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Photos, more details on America's Best competition
October 17, 2012
To view a variety of shots from the school bus technician and inspector event, see our new photo gallery. Officials say that the event, which this year drew 31 competitors from 19 states, continues to grow.
Mohawk’s mobile lifts feature touchscreen control
October 16, 2012
The 7-inch color screen shows the total weight being raised by all columns and the number of cycles per technician. It also offers password protection, shows remaining battery life, and is customizable to show a bus, fire engine or dump truck.
Blue Bird reveals factory training dates for 2013
October 9, 2012
Workshop topics include recent product changes, such as the dual-zone multiplex system and 2013 emissions standards compliance. Attendees also gain product assembly familiarity with a factory tour.
Repeat wins for America's Best bus tech, inspector
October 2, 2012
Alan Fidler of Indiana's Tippecanoe School Corp. takes first in the 2012 national school bus technician competition. Jack Defibaugh of Greenbrier County (W.Va.) Schools wins the inspector competition. Both were also named America's Best in last year's event.
New tire pressure monitoring system offered for Thomas Built Buses
September 27, 2012
Daimler Trucks North America launches new tire performance monitoring technology as an aftermarket option for Thomas Built, Freightliner and Western Star commercial vehicles. Company officials say that the system allows for real-time monitoring for better fuel economy and safety.
Goodyear technology targets improved tire performance
September 20, 2012
Officials say the Air Maintenance Technology application allows tires to maintain constant, optimum pressure without the use of external pumps, electronics and driver intervention. Along with improved performance, proper tire inflation can result in better fuel economy and longer tread life, according to the company.
Thermo King to unveil new evaporator at BusCon
September 11, 2012
The company's new BE-550 lightweight bulkhead evaporator ensures passenger comfort in vehicles where headroom clearance is an issue, officials say. It can be mounted in the front, rear or both bulkhead areas of a school bus.
Bus camera is compact, vibration resistant
September 4, 2012
Moxa Americas Inc.’s VPort P06-1MP-M12 IP surveillance cameras feature an operating temperature of minus 40 to 75 degrees C, vibration-resistant M12 connectors and a vandal-resistant housing.
Bosch releases Android part finder app
August 30, 2012
Users can search for parts by entering the vehicle year, make and model, or the Bosch part number into the app on their phone or tablet. The app is available for download from the Amazon app store or from Google Play.
National Express names new field maintenance VP
August 29, 2012
Jim Cade brings 35 years of experience in maintenance management to his new role, which he started Aug. 13. As vice president of field maintenance, he is responsible for ensuring the integrity, safety and reliability of a fleet of more than 20,000 buses.
Mechanic allegedly steals $400K in auto supplies
August 22, 2012
Frederick Lange, the lead mechanic and shop foreman for Bensalem (Pa.) Township School District, is arrested on Monday after an ongoing investigation. Investigators say Lange stole and resold truck tires, batteries and other items from the district over a period of 10 years.
N.J. district, borough reach shared service agreement
August 14, 2012
Under the tentative agreement, which is expected to be formalized by next month, Fair Lawn School District will send its fleet to the borough’s maintenance garage for service. The district’s superintendent says the borough’s cost quotes are less than the private garages it has used in the past.
2 school bus inspectors win key Iowa award
August 6, 2012
Owen Freese and Verlan Vos, who have both been inspecting Iowa’s school buses for 13 years, receive the prestigious Tom Horn Memorial Award. Though they initially encountered suspicion and anger when they started scrutinizing fleets, state pupil transportation director Max Christensen says that they persevered and have become "the best delegates of good will" in their agency.
Tire bead breaker is efficient, small
July 26, 2012
ESCO’s Model 20425 pneumatic truck tire bead breaker allows for a technician to roll the tire/wheel assembly into the unit to break both beads at the same time in seconds, officials say.
Men charged for school bus battery thefts
July 16, 2012
Danny Kelly and Michael Kniser are charged with burglary for stealing 25 batteries from First Student buses in June. Bail for Kelly is set at $30,000, and bail for Kniser is set at $50,000.
Revamped school bus serves as home for worker
July 10, 2012
Donald Widner’s school bus has a bed, a refrigerator, a gas range and a toilet. And it’s purple. The 49-year-old has been living in the bus while working in construction and searching for high-paying oil field jobs in North Dakota.
Winner named in Iowa technician competition
July 2, 2012
John Maxwell of Dallas Center — Grimes Community School District earns top honors during the state's fourth annual Best of the Best Technicians Training and Competition. Maxwell competes with 18 other technicians for the title in what state pupil transportation director Max Christensen says is the most successful competition so far.
Thomas Built offers fall maintenance training program
July 2, 2012
The school bus manufacturer’s fall Maintenance Training Institute will be held in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 11-14. Topics scheduled to be covered include EPA emissions systems; advanced electrical; coolant, maintenance and cost savings; and utilizing websites, resources and wire diagrams.
Dozens of school bus batteries stolen in Ariz., Ill.
June 29, 2012
Thieves in Collinsville, Ill., make off with more than 35 batteries from a contractor's buses. In Peoria, Ariz., about two-dozen batteries are ripped off and buses are damaged at a school district lot.
Stertil-Koni produces 2,000th heavy-duty lift
June 26, 2012
The company's manufacturing facility in Streator, Ill., Stertil ALM, produces an ST 1082 Mobile Column Lift to reach the milestone. The lift can accommodate up to 18,000 pounds per column.

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