Last year, almost 8,500 public and private fleet managers and other industry professionals — the second-highest turnout in the event's history — converged in Chicago to test the mettle of chassis, bodies, and equipment; cranes and aerial devices; snow and ice control equipment; and components.

This year the National Truck Equipment Association's annual convention and trade show goes to America's Center in St. Louis (March 9 – 12). Educational opportunities include the Green Truck Summit and Steve Saltzgiver explaining how Georgia's Office of Fleet Management uses data to manage costs.

Ready-to-use chain system

The “Tow-to-Go” comes in 10- and 16- in. lengths. Pewag Inc. Booth 4428. Circle 1.

Integrated energy source

Generators mount between the frame rails without drilling or sacrificing ground clearance, providing up to 180 kVA of AC power generated by the truck's power takeoff (PTO). Real Power, a division of Contour Hardening Inc. Booth 4210. Circle 2.

Hybrid drive conversion system

The 3,000-lb. Series 10 adds electric power to virtually any work vehicle. The battery is charged through regenerative braking, power take-off (PTO), or plugging the vehicle directly into the electric grid. When operating in all-electric PTO mode at the jobsite, a Class 7 chassis uses 1.3 gallons less of diesel/hour. Odyne Systems LLC. Booth 4230. Circle 3.

Rear-view monitoring system

The Eye Dot camera and monitor runs on AC or DC power. It comes with 20- and 60- ft. cables; choose a 7- or 9-in. monitor. A wireless option is available. Certified Power Inc. Booth 2179. Circle 4.

Powerful enough for applications up to 25 ft.

The Ultimate 5 Spring automatic arm kit's pull bar prevents dump truck and trailer tarps from bunching at the corners, extending service life. Urethane bumpers slide on to the pull bar to keep the tarp centered and provide better load coverage. Pulltarps Manufacturing. Booth 1365. Circle 5.

More diagnostic data

The sensor expansion module (SEM) enables Networkfleet 3500 software to track power take-off (PTO) engagement/disengagement, secondary engine on/off, and door open/close in addition to GPS location and engine performance. Use it to track the use of a bucket's boom in the field or when a street sweeper b room has been engaged. Networkfleet Inc. Booth 4231. Circle 6.

Lowers fuel consumption

The Idle Timer Controller automatically overrides the engine's shut-down system so crews and equipment don't have to stop working to reset the idle timer or restart the vehicle. It includes plug-and-play OEM vehicle harness connectors. InterMotive Vehicle Controls. Booth 2594. Circle 7.

Turns column lift into a drive-on model

Connect the Mach 4 Plus runway system to Mach 4 mobile columns to raise up to 60,000 lbs. It accepts wheelbases up to 33 ft. Add up to two optional, 25,000-lb.-capacity rolling bridges to lift wheels off the runways so technicians can service brakes, tires, and suspension. Rotary Lift. Booth 465. Circle 8.

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