Jeff Harris, vice president, maintenance, USA Truck, is TMC's 2018 Chairman. Photo: USA Truck


Q&A: TMC Chairman Jeff Harris to Focus on Technicians

This year's chairman of ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council says it all starts with truck technicians. Read our interview with USA Truck's Jeff Harris.

As truck OEMs use more advanced materials for body surfaces, education and training has become vital for body and paint technicians. Photo: 3M


Keeping Truck Bodies Repaired Is Good for the Bottom Line

Keeping truck cabs in good repair has always been good for a fleet’s image. And today, it’s good for the bottom line as well.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the trucking industry will need an estimated 67,000 new technicians and 75,000 diesel engine specialists by 2022. Photo: Ryder


The Battle for Diesel Technicians

As fleets face off against the growing technician shortage, the need grows for partnerships with educational institutions and enhanced recruiting and retention efforts.

Mercedes Benz vans has developed potential logistics concepts involving electric vans, robots, drones, and smart autonomous loading systems. Photo: Mercedes-Benz


What Do Final Mile Trends Mean for Equipment and Maintenance Managers?

As urban centers increasingly battle problems with pollution and congestion while e-commerce grows by leaps and bounds, we’ll see changing technologies in last-mile logistics – and changing maintenance challenges.

A truck driver may not know when to address a DPF regen warning, which can costs fleets days of downtime if it requires advanced service. Photo: Jim Park


How Drivers Can Make or Break Truck Aftertreatment System Maintenance

Parked forced regenerations of diesel particulate filters continue to frustrate and confuse drivers. Drivers under time constraints often tempt fate and continue their journeys, ignoring regen requests.

A new generation of wheel sensors may soon be transmitting surprising new types of operational information via tire telematics to fleet managers. Photo: Maxion


Tire Telematics: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Sensors in tires and other wheel-end components are ready to move beyond optimizing tire management programs in some very surprising ways.

Denise Rondini, HDT Contributing Aftermarket Editor, says 3D printing could affect how you buy parts and even freight patterns.


Truck Parts Coming to a 3D Printer Near You

3D-printed parts could be one of the biggest trends in 2018 and beyond. We could see a future where every supplier in some capacity will have an additive manufacturing program, says Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini.

Aftertreatment system maintenance is easier when you stay ahead of the demand.


What You Should Know About Aftertreatment System Maintenance

We appear to be learning from our mistakes in aftertreatment system maintenance, but we still have a way to go before we’re at peace with the things.

Gerry Mead, center, former senior VP of maintenance for U.S. Xpress and now with Phillips Industries, and Ernie Sibbick, right, maintenance supervisor at Keith Hall & Sons Transport, discuss the parts and service needs of today's fleets. Photo courtesy Today's Trucking


How Fleets Are Looking to Outsource Maintenance and Repairs

Fleets say they want to outsource more of their maintenance and repair, but continue to do much of it in-house as they try to find service providers that can meet their needs.

The original name of the company was H.W. Phillips Co. Photo: Phillips Industries


Q&A: Phillips Industries, From Signal Arms to Autonomous Trucks

Phillips Industries is celebrating 90 years in business. We talk to its third- and fourth-generation leadership to learn more about the history of the company and how it's looking ahead to wireless technology, autonomous trucks and more.


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