Gregory Van Tighem

Business, Technology, Equipment

Intelligent Trailer Technology Advances

Schneider truck Schneider

Imagine that a half-loaded trailer sitting in a yard for five days could tell you that its right front outside tire had low air pressure. For a trailer equipped with telematics technology capable of powering itself untethered to a tractor, such a scenario is not only possible, but doable.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
August 31, 2020
Business, Equipment

TMC Survey Shows COVID-19 Impacts on Maintenance Operations

COVID-19 Robert Braswell speaks at a past industry event. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A survey conducted by American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council in March and April found that the COVID-19 pandemic had little impact on the readiness of the technician labor force for fleets and service providers.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
June 5, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

Carriers, Truck Dealers Take Safety Precautions Amid COVID-19

COVID-19 Signs direct customers at the Freightliner Northwest dealership. (Gregory Van Tighem)

As COVID-19 spread across the country and the number of cases began to spike, some trucking companies and truck dealers made significant operational changes in their maintenance shops to prevent exposure to the virus.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
June 5, 2020
Business, Equipment, Fuel

Efforts to Prevent Clogged Diesel Particulate Filters Include Low-Ash Engine Oil, Ensuring Fuel Quality

Engine Oil Valvoline technicians conduct an engine oil test. (Valvoline)

As engine oil suppliers develop new formulations to protect diesel engines and enhance their efficiency, some are paying particularly close attention to the performance of exhaust aftertreatment systems.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
April 28, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

Moving Manatees, Elephants and Pandas Requires Careful Planning, Preparation

Bei Bei Bei Bei by FedEx

DHL Express, FedEx and other companies specialize in arranging transportation for large animals, including manatees, pandas and elephants.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
January 27, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Driver Training, Monitoring Could Help Ensure Safe Testing, Deployment of Automated Trucks

TuSimple test driver Randy Redwine with an automated truck TuSimple test driver Randy Redwine with one of the company's automated trucks. (Bryce Morthland/Pima Community College)

Self-driving truck developers are putting a growing number of test vehicles on the road to refine their automated driving systems and pave the way for the commercial introduction of this technology.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
December 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

In-Cab Monitoring Uses Machine Vision to Detect Fatigued, Distracted Driving

Driver monitoring technology from Seeing Machines' Guardian system Driver monitoring technology such as Seeing Machines' Guardian system tracks head and eye movements for signs of drowsiness or distraction. (Seeing Machines)

In-cab monitoring systems can help fleets keep drivers out of danger, but technology should be just one part of the broader culture of safety within a company.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
December 6, 2019
Business, Top 100

On-Time, In-Full

Walmart Trailer Earlier this year, Walmart tightened the requirements of its "on-time, in-full program." (Luke Sharrett — Bloomberg News)

To provide more aggressive delivery options, retailers have been placing increasingly stringent delivery windows on suppliers and their trucking companies.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
September 3, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment

Executives: Trailer Orders Down, but Robust 2018 Helped Companies Prepare for Future

Estes Express truck Mike Palmer, vice president of fleet services at Estes Express, said that the company invested heavily in trailers last year to both plan for future growth as well as “right size” its fleet. (Estes Express)

A downward trend in trailer orders this year is accompanying the softening freight environment in 2019, but also follows a banner year when motor carriers stocked up on equipment they think they’ll need to navigate the next several years, fleet and manufacturing executives said.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
August 27, 2019
Business, Top 100

North Carolina Cultivates Talent for Careers in Trucking Operations

For young people and others seeking ways to prepare for a new and rewarding career without racking up serious college debt, the North Carolina Trucking Association has joined forces with 13 state community colleges to ­offer some options.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
June 24, 2019

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