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EvacuBlast System cleans diesel particulate filters
April 17, 2012
EnviroMotive touts the unit as a cost effective and thorough way to clean diesel particulate filters on school buses and other vehicles. Company officials say that many operations are sending their filters out to be serviced when "they can very simply do the service themselves."
App aims to streamline bus inspections
April 10, 2012
Indiana troopers have been using paper forms with a checklist during school bus inspections, then manually entering the info into a database — which officials said is cumbersome. A university computer class came up with an idea for an online application that digitizes the process with the use of tablet devices.
IC Bus boosts efficiency at Tulsa plant
March 26, 2012
The manufacturer has been building school buses in the former B-24 bomber plant for 10 years now. Plant Manager Greg Hutchison, an auto industry veteran who came to the facility in September, tells SBF about changes that have increased quality and volume while keeping staffing levels consistent.
Skilled techs keep fleets top-notch
March 6, 2012

Pupil transporters say that technicians should have a desire to learn, and they discuss methods and resources for instruction. They also say that employee communication, a strong preventive maintenance program and performance benchmarking are essential to achieving well-maintained school buses.

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.

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