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Trans/Air releases educational BTU bulletin
February 29, 2012
The climate control manufacturer says its new bulletin helps bus transportation and maintenance personnel evaluate BTU ratings and use performance pull-down criteria as a critical step in specifying bus air-conditioning systems.
After bus fire, N.C. districts check for wiring issues
February 28, 2012
No one was injured in the Feb. 8 school bus fire, in which worn wire coverings were found to be a likely cause. State officials direct school transportation departments to perform special inspections to help prevent any further incidents.
SEFAC pantograph lift saves space, maximizes access
February 21, 2012
The company's new OMER KAR pantograph lift is available in capacities of 55,000 pounds and 77,000 pounds, and in runway lengths up to 36 feet. There are no mechanical crossbeams linking the runways, making it easy for operators to wheel tools, oil drainers or transmission jacks under the vehicle, according to SEFAC.
A/C units boost serviceability
February 16, 2012

Improved service access and convenient size are among key features of the latest air-conditioning systems for school buses.

Rotary mobile lift features operator-friendly design
February 9, 2012
The company's latest addition to its line of mobile column lifts, the RCH4, also features an automatic steering system, which makes it faster and easier to position the columns for service, officials say. Each column is identical and has a rated capacity of 18,000 pounds, for total lifting capacity of up to 144,000 pounds.
Goodyear introduces Dunlop steer tire
February 7, 2012
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.'s new Dunlop SP348, an all-position steer tire for regional fleet, school bus, and pickup and delivery applications, is available in seven sizes. Features include a deep tread, a rugged casing design and enhanced shoulder rib for improved scrub resistance.
Allison Transmission offers new model for school buses
February 2, 2012
The 1350 model, available in Allison’s Pupil Transport/Shuttle Series and other applications, comes equipped with a park pawl. The company says that this avoids the need for an air brake and enhances ease of use for the driver.
Fleet management visionary Charles Arsenault retires
February 1, 2012
As the founder of maintenance software supplier Arsenault Associates steps down, Jack Boetefuer is named CEO. Arsenault launched the company to serve the fleet maintenance sector in 1979.
Blue Bird offers Performance Friction products
February 1, 2012
The school bus manufacturer’s North American dealers are now stocking the supplier’s Friction Carbon Metallic brake pads and Zero Failure rotors. This includes light- and medium-duty hydraulic pads and rotors, as well as heavy-duty air disc applications, for all makes in aftermarket school bus applications.
Vehicle lifts: It's all about mobility
January 31, 2012

Officials at vehicle lift manufacturing companies say that the portability of mobile column units makes it easy to service buses, and each company’s lifts include numerous safety features, such as weight gauges and overload protection.

Fras-le expands manufacturing capabilities
January 26, 2012
Fras-le North America Inc. will begin producing heavy-duty lining at its friction manufacturing facility in Prattville, Ala. The expansion will involve the hiring of nearly 100 employees in 2012 and 2013.
Thomas Built to offer hands-on bus maintenance training
January 26, 2012
The school bus OEM will hold two sessions of its Thomas Built Institute this year. The first will take place at the company's High Point, N.C., facility April 24-27 and will include hands-on training covering a number of topics.
Laser cutters boost quality, efficiency at Thomas Built
January 18, 2012
The new equipment allows the school bus manufacturer to eliminate five other machines, reorganize work flow and reduce the average time it takes to fabricate parts by about 25 percent.
Blue Bird unveils new factory training dates
January 13, 2012
The free technical workshops will be offered five times this year, alternately focusing on Blue Bird's Vision and All American school buses. Classes are limited to 25 attendees and are expected to fill up quickly.
New rooftop a/c condenser has low profile
January 9, 2012
At less than 10 inches tall, American Cooling Technology's CR-4 bus air-conditioning condenser unit increases roof clearance and eliminates the need to install a branch guard.
Onspot to appear on ‘Motorhead Garage’ TV show
January 3, 2012
“Motorhead Garage” specializes in demonstrating step-by-step installations of the latest aftermarket products. The “best of” episode featuring the automatic tire chain manufacturer will air on Jan. 22.
Rotary updates parallelogram wash bay lift package
December 28, 2011
Officials say the package has been updated to maximize bay space and product life. Any of the company's parallelogram lifts can be ordered with the new package.
Thomas Built expands Canadian dealer’s area
December 22, 2011
The school bus manufacturer increases the area of responsibility for Warner Bus Industries from the 251,366-square-mile province of Saskatchewan to also include the 250,946-square-mile province of Manitoba. Warner Bus will serve its Manitoba customers using fully equipped "Warranty on Wheels" trucks.
Voith Turbo extends transmission fuel agreement
November 14, 2011
The company is continuing for another three years a warranty program with Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc. Under the program, when using Petro-Canada’s Heavy Duty Synthetic Blend Automatic Transmission Fluid in new deliveries of Voith DIWA transmissions, the transmission’s base warranty coverage is extended from 24 months/150,000 miles to 30 months/150,000 miles.
Rotary Lift offers full line of inground lifts
November 1, 2011
With the introduction of the EFX60 scissor lift, Rotary Lift now offers a full line of heavy-duty inground lifts to meet any bus maintenance application, according to the company. The EFX60 joins the MOD30 modular environmentally friendly inground lift and the traditional inground lift in the heavy-duty line-up.

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