Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Weigh Training, Outsourcing to Handle Time-Consuming Repairs

Technician works on an engine A technician gets ready to work on an engine. (Transervice Logistics)

Increasingly, fleet managers must choose between investing in more technician tools and training or outsourcing the most time-consuming maintenance tasks that involve complex parts.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
September 11, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

20-Year-Old Technician Ryan Meppelink Prepares for International Competition

Ryan Meppelink Ryan Meppelink shows off his skills at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Ryan Meppelink, a 20-year-old student from Zeeland, Mich., has been fascinated with all things mechanical since he was 14.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 2, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Design Interactive Expands Virtual Reality Training to Mobile Devices

Virtual Reality Training Johnston (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Design Interactive announced that its Augmentor virtual and augmented reality technician training system is available for Apple and Android mobile devices.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
March 19, 2019
Business, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

Fleets, Maintenance Shops Eye 24-Hour Service to Enhance Driver Productivity

Atlas Trucking maintenance facility Atlas Trucking's decision to open an expansive maintenance facility with around-the-clock service was driven in part by the ELD mandate. (Atlas Trucking)

Fleets find that by performing their own repairs, they can better control repair and wait times, and going commercial enables them to offset costs. Repairs can happen quickly while drivers are at home during their off-duty hours, making it a recruiting and retention tool.

February 20, 2019
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Straightening the Sheet Metal

Semi Wreck Getty Images

So, you just got the call that your brand-new “was-­supposed-to-last-for-a-decade” Class 8 tractor slid off into the ditch. The decisions that you make during the repair cycle for that truck may be just as important as those you made in buying it.

Jack Legler | Technical Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
January 25, 2019
Business, Equipment

Dickinson Fleet Services Grows South Florida Presence

Dickinson Dickinson Fleet Services

Fleet maintenance and management company Dickinson Fleet Services has acquired Fleet Technology & Maintenance Corp. and Truck City Body Co.

October 30, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Not Your Typical Repairs

Typical Repairs Technicians can use remote programming kits from Diesel Laptops to work on a wide variety of equipment. (Diesel Laptops)

Most of the work maintenance shops do is repetitive, but sometimes a unique problem can arise, and finding the solution can be a time-consuming process.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 21, 2018
Business, Equipment

Amerit Attracts New Investments

Amerit Fleet Solutions repair truck The Amerit Fleet Solutions repair truck at TMC in Atlanta in March. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Amerit Fleet Solutions, a provider of fleet maintenance and repair services to commercial fleets, announced the close of a majority investment from Ridgemont Equity Partners, a middle-market private equity firm, and a minority investment from Element Fleet Management Corp., a global fleet management company.

August 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

The Complexities of Truck Collision Repair

Chris Sterwerf and Dennnis Sterwerf Chris Sterwerf and his father, Dennis Sterwerf, founder of Fairfield Auto and Truck Service, stand next to their shop's repair-planning computer. (Fairfield Auto and Truck Service)

Heavy-duty collision repair is becoming increasingly complex due to a variety of factors, including the conversion from steel to aluminum bodies, the changing componentry and design of trucks and the proliferation of onboard sensors.

July 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Roadside Repairs by Fleets Rose 21% in 1Q, Study Says

Cummings FleetNet's Cummings speaks at the Benchmark session (Robert Braswell)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Fleets saw their roadside breakdowns increase by 21% in the first quarter this year compared with the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the Truckload Vertical Benchmarking Study from American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council and FleetNet America.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
June 7, 2018