Navistar, Inc. and Barr International Trucks of Salisbury, Md. recently presented Perdue Farms with its Strategic Partnership Award for collaborating on industry-leading truck fleet innovations, including an ultra-lightweight tractor specification and fully integrated tractor-trailer electronic controls — that save fuel, increase payload and improve reliability.
"We're proud to present Perdue Farms with our 'Strategic Partnership Award," said Jim Hebe, Navistar senior vice president, North American Sales Operations. "We view Perdue as more than just a great customer—we see them as a true, collaborative business partner where we both push each other to bring new thinking and create a higher level of efficiency and productivity through integration."
Lighter weight, heavier payload and better fuel economy
Perdue challenged Navistar and Barr International to develop an ultra-lightweight version of its International ProStar+ tractor – based on Perdue specifications — capable of hauling 49,000 pounds of dressed poultry to market—an initiative Perdue named "Project 49er" after the desired payload capacity.
Working together with Perdue Farms over a nine-month period, Barr International and Navistar's product development group were able to bring to market an ultra lightweight 56-inch sleeper tractor. Filled with 150 gallons of fuel, the Perdue spec ProStar+ 56-inch sleeper tractor weighs in at 15,920 pounds—up to 1,000 pounds less than a similarly spec'd competitive model. As a result of the lightweight spec, Perdue has achieved significant fuel economy improvements, maximized its payload capacity and reduced its carbon footprint.
"We're honored to be recognized by Navistar and Barr International," said Mike Levengood, vice president of live operations, transportation and logistics for Perdue. "The innovation and responsiveness to our needs have brought about some great changes to our truck fleets that are having a significant impact on our bottom line."
Another key point of collaboration between Perdue, Navistar and Barr International was to leverage Navistar's Diamond Logic electrical system for the ProStar+ tractor to better integrate tractor-trailer driver controls from the cab and improve vehicle performance.
Leveraging the Diamond Logic electrical system, Navistar engineers were able to develop a control system built into the truck dash controls to perform all trailer functions as well as PTO (power take-off) needs for the hydraulic system for Perdue's feed delivery fleet.
A better feed-delivery system
Through Diamond Logic's multiplexing electrical architecture, Navistar was able to integrate the controls of the feed trailer—controls for lights, top door openings, boom positioning (up, down and side-to-side) and augers on or off. Previously, these controls had to be installed in the cab of the tractor with multiple electrical connections. Controls were separate and not integrated—any warning lights or alarms required separate wiring. By leveraging the Diamond Logic system, Perdue was able to:
Reduce new equipment installation time from 5 days to less than 3 days.
Achieve simple driver control access and improved appearance. With wiring and connections factory-installed, there's no need for holes in the floor and additional hardware for controls placed in the cab.
Eliminate electrical problems due to overloads, heat, corrosion and connections.
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