Posts Tagged ‘tractor-trailers’

Trucking Industry News: Reducing the Stopping Distance of Class 8 Tractors

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

In an effort to make the stopping capabilities of tractor trailers similar to that of a typical passenger car, The U.S. government enacted a three-year program (completed in August 2013) to help reduce the stopping distance of Class 8 tractors. The first phase, which went into effect August 2011, covered three axle tractors up to 59,600 pounds gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR). The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) regulations will eventually include all tractors with GVWRs over 59,600 pounds.

Important Information Regarding the Reduction of Class 8 Tractor Stopping Distances

  1. Steer Axle: The primary change to the tractors’ brakes is on the steer axle. This is because a weight transfer occurs during high deceleration, adding significant load to the steer axle. As a result, more torque can be added to the steer brakes. Therefore, it is important for these tractors to have either larger, higher torque drum brakes on the steer axle, or higher torque air disc brakes.
  2. Two Basics: First of all, brake replacement linings must be selected to assure the friction level of the replacement lining produces equivalent brake torque to the original equipment (OE) linings. Secondly, the introduction of large volumes of air disc brakes to the North American market increases the potential for naturally occurring compatibility problems between disc and drum brakes.
  3. Brake Lining Ratings: The Technology and Maintenance Council’s Recommended Practice 628, Aftermarket Brake Lining Qualification is a voluntary system for rating aftermarket brake linings…and it’s free!
  4. Air Disc Brakes vs. Air Actuated Drum Brakes: Remember, these two are different animals all together, with differences in both design and friction material. The disc brake is the newer product and it has all the advantages of disc brakes on cars, including consistent torque output, significantly reduced fade, and potentially longer life. 

If you have any questions about the Reduction of Class 8 Tractor Stopping Distances, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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Tractor Braking Systems

 

Middleton & Meads Truck and Bus Painting Capabilities

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

When painting a vehicle it is paramount that the color matches the customer’s expectations. That is why we at Middleton and Meads utilize an advanced paint mixing system – ensuring the perfect color each and every time. By using our mixing system we can guarantee that the color Middleton & Meads paints matches the paint code desired by the customer.

We have 4 state of the art paint booths that allow us to paint any sized vehicle (from cars and trucks to buses and tractor trailers) and satisfy our customer’s painting needs. Middleton & Meads uses DuPont and PPG brand paints and DuPont certified painters at all of our locations. We also utilize top of the line, EPA approved, paint guns to ensure a quality paint job on our customer’s vehicles.

If you have any questions about our painting services, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Benefits of Stertil-Koni Truck and Bus Lifts

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Quick preventative maintenance is not always the easiest task when it comes to tractor-trailers (also known as 18 wheelers, big rigs, or semis) and busses. While that may be true for most companies, it is not for Middleton & Meads. Here we use Stertil-Koni mobile lifts. These lifts allow Middleton & Meads to raise any vehicle that we service, anywhere in our shops, as well as outside our shop.

Each lift is individually positioned under the vehicle’s tires and through the use of a control panel on each lift the vehicle is raised. The setup time of the lifts is much quicker than the setup of jack stands, which improves the efficiency of the repair.

The Stertil-Koni EARTHLIFT features/ benefits include:

•      Self-regenerative feature extends recharging intervals to 27 cycles at full load

•      Columns are made from 98% recyclable components

•      All electronics meet RoHS (Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances) norms

•     Batteries are 100% recyclable

•     Operates using biodegradable oil

EARTHLIFT is also one of the first truly green, wheel-engaging mobile lifting columns in the industry. Lift columns return electrical charge to the on-board batteries through a unique AERS (Active Energy Retrieval System), which uses the force of gravity to generate energy that recharges the batteries during each lowering cycle.

Pretty neat, huh?

If you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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Heavy Duty Vehicle Lifts From Stertil-Koni

Preventative Maintenance Standard for Tractor Trailers: Is Your Truck Ready for Winter?

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Last week we addressed preventative maintenance and your bus. This week will address tractor-trailers, also known as big rigs, semis, and 18-wheelers. Whatever you call your truck, is it ready for the icy winter conditions on the way?

It is only October, and already we are slated for the first snowfall of the year. It is shaping up to be a harsh winter. Can your truck handle it?

Title 11, subtitle 22, chapter 02 of the Maryland PM Handbook – Preventive Maintenance Standards for Trucks and Truck Tractors – outlines the minimum preventative maintenance requirements for vehicle registered as Class E (truck) with a registered gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight greater than 10,000 pounds, or Class F (tractor).

Maintenance requirements include:

Alignment: Inspect axles, beams, spindles, and mountings for broken, damaged, worn, rusted, bent, or modified conditions.

Suspension: Unequal vehicle height, broken or damaged spring leaves, spring shackles, bushings, center bolts, U-bolts, control arms, torque arms, torsion bars or equalizers can affect vehicle steering, alignment, tracking, handling, and stability.

Steering: Inspection of vehicles equipped with power steering shall be conducted with the engine running, power steering fluid at the proper level, and belts in proper condition and tension.

And much, much more!

Title 11, subtitle 22, chapter 02 of the Maryland PM Handbook outlines the minimum maintenance requirements for your truck. More frequent maintenance, service, and repairs is recommended.

So rely on Middleton and Meads Company to make certain your truck or fleet is prepared for the cold days and nights. We have all the winter products that you’ll need to be safe AND profitable this winter.

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

If you have any questions, please contact Middleton & Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!