Day one of the 2013 Rush Truck Centers Technician Skills Rodeo pitted 100 out of the company's 2,000 technicians against one another in three "wild card" multiple choice exams, each 20 minutes long, and one 45 minute "hands-on" test covering any number of vehicle related issues, from rebuilding a transmission main shift assembly and shift box to diagnosing engine and/or chassis fault codes, either for heavy- or medium-duty truck models.
Though the manufacturin of its aerodynamic devices for trailers is contracted out, SmartTruck Systems constructs and tests its prototypes in an engineering facility located just outside Greenville, S.C., connected to a warehouse that keeps a broad array of its products on hand -- a building that even serves as a storage spot for its test vehicles as well.
Aerodynamic device maker SmartTruck Systems recently demonstrated how it tests the effectiveness of its products. SmartTruck's chief scientist Mike Henderson explains what the "coast down" test is designed to measure....More
At Michelin's Lauren Proving Grounds outside Greenville, S.C., aerodynamic device maker SmartTruck Systems demonstrated the "coast down" testing protocol used as the starting point for fuel economy calculations in the automotive world; a style of testing that may become more prominent as the heavy truck industry begins complying with new greenhouse gas emission/fuel economy standards promulgated jointly by the EPA and NHTSA.
Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation discusses the impacts changes to hours of service have had on retailers during the Infrastructure of the Future summit in Washington, DC....More
Sponsored by the American Highway Users alliance and AB Volvo, the Infrastucture of the Future summit brought together transportation industry executives, association groups, and government officials to discuss the growing challenges and possible solutions surrounding the funding and expansion needs for highways, railroads, ports in the U.S.