Heil – a maker of refuse collection bodies – has introduced the Service Shack video series, featuring step-by-step maintenance instructions in English, Spanish, and French.
KITCHENER, ON – Wabash Canada, the Eastern Canada dealership for Wabash National semi-trailers, is branding its growing fleet maintenance business as GoRight.
MISSISSAUGA, ON – Maximizing profitability in an industry where margins can be thin comes down to just one thing: time.
Panelists at the Surface Transportation Summit had differing views about where fleets could make the best use of their time to convert it into dollars and cents, but both agreed that the old adage is true: time is money.
“Time in trucking is a perishable commodity,” said Brian Abel, a freight network engineer for KSM Transport Advisors.
Abel and fellow panelist Mike Buck, president of MCB Management Consulting, spoke about different ways fleets could save time by being proactive and rooting out waste.
Buck presented ways fleets could capitalize on being proactive about maintenance, creating a schedule that would mean less downtime, would control costs, and would maximize the efficiency of equipment.
Maintenance is a fact of life whether it involves a preventive oil change or roadside repair. But the question of whether the work should be completed in a fleet shop or by a subcontractor will be a matter of careful number crunching and personal preference.
ELGIN, IL – SKF has released an online video showing how to inspect and replace a U-joint on a commercial vehicle, using the rear driveshaft U-joint on a 2017 Freightliner Cascadia for the demonstration.
NASHVILLE, TN – PIT Group has unveiled Fleet Efficiency Review, a comprehensive analysis of fleet maintenance practices.
Dana’s cloud-based Rhombus TireAnalytics platform has been unveiled to offer added visibility into tire maintenance and management – complete with actual pictures of worn treads.
It’s not quite the “blue screen of death” that appear on troubled Windows computers, but an engine fault indicator still means a bad day is about to get worse – especially if it means a parked regen. Few drivers or fleets can afford more than an hour to solve a problem that should have been addressed earlier.
Aftertreatment systems are one of the most expensive maintenance items on today’s trucks. Parts are costly, the associated downtime can be crippling, and many people are still confused about how to care for the systems, even though the equipment has been in the field for eight years.
Tractor and trailer air systems may be among the least proactively maintained parts of trucks. Put another way, fleets tend to ignore them until there’s a problem.
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Alexander may be the most passionate person on the planet when it comes to hydraulic oil. That’s why he gets so frustrated when he sees operators without a high quality filter or gauge. After all, he says, 70% of all hydraulic oil failures are due to lowdown dirty oil.
Kirk Altrichter, vice president – maintenance for Nebraska-based Crete Carrier, says the ability to gather maintenance data in real time is nothing short of amazing. The secret, he said during a keynote address at the inaugural Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit, is to decide where to focus your attention.
Yves Provencher, manager of PIT Group by FP Innovations, is a clear believer in testing new vehicle technologies. “Testing technology on your truck is not an option,” he told delegates during the inaugural Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit. “You need to invest with confidence … instead of trying it for months and months.”
The electronic revolution is a reality in the trucking industry. Electronic Control Modules now feed data from engines and transmissions alike. Maintenance software can spit out reams of reports, measuring just about every imaginable operating parameter. As important as all the underlying data can be, however, the secret is to turn it into actionable information.
TORONTO, ON – Today is the nomination deadline for the 2016 Canadian Fleet Maintenance Manager of the Year award.
QUEBEC CITY, QC – Ten of Quebec’s 12 Worst Roads of 2015 have or soon will be repaired, says CAA-Quebec.
More than $500 million has been invested in the maintenance of the roads on the list, primarily Route 389.