Just a point and click away
Sep 1, 2003 12:00 PM, [Compiled by Mary Davis email@example.com]
A NEW Internet application at Cummins Inc and the latest catalog from Gates are among the latest Web offerings from transportation industry companies. Customers are just a point and click away from information.
For those who may be looking for some training programs, the Canadian Trucking Alliance may have the answer.
Typical of many Web services, the sites are designed to appeal to customers who want to use the latest technology in order to investigate and simplify activities.
The Internet application, PowerSpec, from Cummins, Columbus, Indiana, allows customers to tailor engine operation to fit their needs. The site features capabilities to read and clear fault codes, collect trip information, and provide gearing recommendations. The program requires no purchase of software. It works on any Cummins Interact System engine, from the ISB to the ISX, as well as the Signature 600.
PowerSpec will provide recommendations based on the user's application, in any type of vehicle. It also reads trip information and fault codes on earlier Cummins engines with the CELECT Plus electronic control system.
PowerSpec offers three sections that make accessing information easy, including engine features and parameters, an engine access tool, and vehicle gearing.
The engine features and parameters section, which includes explanations of the different engine features and parameters like Load-Based Speed Control and Road Speed Governor, describes how they work and how to get the most out of them.
Once a user has decided on the features and parameters setup for an engine, a file can be created and transferred to the Electronic Control Module (ECM).
The engine access tool allows a user to read and reset fault codes, call in a diagnosis to a service technician, and verify the repair. This tool also allows a review of trip information, which can be used to compare vehicle performance and miles per gallon over a period of time.
Vehicle gearing helps determine the recommended gearing appropriate for an engine and driving patterns, and to note whether current vehicle gearing specs meet Cummins recommendations. After a user answers a few basic questions about the vehicle and the desired operating mode, PowerSpec automatically delivers a recommendation with the optimum gearing combination for the specific application.
The Gates Rubber Company, Denver CO, has its Power Transmission Products and Industrial Hose catalogs on line. Each catalog can be viewed in its entirety, or as individual sections
New this year in the belt catalog is an introductory section, Total PT Solutions, that describes products and support services Gates offers its customers.
In addition to listing product descriptions, dimensions, and part numbers for more than 50 belt products, the catalog also has a section on metal products, which has pulleys, caps, and clamps.
Some of the new products in the catalog include general-purpose air and water, multipurpose, food and beverage, acid-chemical-petroleum, and water hoses.
The online catalog also contains sections dealing with hose stocks, operating temperature ranges, couplings, chemical resistance tables and an industrial hose finder.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), in partnership with online training developer, Training Alternatives Inc, is offering a new convenient way to take the Transporting Dangerous Goods by Truck training course via the Internet.
The training program is designed to deliver the maximum understanding of dangerous goods regulations in the most user-friendly and convenient format possible.
The course can be completed within four-to-six hours of study, depending on the trainees' previous familiarity with handling of dangerous goods procedures. The training course also can be paid for online.
The training is designed especially for new, intermediate, and experienced truck drivers, shippers, and frontline supervisors/managers. In addition to hazmat regulations, the course covers naming, classifying, packaging, and identifying dangerous goods. Other subjects include dealing with accidental releases and other emergencies.
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