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What is The Future of Utility Truck Design?

Technology advances at great speed, almost every day new innovations are discovered that change the standard life flow. The advances of the last decade provide the opportunity to discover more advanced technology that changes human standards and most future efforts. In the construction industry, more innovative design and technology are being developed to improve health and safety in the workplace, improve environmental performance and increase overall efficiency.

The versatility of this utility vehicle to perform tasks other than the way it was originally designed has paved the way for discovering and developing new advanced technological improvements to make work more efficient. Fuel saving features, improved safety features, ease of use and lower operating costs are just some of the advances made with tanker trucks.

Goal of Increased Safety

Major manufacturers of bucket trucks such as Altec, Duralift, Versalift, Terex and others are heavily involved in the production of more advanced aerial lift vehicles. It is known that they are successful in marketing premium lifting equipment. These large companies have also made progress with bucket trucks. In addition to this, they also carry out training for the operators of these vehicles to educate them on the prevention of accidents. Its main objective is to manufacture a vehicle that has optimal safety features that almost eliminate accidents in this line of work.

Effect of Deregulation of the Electric Utility Industry on Design

One thing that affects the design of these vehicles is the output of the deregulation of the electrical industry. The result of this change is that utility companies have had to change the way their workers are used, which in turn has changed the way equipment is used for work. With the increase in competition that traditionally appears when an industry is deregulated comes into play, most utility companies have been forced to work ‘smaller and smarter’ to maintain their competitive advantage over their competition. Undoubtedly, this has affected the design of the vehicles they use, forcing manufacturers to make their designs smaller but more resistant and low maintenance.

Resistance and reliability are now of the greatest importance in the design of these vehicles. Designers must balance the very dangerous work done by the employees of the electric company with their need to complete a job as quickly as possible, especially when they are involved with the possibility of long power interruptions due to storms. It is a potential problem for designers to meet the ever-changing goals of the clients they work for.

Ergonomics in Design

One of the positive improvements is the use of ergonomics in the design process. Ergonomics helps ensure that the utility vehicle is easy to use and safe to drive, resulting in a final product design that produces greater productivity.

Fuel Consumption Concerns

A big concern when it comes to utility trucks is fuel consumption. The cost of fuel today has increased dramatically, which, together with the flow of deregulation mentioned above, has created an urgent need to produce these utility trucks to have more fuel saving features. Companies that can lower their operating costs and save thousands of dollars a year will certainly receive a boost in the current competitive market.

Low-Profile Chassis

Other important technological advances were the development of a truck that has a low profile chassis that allows the driver and operators to enter and exit easily. A drop-down ladder frame associated with hydraulics has also been added which is less dangerous compared to conventional ladder frames.