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!

 

Technology, Equipment

When It Comes to Technological Innovation, Trust the Process

Image depicting technological innovation Alena Butusava/iStock/Getty Images Plus

The axiom is especially true in technological innovation, according to Features Editor Michael Freeze.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
July 22, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment

Five Questions: Taki Darakos

Pitt Ohio's terminal in Harmar Township, Pa. Pitt Ohio's terminal in Harmar Township, Pa. (evolveEA)

Taki Darakos joined Pitt Ohio in January 2019. Transport Topics asks him what are his biggest concerns as vice president of vehicle maintenance and fleet services.

July 22, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel

The News of the Internal Combustion Engine’s Demise May Be Exaggerated

At the Low net-GHG Fuel and Engine Technologies Symposium at the University of Wisconsin in June, researchers noted that the life of familiar internal combustion engines may be extended. This will happen via the use of fuels created from renewable crops, agricultural waste, and even solar energy.

John Baxter | Special to Transport Topics
July 22, 2022
Business, Technology

Data Interchange/Interoperability Challenges Carriers to Take Action

connected truck sefa ozel/Getty Images

Fleets need real-time data from the commercial vehicles of today and tomorrow, and the ability to pose queries and communications regarding vehicle and systems operation status, cargo security and condition, and environmental and safety performance.

Jack Legler | Technical Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
July 22, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Cameras on Windshield Remain FMCSA-Compliant

Bendix windshield Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

Windshield-mounted video cameras will remain compliant with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules for mounting placement, thanks to an exemption the agency recently made permanent.

July 22, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Getting It Right: Developing New Oil Standards

Engine Oils Shell

The saying “Time flies when you’re having fun” could likely apply to developing new engine oils. And some time has passed since the last diesel engine oil category was introduced in 2017 when the American Petroleum Institute (API) announced CK-4 and FA-4.

Brendan Baker | Contributing Writer
July 22, 2022
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

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