Author: Vitaliy Dadalyan

22 Aug by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

What A Week!

The good news about GHG Phase 2 regulations

Last week was a big week to be involved in trucking efficiency. Really it was a great week to be in trucking. It feels weird to say that, since one of the big announcements was about more regulations and historically trucking and regulations have not always meshed well.

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22 Aug by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

Keeping Everyone Involved

Too often when it comes to truck maintenance and repair, the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing. This is especially true given the complex nature of today's commercial vehicles.

Whether you are doing maintenance and repair in-house or using outside service providers, it's important that everyone have access to the same information about the status of repairs.

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22 Aug by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

Truckload Linehaul, Intermodal Rates Continue Falling

Truckload linehaul rates fell again in July from the same time a year ago, marking the fifth straight month of year-over-year declines, according to latest readings from the Cass Truckload Linehaul Index.

The drop of 1.6% puts the measure at 122.5, but that is up 1.1% from June and is at its highest level since April.

Analysts at the investment firm Avondale Partners predict that pricing will remain down as much as 3% year-over-year for the remainder of 2016.

“Several factors continue to contribute to increased capacity, including driver pay increases; newer, more reliable trucks; overall fleet growth and an easing of the 34-hour restart rule,” the report said.

The index is an indicator of market fluctuations in per-mile truckload pricing, isolating the linehaul component of full truckload costs from other components, such as fuel and accessorials, providing a look at trends in baseline truckload prices.

Meantime, intermodal pricing fell 2.4% year-over-year in July, representing 19 straight months of declines.

Despite the drop in the Cass Intermodal Price Index the reading of 123.5 is 2% better when July is compared to June, following three straight month-over-month falloffs.

Historically, there is a "high degree of correlation between truckload and intermodal pricing," according to analysts with Avondale Partners. As contract rates for trucking continue to lose strength and move further into negative territory, “[this] would imply even more potential weakness for intermodal pricing," the report said.

The intermodal index is an indicator of market fluctuations in per-mile U.S. domestic intermodal costs, and includes all costs associated with the move, such as linehaul, fuel and accessorials.

Both the intermodal and the linehaul indices are based on costs as of January 2005 and use a base value of 100. Data is derived from actual freight invoices paid on behalf of freight payment processor Cass Information System and its clients, which totaled $25 billion in 2015.

The reports follow the release of the Cass Freight Index, which measures freight activity across all domestic modes, showing during July overall shipment volumes and pricing were persistently weak, with increased levels of volatility as all levels of the supply chain continue to try to work down inventory levels.

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19 Aug by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

Emissions-Free Refrigeration Unit Project Gets $400K Grant

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Renewable energy solutions company eNow has received a $400,000 grant from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to deploy its solar panel refrigeration solution in the area's transportation networks.

The proposed project is meant to demonstrate an electric replacement for truck refrigeration units. ENow is collaborating with Johnson Truck Bodies to provide the demonstration unit, and Challenge Dairy will operate the demonstration vehicle. The deployed trucks will use an all-electric refrigeration unit powered by eNow's solar panels and Johnson All Electric Cold Plate System. These systems are exempt from carbon emissions as defined by the Air Resources Board.

The proposed system uses photovoltaic enhanced battery-electric refrigeration systems augmented with a hybrid active evaporator/cold plate refrigeration system to provide for a 12-hour route operation. The demonstration system will be sized for a medium-temperature application, suitable for produce or dairy product delivery.

Both industrial product manufacturer Emerson and Johnson Truck Bodies will conduct refrigeration system tests in collaboration with eNow and Challenge Dairy, defining parameters for remote monitoring.

“Finding new technologies will be the key to the Valley coming into attainment for tough federal air quality standards,” said Seyed Sadredin, executive director and air pollution control officer of the SJVAPCD. “We are excited to support new technologies that improve air quality and are economically advantageous at the same time. This grant definitely fits that criteria.”

The project is currently in development and is expected to begin testing in September.

Related: Calif. Clean Air Plan Calls for Further NOx, PM Reductions

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19 Aug by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

Sponsored Content: PC-11: What You Need To Know

What is PC-11?

PC-11 (Proposed Category 11) is a new API specification taking effect on December 1, 2016, that will create two distinct lubricant categories: CK-4 and FA-4.

CK-4: CK-4 replaces CJ-4 and current engine oil standards.

FA-4 represents low-viscosity engine oils intended for modern and future engines.

Why PC-11?

Compared to current CJ-4 formulations, both CK-4 and FA-4 oils will help:

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