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Jasper offers remanufactured turbochargers
December 3, 2013
The company is offering a line of remanufactured BorgWarner, Garrett and Holset turbochargers. Officials say that Jasper has more than 100 different stock numbers on hand, including turbos for popular diesel units such as the Ford/International 6.0L, 7.3L Powerstroke, Cummins ISB and Caterpillar engines.
Bus vandalism incident delays service
November 26, 2013
Thirty-five buses in New Hanover County (N.C.) Schools’ Laney Bus Garage were vandalized over the weekend, delaying many bus pickups on Monday. The estimated cost of damage is between $14,000 and $18,000, including labor costs.
Zonar promotes 2 to VP roles
November 22, 2013
At the fleet management technology company, Fred Fakkema is now vice president of compliance, and Tony Bezilla is now vice president of product management. Zonar officials say that the promotions reflect the company's rapid growth and anticipation of future expansion.
Webasto: Test results show benefits of pre-heated engines
November 19, 2013
An independent emissions testing lab recently tested the effects of a Webasto coolant heater on the emissions performance of a diesel engine. Emissions data show that the start-up temperature has a significant effect on the engine emissions and overall performance of diesel particulate filters.
7 districts win grants from NAPT, Zonar
November 14, 2013
School districts from New Jersey to California have been selected to receive grants for school bus security, safety and efficiency equipment from Zonar. The districts were recognized at the recent NAPT Summit.
Online vehicle lift safety course available in 2014
November 7, 2013
The Automotive Lift Institute is partnering with dealer services provider KPA to produce and deliver the program. “Lifting It Right: 2014 Online Edition” covers the wide variety of lift types used in professional vehicle service and repair shops, the lifting and lowering process, and the importance of planned lift maintenance performed by a qualified professional.
Tyler Technologies unveils cloud-based management tool
October 29, 2013
Traversa is a suite of transportation applications in one system. Providing a touch-screen interface, it gives users a total view of their operations and allows them to make real-time adjustments to bus routing, trip and activity management, work orders and fleet maintenance.
GM honors Espar for supplier quality
October 29, 2013
Espar Climate Control Systems is named a recipient of the General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award. Espar manufactures fuel-operated heaters and other products for a variety of mobile applications, including school buses.
Webasto unveils new timer for engine pre-heaters
October 24, 2013
Company officials say that the SmarTemp Control fx Timer, which was on display at the National Association for Pupil Transportation trade show, is easy to program for repeat heating duration times. It allows up to four different timer settings per day.
Thermo King unveils HVAC solutions at NAPT
October 18, 2013
The supplier is showcasing its StudentAIRE line, which is designed to be compact and affordable for school bus operators, manufacturers and dealers. The line, which will be featured at the Thermo King booth during the trade show on Tuesday and Wednesday, includes a high performance air-conditioning system requiring minimal space; a bulkhead evaporator for small to mid-size school bus applications; and two split air-conditioning systems.
New mobile column technology offers flexible lift system
October 17, 2013
MAHA USA’s new, redesigned MCL family of ball-screw-powered, wireless mobile column lifts are engineered to accelerate the velocity of maintenance activities by providing a flexible vehicle lifting system that creates a more open, productive and accessible work space, according to the company.
Car renovator to restore rare vintage school bus
October 15, 2013
Rich Willard, owner of Vintage Motorcars, a restoration business, is restoring a circa 1948 Nash school bus for a Paris-based collector of Nash vehicles. The project, Willard’s first bus restoration, likely will take more than 3,000 man hours to complete and will cost in the $150,000 range.
New tool helps lift big tires
October 14, 2013
The Tire Lifter is designed to make it easier for one person to lift heavy tire and wheel assemblies from horizontal to vertical. The tool can be used to lift mounted 22.5 and 24.5 single tires and 300-lb. super single tires.
IC Bus builds 1st CE school buses with Cummins ISB
October 8, 2013
The manufacturer is now taking orders for its CE Series school bus with the Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine. The CE Series now offers a selection of three mid-range diesel engines: the MaxxForce 7, MaxxForce DT and Cummins ISB6.7.
Espar unveils heater kits for school buses
October 8, 2013
The E-Guardian PLUS Series heater kits include new features that improve heater efficiency and performance. The series package also includes Espar’s Multi-Max controller with a set of PC-programmable features, allowing management to select holiday and vacation days as much as one year in advance, and ambient temperature sensing to prevent heaters from running in warmer mornings.
Cummins offers new 5-liter V8 diesel
October 7, 2013
The engine manufacturer holds a press event to share details on the new ISV5.0 and to show it running in a Type C school bus and several other test vehicles. Cummins officials discuss the engine's benefits, including low total cost of ownership and quieter operation.
America's Best winners hail from Oklahoma, Colorado
October 1, 2013
Casey Middleton of Tulsa (Okla.) Public Schools places first in the school bus inspector category, while Patrick Maloney of Douglas County (Colo.) School District takes the top spot in the technician category. Read more about the event and check out our photo gallery.
New Stertil-Koni lift offers more flexibility
September 24, 2013
The ST 1085 features a lifting capacity of 18,500 lbs. per column and is equipped with extra-long adjustable pick-up forks of 14 inches, making it well suited to safely raise all types of vehicles, including those with super single tires, according to the company. The lift also features a system that makes it possible to operate columns individually, in pairs or as a complete set with the touch of a single button.
New financing options available for tire pressure monitoring tech
September 19, 2013
Advantage PressurePro, a supplier of commercial tire pressure monitoring systems and technologies, partners with Marlin Equipment Finance to bring Marlin’s line of financing options directly to PressurePro customers.
Jasper Engines and Transmissions focuses on quality
September 16, 2013
The company’s product line includes remanufactured gas and diesel engines, transmissions and differentials, which can be used for school buses, along with diesel fuel and air system components. Jasper’s production system is designed to provide consistent procedures for a quality product, and reduction of waste is also important to the company.

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