operational, economic, and environmental sustainability benefits of our zero-emission trucks,” said John Gerra, BYD director of business development, electric trucks. “BYD trucks are out there right now working hard every day throughout California.”

The project includes equipment testing, a one-year demonstration period, data collection, and associated reporting. CTE anticipates the trucks to begin operation near the end of 2019 with full project completion in early 2021.

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