Maximum Control truck coolant pre-heater control systems are designed to give drivers simplified control of heater functions, more guidance for technicians and more real-time information for fleet managers, said the Espare heating company. The control systems were introduced at last week’s NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
Espar says the new Maximum Control line offers fleets a suite of smart heater control choices while taking heater controls out of driver hands and allowing fleet managers full control of pre-heating options.
In less than 5 minutes, users can program the D1000 heater control module to handle as many as four distinct events per day with different start and stop times.
The D1000 allows users to set high-temperature disable points as well as a maximum manual run time, a low-voltage disable set point, preferred nighttime intervals and an exercise scheduler. These programming points can be set for one or more vehicles.
“By taking the driver out of the programming process, running your coolant heaters means no more unnecessary idling, no more needless engine wear-and-tear, no more wasted time and no more wasted fuel,” says John Dennehy, vice president of marketing and communication for Espar. “As soon as your workers arrive on site, they’re guaranteed to climb into a warm, de-iced truck and work-ready vehicle,” the company says.
Dennehy says that drivers will appreciate the system’s on-button, on/off control and a diagnostic indicator that alerts them to service issues. If service is required, a unit-generated fault code tells technicians the source of the problem allowing them to quickly diagnose and repair the issue.
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.