Mack Trucks Designates First Mack Certified Uptime Centers
LAS VEGAS (Feb. 2, 2016) – Mack Trucks today announced the first four dealer locations to achieve the Mack® Certified Uptime Center designation. With standardized workflows and service processes, as well as redesigned service bays, Mack Certified Uptime Centers are providing faster and more efficient service experiences to customers. Mack made the announcement during World of Concrete 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The first four dealers to achieve the certification are: Vision Truck Center of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Vanguard Truck Center of Phoenix, Arizona; Nextran Truck Center of Birmingham, Alabama; and Westfall O’Dell Truck Sales of Kansas City, Missouri. All four dealers were part of the Certified Uptime Center pilot program.
“It’s important that our customers’ trucks are on the road working earning money for them,” said Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North America. “Through our Mack Certified Uptime Centers, we’ve completely rethought our approach to how trucks are diagnosed and repaired, enabling us to get trucks serviced and back to the customer as quickly as possible.”
The certification evaluates dealer service locations on 28 required process elements, ranging from shop organization to implementation of diagnostic tools. While many of the elements were already considered “best practices,” Mack combined the elements under the Certified Uptime Centers effort to maximize their impact.
“We, along with other dealer groups, worked closely with Mack to gather proven ideas that help improve the service process for customers,” said John Slotegraaf, dealer principal, Vision Truck Center. “In fact, many of the 28 process steps required for certification are tried-and-true methods that have been tested every day at the dealer level.”
Completion of the certification process takes approximately eight weeks, and includes a final assessment to determine whether all Certified Uptime Center requirements have been met. Mack’s Dealer Fixed Operations Managers conduct the assessments and assign the final certification.
Mack Certified Uptime Centers are the latest evolution of Mack’s commitment to maximizing customer uptime. To qualify as a Certified Uptime Center, Mack dealer locations must demonstrate proficiency in new procedures designed to simplify and accelerate the service process.
In addition, Certified Uptime Centers must implement redesigned service bays focused on quick turnaround times. These “uptime bays” utilize Mack’s vast array of uptime tools to rapidly diagnose customer issues. Trucks with repairs that require less than four hours are repaired immediately, rather than being shuffled to the back of the line, as with the typical “first come, first served” practice common in today’s shops.
“Not only have our Certified Uptime Centers addressed the pace of the repair process, we’ve also taken steps to ensure our diagnoses are even more accurate,” said David Pardue, Mack vice president, connected vehicle and contract services. “The combination of speed and accuracy has only been made possible through Mack’s unparalleled collection of uptime tools.”
Mack’s uptime solutions, including Mack® GuardDog® Connect telematics and the Mack ASIST service management system, are fully integrated with the Mack Certified Uptime Centers’ workflows. In addition, Mack’s recently announced integration of Truck Diagnostics System (TDS) and Mack ASIST also supports Mack Certified Uptime Centers, delivering faster, more efficient information sharing. All of Mack’s uptime-focused personnel, including Mack OneCall™ agents, are housed at the Mack Uptime Center, located near Mack world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Mack will continue to roll out Certified Uptime Center certifications to its dealer network throughout 2016, with a focus on major markets.
Mack® trucks are sold and serviced through an extensive distribution network in more than 45 countries. Mack trucks, diesel engines and transmissions sold in North America are assembled in the United States. Mack manufacturing locations are certified to the internationally recognized ISO 9001 standard for quality, ISO 14001 standard for
environmental management systems and OHSAS 18001 standard for health and safety management systems. Mack is also a proud sponsor of Share the Road, an American Trucking Associations public information campaign aimed at enhancing the safety of our nation's roadways.
Mack Trucks is part of the Volvo Group, which is driving prosperity through transport and infrastructure solutions, offering trucks, buses, construction equipment, power solutions for marine and industrial applications, financing and services that increase customer uptime and productivity. Founded in 1927, the Volvo Group is
committed to shaping the future landscape of sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions. The Volvo Group is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, employs almost 100,000 people and serves customers in more than 190 markets. In 2020, net sales amounted to about $36.8 billion. For more information, please visit www.volvogroup.com.