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Proper Liftgate Maintenance Makes A Big Difference In Efficiency and Safety

All fleets are concerned with vehicle productivity and safety because this helps improve their bottom line. That is one reason why, depending on the vocation, fleets add liftgates to their trucks and trailers. There are many different styles of liftgates, including conventional; raillift/railgate; column lift; stowaway/tuckunder/flipaway; side loader; top lift; cantilever and gas bottle. Nevertheless, all liftgates are designed to enhance productivity in loading and unloading operations, especially when the shipping or receiving location doesn’t have a loading dock and...

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The Importance of Routine Maintenance on Your Truck With a Liftgate

Probably the most innovative invention for the trucking industry since the reefer by Frederick McKinley Jones in the 1940’s, is the liftgate. The liftgate is an essential part of just about every trucking company whether you are transporting dry goods or perishable items. There are different types of liftgates, some area hydraulic and others are a mechanical system. Regardless they are both used to lower and unload large objects safely. Some systems can even support thousands of pounds. Benefits to...

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Coming soon to truckers: Peel-and-stick solar panels

Coming soon to truckers: Peel-and-stick solar panels Peel-and-stick solar panels are now coming soon to truckers which have double-sided adhesive that allows customers to “peel and stick” solar panels in place. Solar panels can be heavy, hard to install or fragile and trailers have limited space for solar panel installation. Since trailers have much more surface area on the top, there is space for potentially 4,000 watts of solar panels, which could generate about 18,000 watt hours per day. Standard solar panels...

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Solar-Powered Refrigeration Trucks Will Cut Pollution From Idling Diesel Engines

Solar-Powered Refrigeration Trucks Will Cut Pollution from Idling Diesel Engines The transporting of tons of food to local supermarkets are normally cooled by diesel fuel. Idling diesel tractors burn about a gallon of fuel every hour while releasing more than 22 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Under the terms of a new agreement, XL Fleet will supply battery and power electronics systems for the first 1,000 units of eNow’s new electrified refrigerated trailer solutions. XL Fleet’s mission is to help...

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DHL Uses Solar Panels to Reduce Emissions

DHL Express, a provider of international express shipping services, is installing solar panel units on trucks in its U.S. pickup and delivery fleet. The goal of this solar installation is to reduce fuel consumption in markets throughout the country, according to a company release. Equipping 67 of DHL Express’ medium- and heavy-duty trucks with Trailar solar technology is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 1,000 kg per year for each vehicle, according to DHL, while lowering fuel and maintenance costs. The...

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Liftgates for the Final Mile

Unlike the shrink-wrapped pallets of freight you’ll find in most van trailers, last-mile delivery trucks carry everything from packages containing wireless earbuds or camping tents, all the way up to snowblowers and washing machines. If you can buy it online, somebody will have to deliver it. But how does one de-truck a 400-pound snowblower and get it up a customer’s driveway? A liftgate would be helpful, perhaps one with cart-stops along the edge of the platform to prevent stuff from...

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National Fleet Products introduces WM System Loading Ramps

National Fleet Products has introduced WM System Loading Ramps, an alternative to hydraulic liftgates suitable for applications including vans, box trucks, Class 8 trailers and service and delivery vehicles of all types, the company stated. The ramps are engineered to vertically stow inside rear- and side-access doors and take up approximately 8.5 in. of depth when folded and locked. With their built-in spring-assist feature and sturdy side handles, they require only about 20 lbs. of force and about five...

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Proper truck maintenance is vital to success in dairy industry

The dairy industry is a very demanding application with its 24-hour-a-day operation, regardless of weather conditions, heavy loads and stop-and-go deliveries. Add to that the fact that the equipment needed to haul dairy products — insulated reefer boxes, lift gates, heavy-duty chassis — is expensive. Product integrity is of utmost importance when hauling dairy products because they are very sensitive to temperature changes. In the dairy industry, the amount of time product spends above 33 degrees Fahrenheit is directly proportional...

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Truck Liftgate: Common Issues and Practical Maintenance Tips

In any fleet or delivery business operation, time is an asset. But so is the worker's energy level. This is one of the reasons commercial vehicles and delivery trucks are fitted with a liftgate. This contraption significantly reduces the amount of energy needed when loading and unloading cargo or equipment to and from the truck's bed or cargo compartment. It helps save much of the crew's energy for the significant part of the operation. The liftgate also makes your...

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What Is Liftgate Delivery Service & Why Would I Need It?

Liftgate delivery service is an economical means for LTL (less-than-truckload) shippers to onload, offload or transload heavy or bulky items while limiting the risk of damage to those goods and injury to workers.liftgate delivery services As a longtime 3PL which also provides warehousing and trucking services, we’re committed to getting our clients’ shipments to their destination on time. But it’s going to be of little consolation to them or their customers if it doesn’t arrive intact. Liftgate delivery service helps...

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