We know it’s not easy to keep up with everything that happens in the world of trucking. So here are the biggest stories from June focused on the latest truck trends, all in one place.
5. Fleets are saving money maintaining quality with remanufactured engines and transmissions
“Of course, trucks are the lifeblood of any successful fleet—it’s an investment and a livelihood, and a fleet manager needs to be confident when investing in a remanufactured engine, transmission or axle. To build that confidence, he or she needs to understand the remanufacturing process, the quality of the parts being used and the warranty options that come with it.”
Buying used or refurbished products is commonplace for almost any type of product. But how can buyers—in this case, fleet managers—ensure that they are maintaining quality along with their cost savings? Associate Editor Alex Crissey looks at the reman process and the engine and transmission products offered.
4. Integrated safety systems are living up to the hype
“Mandating stability control and safety systems for heavy trucks began several years ago with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) test analysis, which revealed that a large percentage of heavy truck crashes are rollover-related and can be mitigated by stability control interventions. During that period, braking system suppliers began testing new braking and stability control systems and rolled out products in advance of the mandate, which they have been enhancing ever since.”
Integrated safety systems are growing in prominence with each passing year, and the technology behind them continues to update and evolve just as quickly. In this feature, Editor-at-Large Carol Birkland looks at the latest in safety system technology.
3. Fleets are diving in to the data details of inspection reports
“With the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issuing the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Final Rule, fleets are taking a long look at technology solutions to track hours-of-service (HOS), but they are also going a step further to ask, ‘What else can it do?'”
Technology solution providers are integrating eDVIR solutions into their overall fleet management software suite. Editor Jason Morgan explains why and how these eDVIRs help fleets keep on top of their truck inspections.
2. The 48-volt revolution
“Today’s trucks are the most sophisticated trucks to date; there are still efficiency gains to be found, but fleet managers might have to adjust how they think about where to find those gains, including rethinking some old truck traditions. Take electrical systems, for instance—the 12-volt systems that have been used for decades are still tried and true. However, ’48-volt electrical systems may represent great potential to save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,’ according to a recent report published by ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) report.”
Electrical systems may be on the verge of a wholesale change; Alex Crissey spoke with TMC’s Ross Froat on the potential switch to 48-volt electrical systems, the benefits of the 48-volt systems, and the challenges of switching.
1. Fleet Equipment launches FEOnTheRoad.com
OK, so maybe we’re cheating a little bit here; this isn’t exactly a truck trend. But it is a trend that we’re very excited about: a new home for all the videos in Fleet Equipment‘s On the Road series. At this point, we’ve nearly reached the 30 episode mark, and it was time the series got its own shiny new home. This new website has every episode—from our debut episode on the Mack Granite to the most recent on IMI’s Equal Flexx balancer—as well as related content pertaining to each episode. Watch them all here, and then make sure to bookmark the page as we’ll be adding all our new episodes to that site.