Monday, December 17, 2007

Initial DPF Equiped Trucks

Winter is now upon us and the operation of trucks with a DPF is now real world. This winter and the use of ULSD will determine the fate of fleets that bought DPF equiped trucks and did not provide proper training in the operation of these units. Recent calls and visits to servicing dealers offered a little insight into what problems to expect. Very few hardware problems were reported, most problems were related to lack of understanding of the lights on the dash and the possible effects of excessive idling.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

DPF Problems in the Early Days

It appears that operating trucks equipped with DPF are providing the same headaches that previous technologies provided in the early days of operation. However, the kind of problems differ this go around.

In talking with dealer service personnel, engine service personnel, and fleets the problems all seem to relate to education and not necessarily equipment failure. That is not to say there have not been component failures, but it appears that they have been minimal. Of course, it depends upon whom you talk when it come to the education issues. The common thread among all persons contacted points to the driver and his understanding of the lights and switches. It would be helpful to all concerned if we could hear from fleets going forward.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Truck Purchase after 2006

A trend is developing in the USA that has been in place in other countries for some time. How will the US market take to proprietary trucks? Two major truck makers are pushing the effort with some sobering effects. Is the trend of proprietary trucks leading to guaranteed cost per mile?

Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel

ULSD has created concern for fleets running pre-07 engines. Lower fuel mileage, cold weather operation, fuel system casualties. What to expect going forward?

Global Product Suppliers in Trucking

It is for sure we are in a global economy, however how do we know for sure the quality is ensured in the products offered to fleets. Before we condemn, maybe we should investigate. If we investigate and find problems, what do we do? If we investigate and find no quality problems, what do we do?