Fuels

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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Industries prepare for tighter emissions regulations that go into effect in 2007

FeatureDiesel deadline looms By Mark Stasell With the deadline just 15 months away, tighter diesel-emissions regulations that will take effect in 2007 continue to the shape business plans and strategies of the fuel oil industry, diesel-engine manufacturers and United States commercial truck and school bus operators.These groups now share a defined commitment to clean-air initiatives not only because they are ...

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Space trucking

FeatureRF Delivery System uses satellites to keep delivery trucks connected By Gary J. Sullivan Maine, the 23rd state to join the United States, is the home of the world’s largest boulder, the inventor of the toothpick, the author of “America the Beautiful,” the first state to have mandatory retirement at age 65, the first to broadcast a transatlantic TV signal ...

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