Business, Equipment

Technician Career Development: An Endless Journey

Skills competition participant Skills competitions can boost technician recruiting and career development. (Erik Fossum)

Professional development is a journey without an end, a task that is never truly complete. That’s true for most any profession, and commercial vehicle technicians are certainly no exception.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 24, 2020
Business, Equipment

Suppliers Invest in Industry’s Future Despite Market Slowdown

Allison worker An employee works the assembly line at an Allison Transmission manufacturing plant. (Allison Transmission)

On the heels of a booming 2018, truck manufacturers and their key Tier 1 suppliers powered through a slower equipment market in 2019, continuing to invest in new products and preparing for a future when tightening emission standards and the electrification of trucks will provide both challenges and opportunities.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
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
Business, Equipment

APUs: Diesel or Electric?

The climate control panel for the Volvo parking cooler can be seen on the wall to the right in a Volvo truck sleeper. (Volvo Trucks)

Auxiliary power units allow truck drivers to have climate control for their sleepers and electricity for hotel loads without needing to idle the tractor engine, but fleets that elect to add APUs to the cab must decide how those APUs will be powered — by a small diesel engine or by batteries.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
January 19, 2018
Business, Equipment

Some Small Carriers Embrace Glider Kits to Avoid Costs of Emissions Systems

Elkhorn Valley Trucks offers a variety of glider kits, such as this one. (Photo by Elkhorn Valley Trucks)

Like some other small trucking firms, Old Forge Services of Mogadore, Ohio, has turned to glider kits to reduce maintenance expenses and downtime.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
January 19, 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
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Truck Safety: Human and Equipment Factors

The intersection of the human and equipment-­related elements of truck safety is reflected in the two cover stories in this issue of Equipment & Maintenance Update.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Features Editor
July 24, 2017

More Fleets Turn to EC Transmissions

Allison Transmission Inc.

In less than five years, electronically controlled, or EC, transmissions have gone from a “maybe” option for a few fleets to the majority spec in new trucks.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
August 12, 2016

Truck Techs Keeping Busy With Aftertreatment Issues

In the wake of federal clean-air mandates in 2007 and 2010, maintenance technicians are working furiously to keep the aftertreatment systems of their fleets’ trucks operating.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
August 12, 2016
Equipment, Business, Government, Autonomous

Low Material, Commodity Prices Not Translating Into Discounts for Truck, Component Buyers


If fleets were expecting to see lower prices for trucks, trailers and components as the cost of raw materials continued their downward trajectory, they may be waiting for some time if comments from industry executives are accurate.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
April 17, 2016