NTEA Revs Up for The Work Truck Show 2016

By CIOReview | Wednesday, February 10, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI: North America’s largest work truck event, The Work Truck Show, will be held this year at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, from March 1–4. The show is conducted annually by NTEA- The Association for the Work Truck Industry. This year’s show will highlight three new features focusing on the future of vocational trucks–– by displaying the Lightweight and Advanced Technology Demo Truck, large-scale 3-D printing, and the Work Truck Show Ride-and-Drive.

The Lightweight and Advanced Technology Demo Truck display will showcase the life cycle cost benefits as well as the efficiencies of lightweight trucks. The truck on display Isuzu NRR diesel Class 5, uplifted with lightweight components and weighing just 760 pounds, less than a normal cab. The vehicle is also fitted with a driver feedback reporting system, speed limiting and idle shutdown features to maximize the fuel efficiency. Additionally, the Isuzu is equipped with Alcoa one-piece forged aluminum wheels with corrosion-resistant Dura-Bright finish, a Switch-N-Go hoist system from Deist Industries, and Voth Truck Bodies lightweight aluminum detachable dump body; all playing a significant part in reducing the overall weight of the vehicle.

"The idea is to configure a vehicle that will do the same or more work than a typically configured truck, but will weigh less and use considerably less fuel. This display is a visible, tangible example of the Green Truck Association (GTA) and its Lightweight Materials Technology Council bringing together the industry — upfitter companies, OEMs and government — to show the possibilities for fleets and truck buyers to significantly improve both their fuel utilization and the environmental aspects of their commercial vehicles," said Doyle Sumrall, Managing Director, NTEA.

The show will also demonstrate a full-size 3-D-printed replica of a Shelby Cobra convertible and an SAF Holland truck and bus suspension in Booth 3400 that is next to the NTEA's booth. This move will help in attracting manufacturers’ attention towards 3-D printing vehicles that ensures reduced production as well as R&D costs while also promoting innovation. "Manufacturers can use their CAD system to design a component and then use the 3-D printer to make a life-size component model which they can look at from all angles and test fit into its space. That's a huge potential cost saving that can also drive innovative R&D," added Sumrall.

Another highlight of the show will be the Work Truck Show Ride-and-Drive event that allows attendees to test various vehicles like the Hino or the Mitsubishi Fuso in city streets or in a closed course. The Ride-and-Drive, will be open to all show attendees on March 2nd and 3rd, and will also showcase the latest productivity technologies and alternative fuel applications.