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VMAC announced its latest innovation concept, the HVAC System for VMAC Multifunction. The HVAC System will eliminate truck idling on the job site, reduce operating costs and provide operators with a climate-controlled vehicle year-round.

“The HVAC System will be integrated with the VMAC Multifunction, making it the first and only engineered solution for medium duty truck-cab heating and cooling, eliminating service truck idling on the job site year-round,” says Mike Pettigrew, VMAC’s Marketing Manager. “The new HVAC System will allow operators to seek relief from extreme weather conditions, all without idling their truck.”

The HVAC System for VMAC Multifunction will offer operators a climate-controlled safe-zone when they’re working in extreme weather conditions, whether it’s sub-zero temperatures, wet and windy, or sweltering hot.

“Operators will be able to turn on the heat when it’s cold, and turn on the air conditioning when it’s hot, all without idling the truck,” says Mike Pettigrew. “In addition, the HVAC System will heat the truck’s tool cabinets, ensuring tools and equipment are protected from freezing and rusting, even in the coldest temperatures.”

The HVAC System for VMAC Multifunction is being designed due to overwhelming requests from Caterpillar dealers across North America for a solution to eliminate truck idling on the jobsite in all weather. VMAC is currently working with Finning, the largest CAT dealer in the world, to develop the HVAC System to their specifications and requirements. By eliminating the operator’s need to idle the truck on the jobsite to heat or cool their truck, fuel usage will be reduced and hundreds of operating hours on each truck’s engine will be saved each year.

Recent field tests show that up to $5,800 in fuel can be saved each year, on top of savings in truck maintenance costs. Reducing engine hours allows for longer intervals between truck servicing, improving truck life and warranty.

An added benefit to the HVAC System for VMAC Multifunction is the opportunity to lower a fleet’s carbon footprint and environmental impact. With many municipalities enforcing strict anti-idling bylaws, fleet managers can ensure their fleets are following these regulations.

“The HVAC System for Multifunction is an innovation we’re particularly excited about because it perfectly aligns with VMAC’s promise to give our customers and industry partners the products and solutions they need to work more profitably and sustainably,” explains Mike Pettigrew.

The HVAC System for VMAC Multifunction is slated to be released by 2020. To be the first to know when more information on the HVAC System for VMAC Multifunction is available, visit vmacair.com/MF-HVAC.

VMAC released its newest Direct-Transmission™ Mounted PTO Driven Air Compressor, designed specifically for RAM trucks. The DTM70 is the world’s first direct-transmission mounted PTO driven air compressor, currently available for Ford F-250 to F-750 Power Stroke Diesel trucks, and now RAM 3500 to 5500 chassis cab Cummins Diesel trucks.

“We’re pleased to be expanding our Direct-Transmission Mounted PTO Driven Air Compressor product line,” says Barry Fitzgerald, VMAC’s Engineering Manager. “We’ve seen a major demand for a DTM70 application for RAM, and it’s VMAC’s priority to deliver the products and systems that our customers and industry partners are requesting.”

The DTM70 Air Compressor produces up to 70 CFM at 100 psi (175 psi max) and is very popular in industries such as commercial tire services, oil and gas mobile mechanics, utility servicing and heavy equipment repair. It is powerful enough to use for OTR tire inflation, 1” impact wrenches, 60 lb jackhammers and pavement breakers, vertical/horizontal grinders and sanders and other small to medium sized air tools with high air demand.

The VMAC DTM70 is the best choice for customers who are concerned with saving space and reducing weight on their service trucks. It is a popular choice for those looking to save space on their truck decks, as it is installed under the truck. The complete DTM70 system weighs just 150 lbs, making it a lightweight choice compared to traditional deck-mount air compressors or other underdeck systems.

“The DTM70 offers many advantages over traditional underdeck air compressors,” notes Mike Pettigrew, VMAC’s Marketing Manager. “Not only is it lightweight, the VMAC DTM70 installs up to 50% faster than other underdeck air compressors, as there are no modifications required to the RAM or Ford transfer case, no drive shafts required, and no additional components to be sourced. The new DTM70 for RAM is also tucked up under the truck, and does not change the truck’s ground clearance, another advantage against other underdeck systems.”

For a full list of DTM system applications and fitment and requirements, visit VMAC’s interactive application list: www.vmacair.com/application-lists For more information on the DTM70, manufactured by VMAC, visit vmacair.com/DTM70.

VMAC is currently developing state-of-the-art PTO driven technology that will set a new standard for air compressor and hydraulic multi-power systems.

VMAC is creating the next generation of its Direct-Transmission™ Mounted Multi-Power System, the DTM70-H, with plans for release in 2019. VMAC’s DTM70-H is designed as a configurable, all-in-one solution for service trucks fitted with hydraulic cranes or other hydraulic components, while also providing powerful air-on-demand capability.

The new DTM70-H release will feature a hydraulic bypass valve and an intelligent throttle control system to allow for variable air-on-demand with increased CFM output, while simultaneously providing steady GPM output.

The throttle control technology is currently used in UNDERHOOD™ air compressors, automatically idling the truck’s engine up and down to match air demand. However, it’s challenging to implement variable air flow on an air compressor that’s integrated with a hydraulic system, due to the need for steady flow rate in many hydraulic systems.

Fortunately, the hydraulic bypass design overcomes that challenge. A hydraulic bypass circuit contains a priority flow control valve, which diverts excess hydraulic flow back into the reservoir tank before it reaches the crane, which allows the control system to increase engine RPM resulting in higher CFM output without over-speeding the crane.

“Cranes require steady hydraulic flow, while air systems can benefit from adaptive air-on-demand control, providing maximum air flow only when it is needed. Combining both these functions into one sophisticated system gives operators the best of both worlds,” said Chris Moyse, Engineering Lead for the DTM70-H.

Innovating existing successful products reflects the heart of VMAC’s lean manufacturing culture, which challenges employees to continually seek improvements in all facets of business.

VMAC released the DTM70-H for 2017-2019 model year Ford F-250 to F-550 Super Duty trucks with Power Stroke Diesel 6.7L, solving the need for a multi-power hydraulics and compressed air system that uses a direct-drive connection—a superior alternative to shaft-driven PTO systems, which are known to break. The DTM70-H also reduces installation time by up to 30%, takes up no deck space, and reduces GVW by up to 600 lbs when compared to other hydraulic systems.

VMAC was named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, joining the country’s leading private businesses with this prestigious award and recognition from Deloitte.

The Canada’s Best Managed Companies program was developed to recognize best-in-class private companies that set the standard for business excellence. Best Managed Companies tend to be driven and resilient, demonstrating an aptitude for long-term success and global growth. Companies cannot simply apply to the Best Managed program—they must be invited by Deloitte, as a result of demonstrated performance.

“It is exciting that our leadership team’s approach has been recognized,” said Tod Gilbert, President of VMAC. “As a lean organization, we all work with the goal of continuous improvement. This applies to our products and processes and is supported by our management team. This achievement is a success for our entire organization.”

Canada’s Best Managed Companies is a challenging award to receive. The application process is rigorous, and all the finalists must exhibit significant and verifiable competence in several key areas, including strategy, capability, commitment, financial performance and management. Companies are then benchmarked against other finalists and only the top few receive this prestigious award.

“This year’s Best Managed winners are a testament to the success found when businesses invest in talent, innovate intentionally, and think long-term,” said Lorrie King, Partner, Deloitte Private and Co-Leader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program. “These companies should be proud of this achievement, and their responsibility in acting as role models for other Canadian businesses.”

This year’s applicants for Canada’s Best Managed Companies were judged by a panel of eight seasoned business leaders from a variety of industries, including banking, and consumer products. Of all the businesses invited to apply for the 2019 awards only a fraction are named Canada’s Best.

“The Best Managed Companies award is another indication that we’re getting things right,” said Gordon Duval, VP Marketing & Sales. “All of the Best Managed Companies have exceptional culture and people, epitomize innovation, and demonstrate sustained performance with strong financial results. That’s not a coincidence.”

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