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Mack Guarddog Con­nect, Mack’s in­te­grated telem­at­ics so­lu­tion, is now avail­able and stan­dard in all Mack-pow­ered ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing the Mack LR, Mack’s new­est refuse model. Mack made the an­nounce­ment at the Cana­dian Waste and Re­cy­cling Expo held in Toronto.

Mack ex­panded the of­fer­ing of Guarddog Con­nect to Mack LR lowen­try cabover refuse mod­els equipped with an MP engine af­ter re­ceiv­ing on­go­ing pos­i­tive feedback from cus­tomers.

Guarddog Con­nect is Mack’s proac­tive di­ag­nos­tic and re­pair plan­ning sys­tem. It mon­i­tors fault codes that could po­ten­tially shut down a truck or lead to an un­planned visit to the dealer and is an in­te­gral part of Mack’s on­go­ing com­mit­ment to Up­time. Guarddog Con­nect en­ables the quick di­ag­no­sis of is­sues, proac­tive re­pair schedul­ing and parts con­fir­ma­tion, all while the truck re­mains on the job.

Through Guarddog Con­nect, LR cus­tomers also will have the same ac­cess to Mack’s suite of fleet man­age­ment ser­vices as other cus­tomers, in­clud­ing Tel­o­gis and Om­ni­tracs. Tel­o­gis is a lead­ing provider of cloud-based in­tel­li­gence soft­ware, and Om­ni­tracs uses Guarddog Con­nect telem­at­ics hard­ware to cap­ture and re­lay in­for­ma­tion such as rel­a­tive road speed and idling du­ra­tion and cost.

Mack first in­tro­duced its LR model at Waste Expo 2015. Built specif­i­cally to meet the chal­lenges of refuse cus­tomers who re­quire en­hanced ma­neu­ver­abil­ity, in­creased driver com­fort and im­proved vis­i­bil­ity, the Mack LR model is avail­able in three­axle 6x4 con­fig­u­ra­tions and can be pow­ered by diesel or nat­u­ral gas.

The 11-liter Mack MP7 diesel engine is stan­dard in the LR model, de­liv­er­ing 325 to 355 horse­power and 1,200 to 1,280 lb.-ft. of torque. The Cum­mins West­port ISL G nat­u­ral gas engine is op­tional. The LR model is equipped with an Al­li­son RDS five-speed or sixspeed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Mack an­nounced ear­lier this year that Guarddog Con­nect was stan­dard on all Terra Pro cabover mod­els, which can be con­fig­ured for many ap­pli­ca­tions in­clud­ing refuse, con­crete pump, dump or mixer. Mack had pre­vi­ously made Guarddog Con­nect stan­dard on Ter­rapro con­crete pump chas­sis in 2015 and was the first OEM in the in­dus­try to of­fer proac­tive sup­port ser­vice for pump ap­pli­ca­tions.

Guarddog Con­nect has been stan­dard on the Mack Pin­na­cle, Mack Gran­ite and Ti­tan by Mack mod­els since 2013.

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