NTEA’s SCEMC works with chassis OEMs on snowplow installation programs

This article was published in the October 2016 edition of NTEA News.

Snow Control Equipment Manufacturers Committee (SCEMC) is one of NTEA’s oldest affiliate divisions, operating since 1979. Participants include manufacturers of snowplows, salt and sand spreaders, and related snow and ice removal equipment. SCEMC engages chassis manufacturers on issues related to snowplow installation on pickups and vocational trucks. 

The group’s most significant contribution is its development of strong relationships with chassis manufacturers, communicating with them in the early stages of vehicle creation in an effort to continue OEM programs allowing snowplow installation. These programs encompass Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard compliance, safety assessment, electrical interface issues, plow mounting locations and vehicle durability testing.

Cooperation between snowplow manufacturers and OEMs has enabled the continuation of preparation option codes for many pickups in the work truck marketplace. Without such support, it would be too costly for snowplow manufacturers to perform all necessary testing to meet current requirements.

To help buyers and upfitters identify necessary items for vehicle-specific snowplow configurations, SCEMC offers a list of best practices. These guidelines are based on important aspects of the snowplow manufacturing process and are designed to ensure safe, efficient products. SCEMC regularly checks and enhances its standards to stay up-to-date on market changes.

For more information, visit ntea.com/scemc or contact Bob Raybuck, NTEA director of technical services, at 248-479-8905 or bob@ntea.com.