The Ultimate Guide to USDOT Numbers for Commercial Trucks

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

Certain vehicles are required to have a USDOT Number, which serves as a unique identifier for the vehicle. These numbers are used for monitoring and collecting safety information for the purpose of audits and compliance reviews, inspections, and crash investigations. If your company engages in interstate commerce or certain types of intrastate commerce (such as …

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5 Equipment Trends to Watch for in the Foodservice Industry

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

Trends in the foodservice industry are worth watching, both in terms of food and beverage trends and equipment trends. For 2018, Foodservice Equipment & Supplies highlights five food and beverage trends and the impact they will have on equipment and design: food waste reduction, natural ingredients and clean menus, chicken, house-brewed beer and barrel cocktails, …

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Top 25 Trailer Builders and Manufacturers

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

The annual Trailer Output Report includes results of a survey of the largest North American trailer manufacturers and details how many trailers each manufacturer produced for the year. According to the 2017 report of 28 top trailer builders, truck-trailer manufacturers had a slightly better 2017 than 2016. Specifically, these manufacturers produced 1,820 more trailers in 2017 than …

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What is Fleet Management?

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

Businesses that rely on transportation utilize fleet management to control costs, productivity, fuel management, and compliance. As such, fleet management is comprised of several different tasks to keep vehicles and operations running smoothly and efficiently. Fleet management best practices involve the use of technology and software solutions to help reduce costs, enforce driver safety, minimize …

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3 Fleet Tracking Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Fleet Tracking Solution

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

Fleet tracking is a business process involving tracking vehicles using a GPS system that gathers data to improve your fleet’s overall performance. Businesses that use fleet tracking enhance the performance of their fleet, reduce costs, and improve fleet efficiency by minimizing idling, unauthorized usage, unsafe driving practices, and speeding. Fleet tracking also leads to optimized …

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Proper VIN Label Formatting for Commercial Truck Manufacturers

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

When buyers look for a commercial truck, they need to know exactly what they are getting. One of the fastest ways to get detailed information is by using its vehicle identification number (VIN). The VIN is a 17-character number identifying the code for a specific vehicle; as such, the VIN is unique for each car …

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The Complete Guide to Hazard Communication Standards

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

Hazard communication standards impact 43 million workers and five million businesses in the United States who produce or handle hazardous chemicals. The goal of hazard communication standards is to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses resulting from exposure to hazardous materials. Recently, the HCS was updated to align these standards with international GHS standards, ensuring greater …

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High Pressure Boiler Inspection Procedures (with Checklist)

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

A high-pressure boiler is defined as a boiler in which steam or vapor is generated at a pressure equal to or greater than 15 psig, or a boiler in which water is heated at a temperature of 250°F and a pressure greater than 160 psig, when water is heated for use external to the boiler itself. High-pressure …

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10 Best Resources for Rail Industry Standards

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

The rail industry is subject to a variety of standards and regulations, and like regulatory oversight across all industries, these standards change over time as more effective safety measures are identified and new safety and operational risks are recognized. As such, rail industry companies are tasked with staying up-to-date on the most current standards to …

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Commercial Steam Boiler Efficiency Tips

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

Commercial boilers must be reliable and efficient because they heat entire buildings. Commercial boilers consist of pressurized systems that either burn fuel, either natural gas or fuel oil, or use electricity to heat water to turn it into steam. The steam moves throughout the commercial or residential facility via pipes and enters radiators or other …

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The Complete Guide to FMCSA, NHTSA & Other Regulations for Truck Manufacturers

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is a department within the Department of Transportation. Formerly, it was a part of the Federal Highway Administration. Established on January 1, 2000, FMCSA’s mission is “to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.” As such, the FMCSA implements a variety of regulations and standards pertaining to motor …

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What is Hazard Communication (HazCom)?

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

Hazard communication, also known as HazCom, is a set of processes and procedures that employers and importers must implement in the workplace to effectively communicate hazards associated with chemicals during handling, shipping, and any form of exposure. Here’s what you need to know about hazard communication, including regulations, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and label requirements. …

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What is the Globally Harmonized System (GHS)?

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a set of guidelines for identifying and classifying hazards associated with various substances. Most importantly, the GHS standardized this classification globally (as its name suggests), which allows for better collaboration and improved safety within the global supply chain. Here’s an overview of the …

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The Complete Guide to Inspection Tags and Regulations for Boilers, Industrial Pressure Vessels, Valves & More

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

Inspection tags are useful tools that help to facilitate and ensure that proper inspection procedures are followed for equipment such as boilers, industrial pressure vessels, and valves. Inspection tags can be used to inform employees when inspection was last conducted on a part or piece of equipment, offering confidence that the equipment is in safe …

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How to Implement a Fleet Preventive Maintenance Plan: A Step-by-Step Guide to Establishing an Effective PM Program (w/ Checklist)

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

Preventive maintenance for fleets is the best way to reduce – even avoid – vehicle breakdowns. Preventive maintenance is based on mileage, time, engine hours, or gallons of fuel used. When pre-defined thresholds are met, preventive maintenance plans trigger activities such as vehicle inspection, cleaning, testing, repairs, the replacement of parts, lubrication, and other ongoing …

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Top Preventive Maintenance Software Solutions for Equipment: 50 Leading Software Solutions for Managing Preventative Equipment Maintenance

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

Organizations with valuable physical assets and equipment cannot afford unexpected downtime due to malfunctions and breakdowns. When your equipment doesn’t work, your people can’t work, and your customers aren’t happy. The challenge is that managing warranties, maintenance records, and work orders for all of that equipment is a time-consuming and complicated process. The solution is preventive …

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What You Need to Know about the Code of Federal Regulations Title 49 for Transportation: Basic Requirements, Label Specifications, and More

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

The Code of Federal Regulations Title 49 for Transportation, sometimes referred to as CFR Title 49, is one of 50 total United States CFR titles. Specifically, Title 49 sets forth the rules and regulations issued by the Departments of Transportation and Homeland Security regarding transportation and its related security. The unofficial version of the CFR …

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4 Fleet Monitoring Tips and Best Practices: Real-Time Data, Preventative Maintenance, and More

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

Fleet monitoring is an essential process that empowers fleet managers to make better decisions. Fleet monitoring, when done properly, gives managers greater control over the fleet and results in lower vehicle operating costs and less wasted employee time. Effective fleet monitoring also provides real-time information that assists managers in making better decisions using accurate data. …

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Train Maintenance Schedule Best Practices: Rolling Stock Inspections, Regulations, and More

Last Updated: January 24, 2021

Railways are comprised of hundreds of thousands of individual components and moving parts, including complex mechanical and electrical systems that must work together seamlessly in order to ensure a safe and compliant operation. After all, safe and reliable service depends on equipment that’s in good working order, and equipment that’s well maintained and optimally functioning …

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