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WTS19 Innovation Awards presented to Flaps Up, Go Power!, Morgan Olson and The Godwin Group
Automatic mud flap lift system, solar-powered charging kit, spring-back bumper and remote dump system win honors
Innovation Award winners are selected by a panel of trade media editors and truck fleet managers from eligible products entered through the Show's New Product Spotlight and New Product Media Guide programs. Judges noted that this year's winning products were "simple, yet practical" and great examples of how to use technology to address day-to-day operational needs and safety concerns of fleet customers.
Flaps-Up's automatic mud flap lift system is a motor control system that allows drivers to automatically raise mud flaps whenever the truck is put in reverse. This protects the flaps from being caught between the tires and the load where they can be torn off or damaged, increasing mud flap service life and improving safety. The driver uses an in-cab switch to lower the flaps after the load is dumped. For more information, visit flaps-up.com.
Go Power's Dual Source Charging kit combines a solar-charging system with an auto switching power unit capable of fully charging both liftgate and pallet jack batteries. The auto switching power control unit allows the dual charging kit to automatically switch from charging pallet jacks to liftgates, depending on what is plugged in to the unit. Topping off liftgate and pallet jack batteries with solar power extends the life of the batteries from months to years. To learn more, visit gopowerfleet.com.
Morgan Olson's newly patented Spring-Back front bumper not only provides protection from low-impact, front-end contact, it also absorbs the impact and then springs back into place. In addition to shielding against impact, the innovation helps minimize repair costs. Replacing traditional bumpers requires replacing the entire bumper. But with Morgan Olson's three-piece Spring-Back bumper, only the damaged section needs to be replaced, reducing material costs and repair expenses. Visit youtube.com/
The Godwin Group's Road Runner remote dump system is designed to create a safer, more productive paving operation by allowing the truck driver to share dump bed functions with the paver operator. The driver engages the PTO and the truck automatically connects to a remote control. The remote allows the paving operator to control the up-and-down of the dump bed and the locking and unlocking of the tailgate. This creates a more efficient production pace by eliminating the need for hand signals from the spotter, who can remain safely away from the flow of vehicle traffic. Learn more at remotedump.com.
"Every year at The Work Truck Show, exhibitors showcase the newest, most innovative work truck products," says Steve Carey, NTEA president & CEO. "This is the place where attendees can see the equipment and technology that's shaping the future of the industry and learn how it can improve their own operations."
The Work Truck Show, North America's largest work truck event, is produced annually by NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry. The 2019 event took place at Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 5–8. Learn more at worktruckshow.com.
Established in 1964, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry, http://www.ntea.com, represents approximately 2,050 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and government relations offices in Washington, DC, and Ottawa, Ontario.
Editor's note: High-resolution photos of The Work Truck Show Innovation Award presentations are available for download in the online pressroom at worktruckshow.com/