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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: Fleet Management, New Technologies, IoT, RFID

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, New Technologies, Green Fleets, Hybrids

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: Industry Updates, Fleet Management, New Technologies, Regulatory

Top New Product Picks from the 2016 Wire Processing Technology Expo

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on May 26, 2016 2:17:33 PM

The Wire Processing Technology Expo is always a great place to see new products, and the 2016 show was no exception. When visiting our vendors, we were almost overwhelmed by sea of new parts, however there were a few that stood out from the pack.

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Topics: New Products, New Technologies, Wire & Cable

Expert Interview: How Fleet Managers Can Use the Internet of Things

Posted by G. Christianson on Apr 15, 2016 7:30:00 AM


Agustin Pelaez is the co-founder of Ubidots, a Boston MassChallenge startup that is empowering thousands of Internet of Things projects in more than 30 countries.

He recently answered a few questions for us about how fleet managers should be taking advantage of IoT technology to solve problems and find efficiencies. Here's what he had to say:

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

Electric Vehicles: The Fleet of the Future?

Posted by G. Christianson on Mar 1, 2016 10:30:00 AM

New York City alone owns nearly 9,000 police vehicles, nearly a third of all vehicles of the state's municipal fleet, and spends a fair chunk of its $700 million yearly fleet budget on the fuel and repair for those vehicles. When considering costs like these, it's easy to see why many municipalities are looking to electric vehicles. But how, when and why will these be adopted? What about maintenance costs? Lets explore these questions...

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

SHIFTING PREFERENCES: Why the use of Electronic Controls is growing

Posted by B. Nowak on Jul 14, 2015 7:15:24 AM

The benefits of electronic controls align closely with the preferences of operators and fleet managers, as well as the OEMs and system integrators who design and build small and large vehicles. Consequently, electronic controls are increasingly used across a range of on- and off-highway vehicle applications, especially where uptime is key.

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Topics: Industry Updates, New Products, Resources & Tools, New Technologies, Vehicles

Electrical Terminal Blocks: Convenient, Space Saving Solution for Connecting Several Wires

Posted by G. Christianson on May 30, 2014 5:52:13 AM

Electrical terminal blocks provide a convenient way to connect individual electrical wires. Also known as terminal boards or terminal strips, terminal blocks are available in several electrical terminal configurations. The following terminal blocks offer different advantages depending upon your needs.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, New Technologies, Terminals & Connectors

Could Tape Actually Replace Mechanical Fasteners?

Posted by G. Christianson on Apr 17, 2013 12:23:19 PM

When you think of the manufacturing process in trucks, trailers, buses and other specialty vehicles, does tape come to mind as the primary method for bonding metals, glass and plastics? Most think of screws, rivets, welding and other mechanical fasteners. 3M has taken an innovative approach to enhancing specialty vehicle design with Very High Bonding VHB tape. It's hard to believe, but 3M has created a way for tape to replace mechanical fasteners.

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Topics: New Products, New Technologies


 

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