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  • Taking a gun to the board at DMR

    By David A. Kolman - Monday September 30, 2013
    This blog continues with my observations gleaned while touring the DMR (Design, Manufacture and Remanufacture) facility in Hibbing, Minn. It is one of the six manufacturing plants strategically located throughout the U.S. and in Mexico operated by...
  • What goes on inside the DMR?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday September 23, 2013
    I was among a hand-picked group of truck industry editors that had the opportunity to tour Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing 's DMR (Design, Manufacture and Remanufacture) operation in Hibbing, Minn. Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing (Detroit Reman) is the...
  • This is not your father's COE

    By David A. Kolman - Monday September 16, 2013
    I had a chance to travel to the Paccar Technical Center in Mount Vernon, WA, to get a behind-the-scenes look and drive of Kenworth's newest medium duty cab-over-engine (COE) models: the K270 and the K370 .  This latest iteration, introduced...
  • Time for twin 33s?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday September 9, 2013
    It seems Congress is always considering truck size and weight proposals. At present, the Federal Highway Administration is studying several vehicle configurations. These include: The current 5-axle, 80,000 lb standard. A 5-axle, 88,000 lb...
  • Maintenance differences between CNG- and diesel-powered heavy trucks

    By David A. Kolman - Sunday September 8, 2013
    My two previous blogs - Behind the wheel of a CNG-powered big rig and CNG fueling is straightforward but . . . - were devoted to my experiences driving a compressed natural gas (CNG) powered-Freightliner Cascadia 113 tractor hooked to a loaded...
  • CNG fueling is straightforward, but . . .

    By David A. Kolman - Monday August 26, 2013
    In my previous blog, Behind the wheel of a CNG-powered big rig , I discoursed on my experience with driving a compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Freightliner Cascadia 113 tractor pulling a loaded van trailer. I got to do this at a recent Daimler...
  • Behind the wheel of a CNG-powered big rig

    By David A. Kolman - Monday August 19, 2013
    At a recent Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) event in Napa Valley, CA, I had the opportunity to drive a Freightliner Cascadia 113 tractor powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) engine that was hooked to a loaded van trailer. Freightliner Trucks is...
  • Customer satisfaction is worthless

    By David A. Kolman - Monday August 12, 2013
    The Shepard Letter ( www.hyken.com/the-shepard-letter ) is an e-mail newsletter devoted to business tips and motivational ideas that is produced by Shep Hyken, CSP, CPAE. He is a customer service expert, professional speaker and best-selling author who...
  • I dare you

    By David A. Kolman - Monday August 5, 2013
    When have you ever gotten an invitation like this? "What I want you to do is get that tractor going as fast as you can, then dynamite the brakes and see what happens?" Actually, I got a similar invitation many years ago, but it involved a loaded tractor...
  • Should you be leery of that motor coach?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday July 29, 2013
    You may be surprised to know that the motor coach industry is made up of approximately 4,000 companies that operate more than 35,000 vehicles. Some 750 million passengers travel each year by bus. Those statistics comes from the U.S. DOT. How is the...