Tech Update

Dec. 1, 2012
Adrian Steel Company is an on-line design tool that allows a business to create a personalized identity for their work van

Adrian Steel Company is an on-line design tool that allows a business to create a personalized identity for their work van or pickup. Commercial Curb Appeal is a collaboration between Adrian Steel with 58 years in the commercial vehicle industry, Adrian Steel's nationwide distribution network and Signature Graphics, who have developed mobile branding campaigns for some of the best-known companies in America.

Commercial Curb Appeal is an innovative service that provides small businesses access to the same premium materials, production methods and design options offered to America's largest fleets. Commercial Curb Appeal makes branding vehicles easy for small business owners. The seamless installation process is managed by Adrian Steel's national distributor network and can be completed simultaneously with the installation of Adrian Steel interior products.

For companies who already have a vehicle graphic design, Commercial Curb Appeal is a great resource to refresh the image. If a company hasn't used vehicle graphics before, the design tool will allow that company to begin building a brand identity that will stand out in a competitive market. |


Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. (ICTA) announces a new process that will enable Isuzu dealers to more quickly convert or modify gasoline-powered NPR-HD (14,500-lb. GVWR) trucks for their customers.

When placing orders for new trucks, Isuzu dealers can select a ship-thru option to indicate that they have arranged to have the trucks modified at one of two independent modification centers near the trucks' Charlotte, MI, assembly plant. Following the modification, the center will return the trucks to ICTA, which will then transport them to the dealers that ordered the units. This new process will eliminate unnecessary dealer-incurred transportation expenses and will shorten the amount of time necessary to obtain alternative fuel conversions and certain other types of other modifications.

Utilimaster, Inc., offers CNG/LPG alternative fuel conversions and other modifications for Isuzu trucks to dealers and customers at a modification facility located on the Spartan Motors, Inc., campus in Charlotte, MI. IMPCO Technologies, Inc., offers CNG alternative fuel conversions at the IMPCO modification facility in Union City, IN. |

Link Manufacturing

The Link Cabmate® is a cab air suspension system for Class 7 and 8 trucks. It replaces the solid rear cab mounts with a cushion of air accomplished with air springs, shock absorbers, air leveling valves and strategically designed brackets for controlling cab movement. The Cabmate absorbs the road shock and vibration transmitted through the frame and solid cab mounts, thereby producing a quieter and smoother ride. Some applications require front cab mounts for better ride and to level the cab.

With a Cabmate installed in their truck, contractors will notice a reduction in road shock and backslap, annoying vibrations, back and kidney stress and cab maintenance. Cabmate improves cab environment for driver alertness and safety and increases the truck's resale value.

Link also provides custom designed products for specialized applications such as terminal tractors, extended length sleepers, agricultural and military vehicles. |

Master Lock

Master Lock announces a tool to help consumers protect their online data. With the expanded Master Lock Vault, consumers can now store and organize a wider range of personal information, save passwords, set reminders for important dates or deadlines, upload documents for easy access on the go and retrieve cloud-based backup master codes for Vaultenabled Master Lock electronic products.

The Master Lock Vault provides the highest level of website security available today - a 256-bit SSL encrypted connection - for safe storage of users' security-sensitive information. The Vault also employs strong device and user authentication controls as well as redundant firewall protection and intrusion detection monitoring 24/7. Users simply set up an account and then can review, add, change and delete stored information quickly, easily and safely from any computer or smartphone. |

Tommy Gate

The Tommy Gate G2 series is a dual-cylinder, parallel-arm design that uses a pair of hydraulic cylinders to lower and raise the lift by applying direct power to both sides of the platform.

Dual-drive liftgates provide increased durability for rigorous cycling and have relatively low maintenance requirements. A paint-before-assembly process also increases the longevity of the lift's aesthetics. Frames and platforms on every G2 series liftgate are hand assembled and hand welded, and precision parts are laser cut and/or robotically welded.

Other features include:

  • Dual hydraulic cylinders.

  • Recessed control.

  • Fully enclosed hydraulic system located within the lift mainframe.


The Toyota Tundra, recognized for its value and dependability, offers changes for 2013 that enhance value and comfort in the hard-working, hard-playing, full-size pickup truck.

The Platinum Package, which was available for the Tundra CrewMax Limited model in 2012, now becomes a full model grade. The Platinum Grade offers numerous luxury features, such as heated and ventilated front bucket seats with embroidered headrests and driver's seat two-position memory feature, perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces, DVD navigation system, power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade and wood-grain-style interior trim.

Toyota made its Display Navigation with Entune multimedia package available in CrewMax and Double Cab Tundra grade models late in the 2012 model year, and this becomes a regular option for the 2013 model year.

Simplified option packages help make it easier for customers to find the right Tundra with the equipment they desire. The Tundra Work Truck Package is aimed at commercial truck buyers or customers who need a tough, no-frills truck with exceptional cargo and towing capacity. The package features heavy-duty vinyl-trimmed seating surfaces, and heavy-duty all-weather flooring.

The 2013 Tundra is offered in three grades (Tundra, Limited and Platinum), three cab styles (regular, double cab and crew max), three wheelbase lengths (126.8, 145.7 and 164.6-in., depending on model and configuration) and three bed lengths (78.7, 97.6 and for CrewMax only, 66.7-in.). The Tundra offers three engine choices, a 270-horsepower 4.0-liter V6, a 310-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 and the 5.7-liter V8 with 381 horsepower. |

Weather Guard

Weather Guard® hi-side truck boxes deliver greater protection from the elements and vandalism. The new truck boxes offer drip-resistant Lock Core, which helps protect against break-ins. Heavy-duty three-point latching system resists theft and vandalism and close-tolerance door fit resists prying.

Other features include:

  • Top-mounted removable parts bin keeps small items organized.

  • Tool-less quick-release doors adjust from 90 to 180 degrees with QuickClips, no tools required.

  • Rear attachment point for securing equipment and supplies in the truck bed.

  • Extra-wide picture frame opening maximizes storage space and provides easy access to larger tools and supplies.