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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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Top 12 Truck Electronics Issues — A Year’s Worth of Subjects

I sat down last week and made a quick list of top issues, as I see it, for trucking, where electronics are involved. I will try to explore each of these topics, one per month. If you have comments on any of them or a preference for which items should be dealt with first, please […]

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Electrical Gremlins

I am old enough to remember that a Gremlin is a small car made by American Motors before it was acquired by Chrysler. That’s how they got the famous Jeep brand. Yesterday, in the Wall Street Journal, “Revitalized Detroit Makes Bold Bets on New Models” by Jeff Bennett and Neal E. Boudette, I read about […]

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Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Just before the new year, FMCSA issued their revised (again) regulations for Hours of Service. Just enough changes, or not enough, to make everyone still uncomfortable with the regulations. Hours of Service recorders are now delayed until the middle of 2013 as I understand it. But, someone mentioned legislation in Congress that could override that […]

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Here to Serve

Technology is meant to serve the needs and desires of people–not rule them. I spent some time Thursday morning watching our recycling get picked up. Surprisingly, it was a Sterling low cab forward, right hand drive. It was obvious that the cab had a monitor for watching the camera mounted in the bin to be […]

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