Over 1,600 Trucks Placed Out of Service in Surprise Brake Inspection Event

By Team Writer / October 1, 2019

On 15 May, a coalition of US and Canadian law enforcement organizations operating under the auspices of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, carried out over 10,000 safety inspections aimed at identifying defective brakes. About 16 percent of the vehicles tested across the 55 participating localities turned out to have serious brake problems. As a result, 1,600 vehicles were taken out of service so their brake problems could be resolved. Common issues identified included changes, twisted or damaged brake hoses or tubing.

Key Takeaways:

  • Inspections were conducted in May 2019 by law enforcement personnel from jurisdictions in both the U.S. and Canada.
  • Approximately one in six (16.1%) of inspected vehicles were found to have brake-related critical issues.
  • The inspections were particularly focused on violations involving brake hoses and tubing, and identified nearly 1,000 units with chafed rubber hoses.

“More than 1,600 commercial vehicles were placed out of service during an unannounced brake inspection blitz in May conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s law enforcement members.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/337806/over-1-600-trucks-placed-out-of-service-in-surprise-brake-inspection-event

Diesel technology: Myth vs. fact – Fleet Owner

By Team Writer / September 29, 2019

While there have been plenty of predictions of diesel’s decline, the fact of the matter is that diesel isn’t going anywhere. Diesel still provides the exact same features that made it so widely used in the first place, including superior range and efficiency, and sturdier engines. Consequently, while alternative energy solutions like hydrogen and fuel cell technology have made some inroads among off-highway fleets, on-highway fleets still makes extensive use of their diesel fleets, and are continuing to invest in them.

Key Takeaways:

  • Diesel still offers many of the same features that have made it so widely-used, including high efficiency and more durable engines.
  • Although alternative fuels have become more widely used with off-highway fleets, on-highway fleets still make extensive use of diesel.
  • There are wide variations between diesel fuel blends, which have different levels of cleanliness and lubricity.

“Due to heightened environmental concerns, along with the advent of alternative fuels and the potential of all-electric vehicles, some are questioning the future of diesel.”

Read more: https://www.fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/diesel-technology-myth-vs-fact

Omnitracs, Cummins collaborate on remote calibration technology

By Team Writer / September 27, 2019

Omnitracs and Cummins worked together to create Controlled Software Updates (CSU) technology, which provides fleets with the capability for over-the-air downloads of Engine Control Unit (ECU) software. This greatly simplifies the logistics involved in updating ECU software, and increases compliance with upgrades. CSU’s swift download speeds also reduce the amount of downtime involved in these upgrades, which can cost $1000 a day at an average of about 2.3 days of downtime. CSU will make it much more efficient for fleets to keep their ECU software up to date.

Key Takeaways:

  • Omnitracs and Cummins worked together to develop their remote calibration and ECU software update technology.
  • Being able to download and install ECU software upgrades over-the-air greatly simplifies that logistics of making sure the software is up to date.
  • Connected Software Updates also increase compliance with updates while also cutting the amount of downtime involved in downloading and installing new ECU software.

“The Cummins over-the-air programming solution, Connected Software Updates, allows drivers to receive engine-control-unit (ECU) software updates remotely, leveraging their existing Omnitracs hardware.”

Read more: https://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/omnitracs-cummins-remote-calibration/

Canadian National hauled record grain volumes in 2018-2019

By Team Writer / September 25, 2019

Transportation and resource allocation have been a powerful topic of discussion in the last few years as scientists scramble to address the major problems facing these industries. In her new blog post, Joanna Marsh summarizes how Canadian National had a record-breaking year in freight load management. It explores the grain industry and how it is performing, the obstacles the industry faced and how they found success and explains their plans for a path forward moving into the next harvest time period.

Key Takeaways:

  • The record was set despite record cold temperatures early in the year and restrictions on Canadian Canola exports to China.
  • Over the past two years, C$7.4 billion in capital investments have been made in CNI’s western rail network.
  • CNI’s senior vice president said the railway has the capacity to carry more grain that is currently demanded.

“The railway moved over 27 million metric tonnes (mmt) of grain for the crop year, beating a previous record of 26 mmt in 2016-2017.”

Read more: https://www.freightwaves.com/news/canadian-national-hauled-record-grain-volumes-in-2018-2019

Over-the-air engine updates: It’s time to start the conversation

By Team Writer / September 23, 2019

Over The Air Engine Programming is a recent development in the trucking world, and it is taking off! This allows companies to improve the truck’s performance and check in on issues remotely instead of having to wait for the truck and its driver to return from a long journey. They are able to switch up the truck’s capabilities; for example, switching between different fuel sources depending on what is economical at the time. Engine updates are important because they can avoid problems and mitigate issues that could have implications for the safety of the driver as well as the bottom line for the fleet manager. Even the world of trucking, which prides itself on its old-fashioned attitudes, can benefit from this technological advancement.

Key Takeaways:

  • Over-the-air (OTA) reprogramming allows updates to be sent to trucks when they’re off duty in order to improve engine productivity and efficiency.
  • The technology enables fleet managers to remotely set engine parameter updates for fields such as max speed limit, cruise speed and idle shutdown.
  • Engine manufacturers have different processes for updates, but the more important issue for the fleet manager is handling the change in perspective necessary when the new technology is adopted.

“What started as a one-way conversation—data streaming off of your trucks to your telematics dashboard—is now a two-way heavy-duty dialogue.”

Read more: https://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/over-the-air-diesel-engine-updates/

Peterbilt’s Jason Skoog aims to deliver performance on every platform

By Team Writer / September 21, 2019

As general manager of Peterbilt and vice president of PACCAR, Jason Skoog is a fresh face who possesses deep industry knowledge. He says what he likes about the business is, at the end of the day, it is still a people business, and the foundation of the relationships is trust. “If a customer buys a Peterbilt,” he states, “it’s got to perform like a Peterbilt.” While Peterbilt currently has mostly diesel powertrain vehicles, its future lies in electric trucks. Remote diagnostics is also the future (and the present), and that’s where PACCAR Solutions Service Management fits in. It’s a data-driven portal that aims to enhance the service process. All the trucks Peterbilt sells won’t mean a thing, Skoog insists, if customers can’t keep them on the road.

Key Takeaways:

  • Jason Skoog is a leader an innovator in the trucking industry
  • New technology in the trucking business is always evolving, and Jason Skoog is an expert on these innovations
  • Peterbilt is currently conducting trials of electric truck components which are aimed at increasing efficiency

“As you know, you can have the best truck in the world, but if it’s not rolling, it’s not working.”

Read more: https://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/peterbilt-jason-skoog-truck-executive-profile/

FutureTech Champ Advances Her Career – Transport Topics Online

By Team Writer / September 19, 2019

Despite having graduated with a four-year degree, Bonnie Greenwood is of the belief that the traditional education path is for everyone. Subsequent to obtaining her degree, Greenwood studied Diesel technology at WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming. When Greenwood became the first female winner of TMC Future­Tech, a competition of the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council, Greenwood began talking to Fedex Freight about her career opportunities with them. Trades are hurting for candidates, let alone ones that bring diversity to the industry. The traditional view holds that a four-year degree is necessary for a satisfying and well-paid career. Greenwood’s experience disputes that. As long as their are trucks transporting goods, trades will be an essential part of the economy.

Key Takeaways:

  • Good trade jobs are available for people who do not have a 4-year college degree.
  • Women are entering traditionally male-dominated trade fields such as transportation, plumbing, and carpentry.
  • Bonnie Greenwood became the first female winner of TMC FutureTech in 2017.

“Greenwood has been with FedEx Freight since October 2017 and is based out of its fa­cility near Salt Lake City.”

Read more: https://www.ttnews.com/articles/futuretech-champ-advances-her-career

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