How do truck OEMs develop effective aerodynamic vehicle designs to further improve fuel economy?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Under the direction of George Survant, a highly effective fleet services operation is helping ensure success at Florida Power & Light Co.