Peterbilt's new vehicle configuration and ordering computer program,
has been re-engineered and is now in use throughout the Peterbilt
dealer network, bringing a new level of preciseness and ease to
the truck spec'ing process, Peterbilt Motors Company recently
allows customers to work with their Peterbilt dealership to configure
and order vehicles custom built to their exact specifications
and business requirements, regardless of the application. The
newly released spec'ing tool helps ensure optimum compatibility
for all component parts, and through frequent, online updates,
provides the most up-to-date spec'ing options available.
a custom truck manufacturer serving a wide array of markets, Peterbilt
provides its customers with many possible vehicle configurations
to help ensure they operate a vehicle that meets their needs,"
says Dan Sobic, Peterbilt assistant general manager. "Prospector
helps ensure those needs are met by identifying the optimum vehicle
configuration for an application, as well as account for all applicable
highway and bridge laws. Additionally, build specifications for
all of a customer's previously ordered vehicles can be quickly
retrieved through Prospector and used or modified to order new
that the launch of the new program was supported by comprehensive
training coordinated through Peterbilt, helping ensure all Peterbilt
dealer sales representatives and their customers get maximum benefit
from the new program.
also features an entirely new graphical look and enhanced functionality.
Not only is it easier to go through the spec'ing process, but
graphics now correspond to each stage of the spec'ing process,
helping customers better visualize their vehicles as they are
being built. Engineering CAD (Computer Assisted Design) illustrations
are built into the program to graphically represent each model
and component, as well as those components installed in the models.
can watch on-screen as his or her vehicle is being created, seeing
how the axles will be spaced, where the fuel tanks will go, how
a particular style of bumper will look, different sleeper sizes,
etc.," Sobic says. "It provides an unsurpassed level
of detail and clarity to the spec'ing process. Prosepctor also
allows for many useful reports to be generated, providing customers
with immediate, detailed feedback on how a certain vehicle configuration
Sobic says, reports can be created to depict probable turning
radius, startability, gradeability, cruise performance and axle-weight
ratings, to name a few. The reports, he adds, may be printed and
provided to customers for easy reference and review.