Fueling fleet change

Milwaukee recently launched a program to retrofit residential refuse trucks with diesel oxidation catalyst mufflers; the U.S. EPA awarded the city a grant for retrofitting 90 of its trucks. During the session Clean Diesel 101: Why, How, and the Money (Sunday, Sept. 10, 3 to 3:50 p.m.), Jeffrey Tews—equipment acquisition and disposal coordinator for the city—will profile the city's unique efforts to incorporate clean-fuel technology into its fleet (valued at more than $145 million) and share with attendees the program's challenges and successes, along with co-presenters Monica Beard-Raymond, EPA's team lead for the clean diesel construction and agriculture sectors, and Kenneth Katch, director of Caterpillar's Emissions Solutions Group. Tews has more than a quarter century of experience in Milwaukee's Fleet Services Section and has seen an increased awareness of the impact municipal vehicles have on pollution, as well as a growing demand for alternative fuel solutions.

More education

Sunday Sept. 10, 2 to 2:50 p.m.

A New Concept for Equipment Purchase

An innovative procurement program redefines the concept of “low bid,” saves taxpayer dollars, and eliminates redundant bid procedures.

Monday Sept. 11, 11 to 11:50 a.m.

Can the Fleet Management Life Cost Cycle Work for You?

Learn how one fleet program has saved money and increased efficiency by applying life cost cycle management principles to its operation.

Monday Sept. 11, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

What Public Works Fleet Managers Can Learn from Recent Federal Fleet Initiatives

Moves by the feds will likely serve as models for new processes and procedures to be implemented by local governments.

On the show floor Secure bed cover

Thacker Manufacturing Inc., Booth 2507

The HercuLoc secure truck bed cover protects valuable equipment from theft. A cam lock holds the cover and tailgate closed. It uses a code-hopping remote control and self-locking industrial ball-screw actuator, saving time at the jobsite. www.herculoc.com.

Truck-mounted attenuator

Quixote Transportation Safety, Booth 1033

The SST Safe-Stop truck-mounted attenuator features anti-rotational dampeners that lock the unit in place after an angled impact. Installation requires only minimal vehicle modification. www.quixotecorp.com.

Body design software

J&J Truck Bodies & Trailers, Booth 915

Diamond Logic builder software lets truck users easily integrate a wide range of vehicle configurations, chassis, body electrical systems, and other features into a custom-designed truck body. www.jjbodies.com.