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Archive for 2012

Could We Convert to 24 Volts DC in North America? Should We?

Any of the suppliers of starters, alternators and batteries knows that I wanted to offer 24 volts as a production option before I retired.  In case you think I missed that, don’t.  I was telling people at TMC a couple of weeks ago that in trucking you don’t retire — you retread.  I may not […]

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Slow Down, You Move Too Fast–You’ve Got to Make the Diesel Last

With the cost of fuel, the impact of the CAFE regulations, and the expectation that NHTSA will regulate speed limiters soon, it seems obvious that we should slow down.  This week the Truckload Carriers Association endorsed a 65 mile per hour speed limit.  Previously, ATA endorsed a similar limit.  The National Private Truck Council has […]

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CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) causes Fleets to Add Trucks

One of my Top-12 for this year is the impact of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulation called CSA for Compliance, Safety and Accountability. (Don’t you think they could have come up with something different given that CSA means one thing in the department’s name and another in the regulation?) That aside, I […]

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Future Truck & Far Horizons — Need Your Ideas

Last week I volunteered to work with Duke Drinkard, retired from Southeastern Freight Lines, on the Future Truck and Far Horizons activities.  Future Truck is geared to looking at things in the next 5 years or so, while Far Horizons is looking out more than 10 years.  That may seem like a long time out, […]

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Condition Based Maintenance Technology is Here TODAY!

At TMC last week, I was given a chance to talk to the Future Task Force on Condition Based Maintenance.  I argued that the technology has been around for over 30 years now, having formed the basis for CAT scanners, MRI scanning, various processes in automotive and aerospace manufacturing and even in the more recently […]

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Fleets Evaluate 60 Technologies to Save Fuel

Yesterday I attended a press release for the North American Council for Fuel Efficiency. You can learn more at www.nacfe.org Fleets, some OEM’s and others have banded together to review real world results for different technologies, track the growth of usage and share best practices. Membership is low cost, and the cost of the first […]

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Technology & Maintenance Council this week

The annual Spring TMC meeting is this week. I will be putting out quite a few new blog entries as I attend meetings and visit the booths in the trade show. Check back regularly for new information, or subscribe to the RSS feed.

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We Need BOTS DOTS that are Landing Lights

I had an opportunity to be driving in my home state of Michigan today, after dark, in wet snow falling heavily at around the freezing point.  I drove 50 miles at about 40 miles an hour on slippery roads.  It was impossible to determine where the lane markings were for anyone–so we just made up […]

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Think of the U.S.A. as One Big Factory and Apply LEAN Principles

While studying the issues at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach a couple of years ago, it occurred to me that what we do to apply LEAN principles in our factories to decrease wait time, decrease work in process (WIP) and everything else, can be applied on a bigger scale to the movement […]

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The Challenge for Truck Instrumentation

With the new hands free regulations, increasing use of safety and telematics systems, and the future requirement for hours of service recorders, there is a challenge for a truck OEM to solve.

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