Gear up for important decisions with the new Calibrate quarterly magazine.

With a view from the repair shop to the corner office, Calibrate offers more involved discussions into the trends and issues surrounding equipment and maintenance.

Be ready to lead the next office conversation about driver seat comfort, electric refrigerated trailers, or 24-hour repair shops!

 

Business, Equipment

5 Questions: Greg McQuagge, U.S. Xpress

Greg McQuagge Greg McQuagge oversees the maintenance of 6,300-plus tractors and nearly 15,000 trailer assets. (U.S. Xpress Enterprises)

Greg McQuagge, maintenance supervisor at for-hire carrier U.S. Xpress, shares some insight on what it takes to keep trucks on the road.

April 29, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Will the Diesel Engine Ever Be Perfected?

The California Air Resources Board has approved for 2027 what the Engine Manufacturers Association refers to as “sweeping new regulations affecting heavy-duty trucks sold in the state.”

John Baxter | Special to Transport Topics
April 29, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Tire Choices Provide Pros, Cons for Fleet Maintenance Managers

Retread Due to the many advances in retreading, Jones Logistics has seen the advantages of applying the practice. (Jones Logistics)

In the current environment of high fuel prices and a technology shift looming over many companies regarding last-mile delivery, fleets are challenged to develop a strategy toward tire management. For some maintenance managers, the debate of new tires versus retreads offers various methods in battling some of those concerns.

Brendan Baker | Contributing Writer
April 29, 2022
Business, Equipment

Send Out Your Maintenance Labor, or Keep It in the Fleet Shop?

Tires being inspected on a truck SafeConnect

With inflation pushing the cost of doing business higher and no end in sight, many fleet managers are taking pause when it comes to expenses — and highlighting the challenges of choosing between in-house maintenance and outsourcing.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
April 29, 2022
Business, Equipment

Winning the Hearts and Minds

Winning the hearts and minds wowwa/Getty Images

When it comes to new ways of thinking, or a shift in mindset for a large group of consumers, the phrase “winning the hearts and minds” often comes up. This seems to be the case with the tire manufacturers I spoke with this year.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
April 29, 2022
Business, Technology

Reefer Carriers Warm Up to Smart Trailer Tech for Cold Chain Logistics

Paul Menig Business Accelerants CEO Paul Menig, shown at the Technology & Maintence Council Annual Meeting in March, has more than 40 years of engineering experience in truck manufacturing. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Paying attention to the details in cold chain logistics can save customers and carriers cold hard cash — especially for those companies that are investing in the latest technological advancements.

Robert Braswell | Executive Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
April 29, 2022
Government, Business, Technology

TMC Eyes Automated Driving Systems With New Recommended Practices

Truck with ADAS concept Detroit

TMC has “turned a hat trick” in pursuing three goals for its development of prospective Recommended Practices (RPs) covering automated vehicles.

January 28, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Routine Maintenance Keeps HVAC Units Humming

Technician checks pressure on an HVAC unit A technician checks the pressure on an HVAC unit during a diagnostics test. (SafeConnect)

Most experts say that detecting and dealing with refrigerant leaks is the biggest challenge in regular maintenance of air conditioning systems on Class 8 tractors. For that reason, regular maintenance on the systems is critical.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
January 28, 2022
Government, Business, Equipment

Mack Trucks, Military Team Up to Create Combat-Ready Dump Truck

Mack Trucks’ M917A3 heavy-duty dump truck The M917A3 shows how truck and components manufacturers can offer an extremely wide range of many types of components that easily adapt to combat operations. (John Baxter for Transport Topics)

Mack Trucks Inc. is manufacturing a four-axle, heavy-duty dump truck for the U.S. Army that is offered with either a standard cab with a special, poison gas-resistant coating or a heavily armored cab.

John Baxter | Special to Transport Topics
January 28, 2022
Business, Equipment

New Year, Used Trucks

Penske mechanics diagnose a truck. Penske mechanics diagnose a truck. (Penske)

Having the right part for the right job is the essential tenet for any technician performing maintenance. Trucks can’t move if they’re not operating properly. This is the theme for this quarter’s Calibrate as we explore the details of equipment maintenance and provide a larger perspective of what it entails for the trucking industry.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
January 28, 2022

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