Power Takeoff units, or PTOs, are used to power hydraulic systems on work vehicles. Choosing the right PTO can be daunting due to the many different configurations and applications. The right choice depends on how fast you want to run your truck's engine while working, as well as what type of transmission the truck has. There are experts who can help you make the right decision. Eaton offers “End Dump wet kit” packages that simplify ordering and installation. PTO maintenance is usually conducted along with normal transmission maintenance. The process should include cleaning and inspecting various parts, but also speaking with the operators of the equipment.
“One of the first decisions to make when spec’ing a PTO is how fast you want to run the engine when performing work.”
J.B. Hunt company is starting a collaboration with Google that will result in application of AI and cloud-based technology in their operations. Company is hoping that the collaboration will improve the efficiency especially in the way it connects shipments with capacity currently available. The technology will provide a real-time collected data which will bring quicker reaction times to supply chain and operations. This will also mean higher expectations from customers, and the company hopes it translates into more business opportunities.
“By leveraging Google’s Data Cloud, J.B. Hunt 360 will better predict outcomes and help users make informed decisions.”
If you are considering switching from diesel to electric, then make sure you aren't just getting caught up in the moment of what is new and interesting right now. Make sure that you are gauging what the long term effects for your business will be. This isn't saying that diesel uses fewer emissions than electric, but we have to be mindful of where that electric power is coming from. No matter what is powering your vehicle, there will be some emissions involved somewhere, so make the right decision for you.
“Schaeffer contended that you can’t fairly compare the green impact of diesel vs. electric powering trucks without factoring in the source of electricity generation.”
Communication is key to your success in the business world. You can even let the service provider know what your goals are and fill them in on what you expect to spend. It is said that for every ten dollars you spend on maintenance, that is one hundred dollars that you will save down the road. If you incentivize finding the problems before they begin, this will offer encouragement to prevent repairs and down time in the first place.
“Gingrich also said fleets can help themselves reduce repair costs by establishing incentives for drivers and holding them accountable”
Tolls as much as they aren't popular among people, are necessary to help maintain the roadways. Where ever you see a lot of trucks driving, there will almost always be a toll that has to be paid. What they get in return are roadways that are well maintained that they can continue to drive over. The tolls are thinking of getting rid of their cash only policy and making it to where you can pay online instead of having to fork over cash each time.
“ATRI found that on a per-mile basis, toll facility revenues are 18 times those collected through the federal tax placed on motor fuels.”
In your shop, it is nothing but a game of whack a mole. When something breaks, then you know that it needs to be fixed, and then you fix it. There is a better way to streamline this process. If you are giving the vehicles the maintenance that they require, this will cut down on the amount of times the vehicles break down and need to be prepared. You can also reduce costs, with updates that are given out over the air.
“If you want healthier vehicles and a shop that runs more smoothly, shift gears to a more proactive approach.”
In a recent survey, it was found that a lot of fleets are looking to purchase new trucks in the coming year at a much higher percentage that previous years. Fleets were also surveyed about what is making them feel like they don't want to purchase an electric vehicle. The top reason that they were hesitant to purchase them is because of the cost. The second reason is that there aren't many places where you can go to charge these vehicles.
“According to the survey, 50% of carriers plan to buy a new truck in the next year, up from 33% who reported the same in Convoy’s November 2020 survey.”
When it comes to saving money on trucks, people often want to look towards the trucks themselves. What we really need to be looking at are the people who are driving these trucks. You can keep the vehicles in good working condition by teaching your drivers the proper way to drive the vehicle and proper maintenance. Make sure you keep communication open between yourself and your drivers so that they can better understand what it is that is expected of them, as well as your policies.
“Beyond driver involvement, driver training is another essential key in reducing driver-related maintenance costs.”
If you are looking into getting some new work truck suspensions, then you will want to understand what you are getting into. There are different types of suspensions that will work better for the specific truck that you are driving. If you are wanting something that will cushion your ride and provide stability, make sure you are purchasing the right type of suspension for your specific vehicle. It must all work together as well, with your torque rods as well as your axle.
“equalizing (walking) beam suspensions are the most common and effective for providing optimal stability, mobility, and traction.”
Technology is something that is constantly changing and improving, and if you aren't adopting this new technology as a truck driver, there is a good chance you are missing out on some improvements as well as being able to get your vehicle serviced by someone that is only accustomed to the improved technology in the future. Make sure that you have warranty on your vehicle and that it is extended so that way you are protected in case anything goes wrong with your truck.
“Or will the same problems of ever-more-complex vehicles force aftermarket and independent maintenance providers out of business”