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Five Ways Big Data can Benefit Your Fleet

Posted by G. Christianson on Mar 16, 2018 9:08:13 AM

Big data can improve your fleet.


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: Resources & Tools

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

Relays vs. Solenoids vs. Contactors: A Comparison

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Feb 10, 2017 1:21:16 PM

Solenoids, relays, and contactors are all electro-mechanical switches, but there are some critical differences that make each suitable for different applications. In this article, we will explain how each of these devices work and discuss some key selection considerations.

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Topics: Relays, Buying Guides, Resources & Tools

Spotlights vs. Floodlights - Which Work Light Is Right For You

Posted by G. Christianson on Dec 14, 2016 12:40:26 PM


When it comes to lighting patterns for vehicle work lights, we often ask customers if they prioritize breadth or depth and are sometimes met with confusion. We find that some work vehicle customers are unsure whether spotlights or floodlights will best suit their operators' needs. While these two types of lighting patterns can be confused, it's important for upfitters to understand the differences in their lighting output and what the best applications are for each. So what is the difference, and where and when should they be installed and used?


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Topics: Resources & Tools, Lighting

Splice Connectors 101

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Dec 1, 2016 12:33:00 PM

Splice connectors, most commonly known as butt connectors, but also butt splices and crimp connectors, are a fundamentally important component in 12-volt electrical systems. Here are some basics you'll need to know about them.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Terminals & Connectors, Basics

How to Select Heat Shrink for Your Application

Posted by G. Christianson on Nov 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Heat shrink is one of the most useful products in many low voltage applications. It repairs insulation, it offers protection against abrasion and moisture intrusion for wires, it provides needed support and strain relief and generally it allows for more design flexibility and capability for any automotive electrical use. But picking heat shrink can be a difficult task if you're not familiar with it. How do you select the right heat shrink for the job?

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Heat Shrink, Buying Guides

How to Choose the Right Crimping Tools

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Oct 27, 2016 12:26:12 PM

Proper crimping is paramount, but getting the right crimp requires the right tool. While this may sound simple enough, there are several considerations when selecting from the myriad of crimping tools on the market-- here are a few of the most important: 

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Topics: Wire & Cable, Resources & Tools, Crimping

A Basic Guide to Circuit Breaker Types

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Oct 6, 2016 7:45:00 AM

Modern machines of all types are setting aside fuses in favor of circuit breakers. Circuit breakers have quite a few virtues; they're more durable, they're easier to reset and replace, and they can be ordered in types that fit in where most fuses were used on vehicles. Still, it's important to know the different circuit breaker types and their uses.

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Topics: Circuit Protection, Resources & Tools

What Does "Solid State" Mean for Electrical Components?

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Sep 29, 2016 12:26:32 PM

Any purchasing department is familiar with the term "solid state." Solid state electronics and circuits are fairly common in automotive electrical, but how well do you understand how this technology works, as well as the benefits and drawbacks? So let's take a look at solid state components, and what they mean for vehicles and engineering.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, New Technologies, Solid State, Relays

The 2 Things You Must Double-Check When Sizing Battery Cables - a Quick Reference

Posted by G. Christianson on Sep 22, 2016 2:39:26 PM

The battery cable is among the most important cables in a battery management system. It ensures you have power, stay on task, and avoid battery drain. But to enable this, you need to make sure the sizing is correct. Below, we reference the two things you must double check when sizing your battery cables.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Wire & Cable, Battery Management, How To


 

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