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<p>During hands-on practical skill building, technicians use a depth gauge to assess damage on a compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinder.</p> CNG Fuel System Inspections: Technician Training is Key
Technicians inspecting compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel systems should be trained on general and detailed visual inspections.
<p>An earlier shift allows technicians to finish preventive maintenance (PM) services before drivers start their shifts in the morning.</p> 14 New Ideas For Fleet Improvement
Small changes can sometimes make a big difference within fleet operations. Fleet professionals share the improvements they’ve made to their own fleets, the results, and how others can do the same.
<p>Fleet professionals were asked how their fleet size had&nbsp;changed in the past year &mdash; more respondents reported an increase this year and slightly less reported a decrease; last year, 36% reported an increase, 14% a decrease, and 50% the same. The majority of those with decreased fleet sizes who&nbsp;stated the reason for the decrease said this was due to optimization&nbsp;or right-sizing initiatives.&nbsp;</p> 2015 Fleet Inventory and Age
More fleets reported an increase in their total inventory than decreases, mostly due to added agency responsibilities. Refuse vehicles have the highest annual maintenance costs despite being relatively new vehicles.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of</em></p> Is the Decline in the U.S. Infrastructure Inevitable?
Since oil prices started increasing in 2003, consumers and businesses have been increasingly feeling the pain in paying for fuel at the pump.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of Ford</em></p> Aluminum F-150 Designed for Repairability
Ford addresses vehicle engineering, parts pricing, insurance costs and auto body shop training in regards to keeping repair prices in check.

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Conn. City May Consolidate Fleet Duties
A city audit of the Hartford, Conn., Fire Department recommended the equipment maintenance division hand over duplicated functions to the Public Works garage located next door.
Wyoming Fleet Manager to Retire
Annette Spitsbergen, fleet manager for the Wyoming state motor pool, announced she will retire in November. The state is now hiring for her position.
Pa. County Shifts to Leasing to Lower Costs
Lebanon County, Pa., commissioners have shifted toward a fleet leasing strategy to reduce maintenance costs when replacing aging fleet vehicles.
Enhancements in Mitchell 1 ProDemand Streamline User Experience
As part of Mitchell 1’s continual product improvement process and in direct response to customer feedback, enhancements have recently been introduced to ProDemand, Mitchell 1’s automotive repair, diagnostic, and maintenance information software.
<p><em>Photo of Royal Mail vans via Wikipedia.</em></p> USPS Considers Euro Fleet Replacement Model
The U.S. Postal Service's Office of Inspector General (OIG) has recommended four best practices and strategies for replacing vehicles based on a study of postal operations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Finland.
<p><em>Photo of Kennedy Space Center's Vehicle Assembly Building via Wikipedia.</em></p> NASA Contractor Accused of Fleet Tire Fraud
The U.S. Attorney's Office accused a NASA contractor of prematurely replacing the tires of federal fleet vehicles at the Kennedy Space Center in a lawsuit filed Sept. 2.
Detroit PD Refurbishing 10-Year-Old Cars
The Detroit Police Department has begun refurbishing decade-old patrol cars with the goal of returning 40 of these haggard vehicles to the streets.
<p>A&nbsp;420kW leased solar photovoltaic array has produced more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy onto the grid. <em>Photo courtesy of City of Orlando.</em></p> Orlando Slashes Fleet Facility Energy Use by 30%
The City of Orlando fleet has reduced energy consumption in its 70,000-square-foot maintenance facility by 29.5%. This was done through various facility updates, including the installation of a photovoltaic array.
<p>Dan Berlenbach (left) from the City of Long Beach and Craig Crowder (right) from the City of Beverly Hills talk to an attendee at the MEMA Mock Shop. <em>Photos by Kevin Haegele.</em></p> MEMA Mock Shop Demonstrates Advanced Diagnostic Technology
The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) held a vehicle diagnostics mock shop during the ride-and-drive at the Fleet Technology Expo (FTX) in Long Beach, Calif., on Aug. 25.
Ohio District Hiring Fleet Manager, Mechanic
The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) is hiring a fleet and facilities maintenance manager and a fleet/heavy equipment mechanic.


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Wart Hog Vacuum Clayton Associates' Wart Hog HEPA vacuums enable shops to effectively capture dust and other detritus from collision repair jobs on aluminum body vehicles. View more info
Aluminum Body Sanders Clayton Associates' power sanders offer a specialized tool for vacuum source capture for collision repair to aluminum bodies. View more info
Aluminum Body Tool Shroud Clayton Associates' aluminum body tool shrouds optimize safety and performance for repair work on aluminum bodies when shops need vacuum capture for collision repair. View more info
<p><em>Photo courtesy of Muncie Power Products Inc.</em><br /> This line of hydraulic filters offers both nominal<br />and absolute filtration with flow to 100 GPM.</p> Hydraulic Oil Filters Muncie Power’s hydraulic filters reduce contamination related failures and equipment down time by ensuring cleaner hydraulic systems. View more info
<p>PHOTO: IMT</p> IMT Dominator III Mechanics Body The new body design accommodates the IMT model 12000 telescopic crane without a front stabilizer for customers that do not require 100 percent lift capacity in all load zones. View more info

Research and Best Practices

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Fleet Maintenance Management System Best Practices

See how one fleet implemented a universal system to reduce operating costs, instill accountability, save time and increase efficiency.

Useful Whitepapers

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Engine Optimization: Make Your Engine Work for You
Optimizing your vehicle’s engine may sound complicated, but this paper details how engine calibration technology works and how it is actually easy, flexible and takes just minutes to install.
Managing Government Fleet Mandates: How Verizon Networkfleet Can Help to Exceed Your Fleet Optimization Goals
Today’s government fleet managers face a wide array of fleet management challenges. This eBook will show you how to optimize fleet performance and productivity in order to contend with shrinking budgets and meet or exceed government regulations on fleet size and emissions.