How Suez North America Saved $20,000 Going Green & Lightweight

Suez North America is an environmentally friendly water utilities company, providing water and wastewater services as well as recycling and waste recovery services to almost 8 million people in North America. Known for placing sustainable environmental practices at the forefront of its operations, Suez employs innovative strategies to shrink their environmental footprint. The corporate headquarters for Suez’s North American operations are found in Paramus, New Jersey. In Northern New Jersey alone, Suez serves 800,000 people with clean, sustainable water, while preserving the local waterways.
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City of Livonia Upgrades to UNDERHOOD™ Air Compressors

As the City of Livonia’s Department of Public Works’ Fleet Supervisor, Jim (Buzz) Kirby manages a lot of different equipment to keep operations running smoothly. For Buzz, overseeing the Department of Public Works’ (D.P.W.) equipment includes writing specs and performing evaluations, and overseeing the maintenance and repair of all equipment within the department. In addition, Buzz is responsible for making recommendations for upgrades. After it became apparent that the city’s outdated trailer-mounted air compressors needed an upgrade, Buzz audited the department’s equipment needs, and sought to solve the challenges operators had been describing.
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Cullen Diesel Chooses UNDERHOOD™ 40 Air Compressor: Improves Efficiency & Morale

This is the third and final blog in VMAC’s three-part series featuring Cullen Diesel, the Detroit Diesel and MTU distributor for BC. Cullen Diesel mechanics are factory trained and certified in Detroit Diesel and Mercedes engines, and frequently work in challenging and remote locations in the logging, marine, mining, and industrial sectors.

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Dennis Miskow, Branch Manager of Cullen Diesel’s Vancouver Island, BC operations

Dennis Miskow is the Branch Manager of Cullen Diesel’s Vancouver Island, BC operations. In Part 1 of the Van Series Air Compressor blog, he discussed his decision to choose a Mercedes 4×4 Sprinter van. In Part 2 of the Van Series blog, he explains why he chose an UNDERHOOD™ 40 Van Series Air Compressor instead of a standalone gas drive air compressor for the van. In Part 3, Dennis shares what a typical service job looks like for Cullen Diesel, and how the UNDERHOOD™ 40 is improving morale and helping his mechanics work more efficiently.

Cullen Diesel Service Jobs

Cullen Diesel’s team of heavy-duty mechanics have experience in servicing and repairing mining products, logging and marine equipment, generators, construction and industrial equipment, as well as trucks and buses with Detroit Diesel, Mercedes and Allison transmissions. A typical service job sees mechanics travelling up to logging camps, down to docks for marine repairs, and other remote locations. As Dennis mentioned in Part 1 of the blog series, this is where the Mercedes-Benz 4×4 Sprinter van really shines: “On its first service call it drove easily up the logging roads to the job site, right behind the trucks.”

UNDERHOOD™ 40 Van Air Compressor: “It’s Been Exactly As Advertised.”

As discussed in Part 2 of the blog series, the Sprinter van is upfitted with an UNDERHOOD™ 40 Van Series Air Compressor. “Investing in the right tools for the job is part of the professionalism that Cullen Diesel is known for,” notes Dennis. “The Sprinter van provides a modern look for our service vehicle and having an UNDERHOOD™ Air Compressor tucked away is part of that clean, professional look we’re striving for.” Investing in the best quality air compressor is also important for his mechanics’ day-to-day work. Dennis explains: “Having an UNDERHOOD™ air compressor allows my team to work more efficiently, but it also improves morale. My technicians appreciate having high-quality equipment that always works, instead of struggling with a frustrating piece of equipment that doesn’t perform.”

And it’s not just the improved look and morale that has Dennis praising VMAC’s air compressor. “The UNDERHOOD™ Van Series is cleaner, quieter, and quicker than our previous gas powered standalone air compressor,” says Dennis. “Operation of the compressor is convenient and easy-to-use. You just push a button and it’s working and producing full air power.”

It’s now been three years since Cullen Diesel first got their 4×4 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van equipped with the UNDERHOOD™ Van Series Compressor, and so far, “it’s done exactly what we want it to do,” confirms Dennis. “The air power is there and there’s been no issues and no downtime. It’s been exactly as advertised.”

And when asked for his advice to anyone who is thinking of upgrading to a UNDERHOOD™ Air Compressor, Dennis’ answer is confident and succinct: “Do it!”

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Welcome to the second installment of VMAC’s three-part blog series centered around Cullen Diesel, the Detroit Diesel and MTU distributor for BC. Cullen Diesel mechanics are factory trained and certified in Detroit Diesel and Mercedes engines, and often work in challenging and remote locations in the logging, marine, mining, and industrial sectors.

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Dennis Miskow, Branch Manager of Cullen Diesel’s Vancouver Island, BC

Dennis Miskow, Branch Manager of Cullen Diesel’s Vancouver Island, BC operations took some time to speak with VMAC about Cullen’s fleet, and his decision to choose a Mercedes-Benz 4×4 Sprinter in Part 1 of the Van Series Air Compressor blog. In Part 2 of the series, Dennis explains why he chose an UNDERHOOD™ 40 Van Series Air Compressor instead of a gas drive air compressor, what he likes about the UNDERHOOD™, and his advice to anyone considering an UNDERHOOD™ for their commercial van upfit.

Selecting A Van Air Compressor: UNDERHOOD™ or Gas Drive?

When it was time to upgrade an aging service truck, Dennis Miskow ended up choosing a Mercedes-Benz 4×4 Sprinter van. Next, he planned the upfit with Sterling Fleet Outfitters, a commercial van and truck equipment upfit company. Dennis was pleased to find this upfitter was very experienced in cargo van upfits and had plenty of options specifically designed for Cullen’s Sprinter van. When it came time to choose the air compressor, Dennis took the time to reflect on the performance of Cullen Diesel’s current gas drive air compressor.

“We knew that the gas drive had lots of problems. It was bulky, it was space-sucking, it was dirty, and we had to fix it constantly,” explains Dennis. “We were so used to it, we just accepted that it was a high-maintenance piece of equipment that we had to deal with.”

Unfortunately, these problems are not uncommon for many mobile mechanics. However, with the surge in popularity of commercial vans comes an increase in the development of specialized equipment, like the UNDERHOOD™ 40 Van Series Air Compressor, the only air compressor that has been specifically engineered for commercial vans. The placement within the engine compartment saves space in the cargo area and solves common safety issues, like toxic fume exposure and risk of gas fires, faced by many operators with standalone gas air compressors installed in the cargo area. With the UNDERHOOD™ 40, the only space required in the cargo area is 1.7 cubic feet for a combined air/oil cooler and air/oil separator tank.

“My mechanic specifically asked for an UNDERHOOD™ Air Compressor for the van,” said Dennis. “Because we’d been experiencing problems with our older gas drive air compressor, I was happy to get him what he was asking for.”

Dennis worked with VMAC National Sales Representative Darren Darnley to get the Cullen Diesel Mercedes-Benz 4×4 Sprinter van upfitted with the UNDERHOOD™ 40 Van Series. “Darren was great to work with. He was the point-person, and he gave the same high level of service we would give to our customers,” notes Dennis.

UNDERHOOD for vansLike with any investment in new equipment, Dennis did have some concerns, mainly about cost. “The Van Series Air Compressor is more expensive than a gas drive air compressor, and I also wondered if the UNDERHOOD™ was too much power for our applications, as it’s rated for up to 40 CFM.” However, once the UNDERHOOD™ was installed on the van and his mechanics were using it, he had no more doubts.

UNDERHOOD™ 40 Van Series Air Compressor Benefits

After having the UNDERHOOD™ 40 Van Series Air Compressor for three years, it’s easy for Dennis to list his top three benefits of this air compressor:

  • Space Savings
    • “Having the air compressor under the hood saves space inside the van, and gives it a clean, open look. There’s less clutter inside.”
  • Quieter Operation
    • “We don’t have a noisy air compressor on a truck right at ear level anymore.”
  • Professionalism
    • “Having the van’s equipment and tools organized gives it a clean, professional look. Having the VMAC air compressor tucked away under the hood is part of the professional look we’re going for, and it feels like one less thing to worry about.”

As Dennis mentioned in Part 1 of the blog series, adding another commercial van to the Cullen Diesel fleet is in the plan. “I want to get another van, and when we do, it absolutely will have another UNDERHOOD™ 40 Air Compressor on it,” says Dennis.

Subscribe to the VMAC Blog to continue reading about Cullen Diesel’s experience with a service van, and the specialized equipment it comes with. In part three of the series, which will be released next, Dennis will share what a typical service job with Cullen Diesel entails, and how the UNDERHOOD™ 40 Van Series Air Compressor is enabling his mechanics to work more efficiently. You can also go back to read part 1 of the series: Cullen Diesel Chooses Mercedes-Benz 4X4 Sprinter Van Over Service Truck.

 

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Cullen Diesel Chooses Mercedes-Benz 4×4 Sprinter Van Over Service Truck

Over the next few weeks we’ll be publishing a three-part blog series centered around Cullen Diesel, the Detroit Diesel and MTU distributor for BC. Cullen Diesel mechanics are factory trained and certified in Detroit Diesel and Mercedes engines, with experience in working with all types of diesel engines, including those in the marine, mining, construction and industrial sectors.

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Dennis Miskow, Branch Manager of Cullen Diesel’s Vancouver Island, BC operations

Dennis Miskow is the Branch Manager of Cullen Diesel’s Vancouver Island, BC operations. Dennis’ career with Cullen started over 20 years ago, when he was first hired as an apprentice heavy-duty mechanic. Dennis sat down with VMAC to discuss Cullen’s fleet, and his decision to add a commercial van to his fleet.

Choosing the Right Vehicle for Your Business: Commercial Van or Service Truck?

When it was time to add a new service vehicle to his fleet of 7 to replace an aging truck, Dennis went straight to his truck builder. “I spec’d out a truck with a crane and was ready to place the order. It was going to cost about $150k, so I decided to compare it to the cost of a commercial van. The van ended up being half the price.” Because of the significant savings, Dennis decided to explore commercial van options. “We chose the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter over the other vans because the Sprinter comes in a 4×4 option, which is necessary when we’re travelling to jobs in remote locations,” says Dennis.

Service Van Benefits

Cullen Service VanThough the additional draw to the service van option was cost, Dennis was aware of other benefits that come with having a van instead of a truck. “The van is a smaller vehicle, which makes it easier to drive and maneuver. We do service jobs right at the docks, so the van is the best option for driving to these marine applications,” notes Dennis. The Cullen Diesel Branch Manager also appreciates the extra level of protection from theft and the elements the enclosed space of the van offers: “Tools and equipment are kept safe inside the van from theft, but also from rain, sleet, ice, and snow. My team also appreciates the enclosed area to store and organize their tools instead of standing around the outside of the truck in all types of weather.” In addition to the cost, size and maneuverability, and enclosed protection from theft and the weather, the van acts as a moving billboard for Cullen as there’s much more advertising space on the van’s body.

Proven in Challenging Applications

UNDERHOOD for vansHaving never had a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter or any type of service van on his fleet before, Dennis did have some concerns about how it would hold up in challenging applications. Cullen Diesel services a lot of equipment found in remote areas, often requiring their vehicles to travel in mountainous areas up logging roads. “I wasn’t sure how the van would be able to make it up the logging roads, even though the Sprinter is a 4×4. But on its first service it drove easily up to the job site, right behind the trucks. Even our logging customers were impressed!” shares Dennis. Another concern was how long the Sprinter van would hold up in these challenging, dirty and demanding applications. “You see a lot of vans used as delivery vehicles, driving on the roads, but we weren’t sure how it would hold up after continuously being tested on trails and logging roads,” says Dennis. But fast forward to years later, and Dennis confirms he no longer has any worries: “It’s been three years and we haven’t had any problems with the van.”

Overall, the decision to add a commercial van to the Cullen Diesel fleet has had a positive impact on Dennis’ operations. “We’re looking to add another vehicle to the fleet and I want to get another van,” says Dennis.

Subscribe to the VMAC Blog to continue reading about Cullen Diesel’s experience with a service van, and the specialized equipment that it comes with. In part two of this series, which will be released next, Dennis will give insight into his decision to choose an UNDERHOOD™ 40 Van Series Air Compressor instead of a standalone gas drive air compressor for his Sprinter.

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VMAC Green Series Truck Mounted Air Compressor Improves Productivity & Fuel Economy [VIDEO]

As green initiatives, climate change action plans, and new environmental laws continue to be the focus of many local governments, the demand for more environmentally-friendly equipment grows. And whether you’re motivated by the environment, or just looking to save money by lowering your fuel consumption, the UNDERHOOD™ 70 – Green Series Air Compressor fits the bill.

Just ask Dale Clozza, of Aurora Roofing, in Nanaimo, BC, Canada, who took the time to give a video testimonial:

The UNDERHOOD™ 70 – Green Series includes VMAC Intelligent Digital Controls that turn your truck off when you’re not using air, and then turn your truck back on when you use air again. As Dale mentions, this not only improves productivity, as operators don’t have to stop working to walk or climb back and forth to their air compressor to turn it off and on, but it also offers significant savings in fuel. A recent idling study revealed idling for an hour uses 0.2 to 0.5 gallons of fuel, depending on the vehicle. How much fuel could you save each day, month, or year if you didn’t have to idle your truck?

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Continue learning more about the UNDERHOOD™ 70 – Green Series or browse our full line of VMAC truck mounted air compressors. Check VMAC’s application list to see if we have an UNDERHOOD™ 70-G kit for your Ford or RAM truck.

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Fuel Saving Tips for Trucks: Reduce Idling, Save On Gas

Study proves turning your vehicle off minimizes both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

You may have heard that it takes more fuel to turn your vehicle off and back on again than it does to stay idling when stopped. One fast food chain even made a claim that it was “Greener” to use the drive-through than parking and walking in for a to-go order. With fuel costs and anti-idling laws being an essential consideration for vehicle owners and fleet managers, it’s important to know the facts.

The fact is that even for short stops, it saves fuel to turn off your vehicle. Idling for even 10 seconds produces more CO2 emissions and burns more fuel than simply turning your engine off, and restarting. This was found by a study done by Argonne National Laboratory, and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program.

Idling Study Results

Engineers were tasked to study vehicles in the Argonne laboratory’s Advanced Powertrain Research Facility to determine the impacts of idling and restarting. Dynamometer tests were conducted at the facility and revealed that parking a vehicle, turning it off, and then restarting it uses less fuel and produces less CO2 than idling for just 10 seconds. In addition, the study also revealed that the fastest way to warm up a car engine is to drive the vehicle, not by idling it. Argonne found that depending on the vehicle’s size, 0.2 to 0.5 gallons of fuel per hour is used when idling.

Embrace Anti-Idling Laws

With these findings, and as states, provinces, and countries continue to introduce climate change action plans and green initiatives focused on greenhouse gas emissions, now is the perfect time to start embracing an anti-idle mindset in day-to-day driving and work operations. And for those that use air compressors, the VMAC UNDERHOOD™ 70 – Green Series Air Compressor integrates perfectly into environmentally-friendly and fuel-conscious operations.

UNDERHOOD™ 70-Green Series Air Compressor

The VMAC UNDERHOOD™ 70 – Green Series Air Compressor produces up to 70 CFM at 100% duty cycle. This powerful rotary screw air compressor is installed under the hood of the work truck and its throttle control automatically adjusts truck engine idle speed just enough to match air demand, which reduces fuel consumption. What’s more, the easy-to-use VMAC intelligent digital controls also cut down on idling, as the control system shuts the truck off when air isn’t being used, and then automatically turns the truck back on when air is needed. This reduces fuel consumption and emissions as the vehicle is not idling when tools are not in use. Learn more about the VMAC UNDERHOOD™ 70 – Green Series Air Compressor.

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Vehicle Idling Study Conclusion

Going back to the fast food chain’s claim, no, it is not greener to use the drive-through than it is to park and pick up your order inside the restaurant. Here are the facts:

  • Idling for more than 10 seconds burns more fuel, and produces more C02 emissions than turning the engine on and off
  • Idling for an hour uses 0.2 to 0.5 gallons of fuel, depending on the vehicle, and fuel consumption increases as idling speed increases
  • Warming up a vehicle by driving is more effective than idling

Consider these findings next time you find yourself idling your truck, whether working on a job site, picking up a food order, or warming up your truck this winter. And when planning to purchase a new air compressor, consider the VMAC UNDERHOOD™ 70 – Green Series Air Compressor.

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Upgrade Your Air Compressor & Improve Cold Weather Performance

Though it may feel like summer just started, the reality is that fall is just around the corner, and with it comes the rain, frost, ice, and in most cases, snow. Now is the time to start planning and ensuring that this winter your equipment is ready to work as hard as you do in the freezing temperatures.

Think back to last year’s winter season, did your air compressor let you down in any of the following ways?

• Refused to start

• Broke down frequently

• Caused a cumbersome safety hazard while parked on the side of the road

• Required maintenance to be done standing in the truck bed or on a ladder next to your truck

• Required snow and slush to be dug out from around the deck-mounted unit so it could warm up enough to run

If any of these challenges sounded familiar, then it’s time to consider upgrading to a UNDERHOOD™ rotary screw air compressor. Here’s how an UNDERHOOD™ air compressor solves each of these issues:

Reliability

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The last thing you need when working outside in the elements is difficulty starting your equipment, or an unexpected breakdown on the jobsite. The UNDERHOOD™ air compressor is very reliable, and proven to operate in extreme cold conditions. Manufactured in North America in an ISO 9001:2015 certified facility, VMAC air compressors and multipower systems meet high quality standards, and are backed by an industry-leading Lifetime Warranty (Limited).

Maintenance

Maintenance costs are greatly reduced by investing in the UNDERHOOD™ air compressor as high-quality aluminum parts, and few moving pieces means VMAC air compressors require less maintenance and servicing than a reciprocating air compressor. An UNDERHOOD™ air compressor also requires less maintenance than a hydraulic deck-mounted or engine driven air compressor because there is no hydraulic or engine-related components to maintain. To ensure the best performance, regular compressor maintenance is recommended by VMAC.

Safety

Above-deck air compressors can cause a major safety hazard in snowy and icy conditions. Operators have to climb into the back of a snow and ice-filled truck bed to dig out the air compressor to allow it to warm up enough to function. In addition, parking a tow-behind on the side of the road to conduct maintenance is challenging and dangerous, especially in bad weather. By having the UNDERHOOD™ air compressor stored safely under the hood, boots are kept on the ground, ensuring the safety of operators, and limiting OSHA and WCB concerns and claims.

Cold Weather Starting

The UNDERHOOD™ air compressor is mounted directly on your truck’s engine, which warms up the compressor on the way to the jobsite, and keeps it warm and protected from the elements, even when temperatures drop well below freezing.

Working outside in harsh winter conditions can be challenging enough, especially when temperatures drop below freezing. The UNDERHOOD™ air compressor relieves common pain points that many operators suffer from each winter, from decreased productivity to unsafe working conditions. Waiting for an air compressor to warm up, climbing in the back of a slippery truck to dig out equipment, and conducting maintenance on the side of the road in dangerous driving conditions are just some of the challenges that you can take out of the equation with an UNDERHOOD™ air compressor. So when planning your investments for this winter, include an upgrade to an UNDERHOOD™ rotary screw air compressor, contact [email protected].

Learn more about VMAC’s line of UNDERHOOD™ air compressors, ranging from 40 CFM up to 150 CFM outputs.

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Taking Fleets & Equipment Green in 2017

As states, provinces, and countries continue to press forward with climate change action plans and green initiatives, it’s clear that products and technologies that save fuel and reduce emissions will continue to gain in popularity. A particular focus is on reducing the carbon footprint of commercial vehicles and their equipment.

One example of a state’s policy that has fostered change in local commercial vehicle fleets is California. Within the last year the state has unveiled its climate change mandate. California’s goal is to reduce carbon emissions 40% by 2030, and greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050, down from 1990 levels. It’s no coincidence that many California companies are upgrading their fleets to plug-in hybrid electric technology at this time. Organizations that have recently announced fleet upgrades include the City of Long Beach, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric Company, which signed a memorandum of understanding with XL Hybrids, developer of hybrid truck solutions, for up to 110 new vehicles over the next 3 years.

With many changes happening with various federal and state compliance requirements, fleet professionals are turning to industry associations for support in navigating the changing landscape. The Green Truck Association, an affiliate division of the National Truck Equipment Association, is one such organization providing members with resources on technologies that aid in increasing environmental sustainability and operational efficiency. This includes encouraging the use of fuel sources aside from gas and diesel, such as natural gas or electricity, and also choosing lightweight and fuel saving technology.

Fuel Saving & Lightweight Air Compressors

With the demand for green and efficient equipment on the rise, VMAC has developed a line of lightweight and fuel-saving air compressors, including the UNDERHOOD™ 70 – Green Series Air Compressor, as well as the Diesel Driven Air Compressor, and the Multifunction Power System. Each of these air compressors and multifunction power systems is lightweight, reducing gross vehicle weight (GVW) by hundreds of pounds (compared to competing systems). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that for every 100 lbs of weight saved, fuel economy can be improved by up to 2%.

In addition, these mobile air compressors and multifunction power systems are equipped with VMAC’s intelligent digital control system, which reduces idle time of trucks and equipment on the jobsite. These controls automatically shut off your engine when air isn’t being used, and then automatically turn the engine back on when you need to get back to work.

UNDERHOOD™ 70 – Green Series Air Compressors

UNDERHOOD-Air-Compressor-installed-FORD-F450The UNDERHOOD™ 70 – Green Series Air Compressor produces up to 70 CFM at 100% duty cycle. This rotary screw air compressor is installed under the hood of the work truck, and weighs just 150 lbs, saving up to 260 lbs when compared to similar air compressors. Throttle controls will automatically adjust truck engine idle speed just enough to match air demand and reduce fuel consumption. The VMAC Intelligent Digital Controls are easy to use, and will shut the truck on and off with air demand, eliminating emissions when tools are not being used. See details on the UNDERHOOD™ 70 – Green Series Air Compressor.

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Diesel Driven Air Compressors

Diesel-Drive-60CFM Air CompressorThe VMAC Diesel Driven Air Compressor is a 60 CFM, 100% duty cycle rotary screw air compressor. Weighing in at about 450 lbs, this air compressor is about half the weight of competing diesel air compressors. This above deck air compressor also is equipped with a throttle control system that saves on fuel by idling the Kubota diesel engine up and down with air demand. It also turns the engine off when no air is being used, automatically restarting it with air demand. Learn more about VMAC’s Diesel Driven Air Compressors.

Multifunction Power Systems

Multifunction Power System

VMAC Multifunction Power Systems are versatile and customizable, allowing you to only purchase what you need, reducing waste and weight. Powered by a Kubota 4F diesel engine, the 6-In-One Power System features a 45 CFM air compressor, 8 kW generator, 300A welder, 12-48 V battery booster/charger, PTO, and cold climate kit. The 6-In-One Power System can be integrated into a diesel work truck fuel system or skid-mounted for stand-alone applications, allowing you to keep your truck engine turned off during operation. VMAC’s customizable Multifunction allows you to choose your own options and benefit from over 2,000 possible configurations.

VMAC’s Multifunction Power System will reduce truck GVW by up to 400 lbs, compared to other multifunction systems. Truck GVW is reduced even more when the multifunction is compared to the weight of adding a separate welder, generator, air compressor, and hydraulics to a work truck. The VMAC Multifunction Power System’s digital controls idle the engine up and down, and on and off, with air demand. Visit the Multifunction Power Systems page for more info.

Preparing for the Future

Environmental regulations continue to develop and expand making green technology a vital consideration when investing in new vehicles and equipment. By choosing reliable, lightweight and fuel-efficient air compressors and multifunction power systems you’ll be working towards the common goal of reducing your province or state’s carbon footprint and positioning your company to handle environmental regulations, like anti-idling laws. The right equipment will also help you keep money in your pocket by keeping operating costs and downtime low, which in turn boosts your bottom line.

Interested in learning more about green products within the work truck industry? Visit the Green Truck Association’s website. Browse the VMAC Product page to see the full line of air compressors and multifunction power systems.

5 Reasons to Choose An UNDERHOOD™ Air Compressor For Your Work Van

Over the last decade, the popularity of commercial vans has steadily grown, as fleet managers and business owners look for cost-savings and improved efficiency in their vehicles. Many companies offer different outfitting options specific to vans, including shelving, storage boxes, tools, and accessories. In the case of air compressors, there are several different solutions, but only one air compressor has been specifically engineered for commercial vans, and that’s the UNDERHOOD™ 40 Van Series Air Compressor. Continue reading “5 Reasons to Choose An UNDERHOOD™ Air Compressor For Your Work Van”

Does An UNDERHOOD™ or Direct-Transmission Mounted Air Compressor Void My Vehicle Warranty?

For those looking for a one-word answer, it’s no. UNDERHOOD™ and Direct-Transmission Mounted air compressors do not void a vehicle manufacturer’s limited warranty on new trucks or vans.

Both Canada and the United States have laws that protect consumers’ warranties when using aftermarket parts and ensure manufacturers are staying true to their warranties. Air compressors that use PTO or engine-driven systems are considered aftermarket parts and, therefore, are covered by these laws.

Warranty Protection in the United States

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is a federal law that was created in 1975 to protect consumers from companies that may not want to follow through with their warranty. The law embodies the attitude that you don’t need to have a warranty but, if you do, then you’d better make good on it.

Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the burden of proof is on the manufacturer’s dealer to show that the aftermarket equipment caused the need for repairs before denying warranty coverage. In the context of UNDERHOOD™ air compressors, a truck manufacturer like Ford or Chrysler would have to prove that the air compressor itself caused the vehicle or part to fail.

Here is what the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says about aftermarket parts in their Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act explainer:

“An ‘aftermarket’ part is a part made by a company other than the vehicle manufacturer or the original equipment manufacturer. Simply using an aftermarket part does not void your warranty. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act makes it illegal for companies to void your warranty or deny coverage under the warranty simply because you used an aftermarket part.”

Even in a worst-case scenario, if an UNDERHOOD™ system caused damage to a part, the vehicle manufacturer would only be allowed to deny coverage for the part specifically damaged. The remaining vehicle warranty would remain fully intact, which is also explained by the FTC:

“If it turns out that the aftermarket part was itself defective or wasn’t installed correctly, and it causes damage to another part that is covered under the warranty, the manufacturer or dealer has the right to deny coverage for that part and charge you for any repairs. The FTC says the manufacturer or dealer must show that the aftermarket equipment caused the need for repairs before denying warranty coverage.”

VMAC Direct-Transmission™ Mounted and UNDERHOOD™ air compressors are built for specific trucks and applications, and that’s deliberate. VMAC engineers work with vehicle manufacturers before the release of their new trucks and vans to determine the optimal mounting locations of compressor components on any given vehicle. If VMAC can’t find a reliable way to install an UNDERHOOD™ or Direct-Transmission™ Mounted air compressor that protects you and your warranty, they don’t offer the air compressor for that vehicle. It’s that simple.

Warranty Protection in Canada

It’s a common misconception that Canada has a blanket consumer protection law that’s similar to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, but that doesn’t mean consumers have been hung out to dry. Individual provinces have created their own laws to help protect consumers and ensure warranties are enforced.

In addition, major manufacturers all have Canadian warranties that are similar to their U.S. counterparts. Manufacturers know that consumers are purchasing their trucks and modifying them into service vehicles and they wouldn’t risk losing clientele over unreasonable warranty restrictions.

Instead, manufacturers’ warranties essentially follow the U.S. laws: aftermarket damage to a part may void the warranty on that specific part, but it doesn’t void the whole warranty. Here are a few examples of this in writing, straight from the manufacturers:

Ford

2018 Model F-650/F-750
Ford Trucks

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“What is Not Covered Under this New Truck Limited Warranty?
Damage Caused by Accident, Misuse or Alteration
Examples of items not covered are:

  • Alterations, modifications or reconstruction of the vehicle, including the body, chassis, or any other component after the vehicles leaves the control of Ford of Canada

  • Non-Ford parts installed after the vehicle leaves Ford of Canada’s control and causes a Ford part to fail.


NOTE: Warranty coverage will be invalidated on parts affected by such damage.”
GMC

2018
Canadian Limited Warranty and Owner Assistance Information

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“The use of parts, control module calibrations, software modifications, and/or any other alterations not issued through General Motors will void the warranty coverage for those components that are damaged or otherwise affected by the installation of the non-GM part, control module calibration, software modifications, and/or other alteration.”
RAM

Warranty Information
All RAM Trucks
2018

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“The warranties in this booklet do not cover repairs required because of non-FCA [Fiat Chrysler Automobiles] modifications, installation of special equipment or accessories, or use of special materials, fuels or additives. This includes special bodies, body conversions, fuel system conversions, trailer hitches, window tints, sunroofs, theft alarms, etc. Non-FCA modifications do not by themselves void your warranty, but they are not covered by your warranty”

Each province and territory has consumer protection laws that ensure manufacturers are following these warranties and staying true to their word. Manufacturers who provide a warranty are essentially guaranteeing the products and services that are included, and they do so voluntarily. Warranties are not required! Therefore, a warranty is a written guarantee that obligates the manufacturer to follow through, even if you’ve installed an UNDERHOOD™ or Direct-Transmission Mounted air compressor.

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Installing a VMAC air compressor? Register your warranty here.