Discussions on the Latest Advances in Making Trailers ‘Intelligent’
What can a trailer tell us? As we move into the future, it’s going to tell us a great deal. As telematics evolves, a trailer becomes a resource of invaluable information. Knowing its value and promise as a data source, Utility sponsored the Intelligent Trailer Symposium during the inaugural North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV), which was held September 25 – 28, 2017 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
The symposium featured some of the transportation industry’s leading component manufacturers and the distinguished panel included: Berend Bracht, President & CEO at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems; Jon Morrison, President, Americas at WABCO; Marcus Williams, Vice President, Original Equipment and Military at Michelin North America; Beto Dantas, Vice President Innovation and Marketing of ConMet; Dominic Grote, President & CEO for Grote Industries, Inc.; Rob Phillips President & COO at Phillips Industries; and David Kiefer, Director of Sales, Marketing and Product Management at Carrier Transicold.
The symposium was moderated by Jeff Taylor, Vice President, Procurement at Forward Air, a leading transportation and logistics provider in North America. “I would like to thank the panelists for their time and for the invaluable information they provided. We are proud to have sponsored this symposium at the NACV show, and to communicate to the industry what the latest advances in trucking technology mean to the development of an intelligent trailer,” said Steve Bennett, Vice President of Utility.
“The intelligent trailer is already here and is quickly integrating within fleets’ operations. We are always looking at ways for our trailers to be more efficient, productive and safer for our customers. We envision a time soon when the trailer will contact an operations department with data that will fix a problem in real-time or schedule the repair before it becomes a downtime issue.”
Utility was among over 430 exhibitors from the heavy-duty transportation industry at the NACV show which attracted more than 6000 visitors during the 4-day trade show. Utility displayed their 4000D-X Composite TBR tall bottom rail dry van, the new 4000AE combo flatbed and the #1 selling 3000R refrigerated trailer featuring “over-the-road” spec’s. Both the 3000R and 4000D-X Composite were equipped with Utility’s newly designed Side Skirt. The event was a great opportunity for Utility and dealers to meet with customers at a more personal, one-on-one setting. “We invested a great deal of time and energy to make this show of value for our customers,” said Craig Bennett, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for Utility. “And it was gratifying to see that both the show and symposium were a success.” The next NACV Show, which is a biennial event, will be held at the same location in late October 2019.