Six Steps to Better Work Truck Body Upfits
Upfitting a truck chassis to perform a specific task requires planning and coordination among suppliers, fleet managers and end users. What exactly it takes to get it right was considered in a February 2016 article in Heavy Duty Trucking titled “6 Steps to Better Work Truck Body Upfits.”
ARI’s Mike Sturges, regional truck manager, noted that fleets should communicate with their vendors as much as possible to avoid unnecessary delays. “If a vendor is unaware of the upfitting requirements or that a vehicle is on the way, he will not be prepared and material will not be on the ground. This could add weeks or even months to the overall lead time. Be sure to consider all options at the time an order is placed and clearly identify the exact upfit you want.”
Chris Foster, truck and equipment manager with ARI, urged fleets to standardize their upfit package if at all possible. “Many fleets allow the use of too many specs or options. The ability to cascade, or move vehicles from location to location, becomes more difficult without a certain level of standardization. Furthermore, the ability to benchmark locations against each other also becomes more difficult when trucks are less similar.”
ARI’s Ron Wiggins, a truck spec analyst, noted that “associated benefits to standardization include cost reduction — not just to the vehicle, but in volume discounts for every upfit component — as well as reduced lead times and improved quality, and more consistent build. Standardization also supports the quality assurance process and minimizes the need for individual inspections and quality control.”
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