Articles by David Kolman
Latest models designed for power, green options
November 14, 2011
Completed annually, Beverage Industry’s medium- and heavy-duty truck roundup, which consists of Classes 4 through 8, is a compilation of vehicle offerings suited to beverage industry applications. Highlighted as follows is an overview of model year 2012 trucks and selected vehicle specifications.Read More
Safety advice to adapt to daylight saving time
October 14, 2011
For most of the United States, daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m. local time on Sunday, Nov. 6, which is when clocks are turned back an hour, making it 1 a.m. Arizona and Hawaii are the only two states that don’t observe daylight saving time.
For the record, it is daylight saving time and not daylight savings time.Read More
A fleet’s lifecycle, maintenance can increase disposal options
September 12, 2011
The critical element in optimizing fleet lifecycle costs is determining vehicle ownership economics and replacement intervals and methods. The process begins with vehicle selection and acquisition, the foundation of which is identifying transportation and operational requirements, then evaluating the best ways of meeting those essentials.Read More
Oil analysis programs offer numerous benefits
August 15, 2011
Maintaining engine lubricating oil is a very important element in stretching the productive life of vehicle engines. Often referred to as the life blood of the engine, the oil circulates through the engine, performing critical functions necessary to maintain engine performance and maximize useful service life.Read More
Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting hosts variety of events
July 11, 2011
Vehicle repair and maintenance is only as good as the knowledge and skills of the technicians that perform the work. Consequently, the more successful fleets and maintenance operations invest in continuous training for their technicians to help them keep up with new vehicle technology and diagnostic and repair equipment. Fleet’s technicians can take part in TMCSuperTech, a national technician skills competition dedicated to both honoring technician professionalism and acknowledging the best of the best.
Identify and treat illnesses that are heat related
June 20, 2011
A timely topic for a safety meeting is about working in excessive heat and humidity. The reason being is workers need to take special precautions because such weather conditions can result in a variety of adverse health effects, from discomfort to serious illness, and even death. The body reacts to heat by increasing the blood flow to the skin’s surface and by sweating. This results in cooling as sweat evaporates from the body’s surface and heat is carried to the surface of the body from within by the increased blood flow. Heat also can be lost by radiation and convection from the body’s surface.
Columnist David Kolman recommends analyzing scrap tires for fleet maintenance information.
May 17, 2011
It’s hard to imagine many jobs as unpleasant as dealing with scrap tires. Most fleets store, pile or throw scrap tires somewhere behind the maintenance shop.Read More
Vehicle technicians turn to competition to stay ahead
April 4, 2011
Columnist David Kolman covers vehicle technician competitions that help service people stay ahead of the learning curve.Read More
March 7, 2011
Columnist David Kolman summarizes options to keep in line with new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 121.Read More
January 7, 2011
Columnist David Kolman shares professional advice on maintaining a more environmentally friendly maintenance operation.Read More