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Decrease Incidents of Unscheduled Truck Maintenance Caused by Overloading

April 18, 2017

When a truck is overloaded, its operating performance will be strained, accelerating wear-and-tear on brakes and other wear components, such as tire, which have higher failure rates because they run hotter due to the increased load. Another issue is axle overloading, which causes premature wear-and-tear on tires and suspension components.

Tags: Upfitting, Overloading, Vehicle Spec'ing, Safety

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, April 18, 2017 9:28 AM | » Comments(1)

Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

March 20, 2017

I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Tags: Upfitting, Medium-Duty Trucks, Vehicle Spec'ing, Drivers

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, March 20, 2017 7:30 AM | » Comments(1)

Removing Murphy’s Law from the Upfit Process

May 31, 2016

The multitude of upfitting options and potential configurations makes it easy to fulfill Murphy’s Law, which states, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Unfortunately, in many cases, who triggers Murphy’s Law is the fleet manager who does not carefully review the upfit specs, or has not consulted thoroughly with the actual users of the equipment, or attempts to over-engineer the upfit. These are all avoidable mistakes.

Tags: Upfitting, Service Bodies, Vehicle Spec'ing, Ladder Racks

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 31, 2016 8:24 AM | » Comments(0)

All Successful Upfits Start with Careful Planning

May 16, 2016

There are a multitude of specialized fleet applications that require the installation of auxiliary equipment on a truck or in a van. What complicates the planning process is that there are as many ways to upfit a vehicle as there are chassis and body configurations. It is critical that you properly define a truck’s application to ensure the supplier builds the truck to meet its intended use.

Tags: Upfitting, Chassis Cab, Service Bodies, Cutaway Vans, Van Upfitting, Upfitters

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, May 16, 2016 9:29 AM | » Comments(1)

Increased Demand and Rail Delays Create Upfitter Logjam in MY-2015

September 17, 2015

One challenge for both the 2015- and 2014-MY has been the increased volume of fleet vehicles going to upfitters, which has resulted in capacity constraints. With the increasing demand and growth of the commercial truck and van segments – particularly among utilities and service industries – the percentage of upfitted vehicles is growing. Upfitters are feeling the pressure of increased demand.

Tags: Upfitting, 2015-MY, Order to Delivery, Rail Cars, antich

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, September 17, 2015 4:43 PM | » Comments(0)

Ergonomics and Enhanced Operator Safety Emphasized During Upfitting

June 1, 2015

Ergonomics and operator safety is a growing concern by HR and risk management departments, since there has been an uptick of workers’ compensation claims by fleet drivers. As a result of strong trends in the upfit market, there is an increased focus on designing upfits to enhance operator safety.

Tags: Ergonomics, Upfitting, Risk Management, Vocational Trucks

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, June 1, 2015 2:58 PM | » Comments(1)

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)

Increased Demand Creates Backlogs at Upfitters

September 15, 2014

One challenge for the 2014-MY has been the increased volume of fleet vehicles going to upfitters, which has resulted in capacity issues. With the increasing demand and growth of the commercial truck/van segments, particularly among utilities and service industries, the percentage of upfitted vehicles is growing. Order-to-delivery time on large trucks keeps getting longer with upfitters. Some fleets don't place factory orders and instead purchase most their vehicle chassis from bailment pools.

Tags: Upfitting, ship-thrus

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 12:01 PM | » Comments(0)

Top Trends in Truck Fleet Management in 2014

November 27, 2013

Calendar-years 2014 and 2015 will be pivotal years for truck fleet management due to the discontinuation of long-time commercial vehicles and the all-new replacement models and upfit packages entering the market. This is prompting vehicle and equipment specification revisions from the perspective of fleet efficiencies and driver satisfaction. Here are the Top 12 trends.

Tags: Ergonomics, Telematics, Upfitting, Sustainability, Lightweighting

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Running Trucks Till the 'Wheels Fall Off' is Expensive and Counter-Productive

October 4, 2012

The cliché in fleet management is that trucks are kept in service until the wheels "fall off." In many cases, this isn’t too far from the truth. Typically, the more expensive the asset, the longer it will be kept in service, especially units upfitted with expensive auxiliary equipment. However, as study after study shows, extended truck replacement cycles often have the unintended consequence of resulting in greater long-term expenses and degradation in worker productivity.

Tags: Upfitting, Productivity, Replacement Cycles

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, October 4, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(5)

Increased Upfit Volume & OEM Quality Holds Create Backlogs at Upfitters

September 20, 2012

Upfitters are feeling the pressure from the increase in the number of upfitted vehicles requiring a ship-thru, which is overwhelming some installers and body builders. Also, many upfitter-related OTD issues are the result of OEM quality holds. Oftentimes, upfitted units are held at the body company due to limited storage space at the assembly plants caused by quality hold backlogs. This prevents the release of upfitted units into OEM traffic for final delivery via ship-thru/freight re-entry.

Tags: Upfitting, Ship-Thru, railcar shortages, Order to Delivery

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, September 20, 2012 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Top 10 Trends in Truck Fleet Management

December 10, 2007

As we start a new year, here is my forecast of the top 10 trends that will influence truck fleet management in the coming years.

Tags: Ergonomics, Fuel Spend, Telematics, Upfitting

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, December 10, 2007 12:43 PM | » Comments(-1)

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