Paul Menig

Paul
Menig
CEO,
Tech-I-M LLC
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Paul Menig is the leader of Tech-I-M LLC, a consulting company focused on helping companies succeed by leveraging technology in their products and processes. After successfully introducing many high tech products in the corporate worlds of General Electric, Eaton and Daimler, he is now focused on savvy technology creating powerful results in companies of all sizes.

Paul also provides free counseling to a wide range of businesses as part of the non-profit organization SCORE that is associated with the Small Business Administration (SBA). Paul is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in electrical engineering and has participated in many training programs in quality, strategic planning, finance and technical areas.

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DieselGate gives way to electrification

I’ve been reviewing materials from last week’s inaugural, biennial, North American Commercial Vehicle Show. Clearly, the overriding theme of announcements from many companies was that electrification of commercial vehicles is going mainstream.

Make it fun — Gamify it!

I just attended the press conference for the NACFE Run On Less effort. It had seven different tractors, from 7 different fleets running for 17 days in real world conditions. In fact, some of the time they were running in the UN-real conditions of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. All told, this “virtual fleet” achieved 10.1 average mpg. Compared to the industry average today of 6.4 mpg, that’s fabulous. NACFE, consistent with its mission of providing anonymous information from its member fleets, won’t reveal what truck and what driver did the best.

Lead ain't dead — not yet

I'm attending a conference outside Detroit, MI this week. It's The Battery Show and the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Conference. Not surprising, there is an overwhelming number of presentations on batteries. The show floor is filled with people that provide materials for batteries, test equipment for batteries in engineering (not the dealerships), engineering services of all types, equipment for manufacturing batteries, some new concepts in packaging, high volume manufacturers and low-volume custom manufacturers.

People make technology succeed or fail

I’m known as a technologist. Indeed, I do love technology and all it can do to improve business and the lives of people. But, I also know how hard change can be. All of you have seen how difficult it is for drivers to accept changes in the cab of the vehicle. Simple things like choosing a new seat manufacturer when you buy new trucks can be a source of frustration and complaint for many.

Pump my ride

I was just thinking earlier this week why the large oil companies are not paying attention to the disruptive nature of the push for greater fuel economy and cleaner air.

Now we’re parking — automatically

Most of the hype for automated driving deals with driving down the road with the eyes diverted from the road, hands off the steering wheel, and the driver relinquishing control.

Technology is great, but get the BASICs right!

I’m a firm believer in the power of technology to transform our lives for the better. Moving freight more efficiently, more quickly, and more safely is a big way that technology can serve mankind.

The impending telematics takedown 3

Six months to go for the new ELD (Electronic Logging Device) rule to take effect. Some of you may be able to wait until 2019 to get a fully compliant device, because you’ve already been using some sort of device.

What can I say that has not already been said? BEWARE! Today, there are the old stalwarts of the industry, the companies that have been pursuing this space for the last few years, and the new startups that see great potential. The latter group may entice you with extremely low costs for standalone devices. BEWARE!

Productivity in the transportation industry: It’s all about PR!

I need to put out a "call to action" and generate some Public Relations buzz. For the last year, I've been involved with the National Transportation Center as the President of the non-profit foundation (www.NationalTransportationCenter.com).

CRASH!

I just knew there had to “be an app for that.” I’m not sure there is—YET. The smart phones now have crash sensors. They can sense when the phone is being dropped and can prepare the circuitry for the shock of hitting the pavement.

Tractors are not in your future

Back in the 1980s I was working at Eaton in corporate research. A popular topic in industrial automation at that time was Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs). They are still around; of course, they have their own website (http://www.automaticguidedvehicles.com/). There were systems that used wires in the floor to provide paths to follow, something like Elon Musk’s hyperloop tunnels with fixed paths.

Not just new, but re-new

I attended the Green Truck Show in Indianapolis last month, and am sitting at the Green Transportation Summit in Portland right now. Soon, the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT Expo) will be held in Long Beach.

AutoNoMoUs

I was changing planes in Dallas Ft. Worth airport a couple of weeks ago. I rode their Skylink transit vehicle. For all intents and purposes, it was an autonomous vehicle. No driver in site. No steering wheel. No brake pedals. Of course, I expect there was quite a bit of monitoring in a control room somewhere on the premises, in case something went wrong.

When I went to my hotel, I rode the elevator to the 15th floor. Again, not a driver in site. Just push a button and it operates autonomously, getting me where I want to go, complete with freight (my luggage).

Get 'em out, push 'em out, waaay out!

In spite of his recent troubles and past transgressions, I enjoyed the humor of Bill Cosby for decades. The title comes from one of his routines on child birth where the mother is tired from nine months of pregnancy and the husband is getting into coaching the mother during birth.

It's mine

Most times when I hear start-up companies talking, they want to create a brand. They want their product to be recognized as "THE" product in that category. Then they can grow the products and easily be recognized. Think in terms of Kleenex for tissue paper for the nose, Xerox for a copy, Slinky for a kid's toy.

Comments
The impending telematics takedown
June 30, 2017

Thanks for the note about Omnitracs. I was not aware that they had publicly indicated a sale was possible, but found it in the business journal for Dallas. It is a good time...

And then there were four
September 7, 2016

I come from Detroit, where reference to the Big 3 was always to the 3 largest US manufacturers. Saying Big 4 harkens back to this. I am forecasting that Carl Icahn and his...

Waste Heat Management
February 1, 2016

Eliminating the excise tax to encourage new technology on trucks has been around for some time. Usually, it has been proposed for safety technology. Encouraging for safety of...

Drivers at Fault Could Foster Autonomous Vehicles
October 30, 2015

I've seen that percentage often quoted by people. I can believe it from some data I've seen from fleets that show the variation of fuel economy for a large number of drivers...

TAST - Technology Assisting Service Technicians
September 2, 2015

Great to hear. I'm not a Snapchat user, but I can definitely see where that would be a great way to instantly send photos. I hope you are capturing those for a future website...

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