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Clean Diesel Powers State Economies, Provides American Jobs PDF Print Email
Friday, February 02, 2018 12:06 PM

Clean Diesel Powers State Economies, Provides American Jobs 

WASHINGTON —The Diesel Technology Forum (the Forum) has released an analysis of the broad impact of clean diesel on state economies. A look through the Forum's searchable, state-by-state breakdowns and statistics shows how diesel powers each state's economy and is the backbone of its transportation systems.

For each of the 50 U.S. states, plus Washington, D.C., the new resource identifies the state's population of diesel-powered commercial trucks, marine vessels, transit and school buses, and light-duty vehicles; number of renewable fuel producers and stations; diesel fuel consumption; and diesel-related manufacturing and jobs. Each state page also features news and print-friendly fact sheets with infographics tailored for that state.

"With its unmatched combination of energy density, fuel efficiency, power and performance, the newest generation of clean diesel technology meets the increasing demands of truckers, construction companies and farmers while also delivering lower greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner air for everyone," said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Forum. "This new resource makes it easy for states to recognize the important role clean diesel technology has in our country's future."

Nationwide, clean diesel engines drive 15 key sectors of the U.S. economy, including agriculture, forestry, mining, construction, logistics, warehousing and other goods movement industries supporting retail and the larger manufacturing sector.

In 2016, manufacturing facilities across 14 states produced nearly 880,000 heavy-duty diesel engines. More than 33 percent (nearly 300,000) of these engines were manufactured by American companies in North Carolina. The production of diesel engines and the vehicles and equipment they power along with affiliated components, emissions control technologies, clean diesel fuel and advanced biofuels generate more than $455 billion in economic wealth, according to research commissioned by the Diesel Technology Forum. $46 billion of this U.S.-made technology reaches overseas markets. Nationwide, the diesel industry is responsible for generating more than 1.25 million American jobs; nearly 30,000 of these jobs are concentrated in Texas.

Diesel engine, vehicle and equipment manufacturers continue their record of innovation by making their products more efficient and sustainable, incorporating hybrid and electric drive components and renewable fuel capabilities, thereby ensuring a role in the future. Advanced emissions control systems, such as selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, ensure that the newest generation of clean diesel engines achieve near-zero levels of smog-forming compounds – reducing emissions by more than 90 percent over technologies manufactured just a decade ago.

Beyond manufacturing, each state's economy benefits from large workforce and training sectors dedicated to servicing and maintaining diesel engines, vehicles, equipment and fueling operations, along with the public and private services they provide that can be found in every community. 

Diesel is the backbone of America's transportation systems, powering the movement of 90 percent of the country's freight tonnage. Ninety-five percent of heavy-duty commercial trucks on U.S. roads are manufactured in the U.S. The newest technology clean diesel trucks power 30 percent of commercial vehicles in the United States – almost 3 million Class 3 through 8 heavy-duty trucks – delivering significant emission reductions and substantial fuel savings.

Diesel is the predominant power source for public transit and intercity bus services nationwide.

Diesel-powered buses transport approximately 55 percent of America's elementary and secondary school students to and from school.

Diesel is the predominant powertrain used in marine operations including a wide array of work boats and passenger ferries.

Visit the Forum's website at https://www.dieselforum.org/in-your-state to find out how clean diesel plays a role in your state.

 
Top 10 Most Common Vehicle Repairs PDF Print Email
Friday, February 02, 2018 11:53 AM

Top 10 Most Common Vehicle Repairs

BETHESDA, MD — Changing the oil and oil filter, replacing wiper blades and air filters, and scheduled maintenance top the list of the 10 most common vehicle repairs of 2017, according to the Car Care Council.

According to research conducted by IMR Inc., an industry leader in automotive research, the top 10 most common vehicle repairs performed by vehicle owners and their trusted repair shops are:

  • Oil/oil filter changed
  • Wiper blades replacement
  • Replace air filter
  • Scheduled maintenance
  • New tires
  • Battery replacement
  • Brake work
  • Antifreeze added
  • Engine tune-up
  • Wheels aligned/balanced

"We thank IMR for sharing this important and informative data with the Car Care Council," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "With scheduled maintenance toward the top of the list, these findings are a sign that more motorists understand the importance of routine vehicle maintenance and are taking steps to ensure the safety and dependability of their vehicles."

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a copy of the council's Car Care Guide or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.

 
2018 Spring Management Conference will Highlight Succession Planning for Family Businesses PDF Print Email
Friday, February 02, 2018 11:26 AM

2018 Spring Management Conference will Highlight Succession Planning for Family Businesses 

  

GADSDEN, AL –  Succession planning for family businesses will highlight the owner/manager program on Friday, April 20 at the NARSA Spring Management Conference.

The NARSA Management Conference will be held in Gadsden, Alabama, April 19 to 21, 2018. C, G, & J  will host the event and will open their manufacturing facility as well as Brice Thomas Radiator for tours, demonstrations, and shop skills sessions on Saturday, April 20th. Friday’s management sessions will take place at the Mary G. Hardin Gadsden Cultural Arts Center  in the heart of downtown historic Gadsden.

C, G, & J manufactures a variety or products including charge air coolers, radiators and other specialty heat exchangers. Brice Thomas Radiator is a full-service cooling system and a/c service center that provides services and products for RVs, antiques, passenger cars, farm equipment as well as for racing and high performance.

The NARSA Board of Directors will be meeting at the Mary G. Hardin Cultural Center  on Thursday, April 19. The conference will begin on the afternoon of Friday, April 20. Programming at the Center will include a luncheon, management sessions followed by a table top reception. Attendees may want to come in early to visit the very special Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham. The Barber Motorsports Museum, with its creative architecture and great attention to detail, is home to over 1,400 motorcycles that span over 100 years of production.

Birmingham is also the closest airport and is 58 miles or 60 minutes from Gadsden.

NARSA Spring Management Conference 2018 Schedule-at-a-Glance

Thursday, April 19, 2018 • Mary G. Hardin Gadsden Cultural Arts Center 

NARSA Board of Directors Meeting 

Friday, April 20, 2018 • Mary G. Hardin Gadsden Cultural Arts Center

Friday’s management sessions will cover succession planning for the business, shop safety and inspections, diesel particulate filters, and product standards. Conference will begin with lunch, afternoon sessions followed by a tabletop display and reception. 

Don't miss special guest speaker, Yoni Danieli with Collaborative Strategies Inc., session on succession planning for family business!  

Mr. Danieli has experience over a number of industries including healthcare, import/export, agriculture, transportation and distribution. This session will be practical and interactive outlining hallmarks of success for achieving family harmony and business continuity. He also has experience with his family’s fresh cut-flower importing and growing business where he had been the Operations and Business Manager. He holds a B.S. in Humanities and Pre-Medicine from UCLA, an MBA (double major Marketing and Finance) from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and he is a member of the Family Firm Institute. 


Succession Planning for Family Businesses 

Session Objectives:

Explore the key elements of an effective succession plan, including:

  • Adequately preparing the next generation
  • Practices associated with successful transitions
  •  Creating a shared vision for all stakeholders

 

Discuss the various steps that any family-owned or closely-held business owner should undertake to plan for the future, including:

  • How to assess whether or not your business is prepared for transition
  • Strategies for mobilizing key stakeholders, in and outside the family
  • Implications for implementing best practices

At the end of this session, participants will have an understanding of the key principles to help them prepare for transition, and the necessary steps to begin the process. This will increase their chances for long-term success and creating a legacy for both the family and the family business for generations to come.


Saturday, April 21, 2018 • C,G, & J 

Saturday’s program is more technical and shop-skill oriented. Special shop rates will make Saturday a great value for NARSA members to bring their staff to learn more about the trade and repair technologies. Tours, demonstrations, tabletop displays will all be held at C, G, & J. 

 

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2018 AAPEX Application Deadline March 16, 2018 PDF Print Email
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 12:50 PM

Friday, March 16, 2018 is the Deadline to Apply for the Mobile Heat Transfer/Heating/Air Conditioning Sections at AAPEX

- From AAPEX 2018

AAPEX continues to make great strides to keep everyone “ahead of the curve” and it is only with your continued support that we continue to be THE premier event for the automotive aftermarket industry.

AAPEX sold out this past year and is expected to do the same in 2018. Sign up now to be a part of this global event representing the $356 billion global aftermarket auto care industry. Please contact Sandi Kulas at 708.226.1300 ext 19, or email [email protected] with any questions. AAPEX and NARSA are invested in your success, and our teams are here to help you.

 

 
Serck Services Inc. Introduces Engine Carbon Cleaning PDF Print Email
Monday, December 18, 2017 11:02 AM

Serck Services Inc. Introduces Engine Carbon Cleaning

Article provided by Serck Services Inc.

Serck Services Inc. would like to introduce you to Engine Carbon Cleaning, this is a mobile service or can be a service  provided at your shop, the mobile service is more beneficial to your customer as it cuts downtime to a minimal. This service can be offered right across your customer base automotive / truck fleets / off highway / power generation / mines anywhere an internal combustion engine is used you have an opportunity to offer this service.

About Engine Carbon Cleaning

The cleaning service uses regular water which is then converted to hydrogen gas, No chemicals or liquids are used, so nothing that can deteriate gaskets, o rings or react with the metal components within the air/fuel path of the engine.

The hydrogen/oxygen gas that is produced via the Power unit (hydrogen generator) is fed in through the air intake, thus following the air/fuel path through the engine. The gas is drawn into air stream via the engine’s vacuum and through the cold side of the turbo.  It then travels upwards into the intercooler then on to the inlet manifold.  Hydrogen will not clean oil sludge produced by the engine’s own breather system that can reside in the bottom of the intake manifolds and the bottom of intercoolers.

The hydrogen will then pass into the cylinder head collecting dry and loose carbon as it travels into the valve chambers where the oxygen attacks the built up hard carbon on the valve stems and seats at a molecular level and causes it break up over a period of a few days whilst engine is in use.

The gas will travel into the cylinder where it will help clean the injector tips, piston crowns, valve faces and any residual carbon at the top of the cylinder itself.

No matter how efficient an engine is, it cannot combust all of the hydrogen in the chamber and the remainder flows out over the exhaust valves, helping to remove excess carbon in the same way as the inlet valves.  The remainder of gas then travels to the EGR and DPF.  As part of the Engine Carbon Clean cycle we bob the throttle to ensure the valves open and close properly.  Moving onto the hot side of the turbo the process assists in cleaning the waste gates and finally onto the cat (should there be one).  If the EGR or DPF valves are fully blocked with soot then these will have to be cleaned off the vehicle.

Once an engine has been carbon cleaned then the service becomes preventative.  Keeping the engines airways clear will restore power and performance, lower emissions, revitalize fuel efficiency and help to avoid costly repair bills, plus help to extend oil life, DPF and EGR's needing less maintenance and ensuring the vehicle spending less time off the road.

The reason for this is when the airways are not clear, an engine’s ECU will see a demand for power.  Should the fuel/air mix not be correct the ECU will throw more fuel into the engine to solve the power demand requirement.   By doing that the ECU over-fuels itself thus creating more carbon from improper combustion of un-burnt fuel.

This carbon settles in the EGR, DPF, and turbo (hot and cold side) cylinder head choking the airways further. On fleets such as buses or trucks, the ECC service regularity is dependent on the duty cycle of vehicle in question.  When a bus duty cycle has repeated stop/starts the carbon build up is faster and more intense.  We would recommend that these vehicles receive the service at least three times year to ensure the bus is running at its most efficient at all times.  This could extend the buses life, reduce maintenance costs, reduce fuel usage.

Vehicle Service Time

  • Automotive – 30 minutes.
  • Light Truck (white fleet) – 30 minutes - 45 minutes.
  • Class 8 Truck – 50 minutes.
  • Bus / Coach – 50 minutes.
  • Plant & Equipment 30 minutes – 50 minutes depending on engine size

 

 Mobile Service Van 2017 Ford Transit Connect

Different size units available to suit your needs, that work on anything from a 25cc engine up to an Airbus 380 jet engine. 

North American franchise opportunities will be available early 2018. Contract Peter Young via email at  [email protected] for more details. 
 
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