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Month: March 2017

ATA presents new rules for transporting food in 2017

The US’s 2011 Sanitary Transportation of Human And Animal Food guidelines will kick in later this year. They will have a direct impact on trucking companies transporting food across the country.

The changes were announced at the American Trucking Association’s (ATA) Omnitracks Outlook 2017.

Concerns over the policies include the matter of food temperature. The ATA stressed to the government there are two types of temperature control – safety and for quality.

Food temperature has a direct effect on the public’s health. Food contaminated by an improper temperature can cause severe illness or death.

The 2011 rule has been amended; requirements for recording temperatures will be left to a shipper’s discretion and if there is an issue with a shipment, an expert will inspect the food being transported.

Keeping the trailer that is transporting food sanitary is another important component of the rule. Vehicle and transportation equipment used to move food must be cleaned and sanitized.

Only small businesses with less than $500,000 in annual revenue, food transshipped through the US and food located in a facility regulated by the USDA is exempt from the new rules.

Sean Garney, director of safety policy for the American Trucking Associations.







Tech-based maintenance tools developed and announced at TMC

The trucking industry has always stressed an importance on technology and innovation. At a press conference at the 2017 Technology and Maintenance Council’s (TMC) meeting in Nashville, Cummins announced new tech features in an effort to optimize maintenance procedures.

OilGuard is now available; it’s an analysis program that is offered free of charge to customers that sign up and receive oil sample kits to send to the Cummins’ lab for analysis.

The analysis makes recommendations on oil drain intervals. As such, the analysis can lead to cost savings while identifying the true number of oil changes a truck needs.

Connected Software Updates were also announced, which allows over-the-air programming of X15 engines to enhance performance. Eliminating the need to schedule shop visits saves on labor costs, but also prevents trucks from being out of commission.

The Cummins Guidanz app, available this April, provides engine fault code information and other key diagnostic data on iOS and Android mobile devices.


Volvo introduces remote programming solution for engines

Volvo Trucks North America announced an expansion of its remote diagnostics platform. The programming solution allows powertrain software and vehicle parameter updates across North America wherever a cellular network is available.

The new system will be available later this summer for all Volvo trucks equipped with the Volvo-powered 2017 GHC-compliant engines.

Volvo Trucks project manager Ash Makki says up to 75 percent of software updates are neglected industry-wide. This is because of the time it takes to schedule updates, take trucks in for service, which takes on average anywhere from 2 to 3 days.

This new software update will allow for engine software to update during a driver’s scheduled rest period.

A fleet manager will be notified that the software is updated and prompted to authorize a download. When the truck is parked in a safe location, the driver will be instructed to leave the ignition on and initiate an update. Once it is completed, the driver will be notified.

Remote Programming will be available later this year on all Volvo trucks operating 2017-compliant Volvo engines.Image courtesy of


President Trump to have a positive impact on trucking industry, ATA president says

American Trucking Associations (ATA) president and CEO Chris Spear announced that he wants to be a partner to the newly-elected Donald Trump administration.

In his announcement, Spear said Trump has potential to empower the trucking industry, creating an environment that will allow us to step up, to lead and not follow.

The trucking industry shouldn’t worry about President Trump’s tweets, but focus on his actual policies, Spear said.

Trump has proposed to put $1-trillion toward infrastructure, which has not happened since the Eisenhower administration.

The industry is embracing a new chapter, and as such, will capitalize on the technology that exists. The industry must accept, or be left behind

Image courtesy of Omnitracs CEO John Graham, right, thanks, ATA president and CEO Chris Spear for his opening address during Outlook 2017 in Phoenix.