Archive for the ‘TMC’ Category

I Don’t Care—Not One IoTa, But Many BACK from the EDGE

I’m amazed at what I am learning about business and transportation by observing my 14-month-old grandson. . . . I’ve learned the importance of positive motivation and correcting bad behavior. I’ve learned that we are wired from birth—it’s all about identifying everything, keeping information on everything, moving everything faster, better, cheaper from . . .

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Born Ready Anthem

I was probably born ready to be a technical type of person and very different from my wife. Certainly I made choices along the way, but they seem to have been in the direction of technical items. Mack Trucks was born ready to move things. Their new Anthem model is worth hearing about in their new song. What are you born ready to do? What’s your anthem?

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Lean, Green, Mean, Freight-Hauling Machines

I have tech in my blood, and it must be green. . . . I watch the Blue Bloods cop show and the blue-bloods of Downton Abbey, I bleed red blood . . . It’s all about being green to save time, save lives, and save fuel.

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Keep Up-To-Date

On April 29, I’ll be discussing Over The Air updates to computers. You can listen in to the free webinar (http://bit.ly/1CZz2s4) put on by the Technology and Maintenance Council , a trade association I’ve been part of for more than 25 years now. The focus will be on updating the software in the many computers on a car or truck. That got me to thinking about all the other things we do to keep up-to-date, and some of the problems. Let’s look at it in the areas of software, physical, personal, and professional.

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Future Truck Ideas are Here Today.

The future truck to be produced in 2025, can be seen today. Items that are concepts and prototypes are what we will see in 12 years or more from now.

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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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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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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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