Maintenance en Why you should computerize your maintenance operations <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Given the increasing complex nature of today&rsquo;s vehicles with their components that have tighter tolerances, the role of maintenance to the successful operation of a fleet is more important than ever.</p> <p>If you have not yet computerized your maintenance operations, here are some reasons why you should do it today.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Fleet Management News Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:00:00 +0000 221281 at Protecting your business before and after an accident <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Accidents happen. And while nobody likes them, it&rsquo;s almost impossible to avoid them. But there are things you can do to reduce your risk such as spec&rsquo;ing vehicles with safety-related options and continuously training drivers in safe driving practices.</p> <p>There are also things you can do to protect your business in the event of an accident, especially when you are performing your own maintenance and repair.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Fleet Management News Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:54:00 +0000 221271 at Mitchell, Bosch to deliver Mitchell Diagnostics System <div class="field-deck"> Collision diagnostic system combines aftermarket scan tool with workflow application to document pre- and post-repair scans. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Mitchell is collaborating with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions in North America to deliver the Mitchell Diagnostics system, which is designed specifically for the collision repair and automotive claims markets. The <a href="" target="_blank">Mitchell Diagnostics system</a> is expected to be available by June 30.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance News Technology Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:49:00 +0000 221111 at Choosing the right diagnostic tool <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>There are lots of options when it comes to diagnostic tools but selecting the wrong one(s) can be a costly mistake.</p> <p>When evaluating a tool you need to consider the following factors:</p> <ul> <li>Initial cost</li> <li>On-going costs</li> <li>Coverage</li> <li>Available training</li> <li>Technical support</li> <li>What it reads</li> </ul> <p>Every tool has good and bad points so the one(s) you select should mesh with your needs as closely as possible.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance News Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:59:00 +0000 220581 at Look for a vendor-partner, not just a vendor <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>When you are selecting an outside company to do business with, whether it&rsquo;s one for purchasing parts or turning over your service work, look beyond selecting a vendor. Instead look for what I call a <em>vendor-partner</em>.</p> <p>The word <em>vendor</em> implies a transaction. And while the term <em>vendor-partner</em> is not a legal arrangement, it is a contractual one. In a relationship with a vendor-partner there are shared expectations. For example, a vendor-partner does not merely sell tires; it sells cost per mile.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance News Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:47:00 +0000 220571 at Maintenance Bay: ‘Wet wash’ delivered <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p><strong>Fleet Manager:</strong> Mark Collins<br /> <strong>Company:</strong> United Parcel Service<br /> <strong>Operation:</strong> Caring for 280,631 pieces of equipment in the U.S., including 80,231 package-car delivery units and vans, plus 20,789 Class 8 units and yard tractors</p> <h3>PROBLEM:</h3> <p>Cleaning diesel particulate filters (DPFs) is a critical maintenance task for any truck fleet. Those devices are designed to capture the soot emanating from diesel engine exhaust that must&nbsp; be removed to keep the filter from clogging.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment News Silver Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:47:00 +0000 220191 at In-house maintenance: Make sure you look at all the factors <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>A recent study came out that reported fleets are seeing productivity improvements by bringing maintenance in-house. That likely is true for large fleets that already have shop locations and technicians in areas where large quantities of their trucks are domiciled.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance News Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:01:00 +0000 219881 at TechSpedite takes on the truck technician shortage <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>With all the uneasiness surrounding the industry&rsquo;s technician shortage, <a href="" target="_blank">Pro-MECH Learning Systems</a> announced it has developed a program aimed at tackling the issue head-on, with an expedited training program promising to create work-ready technicians.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Fleet Management News Mon, 05 Jun 2017 12:38:00 +0000 219861 at <p>Pro-MECH Learning Systems&nbsp;launched TechSpedite, an accelerated four-week intensive training program designed to educate and place capable technicians.</p> Daily preparations make getting through Roadcheck easier <div class="field-deck"> Pilot Flying J offers Roadcheck advice and updates on new roadside service. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Michael Donner, regional manger with <a href="" target="_blank">Pilot Flying J Truck Care</a>, has advice for any truck drivers that might be cramming to be ready for a possible inspection next week during Roadcheck.</p> <p>&ldquo;Drivers should be preparing daily for these inspections and not just this one big push,&rdquo; he said.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance Equipment News Safety Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:33:00 +0000 219541 at <p>Preparing every day for a possible inspection is a good way to avoid emergency maintenance needs&nbsp;over the long term, Michael Donner said. (Photo: Pilot Flying J)</p> Cooling system maintenance is more important than ever <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div><p>Proper maintenance of the cooling system has always been important, but with today&rsquo;s engines running hotter than ever it is even more critical that you maintain your cooling system properly. A compromised cooling system can affect the vehicle&rsquo;s fuel economy and durability. &nbsp;In fact, 40% of all engine problems are related to the cooling system problems.</p> <p>The cooling system has a big job to do. It has to provide heat transfer, prevent failures from overheating, provide freeze protection and inhibit corrosion. &nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Maintenance News Tue, 30 May 2017 12:58:00 +0000 219511 at