Fuels

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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Trucking along: Over 7,000 attended the 2005 Work Truck Show

FeaturesBY CHRIS TRACZEK With initial data showing an attendance of more than 7,000, The Work Truck Show 2005 and 41st Annual NTEA Convention was the place for industry professionals to see the latest products and product innovations; discover solutions to technical questions; and network with colleagues. The event is the country’s largest gathering of Class 1 through 8 commercial trucks ...

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Beyond wrenches, Part IV

FeaturesInformation technology can help increase the productivity of service techsBy Tom Duffe This article is Part 4 of a 4-part series. Parts 1, 2 and 3 addressed information technology tools to help make dispatchers, drivers and CSRs more productive. The focus of this article is how those tools can help make service technicians more productive.Typically, a more knowledgeable, more experienced ...

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Tip-top tanks

FeaturesModern technology makes remote automatic tank-gauging a viable storage optionBy Bill Pierce Manual gauging operations, especially on large, remote tanks, has always been a challenge for operators. Weather factors, including snow and ice on ladders, stairways and tank tops, make the job even more difficult and dangerous, especially in snowy regions like the Northeastern United States and Canada.However, fuel oil ...

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