March 18, 2014
Maintaining a mobile maintenance program adds another layer of complexity into the traditional maintenance program mix. It's hard for many fleets to scale their internal processes to ensure remote assets are being repaired and maintained via the same best practices that are afforded to their on-site vehicles.
March 17, 2014
Fleets try to do a good job of keeping their trucks in top operating condition, and most recognize that maintenance plays an important role in achieving that goal. Still there are some things that get overlooked by even the most seasoned fleet manager.
March 14, 2014
Phony designer handbags…fake Rolex watches…buy these without realizing it and you’ll undoubtedly overpay for inferior products. Your wallet and your ego will both take a hit, but you’ll survive. But if you purchase fake aftermarket truck parts, the results can be disastrous.
March 12, 2014
Michelin Americas Truck Tires announced Michelin Truck Care, a national network of mechanical service providers for trucks with dedicated fleet maintenance managers and technicians, along with standardized services that are audited by Michelin.
Frito-Lay’s Mike O’Connell leads a team that focuses on adapting the best leading-edge technologies for its specific needs.
When Bill Bliem became vice president of maintenance at NFI five years ago, his first priority was to get maintenance costs under control.
March 10, 2014
TMC, NASHVILLE -- Need to know how your fleet stacks up against your peers and competitors? Vehicle maintenance and service analytics provider, Decisiv, has rolled out a new concept in benchmarking it calls a "Service Scorecard."
TMC, NASHVILLE -- Focusing only on the component with the complaint often misses the actual root cause, but Noregon's whole-truck approach can find it. Noregon Systems launched a multi-brand vehicle diagnostics and repair product, First Step Service Advisor.
February 24, 2014
There’s no shortage of readers who want me to intervene on their behalf because they’ve been victimized in some way. At least that’s how they describe their plight. Maybe it’s a “lemon” of a truck, possibly a contract dispute, sometimes a fight with an idiotic bureaucracy. For reasons I don’t always understand, they think I’m a consumer watchdog of some sort. I’m not.
February 4, 2014
A tire service technician was killed when he was run over by the truck he was working on. Could more regulations have prevented the tragedy? Possibly, but so could better communication and a little more awareness of what goes on in a repair shop, says Equipment Editor Jim Park in his On the Road blog.
January 29, 2014
Meritor has long positioned itself as a provider of information and training, but has gone one step further developing two Nissan high-roof NV3500 trucks that will deliver onsite product and systems education to fleets, warehouse distributors and independent service garages in the United States and Canada.
January 28, 2014
Truck dealers and fleet managers need to work together to smooth maintenance on complex trucks so the industry can continue to grow, Philip Byrd, 2014 chairman of the American Trucking Associations, told an audience at the American Truck Dealers’ annual convention in New Orleans on Sunday.
January 16, 2014
The wrath of winter’s impact on heavy-duty diesel engines across North America has been thoroughly tested so far this year. For many of those stranded during the winter cold snap, it was decisions made about what to do (or what not to do) with their antifreeze/coolant systems that may have sealed their fate.
January 14, 2014
Polar Service Centers, a national network of tank trailer parts and service locations, has named Gary Murphy director of business development for the northern half of the United States.
January 7, 2014
Senior Editor Tom Berg looks at a photo of a frigid scene in North Dakota and spots a lone semitrailer, parked perhaps with a load of processed feed, waiting to be offloaded. He wondered, will that trailer even roll? The photo sparked a conversation with a North Dakota trailer dealer for his Trailer Talk blog.
December 11, 2013
Winter temps can freeze all kinds of mechanical apparatus, including tractor fifth wheels. So it’s a good time to clean, inspect and grease these important appliances, but not the only time.
November 8, 2013
The right parts and service decisions can help you meet on-time delivery goals with customers, improve your cost per mile, reduce downtime, improve utilization, better your CSA scores, even help retain drivers and cut turnover.
October 23, 2013
Master Fleet, Green Bay, Wisc. announced service offerings for partial to full outsourcing of fleet maintenance during the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.
October 14, 2013
When it comes to maintaining your dry van hardwood or composite trailer floor, fleet maintenance managers should follow the Boy Scout motto: Be prepared.
October 9, 2013
Every fleet knows how important oil is to the proper operation of their vehicles, but how can they determine if upgrading to a premium oil makes sense for them?
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