Fuels

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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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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