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Archive for April 2009

the $10 million oil change

April 29, 2009

When we first saw this Wall Street Journal article about a Nascar team spending $10 million to develop a new oil for it’s cars, our first thought was “whoa, that’s a lot of money.” Then we saw that they’re claiming it gives them an extra 10 horsepower (which might not sound like much, but these […]

Predictive maintenance at Harley Davidson

April 28, 2009

“The Harley-Davidson image is the antithesis of predictable. No schedules. No plans. No boundaries. No cares. The unknown lies around the bend. Just strap on the helmet, fire up the engine and ride…. The Harley-Davidson manufacturing image, however, is all about predictability. No surprises. No bottlenecks. No breakdowns. No downtime. What lies ahead is known. […]

Change your “oil change culture”

April 14, 2009

At IntelliStick, we try to show people the folly of sticking to the old business-as-usual, interval-based, change-you-oil-every-3,000-mile mindset. We know the dangers — that you’re changing your oil too soon (and wasting oil/not being eco-friendly) or that you’re changing your oil too late (and risking big-time repairs). But people inherently resist change (here’s 10 reasons […]

nav system

April 7, 2009

Another item of interest to come out of the MATS was the Garmin nüvi 465T — a navigation system designed for truckers, RVers and other long-haul drivers. After inputting the specs for your truck/RV/tractor it dials up specific restrictions for height, width, length, weight and hazardous materials.  Plus it’s plugged in to the NTTS directory. […]

lubricants

April 3, 2009

Today we came across a story about choosing the right lubricant and how it affected the development of high-speed trains in China. We thought it was an interesting story (so we tolerated the PR push by Royal Purple near the end). We are excited about the prospect of a high-speed train from San Diego to […]

under pressure

April 1, 2009

We are being extra cautious and taking everything we read this morning with a grain of salt (see the date — yes, we have been fooled in the past). But this one is legitimate: California passed legislation that will require auto shops to check the tire pressure of every car that comes in. This seems […]