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September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Shell: New Engine Oil Categories Making the Grade

Since 2011 the company has amassed 60 million test miles on CK-4 formulations, and 50 million miles of tests involving the High Temperature High Shear (HTHS) formulas required by FA-4 specifications. Photo: Shell

A new generation of engine oils is in the North American market, passing a battery of tests developed for specific engine brands. But the work of convincing buyers about the related features and benefits of CK-4 and FA-4 oils continues.

Tags: Maintenance, Shell, Fuel Efficiency, Engine Oil, Shell Rotella, PC-11

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

FedEx Freight Dominates 2017 TMC SuperTech Competition

FedEx Freight technician Mark McLean said he hopes to one day move into fleet management and share his knowledge and experience with young, up-and-coming technicians.

FedEx Freight technician Mark McLean came away with an unprecedented third TMC SuperTech title at the 2017 competition held in Orlando, Florida.

Tags: Maintenance, TMC, Technician Training, Technicians, TMC SuperTech

September 15, 2017 - Industry News

Love’s Acquires Speedco from Bridgestone Americas

Photo via Love's Travel Stops

Love’s Travel Stops and Bridgestone Americas reached an agreement for Love’s to purchase Speedco, a national network of service locations that provides quick lube and inspection services to the trucking industry.

Tags: Maintenance, Love's Travel Stops, Parts and Service, Truck Stops

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Vipar Heavy Duty, Meritor Establish Long-Term Alliance

Vipar Heavy Duty and Meritor announced a new long-term agreement to offer Meritor’s products through the Vipar Heavy Duty network and its family of companies.

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

August 24, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Connected Diagnostics Available Through Zonar

Image courtesy of Cummins

Zonar and Cummins Inc. announced the availability of Cummins Connected Diagnostics to customers using Zonar's smart fleet management solution, delivering critical information to operations managers that can help optimize the performance of their fleets.

Tags: Telematics, Cummins, Vehicle Diagnostics, Zonar, Maintenance

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

Love's Adds Oil Changes to Tire Care Facilities

Photo: Love's

Love’s Truck Tire Care has made diesel engine motor oil changes available at more than 130 locations.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Oil Change, Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops, Maintenance

August 16, 2017 - Industry News

Data Fuels TMW's Predictive Maintenance Software

The new TMT predictive maintenance system uses the PeopleNet Mobile Gateway. Photo: PeopleNet

TMT's new Predict.Fault Code is a maintenance application designed to predict engine and aftertreatment component failures up to three days in advance. HDT's Jim Beach digs deeper with this report from the TMW/PeopleNet user conference.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, TMW Systems, Predictive Analytics, Maintenance, Software

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

TMW Introduces TMT Predictive Maintenance Software

TMW Systems introduced a predictive maintenance application, TMT Predict.Fault Code, that helps fleets anticipate and address potential vehicle breakdowns and other unscheduled service needs before they occur.

Tags: Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Fleet Management Software, TMW Systems, Predictive Analytics

July 21, 2017 - Industry News

FleetPride Expands with New Orleans Location

FleetPride employees celebrate the opening of the company&#39;s first New Orleans branch.<br />Photo: FleetPride

The new FleetPride New Orleans branch is located at 6500 Powell Street. An official grand opening ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, September 14.

Tags: Maintenance, fleet management, FleetPride

July 20, 2017 - Product News

Federal-Mogul Boosts Air Disc Brake Production Capacity

Abex ADBHD1369 also comes with a complete installation hardware kit and meets global ISO performance and wear standards.<br />Photo: Federal-Mogul

Federal-Mogul's Abex ADBHD1369 air disc brake pads will now be produced at an ISO/TS 16949:2009-certified manufacturing facility in Glasgow, Kentucky.

Tags: Maintenance, Air Brakes, Brake Parts, Safety, Air Disc Brakes

June 30, 2017 - Product News

Bosch Debuts Class 4-8 Diagnostic Scan Tool

The Bosch HDS 200 Heavy Duty Scan Tool Kit displays and graphs live data from SAE standard MIDS/PIDS along with on-screen definitions of diagnostic trouble codes. Photo: Bosch

The new HDS 200 is is designed to be an easy-to-use, cost-effective solution for technicians working on Class 4 - 8 trucks. It's ruggedized and features a color display with clear diagnostic trouble codes.

Tags: Maintenance, Diagnostics, Bosch

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

SAF Holland Refocuses on Aftermarket Parts

SAF Holland is bringing its electronic catalog up to date and focusing on field sales and timely order fulfilment. Photo: SAF Holland

SAF Holland is committed to building a world class aftermarket parts fulfillment program, with new initiatives aimed at easy use, and fast turn-around times.

Tags: Maintenance, Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket, Technicians, SAF Holland

June 28, 2017 - Product News

Stertil-Koni Combines Touch-Screen Controls with Ecolift

The ebright Smart Control Lift allows Ecolift technicians to track data and measure lift height from their console.

Tags: Lift, Stertil-Koni, Vehicle Lifts, Maintenance

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

TechSpedite Offers Expedited New-Technician Training

New technicians progress based on what they&#39;ve learned. Photo: Pro-Mech Learning Systems.

One company has developed a program aimed at tackling the technician shortage, with an expedited training program promising to create work-ready technicians.

Tags: Maintenance, Technician Shortage, Technician Training, Technicians, Maintenance Management

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

Webinar Explores Benefits of Outsourcing Fleet Maintenance

Source: Ryder System, Inc.

Listen in as fleet managers discuss their experience with outsourcing and how it has affected their cost control, quality of service, and vehicle uptime.

Tags: Maintenance, Outsourcing, Webinar

April 25, 2017 - Industry News

Productivity Gains Linked to In-House Maintenance

During a recent survey with trucking fleets, there was a strong indication that fleets with current maintenance capabilities can improve productivity by bringing additional work in house.

Tags: Maintenance, Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Maintenance Facilities

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Tread Rubber and Repair Group Puts Recommended Practices Online

Image via TRMG

The Tread Rubber and Tire Repair Materials Manufacturers Group has completed additional recommended practices for retreading and repairing tires and is making them available online through the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau.

Tags: Maintenance, Tires, Rubber, Retreads

March 31, 2017 - Industry News

CK-4 and FA-4 Engine Oils on Store Shelves Now, API Says

The organization has licensed about 400 CK-4 oils and more than 60 FA-4 oils submitted by marketers, making the robust new classifications available to operators of new and older diesels.

Tags: Maintenance, Diesel Engines, Engine Oil, API

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

Isuzu's Diesel Engine Durability Upped to 375,000 Miles

Photo courtesy of ICTA.

The B10 durability rating of the 4HK1-TC diesel engine that powers Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. cabovers has been increased to 375,000 miles, the company has announced at the NTEA's Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Isuzu, Cabovers, Diesel Engines, Maintenance, Isuzu N-Series, Isuzu FTR

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

FTR, CKCVR Issue Maintenance Benchmarking Study

FTR and CK Commercial Vehicle Research have released a comprehensive benchmarking study that examines fleet maintenance practices in heavy- and medium-duty fleets.

Tags: Maintenance, Survey, FTR, CKCVR

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

Bendix Launches Online Trucking Industry Resource

Screenshot via Knowledge-Dock.com

Bendix has launched a new center of commercial vehicle information at its website safertrucks.com, centered around a new multimedia center called the Knowledge Dock.

Tags: Maintenance, Online Tool, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Safety

October 12, 2016 - Product News

VehicleDowntimeView Helps Measure and Manage Downtime

Image via ARI

Fleet services provider ARI has developed a technology called VehicleDowntimeView that measures how long a vehicle is out of service and provides data to manage the reduction of a fleet’s total downtime.

Tags: Maintenance, ARI, Vehicle Tracking, Downtime

September 28, 2016 - Industry News

Love’s Expands Truck Maintenance Program to all Locations

Photo: Love&#39;s

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has announced it will expand its truck maintenance program at all travel stop locations nationwide.

Tags: Maintenance, Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops

September 26, 2016 - Industry News

Report: Small Fleets Keep Trucks Nearly Twice as Long as Large Fleets

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A study jointly produced by FTR and CK Commercial Vehicle Research is now available, examining heavy duty vehicle usage, maintenance practices and replacement parts purchasing activity.

Tags: Maintenance, Vehicle Purchasing, Survey, CK Commercial Vehicle Research, FTR

June 9, 2016 - Product News

SAF-Holland: New P89 Air Disc Brakes to Cost Little More than Drums

Base P89 air disc brake weighs about the same and costs not much more than trailer drum brakes, company executives say. P89 Plus includes a beefier rotor that resists heat distortion, and should be maintenance-free for seven years. Photos: SAF-Holland.

CORRECTED -- SAF-Holland says a new P89 air disc brake for trailers will reduce the price premium compared to drum brakes, and an upgraded P89 Plus will virtually eliminate brake maintenance for seven years.

Tags: Maintenance, Trailers, SAF-Holland, Air Brakes

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