Steve Brawner

Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Electronic Braking Systems Expected to Gain Traction

Wabco EBS Wabco says it sees EBS coming to the United States on a larger scale within three to five years. (Wabco)

After two decades of use in Europe, electronic braking systems will make significant inroads in the North American commercial vehicle market in the coming years to support the development of driver-assist technology and electric trucks, some industry experts said.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
January 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Aftertreatment Upkeep Starts With Relationships

Bryan Stewart, director of maintenance at Jones Logistics Bryan Stewart, of Jones Logistics, says he spends more time on vendor relations than spec'ing equipment. (Jones Logistics)

Building positive relationships with dealers and independent maintenance shops is one of the keys to successfully maintaining complex engine exhaust aftertreatment systems, according to several fleet representatives.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
October 25, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Top 100

Availability of Medium-Duty E-Trucks Is Limited as Testing Continues

Penske medium-duty truck Penske Truck Leasing is conducting tests with 10 medium-duty Freightliner eM2s in California. (Penske Truck Leasing)

Battery-electric medium-duty trucks may have a bright future due to their potential to reduce operational costs and improve sustainability. But currently, the availability of these trucks is limited as testing continues.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
July 23, 2019
Business, Technology

Closing the Skills Gaps

CFI technicians inspect a truck's tires CFI technicians inspect a truck's tires. CFI staffs one to two techs focused on technology repair for each shift, and less experienced techs focus on developing their skills before moving on to more advanced equipment. (CFI)

It's important for technicians to be savvy with technology, but companies will also train mechanically inclined techs and teach them new skills.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
July 19, 2019
Business, Equipment

Figuring Out Fan Drives

Ryder truck Most of Ryder's trucks have the traditional on-off drive. (Ryder System Inc.)

Many in the industry say variable-speed drives, which run only as fast as necessary, are increasingly popular. Variable drives can save on horsepower and therefore save on fuel. However, the more traditional on-off drive also is a popular choice because it’s simplest and cheapest.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
May 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Mobile Lifts Gaining Momentum in Service Shops

Stertil-Koni's Earthlift Manufacturers note serveral reasons for mobile columns' increased use, including their flexibility. (Earthlift by Stertil-Koni)

Ryder System one company whose fleet maintenance technicians are using mobile lifts to get under big rigs.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
March 9, 2018
Business, Equipment

Industry Eyes E-Axles

Hyliion says its e-axle will produce up to 15% fuel savings as it captures regenerative energy that will be stored in the battery pack. (Photo by Hyliion)

Tesla’s announcement in November that it will produce an all-electric Class 8 tractor by 2019 helped highlight the potential for electric power in commercial trucking. But while Tesla and others are electrifying the entire truck, some companies are focusing on the axles.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
January 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Analysts Predict Spot Rates Could Soar Once ELD Mandate Goes Into Effect

C.R. England truck John Sommers II for Transport Topics

When the electronic logging device mandate finally takes effect in December, freight hauling capacity will tighten and spot market rates are likely to rise, according to trucking industry analysts.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
August 25, 2017
Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Engine Maker Cummins Endorses Fuel Additives Amid Tighter Emissions Regulations

Steve Muth Steve Muth, Penray's chief chemist, mixes diesel fuel additive at the company's Wheeling, Ill., laboratory. (Penray)

Cummins Inc. recently endorsed two fuel additives, marking the first time the diesel engine maker has taken such a step.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
July 24, 2017

Nitrite-Free Coolants on the Rise Due to More Aluminum in Engines

As manager of technical development for TA and Petro travel centers, Homer Hogg sells a lot of coolant to fleets of all sizes. In 2010, he started seeing something strange: a white residue plugging coolant filters and coating cylinder liners.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
March 17, 2017