Fuels

Adding the Right Stuff

Cover Story Fuel additives, applied properly, can be a corrective for some chronic problemsBy Stephen Bennett Season to season, heating oil deliverymen encounter systems clogged to varying degrees by sediment or bacterial growth, which brings us to the use of fuel additives to treat such problems.The quality of No. 2 home heating oil and the presence of sediment and water ...

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DARK EXCHANGES

Feature Story The New England Fuel Institute is fighting for transparency in emerging fuel trading marketsBy Stephen Bennett Excessive speculation and volatility on the energy commodity markets have impacted small business fuel dealers and the American energy consumer, Sean Cota, president of the New England Fuel Institute, told a Senate subcommittee. Cota’s testimony and an Op-Ed piece in The Boston ...

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Non-Road Diesel

Feature Story Nonroad, Locomotive and Marine Diesel Rule An overview of the requirements for the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic areaThe Nonroad Diesel Rule is part of a suite of sweeping EPA changes that tackle ozone, emissions and fine particle matter (PM) from off-road diesel equipment. Nonroad applications include construction equipment such as backhoes, agricultural equipment such as tractors, material handling equipment such as ...

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Petrotrac

Feature Story Building a Common Sense Solution McEvoy Oil Company looked inside to meet its technology needs Petrotrac addresses all phases of deliveries, product line inventory and accounting. Increased business costs have forced every energy supplier to focus on their operations and find ways to improve competitiveness and the bottom line. The problem days of manual registers using bulky paper ...

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A New Age in Dispatching

Cover Story Modern day dispatching software dispenses with paperwork and combines with communications technology to automate much of the humdrum of fleet management By Stephen Bennett Photo courtesy SmartLogix Dispatching, by definition, always used to involve a great deal of verbal communication with drivers ‘ and lots of paperwork. But it doesn’t have to be that way.By combining dispatch and ...

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LOST?

Feature Story Personal navigation devices save the dayBy Tom DuffeyThe costs of an oil driver or service technician getting lost on his (or her) way to the customer’s home are significant. The dollar effect on a company’s profit can be analyzed and determined, and although that analysis and determination goes beyond the scope of this article, it is safe to ...

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Forging ahead

Feature Story Major truck fleets band together to speed development of hybrid work trucks Twenty-one of the biggest mixed fleets in North America are working together to help speed the development of a cost-effective, light-duty work truck that reduces exhaust emissions while improving fuel economy compared to current vehicles. These fleets make up the Light-duty Hybrid Action Group facilitated by ...

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Jacobus Energy

Feature Story Delivering Reliability Jacobus Energy’s promise of timely accurate, safe deliveries made possible with Blackmer pumps by Scott Jackson Art Hoff, who has been with Jacobus Energy for 33 years and is currently the company’s fleet procurement supervisor, is responsible for updating and maintaining the company’s truck fleet. ‘Reliability, accuracy and safety are critical. Our customers want their fuel ...

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New lease on life

Feature Story Kenworth’s T800 model can be spec’d in a variety of configurations, helping fuel oil dealers optimize their trucks’ maneuverability and weight distribution. Fleets operators are learning that leasing is a suitable alternative to truck ownership Several years ago, many fleets thought owning their own trucks made the most financial sense. But numerous changes, including the increasing complexity of ...

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