CV Show 201104 March 2011

Looking to upgrade your workshop or vehicle fleet or invest in technology that will help improve efficiency and cut costs and downtime? The CV Show 2011 – held over 12, 13 and 14 April, and featuring more than 300 exhibiting companies – provides a fantastic opportunity to help products and services to meet your needs.
Here is just a selection of what visitors can expect to see

Many visitors to the CV Show will have their first opportunity to see Masternaut's latest type of vehicle tracking system, which is based around a single intelligent mobile communication unit. Said to be the first telematics company in the world to launch such a system, Masternaut's technology comprises a mobile communication centre (MCC) combining vehicle tracking, GPS satellite navigation, hands-free mobile communications and real-time job scheduling and messaging in one unit.
The all-in-one box eliminates the need for separate Sat-Nav, mobile phones and hands-free equipment. It also integrates with Masternaut's Three X mobile workforce applications.

Penny Hydraulics' stand will highlight its full range of vehicle-mounted, load handling capabilities at the CV Show 2011, including an innovative combination for the new Volkswagen Amarok. This Amarok will also be fitted with a compact Swing Lift crane and an Easy Loader tail lift, both from Penny Hydraulics. These components will serve to highlight the versatile and powerful load handling options available to operators.

Other demonstration vehicles on the company's stand include a Renault Master van, Nissan Cabstar and a Volkswagen Transporter equipped with a representative selection of Penny Hydraulics products.

Set to make its debut on the Eclipse Automotive Technology stand at the CV Show, Jaltest is a powerful diagnostic tool, providing deep systems functionality and exceptional vehicle coverage, according to director Richard Parkin.

"These qualities make it the ideal choice for operators of mixed fleets, whether own account, independent haulage or local authority based," he says.
Jaltest looks set to attract the interest of independent CV workshops as well as vehicle recovery specialists large and small, which may be called out to the rescue a wide range of vehicles - at any time.

Upgraded taillift technology at the NEC will be provided by Maxon, which has a new version of its RSG range. Suitable for UK as well as American truck operators, the two models to be shown at the CV Show are good examples of how the design has been rationalised to suit both market requirements.

Maxon's level–ride, retractable lift has some unique features built into it; 'SmartStow' ensures that with the touch of a switch the lift will accurately and safely deploy or stow itself beneath the rear of the chassis without damage to itself or the vehicle, often commonly seen with similar products.

This lift will also show a new design of lightweight, three-position ramp in pre-coloured yellow plastic, overcoming some problems of weight affecting driver acceptability with use of manual ramps. Using plastic reduces noise when stowing the ramps which is a common problem with night time operations and colour impregnated plastic even if scratched, will still retain the colour.

Maxon's standard cantilever range features a new aluminium platform design acceptable to both markets, thus giving economy of scale for the manufacturing operation. The standard cantilever models are available in a range of capacities, platform sizes and specifications to suit most applications.

With phases 3 and 4 of the London Low Emission Zone set to commence on 3 January 2012, Eminox is inviting operators who may be affected to an 'LEZ surgery' at The Commercial Vehicle Show 2011, NEC Birmingham.

Phase 3 will extend the range of vehicles affected to include minibuses and trucks from 1.2 tonnes. Phase 4 will set a tougher standard of Euro 4 particulate matter (PM) for buses, coaches and trucks over 3.5 tonnes.

LEZ specialists from Eminox will be on hand throughout the show to advise operators on upgrading their vehicles, the cost-effective alternative to replacing vehicles in order to meet the new LEZ requirements.

Eminox offers two TfL approved retrofit systems – The Eminox CRT® (Continuously Regenerating Trap) and FBC (Fuel Borne Catalyst). These systems achieve more than 90% particulate matter reduction and offer a cost-effective solution for LEZ compliance, proving popular with operators in the current economic climate.

Phased in from 2009 to 2014, European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval applies to all vehicle models, from passenger cars through to vans, trucks, light and heavy trailers, buses, coaches and special purpose vehicles. With the right, top-level Approval, it means a vehicle can be registered in any EU member state without the need for further testing in each country.

"But there is a catch," warns Robin Dickeson, manager, commercial vehicle affairs at SMMT. "Without the correct approval, you won't be able to register a vehicle. So no approval means no registration and no sale. This is where SENTA comes in; it is a web-based guide that will steer you through up to 50 approval criteria for a new vehicle model and its bodywork."

SENTA is the SMMT's European and National Type Approval guide. It will ease the lengthy Approval process and help firms get their trucks and trailers on to the road. The guide details what a manufacturer must do from the original design idea, through the development and construction stages to completion of the approval process.

Workshop and vehicle safety and piece of mind come into play with the TruckMinder solution, which aims to prevent theft of catalytic converters, fuel and batteries. The technology works using sensors that are situated on or around the specific components. When the components are tampered with, the system is activated and sends a text message to up to three mobile phones, as well as sounding the vehicle's alarm.

The technology is the idea of Mike Drury, who has spent 25 years in the Formula One industry, supplying tyre warmers and heaters. He was subsequently asked by the teams for a solutions to help prevent fuel theft, a fate that many of them were suffering. On the TruckMinder stand there will be a chance for visitors to try and beat the system.

Eberspächer UK will be exhibiting its full range of heating, air conditioning, and handwash systems. The technologies to be displayed incorporate those from both Eberspächer and Diavia.
Climate control systems include the welfare vehicle product, and one designed for luxury mini coaches. The former is equipped with the latest Eberspächer climate control system, which combines full vehicle air-conditioning blended with heat from the Hydronic water heater, or incorporating an Airtronic air heating system. The coach system uses an Airtronic air heater.

Visitors can also expect to see truck and cargo heating systems, vehicle refrigeration systems and ThermoLine – a fuel line heating system for cold climate conditions that is also suitable for use with biodiesel-fed engines.

Finally Panama – a roof-mounted air-conditioning system – will make its show debut. The equipment is suitable for Sprinter-sized minibuses, either as a standalone air conditioning unit, or as a complete climate control system.

Wheel balancing accessories and commercial vehicle alignment equipment manufacturer Haweka UK, will have be showing its complete product range at the NEC.

The event will also provide an opportunity for many to see the company's Axis 4000 system for the first time. This fully computerised system can now include a complete data set of truck wheel alignment settings to enable real-time comparison of actual readings against manufacturers specifications.

Haweka believes it is the only manufacturer to offer a wheel alignment machine that allows the operator to measure a 2-axle semi-trailer tractor in 10 minutes. Such speed is made possible thanks to patented wheel clamps, which are attached to the wheel rim by means of powerful magnetic feet allowing measurement to begin immediately after attaching.

For MAN, the CV Show will be more about its parts business, as opposed to the actual vehicles the company produces. MAN's latest innovation from the parts division is MAN Valueline, which aims to answer critics that have judged the company's parts prices, and cut the cost of replacement components. The scheme has been trialled nationwide for the past eight months on a range of around 60 parts and will now be rolled out over the next 18 months to over 800 MAN parts. Every part involved will be individually assessed to ensure it fits in with both national and local price structures.

Andrew Taylor, MAN Truck & Bus UK's Head of Parts, says, "We understand that our parts pricing in recent years may have thrown up some occasional anomalies for our operators, and we have now acted decisively to deal with this."

The truck and bus manufacturer will also be talking about another recently launched product, MAN Trailerline. This comprehensive OE tanker and trailer parts programme is aimed at supplying its own network, customer workshops and independent service centres.

Ratcliff Palfinger will be exhibiting lifts suitable for a wide range of vehicles and applications, highlighting safety features and options available to reduce the risk of injury to operators and damage to goods. One of the most important products on the stand will be the new R15 TW in-fold tukaway. Boasting a 1500kg capacity and a 1400mm deep x 2150 wide, double-folding aluminium platform, the R15 is a Ratcliff/MBB joint development, and is manufactured by MBB in Germany.

Suitable for dry freight and refrigerated vehicles, the lift will feature a KTL-coated chassis, twin cylinders for added stability, wide arms, platform roll stops, an two-handed fixed exterior control box, and wanderlead controls. Flashing lights and platform-mounted foot controls are available as options.

Pride of place on the Ford stand at the CV Show will go to the all-new Ranger pick-up. Despite not going on sale until November in the UK, visitors will get a chance to see the vehicle's range of technologies such as adaptive load control, trailer sway control, voice control as well as the segment's first rear-view camera system.

Ranger will be available in three different cab body styles, 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains, two ride heights and four series choices. With an all-new chassis frame, front and rear suspension and steering system, Ford promises "outstanding towing capability of 3,300kg, up 300kg on the current model".

MiX Telematics is launching MiX Track, an all-new, cost-efficient version of its tried, tested and proven DataTrak commercial vehicle track and trace product at the this year's show. Building on the reputation and solid foundation developed by DataTrak over the past quarter of a century, MiX Track has been designed to ensure operators remain aware of the whereabouts of their fleets at all times without becoming overburdened by technology.

MiX Track involves the fitment of a small, covertly-located onboard computer which continuously transmits vehicle-related information to MiX Telematics' secure server. Users can access their password-protected data and reports 24/7 via the intuitive MiX Track application on any internet-enabled office computer.

The recently launched Euro 5 Nemo range will be making its public debut in Birmingham as part of Citroën's Top 10 'Business Class' display of award-winning
vehicles. Other vehicles will include the Berlingo, Dispatch and Relay 30 and 35 models.

At the heart of the Nemo range is a 75bhp, 190Nm, HDi diesel engine that claims to return 65.7mpg. All Nemo diesel vans also benefit from Stop & Start technology, further improving fuel efficiency and cutting CO2 emissions (as low as 109g/km in optimal conditions).

The launch of the range sees an increase in load volume, with payload of the HDi models increasing by 50kg to 60kg. This increase has been made possible thanks to the Extenso folding passenger seat, which is now fitted as standard. This new feature increases the available load volume by 0.3m³ to 2.8m³ and lengthens the load deck length alongside the driver by 968mm to 2491mm.

With new tachograph legislation set to come into force starting in October 2011, Stoneridge is keen to get ahead of the competition by revealing its latest until available from the CV Show in April. The SE500 features new menus with larger icons, more print options and the ability to download data remotely. Users will also have the ability to set a default mode as rest when the engine is turned off.

Brian Tinham

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Penny Hydraulics Ltd
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