Maintenance en GCR Tires & Service launches Route Planner Tool <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>GCR Tires &amp; Service (GCR), a business of Bridgestone Americas Inc., recently launched a new Route Planner tool available on the GCR website. Powered by an enhanced Store Location Finder application, the Route Planner provides access to course intelligence to locate GCR stores along haul routes and select store locations based on their specific service needs, the company noted.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance News Wed, 24 May 2017 13:02:00 +0000 219201 at Penske opens new facility in Lafayette <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">Penske Truck Leasing</a> announced the opening of its new facility in Lafayette, LA. Located at 2744 NE Evangeline Thruway, the building will offer full-service truck leasing, consumer and commercial truck rental and contract truck fleet maintenance services.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment News Tue, 23 May 2017 11:54:00 +0000 219101 at Maintenance Bay: Beating back corrosion <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><strong>President:</strong> Dave Letts<br /> <strong>Company:</strong> Transport Finishes Inc.<br /> <strong>Operation:</strong> A sandblasting, body work, fiberglass repair, and paint shop for heavy-duty trucks and trailers located in East Hazel Crest, IL</p> <h3>PROBLEM:</h3> <p>When it comes to refurbishing trailers, Dave Letts says that corrosion problems strike the same areas over and over again largely due to the operating conditions every trucking company must deal with.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment News Mon, 08 May 2017 13:11:00 +0000 217851 at Summer Savings: Prevention is better than a cure <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>After the harsh winter storms and a wet, soggy spring, trucks and equipment are rolling into summer in a little worse shape than before. Bad weather is tough on fleets and equipment with repairs costing up to <a href="" target="_blank">$15,000 on average, annually.</a></p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment News Wed, 03 May 2017 20:48:00 +0000 217591 at Ryder partners with Workhorse Group <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Ryder System Inc. announced it will be the strategic service partner for <a href="" target="_blank">Workhorse Group Inc.</a> Ryder will be the exclusive maintenance provider for Workhorse&rsquo;s entire light- and medium-duty range-extended electric vehicle fleet in North America and will provide a combination of warranty and maintenance services as part of <a href="" target="_blank">Ryder&rsquo;s SelectCare fleet maintenance</a> portfolio.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment News Wed, 03 May 2017 13:56:00 +0000 217481 at Measuring shop productivity <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Do you know how productive your shop is? I mean <em>really</em> know, because you are measuring things like dwell time, actual repair time, and rework/come backs, or whatever key performance indicators are important to your operation?</p> <p>Without hard data it is nearly impossible to know just how well your shop and technicians are doing. If you are not currently measuring shop and technician productivity, you should consider doing so.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance News Tue, 02 May 2017 15:28:00 +0000 217381 at More productivity from in-house maintenance <div class="node-body gallery-body"><div></div><p>A recent survey conducted by <a href="">CK Commercial Vehicle Research</a> (CKCVR), dubbed the <em><u>Fleet Productivity Gains and Losses</u></em> study by the firm, indicated that trucking fleets can gain higher productivity by bringing more vehicle maintenance work in-house &ndash; something well-known in the U.S. military, where most maintenance is conducted in-house. CKCVR&rsquo;s study polled 57 fleets that operate more than 47,000 medium and heavy duty trucks (primarily Class 8 tractors) that accrue in excess of 4.5 billion miles annually.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment News Tue, 02 May 2017 09:24:00 +0000 217291 at <p>Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.</p> Repair orders help you recover warranty dollars <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Repair orders contain a wealth of information. They identify a problem, outline a solution, indicate parts needed for the repair, and include both a timeline for completing the work as well as an initial estimate of the cost to complete it.</p> <p>In other words, they spell out everything you need to know about a repair so the fleet manager knows exactly what to expect. In addition to defining the service needed, a repair order is an important document in the warranty recovery process.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance News Mon, 01 May 2017 12:52:00 +0000 217191 at Make sure wheels are aligned from beginning <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Wheel alignment is critical to tire life. Proper alignment decreases irregular tire wear and improves tire mileage by decreasing rolling resistance.</p> <p>According to the Truck-frame &amp; Axle Repair Association website, toe error can shorten tread life by 25% and correct vehicle alignment will improve fuel mileage by one-half to one mile per gallon. Pretty impressive statistics.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment News Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:30:00 +0000 217031 at Finding the contract maintenance provider best suited for you <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Increasing vehicle complexity and changing maintenance needs are causing some fleets to consider turning maintenance of their vehicles over to someone else.</p> <p>Before getting into key areas you need to consider when moving to contract maintenance, it&rsquo;s important that you are clear about the type of support you are looking for to properly handle your account. Any contract maintenance provider needs to have a complete understanding of your operation in order to provide proper service.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance News Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:42:00 +0000 216251 at