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June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Product Standards Coming to Heavy-Duty Market

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a consistent way for everyone across the supply chain to have the same information about heavy-duty truck parts?, asks Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini in her Aftermarket Insight column.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Supply Chain Management, Auto Care Association

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reports: The Final Piece of the Outsourcing Equation

One key to effective outsourcing isn't the technician -- it's the data. Photo: PacLease

By Denise Rondini

One concern fleets have when considering outsourcing their maintenance and repair is that they will lose control over that portion of their operation. Paying attention to reporting can help address that fear.

Tags: Maintenance, Outsourcing, VMRS

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Behind the Scenes With a Non-OE Aftermarket Parts Maker

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

There is a debate about the difference between OEM and aftermarket replacement parts, with many people thinking aftermarket parts manufacturers can't provide the quality, availability, and warranty as OEMs. At least one aftermarket parts manufacturer thinks that is changing. Commentary by Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Parts and Service, OEMs

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Vipar’s New Chief Chris Baer Talks Growth

Chris Baer Photo: Vipar

By Denise Rondini

We spoke with Vipar Heavy Duty's Chris Baer, who recently took over as head of the truck-parts marketing group, about the restructured organization and how it is now well-positioned for the future.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, Aftermarket, Vipar

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: 3 Lessons Learned at TMC

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

The spring meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council usually is a place where ideas flow freely and best practices are shared, and things were no different in Nashville this year.

Tags: Maintenance, ATA, TMC

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Q&A: Denso's Joe Mejaly Talks Heavy-Duty Aftermarket

Joe Mejaly Photo: Denso

By Denise Rondini

Joseph Mejaly, senior vice president operations, sales, strategic planning, and marketing at Denso, defines what the company is and shares his thoughts on growing the company’s heavy-duty business, e-commerce, and the future

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Denso, Q&A

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Who's Going to Earn Your Parts and Service Business?

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

In a panel at this year's Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week, suppliers and distributors discussed how service providers who are easy to do business with are the ones that will come out on top.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, HDAW, Parts and Service

February 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Parts - At A Vending Machine Near You

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Typically when we think of vending machines, we think of snack foods or beverages. More recently, however, they are being used in industrial applications.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Amazon.com, Parts and Service

January 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: What Dealers Are Doing to Better Meet Fleet Needs

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

While it may feel like dealers are ignoring fleets’ concerns, based on interviews with the American Truck Dealers/Heavy Duty Trucking/Procede Truck Dealer of the Year nominees, dealers not only hear what fleets are saying, but also are trying to do something about it.

Tags: Truck Dealer of the Year, Dealers

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Aftermarket in 2016: A Review

By Denise Rondini

The truck parts and service aftermarket has grown to $107 billion. In 2016 there seemed to be a big focus on parts, alliances, and training with other issues like DPFs, remanufacturing and some innovative ways to deal with the technician shortage also getting some play.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Aftermarket Parts, DPF, Aftermarket, Diagnostics

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Bringing the Diagnostics to the Fleet

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Mobile Express Assessment lets the customer make an educated decision about vehicle repairs before sending a truck to the dealer.

Tags: Freightliner, Diagnostics

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What You Need to Know About Reman Engines

Electronics have added complexity and driven the reman industry to invest more in technician training and special equipment. Photo: Cummins

By Denise Rondini

Engine remanufacturers talk about the impact of electronics, emissions regulations and more.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Remanufactured Parts, Remanufacturing, Engines

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Clearing up Confusion About Reman

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Without a common definition of remanufactured products, products with different quality levels could be grouped together, causing confusion in the marketplace.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Remanufactured Parts, Remanufacturing

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Online Parts Sales Growing

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Every industry is transitioning to online sales as the world is becoming more digitized and people are getting more accustomed to online purchases in their personal lives.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, E-commerce, Online Tool, Parts and Service

September 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Technician Training Alliance Aims to Improve Repair Process

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

A memorandum of understanding required manufacturers to make service info available on model year 2010 trucks and newer but it did not mean that the truck makers had to provide training.

Tags: OEM, Aftermarket, Technician Training, Parts and Service

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: New Initiatives to Improve Parts and Service Offerings

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Parts and service providers are making major investments to better position themselves to be the fleets’ location of choice for maintenance and repair.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, Parts and Service

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

It's Not Really About the Name on the Box

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Things can get confusing when a truck is down and a part is needed to complete a repair. Which part is right in a given situation can be hard to tell, and often it has nothing to do with whose name is on the box the part comes in..

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket, Parts and Service

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Eaton's Kartch Talks About Growing Importance of the Aftermarket

Amy Kartch director of North America Vehicle Group Aftermarket for Eaton Photo via Eaton

By Denise Rondini

Amy Kartch, director of North America Vehicle Group Aftermarket for Eaton, shared her thoughts on the major issues facing the aftermarket, what Eaton is doing to help overcome those challenges, and what she sees for the future.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Eaton Corp., Q&A

July 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

8 Myths About Heavy-Duty Truck Parts

The trucking industry is rife with misperceptions about parts that make it difficult for fleet managers to be sure they are getting the parts they need.

By Denise Rondini

The trucking industry is rife with misconceptions about parts that make it difficult for fleet managers to be sure they are getting the parts they need.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Bendix, Parts and Service

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Independent Aftermarket Getting Poised for the Future

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Fleets want to have as much choice for parts acquisition as possible, so having a strong independent aftermarket is important.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, HDA Truck Pride, Distributors, Auto Parts

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Options for Dealing With the Technician Shortage

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

No matter how well-made trucks are, they are going to break down occasionally, and they will always require maintenance on a regular basis. Enter the need for finding qualified technicians and then retaining them.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Technicians, retention

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Time to Focus on Parts

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

It doesn’t matter how quickly a technician diagnoses a problem; the repair will be put on hold without the right parts.

Tags: Vehicle Repairs, Aftermarket Parts, Parts and Service

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Information Is King for Aftermarket Service Providers

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

The size of the truck parts and service aftermarket has grown to $107 billion and independent parts and service providers are stepping up their game to ensure they have the necessary skills, tools and technology to meet fleets’ needs.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Aftermarket

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Keeping DPFs Clean

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Exhaust gas circulation valves and coolers and DPFs have been around since 2007, but not all fleets have a good understanding of the proper cleaning cycle.

Tags: Emissions, Aftermarket Parts, Diesel Particulate Filter

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Technologies That Will Affect Trucking and the Aftermarket

Bendix's Wingman Fusion collision mitigation system. Image: Bendix

By Denise Rondini

The trucking industry aftermarket is being bombarded with technology, and that trend is not likely to go away any time soon, according to industry analyst Derek Kaufman.

Tags: Downsizing, Aftermarket Parts, Collision Avoidance Technology, Aerodynamics, Truck Platooning, Telematics, Hybrid Trucks, HDAW, Future Trucks, Information Technology

January 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Efforts Under Way to Get More Training to Independent Garages

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Component suppliers and others are making moves to ensure technicians at independent repair garages are well trained.

Tags: Maintenance, Garage, Repair Shops

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

6 Takeaways from 2015 in Truck Parts and Service

Like the driver shortage, the need to find qualified technicians is an ongoing problem. Photo by Paul Hartley

By Denise Rondini

The truck parts and service aftermarket got a lot of attention in 2015, as the focus of many fleets shifted to total cost of operation rather than cost per mile. This shined a bright spotlight on maintenance and repair practices as ways to keep asset utilization high.

Tags: Technicians, Brakes, Remanufactured Parts, Right to Repair, Aftermarket Parts, Counterfeit Parts

December 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: A New View of Truck Repair

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

While truck dealers and other service providers may not be able to do anything to fix the driver shortage, they can play a big role in helping keep trucks on the road longer, which can reduce the need for additional drivers.

Tags: Vehicle Repairs, ACT Research, Technicians, Uptime

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

OEMs Step up Efforts to Help Fleets Improve Total Cost of Ownership

Denise L. Rondini

By Denise Rondini

It seems like truck makers are acknowledging they have fallen short in their efforts to help fleets improve uptime and lower their total cost of ownership.

Tags: Aftermarket, OEMs, Uptime

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Distributor Takes Action on Improving Parts Buying Experience

Photo: Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Action Truck Parts recently moved to a more visual customer experience offering more of a retail approach to parts purchasing.

Tags: Retail Sales, Aftermarket Parts, Customer Satisfaction, Distributors, Parts and Service

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT Top 20 Products of 2015

By HDT Staff

These are the top 20 products from the past year which demonstrated innovation, significance to the industry and potential to improve a trucking operations bottom line.

Tags: Technology, Innovative Equipment, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Leveling the Service Playing Field

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Fleets and independent repair garages will soon have access to service information for model year 2010 and later trucks and buses over 10,000 pounds sold in the United States and Canada.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Engines, Right to Repair, Parts and Service

October 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Trailer Component Supplier Optimistic for the Future

By Denise Rondini

The last few years have been good for suppliers and as new technologies have driven up the value of components.

Tags: Trailers, Supplier, ACT Research, Hendrickson

September 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Replacement Brake Friction Can Affect Stopping Distance

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

There is no requirement that aftermarket linings meet reduced-stopping-distance requirements.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Bendix, Brakes

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

SmartWay List Swells with Cheap Chinese Tires

Will an increasing number of cheap imported tires cause a rise in the amount of roadside tire debris? Photo by Jim Park.

By Jim Park

A massive influx of Chinese tires, some costing $100 or less, has flooded the U.S. EPA's list of SmartWay verified tire in the past year. What does this mean for tire retailers and retreaders, fleets and even the enforcement community?

Tags: China, EPA SmartWay, Tires

August 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: New Life For Old Parts

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

For fleets that are trying to extend the life of their vehicles, recycled or reconditioned parts might be the answer.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket, Volvo Group

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Confusion in the Aftermarket

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

Counterfeit. White box. Gray market. Genuine. Aftermarket. Will fit. Private label. Knock-off. All those terms are used to describe truck parts. That explains why there is confusion and uncertainty in the market.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Parts, Counterfeit Goods

July 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

How Counterfeiting Affects the Aftermarket

Counterfeiting, gray market parts and intellectual property violations can make it hard to know what part is actually in the box you just bought.

By Denise Rondini

Counterfeiting, gray market parts and intellectual property violations can make it hard to know what part is actually in the box you just bought.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Counterfeit Goods

June 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Tracking Truck Health

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

Several truck makers have been promoting uptime through remote diagnostics for a while now. But at this year’s MATS, nearly every OEM talked about their efforts to provide fleets with insight into their vehicle’s health in an effort to increase vehicle uptime.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Downtime, MATS, Safety

May 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: We Can Do Better on Brakes

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

We've long been aware of the inadequacies of air disc brake training, particularly in the United States.

Tags: Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA, Air Brakes

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: It Comes Down to Quality

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

While it seems like price dominates conversations about both parts purchasing and service provider selection, the reality is that it often is not the most important factor.

Tags: Vehicle Quality, Aftermarket Parts, Minimizer

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Explaining the World of Remanufactured Parts

Assemblies are completely torn down and measured and qualified to see if they can be reused. Those that cannot be reused are replaced.

By Denise Rondini

Remanufactured parts are a $7 billion business at retail, which has been growing slowly over the past 30 years but even with this growth, there are some misconceptions about what remanufacturing means and about the quality of reman parts.

Tags: Aftermarket, Remanufacturing, Parts and Service

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The More Things Change

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

2014 and 2015 might be the sweet spot for aftermarket parts and service, in large part due to the average age of the truck population.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, HDAD, Parts and Service

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: It's All About the Brakes

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

Everybody talks about the importance of properly operating brakes, but, unfortunately, the talk doesn't always translate into action.

Tags: Aftermarket, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

5 Ways to Improve Shop Productivity

Reorganizing the shop and optimizing workflow reduces the number of steps technicians have to take when inspecting vehicles.

By Denise Rondini

Every minute a truck is in the shop is a minute it’s not on the road making money. And while there is no way to eliminate all visits to the shop, improving shop efficiency will get trucks in and out faster.

Tags: Maintenance, Productivity, Shop Equipment, Aftermarket

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Leadership in the Age of Disruption

By Denise Rondini

Disruptive times call for innovative business owners to focus on vision, culture and their value proposition, said a business consultant during last week’s Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week.

Tags: Information Technology, HDAD, HDAW, Leadership, Consultants

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Speak Up On Aftermarket Issues

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

It’s that time of year when suppliers, distributors and service providers all gather to talk to each other, share best practices and to discuss the future of the heavy-duty aftermarket.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, HDAD, HDAW

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Coming Soon: Inflation Systems for Drive Axles

A schematic of Dana's Central Tire Inflation System, which is similar to the system the company is developing for the on-highway market.

By Jim Park

Drive axle inflation systems might not be the Holy Grail of truck maintenance, but they are in a position to cure a vexing problem. Tire pressure maintenance is time-consuming and costly, but there's no debating the savings from properly inflated tires. At least four manufacturers have systems in development. At least one is already available.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, Airgo, Tires

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Aftermarket 2014: A Year in Review

While remanufactured brakes have long been used by fleets, many are now including other remanufactured parts in their overall parts strategy. Photo courtesy of Bendix

By Denise Rondini

It’s been a busy year for the heavy-duty aftermarket. With the age of the nation’s fleet still high, fleets are spending a lot of money to keep trucks on the road. Given the importance of maintenance and repair, we'll recap some of the key issues that affected fleets in this area in 2014.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Brakes, Remanufacturing, Capacity

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Air System Maintenance: Focusing on the Compressor

The accompanying video notes that you should take a close look at piston O-rings in the compressor.

By Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

At the heart of a commercial vehicle’s air brake system is its air compressor. Bendix shares troubleshooting tips and how to replace an ESS piston.

Tags: Maintenance, Bendix, Air Compressors, Brakes

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