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

Proper Lighting Gives Fleets Brighter Maintenance Outlook

Side light on a trailer According to CSA reports, most violations are from trailers. Experts say it is because trailers receive less maintenance. (C.R. England)

Faulty trailer lighting is one of the most common roadside violations that inspectors find.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
October 8, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Trucking Again Shows It Is a Resilient Industry

The entrance to the exhibit hall for TMC 2021 The entrance to the exhibit hall floor for TMC 2021 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

As of September, it has been 18 months since industry members were face-to-face at a Technology & Maintenance Council meeting. This year’s Fall meeting in Cleveland showed, just as the trucking industry did last year, how resilient it is.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
October 8, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Outsourcing Repair: Fleets Look to Third-Party Maintenance Services

Third-Party maintenance “Third-party fleet services are very important at our non-Averitt shop locations,” Doug Lloyd, director of maintenance at Averitt Express, said. (Averitt Express)

With the increased volume of OTR shipping and the rising average cost of new and used Class 8 diesel trucks, the importance of scheduled and emergency maintenance practices remains crucial.

Jack Ferry | Special to Transport Topics
October 8, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Single Drive Axles Could Reduce Your Fuel Bill

Single axle Choosing a single drive axle should be seen as one more way to optimize fuel economy. (Volvo Trucks North America)

Even with the best basic specs, additional fuel savings will come from substituting a single drive axle for the standard tandem axle drive system.

John Baxter | Special to Transport Topics
October 8, 2021
Business, Technology

Scholarships Bring Opportunities to Students Looking for a Sustainable Career Path

Tech students Students at Lincoln Tech work on a truck engine.(Nick Collura)

Graduates of diesel technician programs will enter a market with an increasing technician shortage.

Steve Brawner | Special to Transport Topics
October 8, 2021
Business, Technology

2022 Is the Year of Research and Discovery for TMC and Its Partners

Class 8 with EMB Partnering with the The PIT Group, TMC will conduct on-track testing of Class 8 trucks equipped with prototype EMBs in order to demonstrate their performance in compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. (TMC)

TMC is anticipating the ability to pursue several research projects under its agreement with FPInnovations/The PIT Group that had been deferred because of COVID impacts and restrictions. This partnership enables TMC to bring its own research projects directly to The PIT Group, including accessing on-track testing capabilities.

Jack Legler | Technical Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
October 8, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Digital Series Spotlights TT Magazines in Debut Episodes

Retool promoted the launch of Calibrate and relaunch of iTECH Retool celebrated the launch of Calibrate and the relaunch of iTECH.

Transport Topics has launched a digital event series that spotlights its supplemental publications, and featured its new Calibrate equipment-focused magazine and redesigned iTECH technology publication in its debut episodes.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 5, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Watch the Replay: RETOOL, a Technology and Maintenance Event

RETOOL, a two-day virtual event

Transport Topics hosted a special two-day virtual event, RETOOL, taking deep dives into the most important topics and trends within the trucking industry’s equipment and technology spheres. Watch the replay.

August 4, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Introducing Calibrate, Our New Publication

The trucking industry is in a constant cycle of change, but it’s not so much a change as it is a calibration, an adjustment. So too it is in publishing. The Transport Topics quarterly Equipment & Maintenance Update is now Calibrate.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
July 23, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Fleets, OEMs Invest in Seat Technology to Improve Driver Comfort, Safety

Driver in Volvo cab Volvo trucks featue air suspended seats that enable support for varying road conditions as well as a swivel base, adjustable seat shock absorber, memory with quick air release and back cycler massager. (Volvo)

Since truck drivers spend so much of their professional lives sitting behind the steering wheel, the driver’s seat is a crucial part of the vehicle spec.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
July 23, 2021

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