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Truck Trend Shop Class: Engine Compression

Compression plays a critical role in the operation of internal combustion engines by pressurizing the mixture of fuel and oxygen that is then ignited to power the engine. The pressure helps make the ignition produce more energy more efficiently by aerosolizing the fuel/air mixture into an abundance of tiny droplets, which will combust more strongly than the same amount of fuel arranged in larger drops. Static compression measures how much an engine compresses its fuel in “ideal” circumstances.

Key Takeaways:

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  • In order to produce enough force to work properly, your engine must ignite a fuel/air mixture under the right level of pressure.
  • Smaller but more numerous droplets of fuel will burn more efficiently than the same amount of fuel in fewer, larger droplets.
  • Your engine’s compression is determined by a wide variety of different traits, not just its compression.

“A mild comparison might be your home furnace keeping you warm and fuzzy at night and a supercharged big-block lifting the front wheels off the ground on takeoff.”

Read more: http://www.trucktrend.com/how-to/1905-truck-trend-shop-class-engine-compression/

Mack Trucks builds 100,000th truck with GuardDog Connect

GuardDog Connect is a telematics system for trucks that provides proactive diagnostics and repair planning. It has now been activated on more than 100,000 Mack trucks. GuardDog Connect has the ability to alert drivers about safety issues before they become major problems. Its software sends a message to the Mack Uptime Center, which is monitored but support specialists 24/7. Diagnosis of the issue can happen without taking the vehicle off the road. A senior VP at Mack calls GuardDog Connect “an incredible tool to protect and maximize our customers’ uptime.”

Key Takeaways:

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  • The GuardDog Connect integrated telematics system was first launched in 2014 by Mack Trucks.
  • The GuardDog system recently reached a hallmark moment; specifically its inclusion in the company’s 100,000th truck.
  • GuarDog is now standard issue with all models that have a Mack engine. Meanwhile Mack Trucks are themselves part of the Volvo group, headquatered in Sweden.

“GuardDog Connect is a proactive diagnostic and repair planning solution that monitors a truck’s critical fault codes and alerts drivers about potential issues before they become major problems, the company said in a release.”

Read more: https://www.freightwaves.com/news/mack-trucks-builds-100000th-truck-with-guarddog-connect

Thoughts on Achieving 11 MPG

Jim Park of “TruckingInfo” recently managed to achieve a trip average fuel economy of 11 miles per gallon on the Peterbilt 579 EPIQ he test drove between Scottsdale, Arizona and Denton, Texas. Jim was downright disappointed when the trip average reading was back down to 10.2 by the end of the drive. The Peterbilt 579 EPIQ is a pretty aerodynamic design, and a healthy tailwind certainly didn’t hurt, either. Jim also was careful to take full advantage of the terrain, including lots of rolling hills.

Key Takeaways:

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  • One blogger and test driver was given the opportunity to test drive the truck, Peterbilt, 579 EPIQ.
  • Seeing that the Peterbilt was capable of reaching beyond 10.2 mpg inspired the test driver to aim for the heretofore unconsidered goal of 11 mpg.
  • The test drive started in Scottsdale, Arizona, traversed 1,028 miles, ending at the Peterbilt factory in Denton, Texas.

“It’s easy to get excited and stay excited about fuel economy when you can see positive change coming from your efforts.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/332441/thoughts-on-achieving-11-mpg

Automotive technology leader Surgere joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance

Surgere, a top tier provider of cloud-enabled supply chain management software and RFID technologies, has become the latest member of the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA). BiTA is devoted to the development and adoption of new technologies that will result in more accurate, efficient and trustworthy supply chains. One notable initiative by Surgere is Autosphere, a cloud-based software environment that will help over 1500 auto parts original equipment manufacturers and their transport companies cut down on the billions of dollars in supply chain losses they endure each year.

Key Takeaways:

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  • The latest addition to the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) is Surgere and it wants to reap from the benefits it offers in blockchain architecture.
  • The BiTA effort in blockchain technology will benefit greatly from the cloud based software solution that is developed by Surgere in supply chain visibility and control.
  • The visibility in supply chain that blockchain technology provides will enable Surgere to remove any demand pattern that is artificially created.

“As an additional layered technology, blockchain will enhance Surgere’s ability to identify and track transactions digitally and share that information through distributed ledgers.”

Read more: https://www.freightwaves.com/news/automotive-technology-leader-surgere-joins-blockchain-in-transport-alliance

5 Things Fleets are Concerned About in mid-2019

Looking ahead to the rest of 2019, there are several common concerns cited by many fleet managers. Most notably, the Cass Freight Index has logged a significant drop in how much cargo is being shipped, with a commensurate drop in cargo rates that is hurting independent truckers and larger fleets alike. The decline in cargo rates is especially problematic given that expenses facing fleets continue to rise. Fleets are also experiencing a driver shortage, and have also found that dishonesty by recruiters has led many drivers to not believe that pay increases offered by fleets are even real. There are also concerns about how prepared the industry is for new technologies such as electric trucks, the integration of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and other major developments.

Key Takeaways:

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  • While some people point out that comparing rates to the highs of last year might not really be a fair comparison, our advisory board members were definitely concerned
  • According to the National Transportation Institute’s first-quarter figures, fleets are offering fewer drivers wage increases in the first quarter of 2019 when compared to last year
  • Despite all the new tech on the horizon, fleet managers still have to think about their equipment now and in the near future, whether it’s spec’ing or maintaining it.

“We’re nearly halfway through 2019, so I asked HDT’s Editorial Advisory Board what current trends and issues are most on their minds.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/334554/5-things-fleets-are-concerned-about-in-mid-2019

Fleet Managers: Do You Know How to Turn a Wrench? Does it Matter?

In today’s world of fleet management, business knowledge is imperative. The downside of this, however, is that few managers have backgrounds in vehicle maintenance. Some within the industry complain that managers’ lack of automotive background ultimately leads to poor decisions being made, costing money. The tension between business people and mechanics could be resolved through better communication between the two. As layers of bureaucracy are added, however, this becomes more difficult. For fleet management, the challenge remains of how to make incorporate modern business efficiencies without ignoring the insights of the mechanic on the ground level.

Key Takeaways:

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  • What’s on paper does not always add up. For example, one manager insisted that having vehicles drop-shipped 50+ mikes away from their destination was cost-effective.
  • In point of fact, more than twice the savings was spent on having drivers go to the drop point and return the vehicles to their ultimate destination.
  • In this case, money saved on pre-inspection fees was eaten up by diving costs, in large part because a manager failed to view the big picture.

“And the way he sees it, this new blood hasn’t driven a net savings of time or money for the vehicles he manages.”

Read more: https://www.fleetforward.com/335706/fleet-managers-do-you-know-how-to-turn-a-wrench-does-it-matter

How transportation professionals can limit liability after a crash – Fleet Owner

Anyone in the transportation industry has to face the inevitability of a vehicle accident. This is especially true now that the demand for trucks, drivers and goods are higher than ever. If your driver was involved in an accident, they should be immediately tested for alcohol and drugs. In some situations, such as if there’s a fatality involved or the truck was towed, this is required by federal law. If the truck had a electronic control module attached, ensure that the truck is not restarted under any circumstances, to keep the last stop data from being erased. This is best accomplished by retaining an independent adjuster in the local area, who can arrive at the scene and preserve as much information as possible.

Key Takeaways:

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  • The economy is booming and this has increased the demand for freights to carry more goods so that they are now looking for more drivers.
  • The competition to hire drivers is very favorable to the drivers because this has made them to demand more favorable conditions and their salary has increased.
  • The increase in demand in freight has resulted in something negative though and that is there is an increase in the number of accidents involving commercial vehicles.

“Anyone even loosely involved in the transportation industry is familiar with the increased demand and rapid growth the industry has experienced over the last few years.”

Read more: https://www.fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/after-crash-what-transportation-professionals-should-do-limit-liability

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