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Upfit Lightweighting is More Complex Than Simply Reducing Weight

Photo of Aluminum Classic II service body courtesy of The Reading Group.

March 16, 2015

When used in the manufacture of truck bodies and van equipment, lightweight materials, such as thinner gauge high-strength steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and plastic composites, enable fleets to reduce vehicle weight to improve fuel economy, increase legal payload, and even drop down to a smaller (often more fuel-efficient) vehicle.

Tags: Upfitting, Truck Fleets, Lightweighting, Spec'ing

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, March 16, 2015 9:30 AM | » Comments(2)

Metrics is More than a Buzzword: It’s Key to a Well-Managed Fleet

July 23, 2013

Fleet management metrics are not a new phenomenon, but has gained increased emphasis in recent years. Senior management and sourcing groups are demanding the use of metrics to measure the performance of the fleet and its suppliers. In addition, tight budgets and high expectations by management make metrics a crucial element to maintaining a cost-efficient fleet.

Tags: best practices, metrics, Truck Fleets

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Poor Truck Ergonomics 'Cramp' Fleet Productivity

March 30, 2012

A one-size-fits-all approach to truck specifications is an ergonomic minefield, which could have litigious consequences. In addition, there are increased field complaints about “less-than-ergonomic” upfit decisions. Besides health issues, poor ergonomics is also a key contributor to preventable accidents. Proactively resolving ergonomic issues can have a significant impact in reducing workers’ comp costs, improving productivity, and decreasing fatigue-induced driver errors.

Tags: Ergonomics, Market Trends, Truck Fleets, Workers' Compensation, Truck Specs

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Friday, March 30, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

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