Retaining tomorrow’s technician
The importance of attracting and retaining young technicians is increasing as more and more of the technician work force moves closer to retirement. The mass media seems eager to remind us that the leading edge of the “baby boomer” generation, which currently comprises the largest percentage of the nation’s work force , begins turning 60 this year.
Equipment Technology – Stretching Tire $$$
After fuel, tires are a fleet’s largest expenditure. Yet so many fleets tend to under-budget and under-manage this cost center. In fact, many fleets still treat tire management as an entry-level position and appoint the newest and least-experienced technicians to handle these expensive assets.
Spec’ing for Safety Rear-Vision Technologies
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.”
Lubrication on the go
Does the idea of improving vehicle availability intrigue you? Just a bit? Then how about improving vehicle availability while cutting your PM expenses? Getting a bit more interested? If you’d like to try it, you might consider spec’ing centralized lubrication systems when you next purchase vehicles.
Fuel economy: Tires
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.
Tracking assets, managing business
The ability and systems to track trailers has been around for about 10 years. During those years, a number of things have occurred that have made trailer-tracking, or asset-tracking, more widely accepted and of greater value in our industry.
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.
We’re not in the maintenance business
This fleet manager knows it’s important to do his homework when it’s time to request proposals from his lessors. Safety, vehicle accessibility and maintenance schedules are all in the RFP.
Trailer undercarriage options
The underside of trailers the components that make up the suspension system are continuing to evolve. In the last few years the industry has seen the addition of unitized hubs and more widespread specifying of air ride suspensions for a broader range of applications.
TMC Marks 50th Anniversary
Progress in data communications and vehicle reporting maintenance standards have been impressive, according to executives reflecting on some of the recent accomplishments of the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) of the American Trucking Assns. as it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Fuel Economy & Weight Savings
For bulk haulers, the premise is simple: Weight savings transfers to payload and every pound that can be spec’ed out of a vehicle’s overall weight without sacrificing durability, reliability or safety is an extra pound of revenue generating freight.