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Upfitting

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Upfit Lightweighting is More Complex Than Simply Reducing Weight

Photo of Aluminum Classic II service body courtesy of The Reading Group.

March 16, 2015

When used in the manufacture of truck bodies and van equipment, lightweight materials, such as thinner gauge high-strength steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and plastic composites, enable fleets to reduce vehicle weight to improve fuel economy, increase legal payload, and even drop down to a smaller (often more fuel-efficient) vehicle.

Tags: Upfitting, Truck Fleets, Lightweighting, Spec'ing

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, March 16, 2015 9:30 AM | » Comments(2)

Increased Demand Creates Backlogs at Upfitters

September 15, 2014

One challenge for the 2014-MY has been the increased volume of fleet vehicles going to upfitters, which has resulted in capacity issues. With the increasing demand and growth of the commercial truck/van segments, particularly among utilities and service industries, the percentage of upfitted vehicles is growing. Order-to-delivery time on large trucks keeps getting longer with upfitters. Some fleets don't place factory orders and instead purchase most their vehicle chassis from bailment pools.

Tags: Upfitting, antich, ship-thrus

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 12:01 PM | » Comments(0)

Top Trends in Truck Fleet Management in 2014

November 27, 2013

Calendar-years 2014 and 2015 will be pivotal years for truck fleet management due to the discontinuation of long-time commercial vehicles and the all-new replacement models and upfit packages entering the market. This is prompting vehicle and equipment specification revisions from the perspective of fleet efficiencies and driver satisfaction. Here are the Top 12 trends.

Tags: Ergonomics, telematics, Upfitting, Sustainability, Lightweighting, Lifecycling, antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Running Trucks Till the 'Wheels Fall Off' is Expensive and Counter-Productive

October 4, 2012

The cliché in fleet management is that trucks are kept in service until the wheels "fall off." In many cases, this isn’t too far from the truth. Typically, the more expensive the asset, the longer it will be kept in service, especially units upfitted with expensive auxiliary equipment. However, as study after study shows, extended truck replacement cycles often have the unintended consequence of resulting in greater long-term expenses and degradation in worker productivity.

Tags: Upfitting, Productivity, Replacement Cycles, lifecycle

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, October 4, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(5)

Increased Upfit Volume & OEM Quality Holds Create Backlogs at Upfitters

September 20, 2012

Upfitters are feeling the pressure from the increase in the number of upfitted vehicles requiring a ship-thru, which is overwhelming some installers and body builders. Also, many upfitter-related OTD issues are the result of OEM quality holds. Oftentimes, upfitted units are held at the body company due to limited storage space at the assembly plants caused by quality hold backlogs. This prevents the release of upfitted units into OEM traffic for final delivery via ship-thru/freight re-entry.

Tags: Upfitting, Ship-Thru, railcar shortages, Order to Delivery

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, September 20, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Top 10 Trends in Truck Fleet Management

December 10, 2007

As we start a new year, here is my forecast of the top 10 trends that will influence truck fleet management in the coming years.

Tags: Ergonomics, Fuel Spend, telematics, Upfitting

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, December 10, 2007 12:43 PM | » Comments(-1)

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