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<p>School District of Manatee County Vehicle Maintenance Parts Manager Jerilynn Boling says the team works closely with the department's vendors and makes decisions daily based upon data from reports. Parts inventory is tracked and maintained several ways, including running a cycle count daily so that throughout the year, every part is counted at least one time. Pictured is a work station area where the majority of parts are stored. The district's fleet comprises 216 school buses and 186 support vehicles. In addition, the team maintains approximately 2,500 pieces of off-road equipment, such as a tractor.</p> PHOTOS: Florida District's Vehicle Maintenance Parts Department

The vehicle maintenance parts department team at the School District of Manatee County in...

<p>With cheerleaders cheering him on, Foxx walked through the halls of the school, which were decorated with school bus artwork made by students in Oak Hill's art classes.</p> PHOTOS: Love the Bus 2014

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Take stock in your accomplishments

We’ve all had personal and professional accomplishments that we’re particularly proud of. One of my top professional accomplishments is learning and writing about the ins and outs of an industry that I knew very little about when I started working for this publication. For Shane Kirley, whom we've reported on in the past, obtaining his CDL was one of his “best accomplishments.”

Compartmentalization plus

Rather than resting on the fact that the yellow bus is the long-established safest form of school transportation, we need to be constantly asking ourselves this question: Could school buses be safer? When we ask that question, we have to consider lap-shoulder belts, which has long been a contentious issue in the industry. ...


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RoadRecorder video surveillance line

The RoadRecorder series (pictured) offers high-definition recording and utilizes both hard disk drive and solid-state recording to create redundant data storage, according to Safety Vision. The product line is designed to accommodate audio and video for six or 12 cameras (IP and analog) and provides wireless download of data, real-time live look-in, system health status, GPS and metadata. The recorders are designed from the ground up to withstand the vibration and shock of mobile environments, company officials said.

Meanwhile, the Observer 4100 product line is designed to record both analog and high-definition IP video, GPS, and metadata for up to eight or 16 cameras with audio and video. For redundant reliability, the Observer 4100 line offers a small external crash-resistant recording device, ensuring recorded data will never be destroyed, according to the company.

Mobile Wheel Lift

The new MW-500 Mobile Wheel Lift can remove and position any size wheel or tire weighing up to 500 lbs., making it easier and more ergonomic for technicians to work on buses, heavy-duty trucks and construction equipment, company officials said. The wheel lift’s arms are spaced wider than those on Rotary Lift’s MW-200 light-duty wheel lift to facilitate moving heavy-duty wheels and tires. The arms feature rollers that are designed to allow the wheel to be easily rotated 360 degrees when aligning it with the hub and are mounted on an offset column to provide unobstructed access to the lug nuts. The MW-500 wheel lift is capable of dually holding wheels to maximize efficiency, according to the company.  

Vehicle Diagnostic Assistant Tough Tablet

The Vehicle Diagnostic Assistant Tough Tablet (VDATT), the newest addition to Diagnostic Innovations’ Vehicle Diagnostic Assistant product line, is a complete diagnostic system featuring the rugged Panasonic Toughpad tablet. The tablet helps technicians diagnose and troubleshoot engines, transmissions and braking systems. VDATT can be customized and integrates OEM software into an easy-to-use intelligent graphical interface, according to the company.

STERI-FAB Disinfecting Solution

STERI-FAB is an EPA-registered product that kills bedbugs, lice, ticks and many other insects, as well as mold, mildew and bacteria, while also disinfecting the area where it is applied. STERI-FAB can be applied without dilution on most surfaces, such as chairs and upholstered furniture, and it dries quickly without leaving a residue, according to Noble Pine Products Co., which manufactures the product. STERI-FAB does not contain any dyes or perfumes. Officials said it is used by many public and private transportation companies throughout the U.S., and it is available in all 50 states from an array of distributors.

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