Chuck Blake and Bob Wessels hardly need an introduction, but for the record, Chuck was Detroit Diesel's senior technical support manager when he retired in 2018, and Bob was the assistant chief engineer and a project manager at Caterpillar when he retired in 2006. Together, they charted new territory in fuel economy testing and validation. Under the auspices of the ATA's Technology and Maintenance Council, Bob and Chuck, along with several other partners in crime, basically wrote the book on fuel testing, producing the TMC/SAE Type II (RP 1102) "In-Service Fuel Consumption Test Procedure.” As TMC's Robert Braswell writes, they recognized the need for "real world" testing supported by real science that fleets could believe, use, and understand. In this episode, Bob and Chuck share some of the lessons they learned and few tales from the fuel-economy testing trenches.
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Last year, 2020, was a train wreck and 2021 got off to a pretty interesting start. What's ahead in 2021, or in the four years to come of the Biden administration? HDT's editorial team of Deborah Lockridge, David Cullen, Jack Roberts and Jim Park cast a relieved eye back at 2020 and wary eye ahead at 2021.
If you're a typical small fleet in North America, you may think you're not big enough to attract a hacker's attention. You may think cyber-attacks happen only to big fleets because they have more of what interests the hackers. But according to our guest, Kevin Linardic of Carrier Logistics Incorporated, you'd be dead wrong.
What some are calling an insurance crisis is driving up operating costs and forcing fleets to change driver hiring and training practices. Andrew Ladebauche and Brian Runnels, both of Reliance Partners, unpack the challenge and explain how fleets can minimize the financial hit at renewal time.
Adam Lang is Halvor Lines' chief risk officer. He came to this industry just eight years ago. In that short time, he established himself as a leader and collaborator at Halvor Lines. In recognition of his efforts and enthusiasm, Adam was named HDT's Safety & Compliance Award winner for 2020.
Season 5 of HDT Talks Trucking dives into a couple of current industry concerns truck insurance and cybersecurity. HDT's editorial team looks back at the year we'd all like to forget and we look forward to what we can expect from 2021. We meet Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine's Safety & Compliance Award winner for 2020, and HDT's 2020 Emerging Leaders. Also, two former competitors who became close friends share a few tales from the pioneering days of fuel economy testing.
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