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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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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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