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How to combat rust and corrosion on your trucks

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Every company has a budget for truck maintenance. This includes the replacement cost for brake parts, wheels, electronic-related items, and more. What’s often not included in the budget is rust prevention.

Corrosion, however, is a very costly problem to fix. In fact, it is a $2.2-trillion industrial problem.

“The approximate cost of corrosion to U.S society that year [2011] was $460 billion,” said Zane McCarthy, a mechanical engineer and corrosion expert.

McCarthy estimates the cost of corrosion from buildings, roads, and industrial equipment. While corrosion has always been a concern, it has become increasingly problematic over the last seven to eight years. Since the introduction of corrosive road de-icing chemicals that are mixed with binding agents, these chemicals keep material from flowing off the road, but causes corrosion and rust on vehicles.

Penske Truck Leasing has switched to air disc brakes from wide-block S-cam brakes to help control the rust problem.

“We decided to try air disc brakes on a few trucks operating up in the northeast, where those chemicals are used, and we saw a reduction in downtime and repair costs in the first year, said Paul Rosa, the president of Penske Truck Leasing.

Magnesium chloride is another problematic chemical, as it’s more conductive than sodium. It is attracted to electricity and copper, therefore spreads faster.

Instead of throwing money at the problem to try and fix it, there are cost-effective solutions to consider.

McCarthy suggests replacing parts if they study their own corrosion issues, develop a plan to tackle them, or better understand what parts are failing and why.


Fuel-efficient technology being showcased in U.S. road show

Shell, PepsiCO, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) and Carbon War Room are working together to showcase more fuel-efficient technologies in a U.S. road show.

The show, Run on Less, will be a three-week tour in September and feature six to 10 Class 8 trucks equipped with technology that will help achieve at least 26 litres per 100 kilometers (9 miles per US gallon).

The last stop on the tour will be on September 24 at the new North American Commercial Vehicle show in Atlanta, Georgia.

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The Run on Less website will track driver progress and saved dollars and carbon emissions.

Fleets that want to participate will be accepting applications.

The NACFE board chairman recently stated fleets need help sifting through the noise and making better purchasing decisions, while manufacturers need to understand the benefits of how fleets use technologies.

Shell is a proponent of this and works to raise awareness of energy challenges, and the tour is a great way to demonstrate their commitment.

Run on Less is a unique opportunity to demonstrate best practices and improve the bottom line for North American fleets.


Women in Trucking Association Celebrates 10 Years of Diversity

The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

The nonprofit organization has worked over the last 10 years to encourage women to consider careers in the trucking industry, while addressing any issues that may have prevented a woman from succeeding in the job.

The organization has over 4,500+ members of carriers, suppliers, industry professionals, drivers and students. Sixteen per cent of WIT members are men in support of the program and its goals.

Women continue to be a minority in the transportation industry, but WIT has made strides in raising awareness and increasing the ranks of women.


ELD mandate will push truckload rates higher in 2017

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Truckload rates are set to increase an average of 4 per cent this year as a result of an ELD mandate that is about compensating for economic recovery.

The economy has shifted from a high-growth economy to slower-growth but more consumer oriented with a growth at 2%. The industry is concerned for what will happen in 2018 and 2019, and the chance of a recession.

The ELD mandate could also cause a drop in volume and in pricing from 5 to 10 per cent. The impact of ELDs on late adopters is likely high, and it could take a few years before industry professionals realize they’ll have to do it.

Another mandate at play is President Trump’s proposed trillion-dollar transportation infrastructure program, but it hasn’t been decided who will be paying for it. It could come out of higher toll rates.

The FTR estimates that trucking pays 3 cents per mile to maintain an efficient highway system. Maintenance backlogs could double that to 6 cents per mile, and improving the system with additional lanes and highways will bring that cost to 20 cents per mile.

The industry forecast of 25% growth in the 2020s is exaggerated. With the national debt and transportation demand, it could grow by as little as 5%.


New NTEA president excited to continue growth of Canada-US trucking relationship

The new president of the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) has stressed the important link between the Canadian and US trucking industries, and recently announced he believes this relationship will strengthen.

Canada and the US have always been each other’s greatest trading partners, but also wants the relationship to continue to grow in ongoing globalization.

With NTEA offices located in Washington and Ottawa, members are tasked to work together to protect and advance each other’s interests.

The NTEA is working with Transport Canada to release rear backup camera regulations, and held an educational session on the US variety last month.

The US version of greenhouse gas regulations for trucks was released in 2016, and the NTEA plans to work on its proposal for phase 2 now as well.

Another focus of the NTEA is to provide members with advice on cross-boarder issues through its Ottawa office, and visit with Canadian members to get feedback on other concerns.

Adam Keane, president of the NTEA, speaks during the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis March 16.


Transcourt’s 20th anniversary celebrations start in Montreal

Oakville, ON, March 30th, 2017 – Transcourt Tank Leasing, the Canadian leader in tank trailer leasing, rental and sales is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It was in fact back in 1997 that Bruce Daccord, John Campbell and Neil Pickering decided to establish the company.

The company grew steadily as it was recognized by potential customers for offering customized solutions that helped them achieve their unique business objectives. After opening sales offices in Edmonton and Montreal, Transcourt decided to forge ahead into the U.S.A. market by opening an office in Lansing, Illinois.

Over the years, Transcourt has built a large fleet of high quality tank trailers in various configurations to suit a variety of unique industry segments. This equipment is made available to customers across Canada and the United-States.

On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, Transcourt invited Québec-based customers to a most enjoyable cocktail in Old Montreal. This event marked the launch of the festivities surrounding Transcourt’s 20th anniversary. On hand to welcome their guests were President Bruce Daccord, Robert Pahanich, Vice-President of Business Development, Julie Thibaudeau, newly appointed Director of Business Development for Québec and the Maritimes and Vianna Murday, Manager of Marketing & Communications. At the end of the evening a delicious 20th anniversary cake was served!

Jules Beauchemin, Moulins de Soulanges; Transcourt’s Julie Thibaudeau and Vincent Faure, Trimac.

Michel Delcourt, 4 Star Bulk, Patrick Gagnon, Brasseur Transport; Guy Ouimet, Trimac and Gilbert Bériault, Brasseur Transport.

Bruce Daccord, Transcourt with Philippe Moreau, Air Liquide.

Marco Gaudette and Mélanie Roy, both with Broyage RM.

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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.

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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.