Are You Buying the Right Wire?

Heavy-duty commercial trucking fleets should always check their stock of replacement wire to see what type of insulation they are buying. The wrong insulated wire can overheat and ignite under certain conditions. Fleets should not risk fire when better insulated wire can be bought at the same cost as a lower-rated heat resistant insulation. When…

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CASE STUDY: SOLVING THE ISSUE OF POWER FOR MEDICAL DEVICES

Challenge In 2010, a heavy-duty commercial trucking fleet needed to power CPAP medical equipment for its drivers without idling tractors during rest periods.  The fleet estimated around 35 percent of their drivers needed to power CPAP machines during the rest period overnight. In order to avoid outfitting all tractors for medical equipment, the fleet needed a…

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INEFFICIENT ALTERNATORS? ASK YOURSELF THESE KEY QUESTIONS

While it’s often said that batteries are the heart of the electrical system for heavy-duty commercial trucks, the alternator plays very important daily roles in charging the system, including: Providing power for electrical devices Recharging the battery pack First, it’s important to know which of the two types of alternators you are using: Brushless Alternators…

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IS THE BATTERY YOU THREW AWAY REALLY DEFECTIVE?

How poor training on meters and testers can result in massive waste You may have the newest testers and a pile of manuals, but if you do not know how to use them properly – you are powerless. Poor battery training and testing skills cost fleets time and money. Many technicians are not trained well…

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IS YOUR PALLET JACK LOSING POWER?

    Fleets are often in a situation where AC power is not available to charge pallet jacks while the truck is on the road. For long trips, this presents a serious situation, as pallet jacks are dead when the driver reaches delivery destinations. Purkeys developed an electronic controller system, known as the TAPS Kit…

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