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Four Tips for Operating a More Fuel Efficient Fleet

Posted by G. Christianson on Mar 16, 2018 9:06:28 AM

Don't let your electrical system short you on fuel.


Fleets are always thirsty for fuel. Even with the stunning advances made in fuel efficiency for industrial vehicles from tractor trailers to agricultural equipment, everybody wants to get more out of every drop in the tank. And you can always get at least a little bit more out of your fuel budget, especially from the electrical system, if you know where to look.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Fleet Management

RFIDs: What Can They Do for Your Fleet? By Farsens.com

Posted by G. Christianson on Aug 23, 2016 2:57:36 PM

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is automatic identification technology which uses radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to identify objects carrying tags when they come close to a reader.

RFID was first used during World War II to distinguish between ally and enemy airplanes (IFF: Identify Friendly Foe) and later was instrumental in producing anti-theft devices for retail stores.

In the modern Internet of Things (IoT), this technology is being utilized by many commercial operations to track and monitor equipment and fleet vehicles.

Mikel Choperena, of Farsens.com, is a technology writer who specializes in autonomous sensors and RFID. We recently checked in with Mikel to learn how RFID sensors work and how they're being used in service equipment and elsewhere. Here's what he had to say:

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Topics: New Technologies, IoT, RFID, Fleet Management

Are Hybrid Vehicles Right for Your Fleet?

Posted by G. Christianson on Aug 9, 2016 10:01:20 AM

Rising fuel efficiency standards and memories of the days of $4-a-gallon diesel has many fleets considering upgrading to hybrids before the cost of fuel goes up or the inspector visits. The electrical supplies for hybrid technology are also improving constantly and becoming more appealing. But are hybrid vehicles a good fit for your fleet?

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Topics: Fleet Management, Hybrids, Green Fleets, New Technologies

Implementing a Telematics Solution for Your Fleet? Transparency is Key.

Posted by G. Christianson on Jul 14, 2016 10:30:00 AM


Are you planning to upgrade your fleet's automotive electrical system with a telematics solution?

In our earlier post, " What Are Telematics and Why Are They Important?", we introduced the concept of telematics and listed some common applications used by fleets to help improve business. 

While telematics are an incredibly useful tool for building a more efficient fleet, many fleets struggle with implementing them due to concern on the part of drivers about privacy and how the data will be used. In this post, we explore how to balance fleet efficiency with team morale.
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Topics: Fleet Management, Telematics, Industry Updates, How To, Resources & Tools

What Are Telematics and Why Are They Important?

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Jul 12, 2016 2:43:58 PM

(Source: Telematicsnews.com)

 

What Are "Telematics"?

Fleetmatics.com defines Telematics as "any integrated use of telecommunications with information and communications technology. It is the technology of sending, receiving and storing information relating to remote objects – like vehicles – via telecommunication devices". This is often achieved through a combination of a GPS receiver and an electronic GSM device that use software to communicate vehicle data to another location.

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Topics: Fleet Management, Industry Updates, Telematics, IoT

All About the ELD Mandate

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Jun 23, 2016 1:40:36 PM

In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) passed a mandate requiring electronic logging devices (ELDs) to be used in all commercial motor vehicles where paper driver logs are currently required.

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Topics: Regulatory, New Technologies, Industry Updates, Fleet Management

Are Parasitic Loads Impacting Your Fleet's Battery Life? Here's How to Tell

Posted by G. Christianson on Jun 21, 2016 12:42:37 PM

Your fleet runs on batteries as much as fuel, and parasitic loads can reduce battery life, strand vehicles, and make life miserable across a fleet. So how do you find parasitic loads, and how do you get rid of them?

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Topics: Battery Management, Resources & Tools, Fleet Management

5 Ways Big Data Can Benefit Your Fleet

Posted by G. Christianson on Jun 14, 2016 12:08:36 PM

One of the unexpected innovations in fleet management has been the arrival of big data. On-board computers in vehicles track every mile of travel and collect information, and aftermarket accessories such as GPS guides and vehicle trackers let you collect even more. The main question is, now that you have all this information, what do you do with it? Here's a guide on how to effectively use big data to benefit your fleet.

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Topics: Industry Updates, Resources & Tools, Fleet Management, Big Data

How to Choose a Power Inverter by Eaton

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Jun 2, 2016 1:36:27 PM

Power inverters are an important tool for fleets, especially commercial long-haul trucks who want to attract and retain drivers despite the current labor shortage. However there are many technical aspects to consider when making this substantial purchase.

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Topics: How To, Fleet Management, Power Inverters, Eaton

4 Key Trends Impacting Fleet Management

Posted by G. Christianson on May 31, 2016 12:11:09 PM

Fleet management is a tricky juggling act at the best of times, and with everything from the regulatory environment to fuel prices changing rapidly, it can make it tough to see where things are heading in the future. Here are a few trends you should keep an eye on to anticipate the needs of your fleet.

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Topics: Industry Updates, Fleet Management


 

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