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    Doran TPMS Checks Trailer Tire Pressure in the Yard

    Doran has launched the YardCheck 360 Wireless Gate Reader Tire Pressure Monitoring System, designed to monitor trailer tire pressure and temperature data.

    The YardCheck 360 Gate Reader creates a secure wireless network around a fleet's facility. The YardCheck 360 trailer transceiver continuously monitors trailer tire pressure and temperature data, storing this data while away from the facility and uploading it to the cloud based website when it returns.

    While tethered or untethered in the yard, the transceiver periodically transfers new data to the cloud, alerting fleet management to alarm conditions before they result in on-road tire failures.

    The YardCheck 360 can operate as a stand-alone system on trailers, used in conjunction with automatic tire inflation systems, or communicate real-time data to a truck in-cab display or telematics partner through a Doran SmartLink monitor.

    A web-based dashboard, including various alarm conditions, allows fleets to easily and remotely view tire pressure and temperature data for all trailer tires in a fleet. Reports can be scheduled and run automatically to quickly identify problem tires before they create costly on-road tire service calls.

    “Gaining remote access to tire pressure data from untethered trailers has been a continual request from our valued fleet partners,” said Lee Demis director of business development, Doran Manufacturing. “Identifying, inflating, repairing or replacing tires before they leave a fleet's facility has tremendous cost-saving advantages for fleets. We worked closely with Divelbiss Corporation to create a truly unique gate reader system to capture tire pressure and temperature data when a trailer is on the road, upload when it returns to the facility – and most importantly – continue to provide updated information when untethered in the yard.”

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    General Electric Company Stock Is Still a Buy in This Mess

    Early this month (and not for the first time), I suggested General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) was a buy, in spite of the spate of bad news that's dogged General Electric stock for the past several months. Since then, things got worse for the company, and General Electric stock has fallen more than 10%. All the same, even with the bad-news bombs that were dropped on investors just within the past few days, I'm sticking with my original thesis … that GE is at or near a bottom that makes it more of an opportunity than a liability.

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    DPF Maintenance Can Sideline A Truck for Days

    A truck driver may not know when to address a DPF regen warning, which can costs fleets days of downtime if it requires advanced service. Photo: Jim Park


    Parked forced regenerations of diesel particulate filters continue to frustrate and confuse drivers. Drivers under time constraints often tempt fate and continue their journeys, ignoring regen requests. A system derate or shutdown can sideline a truck for a couple of days if the DPF requires advanced service.

    Newer post-2010 trucks are a little more forgiving in their warnings.

    “On older engines, before the advent of the SCR [selective catalytic reduction] system, drivers generally had three to four hours between the time the light came on and when you absolutely had to perform a regen,” says Scott Barraclough, Mack technology product manager. “Newer trucks offer at least eight hours from the time of the first alert and when it must be regen'd. That allows drivers to get through a shift or at least find a convenient time and place to park.”

    The bad news is that there are still lots of older systems running around, and drivers need to be aware of different alerts and warnings on trucks of different makes, models and ages.

    “Drivers need to be aware of the system on the truck and they must follow the prompts and instructions provided by the truck,” Barraclough says.

    Trucks should be equipped with instructions outlining the parked regen procedures to avoid confusion.

    While drivers can't influence the vehicle's duty cycle, they should be mindful of the impact of behaviors such as idling.

    “Light loads and stop-and-go driving certainly play a factor in DPF regeneration performance, as additional soot is created during erratic duty cycles and/or stop-and-go traffic,” says Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. “This, along with lack of exhaust heat from light engine loads and extended idling periods, will ...Read the rest of this story