Topics Service & Repair

Winter safety tips for using space heaters in service operations

KPA Online has published an article offering dealers and service providers tips for safely using space heaters to keep repair facilities warm during these bone-chilling winter months. Written by KPA's Lori Matthews, the post notes that in 2011, "space heaters were involved in an estimated 53,600 reported U.S. home ...

Meritor WABCO introduces aftermarket programming tool

Meritor WABCO has created what it calls "a breakthrough programming tool" that helps significantly shorten delivery times of replacement electronic control units (ECU) for anti-lock braking systems (ABS). The Aftermarket Programming Tool is being introduced this week at the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting in Nashville. Beginning this ...

PSI collaborating with SkyBitz to provide tire pressure data information

SkyBitz and Pressure Systems International (PSI) announced an agreement to provide integrated tire inflation data alongside asset information for managing fleets Sunday at the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting in Nashville. The companies say their agreement will offer vehicle owners a comprehensive breadth of data related to ...

Michelin launches enhanced smartphone app

Michelin Americas Truck Tires has launched a new smart phone app for its Michelin Advantage Program members, which consist of fleets and owner-operators with less than 100 vehicles. Michelin says the app is designed to meet the specific needs of these businesses who may not have all the available resources ...

GALLERY – Wednesday at TMC

The 2015 Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting began winding its way to its conclusion on Wednesday in Nashville. Wednesday was the final day for the exhibit hall, and included several study group sessions and the TMC Industry Awards Luncheon. TMC formally concludes Thursday after two more study ...

TMD Friction announces 2015 Brake Training dates

TMD has announced the Brake Training dates for 2015 at its facilities in Troy, Mich. Upcoming classes will be held April 29, Aug. 12 and Nov. 11, 2015. Each class is free, and includes lunch and training materials provided. The company says the training is focused to help fleet managers, fleet maintenance ...

The challenge of fleet utilization during a tech shortage

Fleet utilization is defined as the percentage of power units a fleet has on the road generating revenue at any given time. But when it comes to actually describing utilization, the explanation is a lot longer than a single sentence definition. During a technical session Wednesday at the Technology ...

Power Heavy Duty caps productive meeting at HDAW

Members of Power Heavy Duty met together at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) in Las Vegas last month to review the group’s achievements since becoming part of the VIPAR Heavy Duty family of companies. “Since Power Heavy Duty became part of the VIPAR Heavy Duty family of companies, we’ve ...

TMC tackles technician mentoring

Task force day for the S.16 Service Provider study group at the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting Monday in Nashville began with a lively discussion about technician mentoring. Led by TA/Petro’s Homer Hogg, the S.16 Mentor Development task force is still in its infancy. The goal, Hogg ...

TMC panel touts VMRS for service profitability

Trucking has entered the world of big data. Fleets today can compile more information about their trucks in an hour than they used to in a year. But acquiring all of that information also can be overwhelming. “Big data quickly becomes a big mess if you don’t have a structure for ...