Fuels

Time is money

Feature Story Fuel haulers need to be nimble in order to make those crucial just-in-time deliveries Daufeldt Transport utilizes a fleet of 28 tractors and 31 tanker trailers in order to make sure that its deliveries are made on time. Playing the petroleum market isn’t just for international investors. In an era of rapidly fluctuating petroleum prices, customers such as ...

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‘Tanks” a lot

Feature Story New technology can help improve storage-tank safety The Retractable Grounding Assembly shown installed on a storage tank. Companies from B.P. and Shell to ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips are adopting a new grounding technology for their storage and bulkplant operations known as Retractable Grounding Assembly.Recent tests conducted for the American Petroleum Institute have shown that Floating Roof Tank shunts are ...

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Volume and profit

Feature Story York Oil’s relationship with PriceEnergy helps efficiently grow its heating-oil business David Woods, president, and Greg Burns, manager of business development for York Oil, have expanded the company’s reach through its relationship with PriceEnergy. David Woods, president of York Oil, York Beach, Maine, was interested in growing his business, but also needed to make his deliveries as efficiently ...

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Making the leap

Feature Story How much automation do I need and where is the cost-benefit payout? By Chris Kastner The good ol’ mechanical meter register has been a cornerstone of fuel deliveries for decades. Knowing it’s time to replace ol’ reliable with a cutting-edge automated system is a conundrum more and more distributors are confronting. It’s time for a gut check! There ...

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Change is good: New dispatching solution unburdens the work force at Valley Oil

Cover Story When a current operational procedure involves hours and can be replaced by a procedure that takes minutes, then change is good. Valley Oil of Hopewell, N.J., identified a number of core operational procedures that burdened management, office staff and field personnel. They then researched a number of solutions that would help them reduce the time burden on these ...

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Work Truck Show 2006

Feature StoryExpo to run concurrently with NTEA’s 42nd convention The Work Truck Show 2006, held in conjunction with the 42nd Annual National Truck Equipment Association Convention, offers fleet managers and professionals from a variety of industries an opportunity to see what’s new in vocational trucks and equipment, learn about the latest trends, discuss key issues with their peers and discover ...

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Five easy steps

Feature StoryA solid preventive maintenance program can minimize repair costs and downtime A solid preventive maintenance program can help fleet managers keep repair costs and downtime to a minimum. But an inefficient, poorly designed program can cost time and money. Robert Johnson, fleet management liaison for the National Truck Equipment Association, said that vocational fleet managers should review several areas ...

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A harsh winter?

Cover Story Post-hurricane refinery recovery is moving along, but distillates are in troubleby Keith Reid Hurricanes Katrina and Rita screamed ashore with all their fury and left devastation in their paths. The wreckage is still being cleared, and uprooted people remain homeless and often hopeless, and one of America’s great cities will never be the same. But for all of ...

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Katrina touches all

Feature Story Devastating hurricane leaves its mark on Americans from coast to coast By Chris Traczek While the physical devastation ‘ which is expected to cost over $100 billion ‘ and loss of life ‘ which could reach into the tens of thousands ‘ wrought by Hurricane Katrina was limited to the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, ...

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Horses to horsepower

Cover Story Jacobus Energy grows, diversifies with the help of Freightliner trucks By Jennifer Edwards When Jacobus Energy was founded in 1919, refueling meant keeping the company’s main transportation sources full of hay and oats. Back then, the company consisted of five employees and two teams of horses who hauled coal, animal feed and building supplies, among other products, to ...

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