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
Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Are you prepared for the alternative fuel future?

Uptake Whitepaper

Learn how maintenance and operations teams can get ahead of the energy transition. This white paper from Geotab and Uptake explores alternative vehicle adoption, mixed-asset fleet management, and how AI/ML is offering a road towards continued operational excellence. 

September 1, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Wrench Time

Penske maintenance shop technician "You need to treat the technician like a surgeon, and the truck is the patient,” Penske Truck Leasing's Gregg Mangione says. (Penske)

How can trucking fleets get the most out of their technicians? Treat them like surgeons, says one executive.

Steve Brawner | Special to Transport Topics
July 23, 2021
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Transervice Logistics Taps Gregg Nierenberg to Lead Company

Transervice Logistics truck Transervice Logistics manages more than 24,500 pieces of equipment. (Transervice Logistics Inc.)

Transervice Logistics Inc. appointed Gregg Nierenberg CEO and president after the retirement of company President Dennis Schneider and Executive Vice President Joseph Evangelist.

May 28, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Out-of-Network Repairs Help Dealerships Nurture New Relationships With Fleets

Maintenance Truck dealerships look at newer fleets who require service from them as an opportunity to meet owners and maintenance directors in order to establish relationships. (The Pete Store)

For trucking companies, securing timely repairs at their partnered truck dealerships is typically simple, straightforward and an expectation that came with the purchase. But what about when the truck is on a long haul and must be serviced by another dealer? In those likely events, truck dealers say that building rapport is the road map to a successful business partnership.

Steve Brawner | Special to Transport Topics
May 24, 2021
Business, Equipment

Study: LTL Carriers Cover More Miles Between Breakdowns Than Truckload Fleets

Truck on roadside with hood up vitpho/Getty Images

Less-than-truckload carriers outpaced truckload fleets in terms of miles between roadside breakdowns, according to a recent study.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
June 26, 2020
Technology, Equipment

Fan Drive Technology Is Evolving to Meet the Needs of Modern Engines

When exhaust-gas recirculation became the technology to meet the heavy-duty truck emissions standards, underhood temperatures skyrocketed and put extreme pressure on cooling fan drives and belts. Fleets now can spec a variety of variable-­speed and electron­ically controlled fan drives.

Steve Sturgess | Special to Transport Topics
April 24, 2020

Eliminating the Fear Factor

Eliminating the Fear Factor

Choosing the right fleet maintenance provider for your national program can be a daunting task. Amerit’s CEO, Dan Williams, shares 5 essential tips for eliminating the risk and ensuring your success in choosing the right single source provider for your fleet.

September 2, 2019
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards Tackle Latest Challenges

Jack Poster, manager of VMRS Services at TMC Jack Poster by Rachel Akpotu (Technology & Maintenance Council)

ARLINGTON, Va. — Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards emerged nearly 50 years ago and are used by many different organizations across the trucking industry, but there are aspects of them that deserve more attention, experts said.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
June 27, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Must Choose Tire Inflation, Monitoring Systems That Work Best for Their Operations, Industry Representatives Say

Hendrickson tire inflator A view of the Hendrickson tire inflator at the 2017 North American Vehicle Show in Atlanta on Sept. 26, 2017. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Blown-out, flat or damaged tires are considered by fleets to be at least a leading cause of roadside maintenance calls for commercial trucks, while underinflated tires are the single-biggest source of tire issues in general.

June 24, 2019