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Archive for 2012

Hands Free — Eyes Free

Apple is going to make driving with the iPhone safer!

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Mid-Year Update on Top-12

In the corporate world, this is the time frame that companies begin their annual strategic and operating plan processes.

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Future Trucks Need Future Technicians

Each day I am confronted by technology that is difficult to use.  My wife and I recall a Peanuts cartoon from years ago where Snoopy is kicking the side of a computer giving it a “boot.”  I had to do that today when the Pandora subscription on an iPod Touch was not working correctly.  Seems […]

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Might Import-Export Undercut Margins

Within the last decade, I recall North American OEM leaders saying they did not think foreign manufacturers could get a foothold in the class 8 market here. I am beginning to wonder. We already have one Korean manufacturer making inroads. This week I read of an Indian manufacturer wanting to get 20% of its sales […]

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Stop the Engines!

If you are getting more than 15% idle time on your trucks, you are getting too much!

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Fire in the Hole!!!

That’s a warning in mining that an explosion is about to occur.  It came to mind last week while I was doing some research on fuel economy.  At the same time, my son reminded me of a short saying attributed to Sam Parker in his “212 Book.” “At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 […]

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Which Came First–Technology Issues or People Issues?

A classic question is, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Of course, there is no real answer to the question.  However, it would seem the answer is more obvious when we ask, “Which came first, technology issues or people issues?” It must be clear that people existed first and had to work both […]

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The Wheels Keep Turning — Freightliner REVOLUTION Innovation Truck

Freightliner announced its new innovation and concept vehicle, the REVOLUTION, at the MidAmerica Trucking Show today.  It’s got some novel features, is light weight, has good aerodynamics, even for a short cab, and is a match for the move toward more day cabs, but with the occasional need to have the driver rest.  Check it […]

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Garbage In — Garbage Out — We Need Good Input from Service Technicians

The work is never done until the “paperwork” is done.  Today, that paperwork is, more often than not, some information put into the computer for others to analyze.  Unfortunately, getting good information into the computer is difficult.  The service technician may not remember everything he did over the 1-10 hours that the repair took.  His […]

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Keep that Alternator Turning as you Slow Down the Vehicle

Something to watch for in the coming years is the health of the starting/charging system and the charge on the batteries.  About a decade ago, as emissions legislation came into play and engines were being changed, they slowed down the revs of the engine and improved the low speed torque capability.  We went from high […]

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