How important is resale value when writing specifications for new tractors? What premium systems and components raise the resale value of tractors?
For petroleum carrier Harris Transportation, specifying the right components is a critical element of success
As a veteran fleet manager, Jim Cade knows that effective equipment decisions are essential to the ongoing success of any trucking operation.
Durability. Cost. Image. Three main factors in fleet decisions about trailer specifications that are directly affected by a common enemy – corrosion. From the roofline to structural members, suspensions, axles, landing gear and upper-couplers, constant bombardment by moisture and debris – as well as exposure to road salts and other de-icing materials – makes specifying trailers for corrosion protection of utmost concern to fleet managers. Equally aware of the challenge are trailer, system and component manufacturers, who are addressing the problems caused by corrosion with new technologies and processes.
Backing accidents are quite common, according to David Money, technical director, transportation services, at Liberty Mutual Group’s Research Institute for Safety. “They account for 15 percent of all commercial motor vehicle accidents,” he says, “and while less expensive than other types of accidents because they generally happen at slow speeds, their frequency and the potential for serious consequences make it imperative to provide drivers with the best-possible visibility when backing.”
Under the direction of George Survant, a highly effective fleet services operation is helping ensure success at Florida Power & Light Co.
As record-high fuel prices continue to impact the bottom lines of all types of trucking operations, fleet managers are taking a much closer look at all of the factors that contribute to fuel efficiency.
True dedication – A concerted effort by AAA Cooper Transportation and its suppliers improves equipment and maintenance programs
When asked what things have contributed most to the success of equipment and maintenance programs in the nearly 29 years he’s been with AAA Cooper Transportation, Robert Floyd, director of maintenance, is quick to answer. “From our senior management to our newest employees,” he says, “there are many dedicated people, too many to mention, in fact.
If improving the productivity and efficiency of maintenance operations is an important part of any fleet manager’s job, one key to meeting this challenge is closely considering specifications for shop air and lubricant systems.
While systems and components on commercial vehicles are carefully specified to maximize efficiency on the road, the specification choices fleets make also can greatly impact productivity during loading and unloading operations.
With nearly 6,000 trucks in operation across North America, On The Move Trucks is satisfying the needs of a growing number of customers.
Founded 60 years ago to transport fuel oil in the Midwest, Transport Service Co. (TSC) has grown and diversified into one of the largest tank truck carriers in the United States. Today, the Oak Brook, Ill.-based motor carrier conducts business through a Chemical Division that provides tank truck services to chemical manufacturers, and a Food Grade Division focused on serving manufacturers of bulk liquid food products.