The Mack Pinnacle with MP8 505C

The MP8 505C+ with mDrive is a high performance powertrain that will likely challenge everything you thought you knew about the limitations of 13 litre engines and AMTs in Canada’s most rigorous applications.

CALEDON, Ont. It was as nasty a November day as you’ll encounter in Southern Ontario. The thermometer read 9 C; balmy when compared to the 19 C wind chill. Snow blewhorizontally, painting the horizon a milky white. Snowdrifts piled up on the road in places while the wind swept other sections of highway clear, leaving behind only a thin layer of black ice. Gusting winds caused vehicles and old buildings to shudder, as well as the people within them.

The truck was a Mack Pinnacle tractor with its newest engine rating, the 13 litre Mack MP8 505C+. It was put together by Vision Truck Group as a Mack Trucks Canada demonstration unit and then loaned out to James Dick Construction. The new made for Canada rating, introduced in August, produces 505 hp and 1,860 lb. ft. of torque through all the gears. In short, it’s a Mack that pulls like a Mack all the time. It was designed for truckers who want loads
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While many of today’s engines are designed to withhold torque to preserve fuel economy undercertain conditions, this engine is all torque, all the time. James Dick Construction is an ideal fleet to put the truck through its paces. It hauls heavy payloads of about 34,000 40,000 kgs around a hilly part of southern Ontario just north of Toronto. Typically, these trucks shuttle tonnes of aggregate between various construction sites and cement plants from James Dick’s many gravel pits in the area.

I shared driving duties with Murray Lowe, who the fleet has chosen to test the new truck, knowing they would get an honest assessment from the opinionated and knowledgeable pro driver. It was useful to ride shotgun with Lowe, because he could compare the driving experience directly to his incumbent truck, a 2011 Freightliner glider kit featuring a pre emissions DD13 engine and 13 speed manual transmission. (Comparing trucks of different makes is a dubious endeavour at the best of times, even more so when the benchmark is a
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Pulling the long grade leaving Bolton, Ont. Lowe marveled as the mDrive automated manual transmission held seventh gear with 32,000 kgs of gravel in the 38 ft. Cobra end dump trailer. "I’m normally in fifth gear here," he said.

Lowe has five million miles under his belt, achieved over a 41 year career that was spent mostly doing linehaul. I figured he’d be skeptical of the mDrive but he surprised me with how quickly he warmed up to it.

"I’ve been doing this over 40 years," he grumbled. "What do I need to shift gears for?"

Lowe, in the twilight of his driving career, has traded in long haul work for local, mileage based pay for hourly. He even hands in the keys for the winter and waits the snow out in Florida. This was Lowe’s first experience with the mDrive and his only concern was how it would react when the truck gets bogged down in mud. That wasn’t about to happen on this frozen November morning but he said the guys who get stuck in the mud using an automated transmission are the same ones who can’t get free using a manual, and he’s not one of’em, so he wasn’t overly concerned.

As we crested a long, steep downhill grade with a red light at the bottom, Lowe questioned aloud the engine brake’s ability to hold back the heavy load and then nodded in approval whenit did just that.

The MP8, being a 13 litre engine, often raises questions about its engine braking capability compared to a 15L product. But it does produce nearly 500 braking horsepower, which shouldn’t be an issue, even when heavily loaded. David McKenna, Mack director of sales development, emphasized power is power, and torque is torque, regardless of whether it’s produced by a 13 or 15 litre engine.

"If I’m giving you 1,860 lb. ft. out of a 13L, it’s exactly the same as 1,860 lb. ft. out of a 15L," he pointed out. "But it tends to be 300 500 lbs lighter and generally speaking, more efficient on fuel, so when we’re talking the aggregate business, if I can take 300 500 lbs out of your TARE weight, that’s nothing but money to the customer."

Naturally, having 1,860 lb. ft. of torque available at all times means a driver’s going to take advantage of it and at times it will come at the expenseof fuel mileage. However, McKenna contends the fuel economy penalty is low, especially when compared to the productivity gains that can be exploited.

"The fuel economy with the 505C+ is going to be a little less than a straight 505C or E model," McKenna acknowledged. "If you want more power, it’s going to take more fuel to do it. But if you can learn to keep your foot off that throttle pedal and let the engine do all the work, fuel economy is just about the same. But when you’re pulling 63,000 kgs in the aggregate business and you can reduce cycle times by 15 16 minutes per cycle, that’s an extra
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Fuel economy isn’t always the top priority for truckers in the aggregates business. Here, performance trumps fuel efficiency, and heavy payloads, hilly terrain and stop and go two lane traffic will see to
cheap Michael Kors handbags it. Lowe told me James Dick drivers are normally resigned to hitting5 6 mpg. Uptime is theparamountconcern and the company has done its best to avoid the problems associated with EPA07 emissions engines, hence the glider that Lowe drives. But then Lowe drove his friend’s new Mack and it was getting over 8 mpg in this same duty cycle. That got his attention.

Caledon Mountain may not qualify as a mountain in many parts of Canada, but here in southwestern Ontario it’s a good test of a truck’s pulling capabilities. We climbed it unloaded, just due to the nature of the day’s delivery schedules hey, we had work to do and loads to deliver! Lowe was impressed the mDrive dropped just one gear and we climbed the hill in 11th at 1,475 rpm and 80 km/h. His current truck would be revving a lot higher, he observed. The nasty crosswinds and snow covered roads likely didn’t help us on this day and even whether or not the tarp is rolled up will have an effect on how the truck pulls that
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We picked up a load of blended aggregate at James Dick Construction and then I took the wheel and brought it down to a Lafarge plant in Brampton.

The mDrive console sits in the dash. Exposed screws provide easy access to the wiring behind.

A button on the mDrive’s console allows you to activate maximum engine braking, which was a useful way to hold my speed to 80 km/h without riding the service brakes, even when grossing 50.86 metric tonnes (50,860 kgs or 111,892 lbs). This Pinnacle drove well. The front end felt a little loose, but repositioning the fifth wheel would solve this. The seat was comfortable, sight lines were excellent and the ride on even bumpy two lane roads where James Dick trucks spend most of their time was smooth and quiet.

The interior of the Pinnacle was stylish and functional. Attractive, brushed nickel faceplates can be quickly removed from the dash to expose the wiring behind them for easy serviceability. The design of the Pinnacle won’t change with the 2016 model year. The exterior styling could use a refreshing but as far as comfort and drivability are concerned, this truck holds its own against anything out there.

Most Canadian customers who previously ran the MP8 505 have switched to the C+ rating since it was introduced in August, I’m told. Even in Western Canada where these trucks
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Because winter was visited upon us seemingly overnight, I had some questions for McKenna about the aftertreatment system and how fleets can protect against issues related to the freezing of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) and the rest of the SCR (selective catalytic reduction) system. He was glad I asked.

"One of the things that’s very important to remember is that DEF is two thirds water and water will freeze," he admitted. "There are a couple of things we do that some other OEMs don’t do. When you turn the key off on the truck, you will hear the DEF pump continue to run for about 60 90 seconds. It’s drawing the DEF back from the injector and putting it all in the tank. The reason for that is, we don’t want any product freezing in the line. Even if it freezes in the tank and it will the minute you crank the engine and start the water pump, it’s going to start circulating hot coolant through the DEF tank. We’ve plumbed the lines into the DEF tank and we have a coil that goes through the center and we’ve looped the coil around the pickup tube, so it will thaw out from inside the core of the DEF tank to the outside and start to circulate warm DEF."

This is a smartly designed SCR system but where problems can still occur is when sub par DEF is put into the tank. McKenna emphatically cautions against using off spec’ DEF.

Canada’s harsh winter conditions can also lead to more frequent and prolonged active regenerations of the DPF (diesel particulate filter). This is not a problem that’s specific to Mack and in fact, Mack protects against this by keeping the heat source required for regenerations (the turbocharger outlet) very close to the DPF to prevent a thermal drop from occurring as the hot exhaust travels along the exhaust pipe. But
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Downtime, of course, is a killer, especially in the winter.

"I can talk about fuel economy all I want, but at the end of the day, if you save 5% in fuel throughout the year and you have two more unplanned down days, everything you saved through the year in fuel is out the window," McKenna acknowledged.Articles Connexes:

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Effective Electronic Communication

Conversely, how many times have you pressed SEND, only to regret that you didn’t look at it just one more time to tweak the language or the tone? Or perhaps the
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Business missteps, wasted time, misunderstandings, no reply these are just a few of the issues that are caused, largely, by ineffective electronic communication.

I’m not the first to write about the delicate nature of email communication, and I likely won’t be the last. While it is tempting to be lured into thinking an email message is just like having a conversation, it isn’t.

Conversations are spoken they have the benefit of tone of voice, inflection, and if someone misunderstands, the opportunity for instant clarification. This is always a critical distinction from the written word, where nuances in voice inflection that convey a tongue in cheek "I’m just kidding," or a dead serious "I really mean this" obviously don’t exist.

Email messages are more likely to be taken very literally, and they can be passed from the intended recipient to the unintended. In fact, if not executed correctly, email messaging can backfire on its intent, threaten relationships, and even endanger careers.

The 4Cs of Truth in Communication

Enter the 4Cs of Truth in Communication. Originally developed to evaluate and improve advertising and marketing materials, the 4Cs are an equally useful tool when applied to email communication. The 4Cs stand for Comprehension, Connection, Credibility, and Contagiousness.

Let’s see how they can be used to make your emails more effective.

The First C: Comprehension. It may seem obvious, but it’s important that your recipient simply understands the message contained in the email. And this has everything to do with language, vocabulary, punctuation, and tone. It is highly important that the proper tone be understood when reading an email message.

One great way of ensuring instant comprehension is the subject line. Think about it: Other than the sender’s name, it’s the only piece of information readers see before they open the email. Therein lies the opportunity to either invite the recipient into your message and open it, or "save it" for later. And you know what that means? The likelihood that it will get read in the future is about 50 percent.

A friend and colleague of mine with whom I hadn’t communicated recently sent me an email with the subject message, "Let’s get together for breakfast!" So I immediately understood, even before opening the email, what the purpose of her message was. The exclamation point communicated to me that she was enthusiastic about the idea. That’s a great start.

Compare that to an email that says "no subject," or even one that says "Hi." Even if I know the sender, I’m not as eager to open it and may skip over it.

The Second C: Connection. Here’s the key question we ask about Connection: Is the message speaking to
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If the message is not relevant, doesn’t address a topic or area of concern to interest on a rational or emotional level, then it’s not making a Connection. Think about the number of times you’ve pressed the DELETE button just by seeing some words in a subject line that were frivolous, not interesting, or otherwise irrelevant to you.

For instance, whenever I get an email from my publishers with the words "your book" in the subject line, I’m inherently interested. It makes an immediate and critical Connection for me both rationally and emotionally. Email messages need to connect on a personal level too.

The Third C: Credibility. This is the critical "C." To assess credibility, think who, what and how.

Who: Does the message make sense coming from this sender? Is the sender himself or herself credible?

What: Is it something you expect from this sender? If the message or the tone of the message doesn’t sync with your expectations, the message is more likely to lose Credibility.

How: How is the message executed? How is the message worded, and how does it strike you? If the sender is trying to convince you of something, are you "buying" it?

The Fourth C: Contagiousness. This is the area where tone, one of the most important components of email communication, steps in and takes charge. If the tone of your email message is exciting, motivating, or differentiating, it’s likely to deliver your message effectively.

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Energy: Is there a sense of energy around the message? Is there something in the headline or opening sentence that makes the reader want to continue reading?

Newsworthy: Does it offer a new way to view the sender? This will likely mean the message and/or the sender is more memorable.

Unique: Is it competitively differentiating? Does it stand out from the hundreds of other emails in the reader’s inbox that week? Obviously, there’s an opportunity to do this in the subject line as well.

Emotionally charged. Does it evoke a vivid emotional response? Here’s an example of how, if your tone is off, the emotional response may be completely negative.

Motivation. Does it motivate the target to do something? Will the target hit REPLY or DELETE?

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Gavin Young, Calgary Herald CALGARY, AB: MAY 13, 2015 Penn West CEO Dave Roberts speaks during the Penn West
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With a stock trading forless than10 per cent of itsone time value, Penn West held its annual shareholders meeting Wednesday forchairman Rick George and chief executive Dave Roberts to explain their plans to enhance the value of shares that are ata "steep discount" to the company’snet asset value.

"We are certainly aware of what the stock price has done and what it hasn’t done, more importantly," George said in response to oneshareholder. The market capitalization is about $1.3 billion for a company with 1,100 employees, that produces 95,000 barrels of oil equivalent perday and has 368 million barrels of proven reserves.

Penn West lost$248 million in the first quarter and has more than $2.4 billion in long term debt.

"The process of re establishing operational credibility takes some time," saidRoberts, aTexan who waschief operating officer atMarathon Oil Corp. before he took the top jobat Penn West in 2013."That’s why we’ve said we are going to be very patient
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Penn West’s history dates to the early 1980s and it grew steadily through the drill bit andacquisitions. In 2005, it converted
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Penn West’sshares reached$27.75 in February 2011.

When the tax rules changed, Penn West reverted back to a corporation in 2011. The following year it began to sell assets to focus on its Cardium and Viking plays in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Itsproduction has declined steadily since 2008.

Askedabout a takeover, Robertsnoted:"The board and this management is all about gettingthe maximum value for our shareholders. That’s certainly something the board continues to address. Right now the business plan we have, we think is the best value creation opportunity."

"We’re not entrenched," he added. "We would
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Penn West is continuing to negotiate "covenant relaxation" with its debt holders and Roberts expects to make an announcement inthe second quarter that will allow the companyto deal with itsdebt and focus on cutting costs and streamliningoperations.

Penn West cutits 2015 capital budgetfrom $840 million to $625 million and reducedthequarterly dividend to one cent.

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LeBron haters never satisfied

From a fan’s standpoint, it’s not difficult to dislike LeBron James. This is not news. However, one thing abundantly clear after his beatdown of the Boston Celtics Thursday night is that no matter what, many fans in the Twitter age are still going to be haters.

James has needed an elimination game like his 45 point, 15 rebound effort in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals for more than two years now just to try and shut people up. Unfortunately for him, that won’t happen, as evidenced by the classy fan that threw a drink at James after the game.

In the 2010 ECF when many expected performances like this James all but disappeared in his last three games against the Celtics, effectively beginning the anti LeBron movement. After he kicked it into high gear by kicking Cleveland in the teeth in front of Jim Gray and the fridge full of Vitamin Water, it became easy (and quite fun) to pile on him.

Rightfully so, everything about his game since has been nitpicked and over analyzed. And it serves him right; if he wanted to be the "global icon" he so desires, and to a more completely impossible extent, the "next Jordan," there could be no missed free throws or fourth quarter disappearing acts.

However, James’s deluge came at the expense of the rest of the Heat team. Dwyane Wade shot a weak six of 17 and was the only other Miami player to score in double digits. It’s also worth noting and I’m not hating that Boston basically played like crap, with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett going a combined 10 of 32. Basketball is a game of tempo, and Doc Rivers said as much afterwards. The Celts just didn’t match Miami’s energy, and it cost
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While James took a big step up Thursday, it’s really what people have expected, rightly or wrongly, all along. Killer instinct. And rightly or wrongly, it will be expected in Game 7 as well.

When the Heat (yeah, I said it) meet the Thunder in the Finals next week, the likeability chasm between the two franchises will be highly pronounced. I personally feel like a scumbag for wavering on OKC after their first two games against San Antonio, but the reality was that the Thunder had outplayed the Spurs in four of those eight quarters anyways. When push came to shove, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook and James Harden were just too young and too athletic
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While ESPN’s Marc Stein points out that the Heat or the Knicks don’t have the cap space for Nash, that doesn’t take into account he might be willing to take a discount to win. I realize he has a home on the west side of Manhattan, but do really see Nash plying his trade in Brooklyn next year? As
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Team Canada update

Speaking of Canada Basketball, Team White beat Team Red 56 54 Thursday night at Humber College in Toronto. Sensation Andrew Wiggins, Tyler Ennis and Xavier Rathan Mayes were among the standouts.

Brampton’s Tristan Thompson is second only to superstar team mate LeBron James in minutes played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Malone got the job over Melvin Hunt, who served as interim coach after Brian Shaw was fired on March 3.Articles Connexes:

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Chipmunk’s Plan For Future Better Crafted Than That Of 8 Out Of 10 Americans

PRINCETON, NJ the small woodland creature ability to set long term objectives and competently follow through on them, a Princeton University report released Thursday found that a local 2 year old eastern chipmunk had crafted a far more secure and responsible future for itself than 8 out of 10 Americans. citizen. In contrast to most Americans, the chipmunk was said to routinely work toward meaningful goals in an orderly and decisive manner without procrastinating for days on end, melodramatically sighing and complaining,
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The report confirmed, however, that the small subset of Americans who do exercise the same level of forethought and determination as the 2 year old chipmunk are affluent, healthy, and largely content.

putting the same amount of thought into their lives as this chipmunk puts into foraging for sunflower seeds, for example, a relative handful of Americans have been able to adequately prepare their children for college, build up a sizeable base of credit, avoid obesity and chronic disease, and even put enough money away to retire at age 65, McKay said. to our calculations, if Americans as a whole expended even a fraction of the effort toward their future that this chipmunk displays toward lining its burrow with leaves, the country would quickly rid itself of problems as far flung as economic stagnation, decaying
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Surprises galore for women at U

The shockwaves began early on another sunny day at Flushing Meadows with 32 year old qualifier Mirjana Lucic Baroni dismissing Romanian second seed Simona Halep 7 6(6) 6 2 to reach
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The top 10 men’s seeds, however, remain intact.

Federer, Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer, sixth seeded Czech Tomas Berdych and seventh seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov all advanced on Friday.

The highest ranked casualty was Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, the 11th seed, who was ousted by 45th ranked Dominic Thiem of Austria 4 6 3 6 6 4 6 3 6 3.

Federer, chasing an 18th grand slam title, served up a tidy 6 4 6 4 6 4 win over big hitting Australian Sam Groth to ease into the third round.

The former world number one has feasted on Australian opponents in grand slams over the years, piling up an 18 1 record against men from Down Under, and Groth, who was facing a top 10 opponent for the first time, proved little more than a distraction to the Swiss maestro.

Throughout the one hour and 48 minutes contest the Australian took his best shots at the 33 year old, including booming serves of over 140mph. [ID:nL3N0R001Q]

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Ferrer reached the third round without lifting his racket when Australian Bernard Tomic withdrew with a hip injury, while Dimitrov breezed into the third round with a 6 1 6 2 6 2 win over Israel’s Dudi Sela.

Berdych had a much tougher time, needing five sets and three hours 45 minutes to tame Martin Klizan of Slovakia 6 3 4 6 6 2 3 6 6 3.

Richard Gasquet, seeded 12th, and Gael Monfils, 20th, advanced in straight
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Working harder was 18th seeded South African Kevin Anderson, a four set winner against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland, while Spain’s 19th seed Feliciano Lopez won a fourth set tiebreaker to advance past Japanese qualifier Tatsuma Ito.Articles Connexes:

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