Commercial vehicle battery testing and maintenance

By Team Writer / August 19, 2019

The electric systems in trucks are more complicated and computerized than ever before, with a wide array of parts controlling a broad range of systems. It is essential for vehicle fleets that all electrical systems have a steady supply of voltage, and this comes down to the battery. Servicing the battery properly prevents issues that would disrupt this system. First, know what type of battery you have, as this will impact their optimal usage and maintenance. Don’t allow batteries to drop below 10 volts from long term storage, or try to start vehicles with low charge batteries, as this can damage batteries, motors, and cables. Test each battery thoroughly when vehicles come in for maintenance, as this gives the technician the information they need to make a correct decision. Perform load tests correctly, and charge the batteries correctly based on their type. Keep batteries fully charged by employing amperage alternators or boost charge batteries while performing maintenance. Don’t skimp on the cost of a good battery, and always follow the manufacturer guidelines in care and use of the battery.

Key Takeaways:

  • When a truck comes in for periodic maintenance, technicians should test each battery to look for consistent tested values or to see a reduction in previous performance.
  • Charging systems on all vehicles usually operate at 14.20 volts; the charging system output amperage is what differs.
  • The service methods for different types of batteries are basically identical.

“Knowing the proper servicing procedures can help prevent battery issues that can result in unplanned downtime and lost revenue.”

Read more: https://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/commercial-vehicle-battery-testing-maintenance/

Fleets that don’t embrace technology might not live to tell the tale

By Team Writer / August 17, 2019

The freight industry is under pressure from competitors like Amazon, growing customer expectations, and increased environmental and worker regulations. Technology can help alleviate some of this pressure incrementally, by automating certain aspects of the process such as scheduling, plotting routes, and allocating drivers. Ideally, this will maximize efficiency. Technology also helps real world stores compete against online business by offering competitive shipping prices and speeds and helping manage customer expectations. Although the challenges remain, technology is essential for moving forward.

Key Takeaways:

  • The “Amazon effect” has put enormous pressure on the logistics and freight industry to become very efficient.
  • Fleets must use technology to track compliance with driver hours as well as tracking shipments.
  • Greatest advantage is to run as lean as possible in order to maximize profits while delivering goods and remaining in compliance.

“Salter pointed out how technology can help drive incremental changes to truck operations.”

Read more: https://www.freightwaves.com/news/fleets-that-dont-embrace-technology-might-not-live-to-tell-the-tale

2019 Ford Ranger Misses Out on IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

By Team Writer / August 15, 2019

One of the metrics that Americans tend to focus on when purchasing a car is the manufacturer and brand safety rating. In his new blog post, Stefan Ogbac summarizes the recently released highway safety annual vehicle ratings and explains why the 2019 Ford Ranger failed to pick up the achievement and what categories recorded a miss. He also describes a few attributes of the truck and makes it a point to outline which truck in the category reaches the required safety levels.

Key Takeaways:

  • Although the 2019, Ford Ranger was recently evaluated by the IIHS, It was only tested in the vehicle’s crew can configuration.
  • Because the Ranger received an “Acceptable” rating on one sub-test and not “Good” across the board, it missed its chance at the top safety pick.
  • The passenger side small overlap test proved to be the Ranger’s Waterloo, causing the 2019 model to lose out on top safety pick.

“The 2019 Ford Ranger has finally been evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and it narrowly missed getting the organization’s top rankings.”

Read more: https://www.motortrend.com/news/2019-ford-ranger-iihs-crash-test-ratings/

Global Truck Dispatch Software Market 2019 Data Source Analysis By: Telogis, WorkWave Route Manager, BluJay, RTA Fleet Management – The Industry Magazine

By Team Writer / August 13, 2019

Industry Magazine recently published a new market research report on the global market for truck dispatch software this detailed report examines the current and projected size of the truck dispatch software sector, along with important trends shaping the future of the industry. The report examines capabilities, opportunities, and threats for major regional and global truck dispatch software producers and vendors such as RTA Fleet Management, BluJay, Verizon Expressfleet, Titan GPS and many others. This report is an indispensable tool for understanding this dynamic and growing market sector.

Key Takeaways:

  • Truck Dispatch Software Market 2019 annually a Primary overview of the Truck Dispatch Software Market, including new product development.
  • Product types, their definitions and top manufacturers are also discussed and delineated in the market report.
  • The market report hones in on key market players, also delineating their specific market shares via various forms of research.

“The Truck Dispatch Software report also evaluates the past and current Truck Dispatch Software values to predict future market directions between the forecast period 2019 to 2025.”

Read more: http://industrymagazine.us/47707/global-truck-dispatch-software-market-2019-data-source-analysis-by-telogis-workwave-route-manager-blujay-rta-fleet-management/

Is corrosion curtailing your brake pad life?

By Team Writer / August 11, 2019

Brake pads fill a crucial role that subjects them to huge amounts of heat and pressure. The Global Brake Safety Council singles out corrosion as the cause of many serious brake problems that reduce the lifespan of your break pads. When selecting brake pads, it’s important to make sure the friction material is attached mechanically and not through the use of adhesives. Adhesives can break down due to the heat that brakes are exposed to, resulting in brake failure. Likewise, galvanized pads are more resistant to corrosion than painted or powder-costed ones.

Key Takeaways:

  • The chemical slurry used for de-icing roads clings to the vehicle undercarriage and causes corrosion.
  • Truck brakes experience high levels of stress, so their brake pads benefit from mechanical rather than adhesive attachment.
  • Manufacturers are now using galvanization with zinc alloy to provide a higher level of corrosion protection for truck brake pads.

“A brake pad’s life cycle is one of constant wear and replacement.”

Read more: https://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/corrosion-reducing-brake-pad-life/

Truck Trend Shop Class: Engine Compression

By Team Writer / August 9, 2019

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:

  • 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

By Team Writer / August 7, 2019

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:

  • 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

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