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Fuel economy: aerodynamics

How do truck OEMs develop effective aerodynamic vehicle designs to further improve fuel economy?

The future is now

As this year draws to an end, let’s talk about the future.

Detroit Diesel DD15 unveiled

After nearly five years and $1.5 billion in development, the new heavy-duty Detroit Diesel DD15 engine was introduced last week at the Detroit Diesel plant. The DD15 displaces 14.8L, and is a 6-cylinder, in-line design. It is intended for all heavy-duty, North American truck and coach applications, and features improved fuel economy and enhanced performance, the maker says.

We’re ready to stop

Although the government keeps delaying the implementation of new stopping distance regulations, suppliers have been active in developing products that will help fleets minimize costs related to compliance when the regulations are finally enacted.

Parts ordering made easy

If someone handed you a clean version of your parts list, which included a cross referencing of all numbers with OE/supplier numbers clearly matched and merged – and it provided the ability to ensure that only the parts specified on the list were to be ordered – what would it be worth to you?

Oliver Rubber introduces premium tread

Oliver Rubber Co. recently introduced a new premium retread – the Vantage Drive. The company said it features a new, technologically advanced tread compound called “Black Armor,” which offers the benefits found in premium truck tires.

Paving the way

Supplier relationships, effective equipment choices key at Pavestone

Shop productivity

Productivity in truck fleet maintenance operations is affected by many factors, including equipment choices, shop design and layout. In particular, the proper selection of lifts can have a significant impact.

Paying off

Under the direction of George Survant, a highly effective fleet services operation is helping ensure success at Florida Power & Light Co.