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IntelliStick Award – Heavy Duty Trucking

March 17, 2010

For the second year, IntelliStick has been recognized as one of Heavy Duty Trucking’s Top 50. IntelliStick was honored by a panel of industry publication editors as one of 50 innovative products “…likely to contribute to operational efficiencies, such as increased safety, improved truck fuel economy…and contribute to the bottom line of a for-hire or […]

Motor oil — fuel economy vs. wear

August 4, 2009

If you were told you could increase your fuel economy just by switching to a thinner oil, would you do it? We bet a fair number of people (especially those who aren’t mechanically inclined) would. Your fuel economy increases, you help the environment, you pay less (or at least less frequently) at the pump. It’s […]

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. […]

Early Warning for Intrusion

January 27, 2009

Early warning of water intrusion can save engines.

that’s one BIG engine

January 15, 2009

Last month the IntelliStick engineers installed a dipstick product at a paper mill in Los Angeles, CA. When I heard it was being installed in a cogen engine I knew it would be bigger than a breadbox, but I had no idea it would be housed in a cargo container! Check it out: The 20 cylinder natural […]

LNG Plant to Fuel Clean Truck Program

December 2, 2008

In mid-November a new liquid natural gas plant, owned by Clean Energy Fuels (founded by T. Boone Pickens), started production near the city of Boron in the Mojave desert. This new plant will produce 160,000 gallons of LNG per day. There are already expansion plans which will allow it to produce 240,000 gallons per day in […]

vegetable oil fuel systems

November 25, 2008

While several of the IntelliStick crew know people who are running vegetable oil in lieu of diesel oil, there is a company out there that sells a system that converts diesel fuel systems to straight vegetable oil (SVO). This goes far beyond E85. You can check it out at Be sure to review the FAQs […]

from condition based monitoring to predictive monitoring

November 3, 2008

While CBM (condition-based monitoring) has proven to be superior to reactive calendar-based monitoring, there is potential for a greater level of knowledge of equipment condition using Predictive Maintenance (PdM). Karl Faller of TI-data authored a white paper for the Society of Petroleum Engineers titled Combining Condition Monitoring and Predictive Modeling to Improve Equipment Uptime on Drilling Rigs. According to […]