Department of Transportation inspections are the best way to ensure commercial vehicle safety on the roads. As required by state and federal law, DOT inspections are annual and even spontaneous at weigh stations or roadside by state police officers. There are various levels of DOT inspection and it’s important to be prepared for any degree of inspection. Are you prepared for your next DOT inspection, scheduled or otherwise?
Whether you’re prepping for your annual Department of Transportation inspection or brushing up on your requirements in case of a random roadside inspection, use these tips to pass your next DOT inspection with a 100%.
As a vehicle operator, it’s vital that a long list of documents included but not limited to are available for the inspector to validate:
medical certificate confirming the operator passed their annual DOT physical exam
insurance coverage information
driver training records
and medical card or waiver, if needed
driver alcohol and drug testing records
last 12-months vehicle maintenance records
vehicle equipment information and registration
driver logs for previous 6-months
accident files, if applicable
Additionally, all equipment must be in good working order. Items commonly checked are:
tires and related parts
exhaust and fuel systems
The list can seem daunting, but ensuring a pass on your DOT inspection is a matter of safety and even a determination of job or no job. It’s very important that as a driver for a commercial vehicle, you are ensuring compliance, even in the lull of after the official DOT inspection.
Keeping up with the demands of running a manufacturing facility is daunting. Especially since most manufacturing plants have a 24/7 runtime. There’s not a second in any day that allows for purposeful downtime maintenance. With that in mind, manufacturing plants are forced to keep up with their maintenance during production. What a feat that is! Not only must plants be in tip top shape for general operational needs, but at any time in many manufacturing industries, an inspection can mean the difference between continued production and total consequential shutdown.
Abide by these tips to be inspection ready:
Ensure all fluids in machinery are tested for contamination periodically and filtered or even replaced as needed.
An MPC patch test and other fluid analysis can help determined if there is degradation of the oil and contaminants that are affecting your machinery components and can predict decreased component performance or even failure.
Inspect reduced cycle times and output immediately rather than accepting as the result of machinery lifecycle.
Though machinery does inevitably age, there are cycle time and output standards that can give insight into what production you should be able to expect from your specific machine. With proper maintenance routines and proactivity in doing so, your machines should be able to keep a like new operating condition for a long time.
Investigate any uncommon noise or smell that originates from machinery even if machinery is fully operational.
Unusual sounds or smells during operation can signify a gear, fluid, or other problem that can greatly impact the performance and health of the machine.
Though it can be tedious, following Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) processes and maintenance requirements strictly is key to a flawless inspection.
RelaDyne Leadership and Sales converged in San Antonio September 30 – October 2, 2019 for a few days of learning and networking with each other and 25 of our valued suppliers. The weather was hot and so were the topics at hand.
RelaDyne associates heard from respected leaders of our suppliers for insight into what the future holds. As our company has grown over the past several years, our expansive team had the opportunity to connect with one another. Sales team members from Salt Lake City to New York, from Florida to Chicago, shared with one another sales best practices on the San Antonio, Texas country hillside. The RelaDyne leadership team engaged with the sales team to answer questions, provide sales encouragement, and bestow well-deserved recognition to our company’s sales leaders.
As a send off back into the field, RelaDyne was lucky to hear from professional speaker, Joel Weldon. His motivational and energetic message ignited the crowd with an inspirational send off back to locations across the country to maintain our reputation as the number one lubricants distributor in the United States and beyond.
The DuraMAX brand is staying ahead of the game with the newly created DuraMAX Synthetic Oil Filter, specially engineered with the procrastinator in mind. Your customer’s intention to take their vehicle for a timely routine oil change is just that, an intention. Unfortunately, in vehicle maintenance, it’s not just the thought that counts. With the DuraMAX Synthetic Oil Filter, you can offer your customers prolonged performance and maximum engine protection.
With two times the filtration capacity and up to a 10,000 mile drain interval, the DuraMAX Synthetic Oil Filter will last long enough to be the last item on your customer’s to do list. These impressive stats make the DuraMAX Synthetic Oil Filter the perfect counterpart of the DuraMAX Advanced Full Synthetic XLT oil. When combining the two premium products, your customers will experience a comprehensive offering for their routine vehicle maintenance needs.
The DuraMAX Synthetic Oil Filter is engineered with:
A reinforced filter can with .6 mm steel for extra protection under the most demanding conditions.
Heat-treated steel tension spring design ensuring the sealing integrity of the filter’s internal components.
Premium extra-thick steel end cap to meet the needs of today’s market.
A rugged baseplate design that provides the foundation for the entire assembly, protecting the engine from extreme pressure changes.
A rubber sealing gasket that provides the essential seal that protects your engine.
Pouring a proper cappuccino is an art form. It’s an art form which requires proper equipment and quality ingredients. It’s not any different when dealing with finished lubricants, such as motor oil.
Why should you care if low-quality oils are delivered to your shop? Using low-quality oils can result in costly repairs. Oils that do not meet required specs could ultimately void an OEM warranty.
If major damage occurs from the use of low quality motor oil not meeting manufacturer’s specifications, a warranty may be voided. Rebuilding or replacing an engine can cost your shop thousands of dollars.
Our DuraMAX motor oils are designed to meet or exceed OEM specifications and deliver high quality performance every mile. Our selection of viscosities ensures a solution for every one of your customers. As a DuraMAX customer, not only will you experience a robust line of motor oils, but we also have a premium selection of wiper blades, filters, power steering fluid, and many more ancillary products. All of our products are fully licensed and designed to comprehensively meet your customers’ maintenance requirements year round.
As a DuraMAX customer, you will experience the benefit of offering a premium product, as well as the opportunity to participate in profit-generating and customer retention programs design by our team to ensure your shop’s success with our product. Handled almost exclusively by our team, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking advantage of all that DuraMAX has to offer your business and customers.
The next time you drink a cup of cappucino, think about the quality of lubricants in your shop. Contact us today to learn more about our DuraMAX program and how your shop and customers can benefit.
Are you ready to replace your fleet vehicles tomorrow? Are you carefully monitoring your vital components, such as diesel engines, for early, and mostly invisible, warning signs of impending failure?
Contaminants exist in used fluids. However, some are almost always a predecessor to catastrophic failure. To act, you must know they are in suspension. That’s only possible through a managed oil and fluid analysis program. Corrective maintenance is inevitable for anything mechanical. But it’s much more palatable when done early and well before major damage, and downtime, occurs.
Hundreds of thousands of diesel engines breakdown every year due to poor maintenance and oversight practices.
Here’s just two of the most common contaminants:
Glycol – It is symptomatic of seal failure, damaged cylinder liners and cracked/blown gaskets. Glycol can cause sludge, leading to filter blockage, increase engine wear, cold seizure, increase corrosion and diluted oil viscosity.
Excessive fuel dilution (greater than 2%) – It is symptomatic of fuel injector problems and improper combustion. Diesel fuel dilution can result in a premature loss of corrosion protection and thickening of engine oil, causing deposits. Fuel dilution can lower the viscosity of a motor oil resulting in premature wear on pistons, rings, liners and crankcase bearings.
Engine failure periods, due to contamination, can vary considerably. Without early detection, they can dramatically shorten engine life by hundreds of thousands of miles. There are no ‘magic elixirs’ available to offset damages caused by these contaminants. Therefore, proactive maintenance and oil analysis are vital to your fleet.
As vehicles become more advanced, so should your customers’ routine maintenance. Advanced engine technology costs, but it doesn’t have to break the bank, for them or you. Most importantly, the products your customers choose to put in their car should have benefits that clearly match or outweigh the cost that they are exchanging for it. As you know, value is the name of the game in the automotive industry. There’s no shortage of choices, from the makes and models of the actual vehicle to the range of oils and other maintenance products to use in it. By seeking value through cost and performance, you can ensure your customers are taking great care of their car and not overpaying for it.
That’s where we come in. DuraMAX® Advanced Full Synthetic XLT is specially formulated to protect your customers’ engine in the most extreme way. DuraMAX® Full Synthetic XLT exceeds the performance requirements of the current ILSAC GF-5 specification and addresses the enhanced performance demands of the latest engine technology including Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) and Turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection (TGDI) engine designs.
DuraMAX® Full Synthetic XLT Motor Oils are licensed ILSAC GF-5 and API SN Plus oils and carry GM dexos1™ Gen 2 approvals (0W-20, 5W-30).
With unsurpassed engine wear protection, our DuraMAX® Advanced Full Synthetic XLT sells itself. XLT offers several key benefits including:
Unsurpassed wear protection for critical engine parts that extend the life of your engine
Advanced additives that help prevent deposits and sludge and keep engines cleaner than conventional, synthetic blends, and most other full synthetic oils
Extreme protection against the potential for pre-ignition in GDI and TGDI designs, exceeding both the currently defined OEM requirements and the anticipated future industry performance targets
Protects engines in extreme conditions with exceptional cold weather performance providing faster oil flow at lower temperatures
Interested in investing in this premium product for your customers? Contact us.
As a fleet owner, construction manager, or another leadership position in a business running many types of vehicles and equipment, it’s important to use the best products possible to maintain them. With many pieces of equipment that are essential to running your business, you can’t afford to have any lapse in performance or downtime. Our ALLFLEET portfolio of products can take your maintenance program to the next level in ensuring you preserve your hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment to millions of dollars of equipment. Check out these five ALLFLEET offered products and services that can protect your equipment investment:
ALLFLEET Engine Warranty: Protect your equipment by using our ALLFLEET Heavy Duty Engine Oils and you are eligible to sign up for the ALLFLEET Engine Warranty. With this 10-year, 600,000 mile warranty, up to 16 engine parts are covered throughout their critical role in your business.
Heavy Duty Engine Oils: ALLFLEET offers high quality full synthetic and synthetic blend heavy duty engine oils to optimize the performance and protection of your equipment engines. Our oils are API-Certified and when used at the OEM recommended drain intervals, your engine will stay free of harmful deposits and other problems associated with subpar heavy duty engine oil. Using our ALLFLEET heavy duty engine oils will protect your engines performance to ensure a productive fleet of equipment for a long time.
ALLFLEET Fluid Analysis Program: Our ALLFLEET Fluid Analysis Program is an online preventative maintenance program that enables you to perform reporting on the health of your fluid to optimize drain intervals. This not only helps you keep up with your maintenance schedule, but this analysis program will inevitably help protect your equipment from unexpected downtime and repair costs.
Your equipment is the blood within your company, without proper performing equipment, you cannot possibly be productive and profitable. Are your trucks not producing adequate horsepower due to poor combustion? Are you interested in gaining a 2 to 4 percent increase on your overall fuel mileage? If you can answer yes to any of these questions or more regarding improving your equipment performance, you need to invest in the ALLFLEET program. For more information, contact us today by filling out the form, here.
As we approach the dead of winter, cold weather preparation is key for your equipment. Many products used regularly within your trucks are not enough by themselves to operate efficiently and safely during the cold season. With this in mind, RelaDyne offers products from Power Service, a diesel fuel additive company with a long history of unparalleled performance against the leading diesel fuel additive competitors.
On behalf of Power Service, RelaDyne offers a selection of products to suit the needs of your equipment in an array of package sizes convenient for you. Here are two main winter products to fight the cold this season:
Diesel Fuel Supplement +Cetane Boost, a winterizer/antigel, is used in the cold winter months to prevent fuel gelling and keep fuel-filters from plugging with ice and wax. The benefits of this supplement include faster cold starts, protects your fuel pump and injector against wear, as well as protects against fuel filter icing and fuel gelling. To use this product efficiently, follow the scheduled maintenance recommendations.
Diesel 911 is just as it sounds, a product for use in emergencies, primarily when your diesel engine will not start in the cold. The primary use of Diesel 911 is to quickly restore the flow of diesel fuel to your engine caused by gelled fuel or frozen fuel- filters. To use this product efficiently, follow the scheduled maintenance recommendations.
Power Service products greatly enhance the operation of your trucks in the winter and offers range of other products for use in all seasons. Whether your goal is to manage a fleet of diesel engine trucks or maintaining your personally owned diesel truck, Power Service products are a must-have for long lasting and efficient engine life. To hear from others on how Power Service diesel engine products have improved their truck’s engine life, click here.
During your day to day operations, you’ve no doubt encountered several spills of various oils and products for your business. Whether you’re a quick lube with open oil containers and other automotive fluids sitting around the shop or a manufacturing plant with grease and hydraulic oils routinely used across your machinery, a spill and stain maintenance routine is a must. Having a clean up procedure in place will ensure a spotless facility, less risk of slips and falls, and help eliminate product contamination.
Maintain your facility with Oil Eater® cleaning solvents to banish these three common pesky commercial, automotive, and industrial stains from nearly any material the spill occurs on, including carpets, upholstery, metal, concrete, and even clothing.
Automotive Engine Oils: Engine oils are likely to spill, especially because of drained oil in various open pans. Hoses with new oil are likely to leak to some degree, as well as unintended spills along the way. Keep high alkaline Oil Eater® Cleaner & Degreaser Original Formula on hand to wipe away these stains quickly and effectively.
Hydraulic Greases: As machinery runs throughout the day, in most cases 24/7, downtime for clean up maintenance is nearly nonexistent. With the Oil Eater® Cleaner & Degreaser Original Formula, you can clean excess grease and spills easily without extra elbow grease and lengthy cleaning processes. This formula breaks down grease quickly and easily, leaving you with clean machinery and extra time in your day for other projects. To make your clean up even easier, snag an Oil Eater® Industrial Duty Spill kit that includes several pads and pillows to soak spills, as well as protective gloves, snakes and booms to control spills, and a bonus 5-gallon bucket of Oil Eater® Cleaner & Degreaser.
Diesel Exhaust: As your fleets travel the interstates, the diesel fueling them leaves awful exhaust residue on the outside of the trucks. Even more, most trailers are white, making the residue even more unsightly. With your company logos emblazoned across your trailers, the last thing you want from a branding standpoint is to have a fleet of dirty trucks. Oil Eater® Fleet Wash will keep your fleet spiffy. More importantly, having an emergency Oil Eater® Commercial Duty Spill Kit on hand helps keep your trucks DOT-compliant.
These are just some examples of spills and stains that Oil Eater® can make a non-issue for your business. Oil Eater® is safe, pleasant smelling, and effective enough on nearly all surfaces, making a stocked supply necessary. Don’t let your facility or equipment be caught in a spill with nothing to clean it up with. For more information on other Oil Eater® products that can provide value for your business, contact your current Sales Rep or fill out the form, here.
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