Commercial Carrier Journal


The massive industrywide effort that culminated in the family of low-emissions 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-compliant diesel engines is over. Now the industry is catching its collective breath and preparing for the next generation of heavy-duty diesel engines that will have to meet new federal greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards being phased in from 2014 through 2017.


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BioBased Digest


In industry, it’s all about the uptime, and the upside in performance that drives cost-competitiveness. There, biobased lands a hand. In manufacturing, time is money. In fact, reducing errors and down time is a primary focus of the Deming system of quality management practices, and the Six Sigma movement initiated by Motorola and then taken around the world.


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Fleet Maintenance


Safety considerations are just as important in the shop as they are out in the field. In fact, the confined environment of the shop can make small incidents turn into bigger problems.


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Utility Products


While Washington debates how to reduce emissions within the electric utility sector, the nation’s utility providers are already planning how to become more environmentally responsible. These companies are investigating a range of options designed to green their fleets-including everything from alternative energy sources to adding hybrid vehicles to their fleets. One of the nation’s largest plug-in electric vehicle fleets is owned by an electric power company, which has committed that 100 percent of new fleet vehicles will be plug-in electric or electric vehicles by 2020. Another larger power provider uses 500,000 gallons of biodiesel in its trucks. Most utility companies that use biodiesel hybrid and electric vehicles are not doing so because of government mandates, but because they want to be good stewards of our natural resources while improving their business efficiency with safe, cost-effective green technology.


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