Comments Off on Future Wars: Hydrogen vs. Electric Semi-Trucks
A battle is looming on the horizon of the trucking industry. This future war has high stakes and promises to change trucking forever. Within the next 3 years’ competitors will vie for the right to put diesel-free trucks on the road. Nikola Motor Company and Tesla have both revealed their perceived future for trucking in the form of Hydrogen Fuel Cells (Nikola) and Electric Battery Powered (Tesla). Both these units ambitiously aim to replace diesel powered trucks in the coming years. While the results will not be known for years both offer lots of benefits and a few possible negatives.
Nikola Motors Hydrogen Fuel Powered Semi-Truck
Nikola Motor Company’s Nikola One (Sleeper) and Nikola Two (Day Cab) both have estimated release dates of early 2020. Hydrogen fuel cells fully power Nikola trucks, eliminating diesel dependency forever. Nikola Trucks claim double fuel efficiency from the standard 7.5 MPG (diesel) to 15.4 MPG of Hydrogen Fuel. Additionally, [...]
This month, we will be attending the Great American Trucking Show. Check out the schedule below — and if you are heading to this show, make sure to stop by our booth, and say hello!
The Great American Trucking Show
August 24th – 26th at the Kay Bailey Convention Center in Dallas, Texas
The Great American Trucking Show is an interactive and all-encompassing public convention of trucking professionals. More than 500 exhibitors meet at GATS, representing truck, trailer, engine, component and parts manufacturers, among many others. GATS exists to create an interactive, energizing environment entirely focused on trucking’s improvement.
More than 150 trucks on the show floor
65 countries represented
554 exhibits including 46 health contributors
52,000 industry relevant products
Over 600 trucks at the TA/Petro Parking community
Over $100,000 raised for charities
45 hours of education
Quality Companies attendees include:
Derek Doddridge – Vice President of Sales and Marketing
We have reached June and summer is finally upon us! This month, we will be attending the Texas Trucking Show. Check out the schedule below — and if you are heading to this show, make sure to stop by our booth, and say hello!
Texas Trucking Show
June 23rd – 25th at the NRG Center in Houston, Texas
The Texas Trucking Show is a regional trade show focused in connecting suppliers and trucking companies. At the show, you will find 150+ companies offering all types of products and services for the heavy-duty industry in a single venue.
Quality Companies attendees include:
Sam Somostrada – Regional Sales Manager of Quality Business Services
Nick Gass – Assistant Manager of Quality Business Services
Zac Schoen – Business Consultant
Visit their website for more information: https://texastruckingshow.com/
We’ve reached mid-April and that only means one thing for the trucking industry: truck show season is upon us in full-swing. This month, we are excited to announce that we will be attending two different shows! Check out our schedule below – if you’re heading out to one of these shows, make sure to stop boy our booth and say hello!
Indiana Motor Truck Association Spring Transport Summit (IMTA)
April 24th-25th at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown Union Station in Indianapolis, IN
Booth will be in the Exhibitor Alcove
The IMTA is a resource for members to share efficiencies and work together to navigate the ever-changing regulatory issues facing the trucking industry. The IMTA provides free consultation for carriers, safety programs, distracted driving education, and special services and benefits for their members. We will have two representatives attending IMTA, to help with all of your equipment and insurance needs. Quality Companies attendees include:
Comments Off on On the Road: Upcoming March Events
March often feels like the big kick-off to trade show season, and there are a couple different shows across the U.S. that we wouldn’t want to miss. Check out our schedule below – if you’re heading out to one of these shows, make sure to stop by our booth and say hello!
Mid-America Truck Show (MATS)
Thursday March 23rd – Saturday March 25th at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY
MATS is the largest annual heavy-duty trucking industry event in the world. Held each year at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY. The show attracts 70,000 attendees and 1,000+ exhibitors from throughout the United States and abroad. A wide array of our representatives will be attending MATS, and will be more than happy to help you out with any of your recruiting, equipment lease/purchase, and insurance needs. Because we know that technology is one of the greatest tools up-and-coming tools of [...]
Comments Off on How New Regulations Will Change Trucking in 2017
There’s no doubt that new government regulations are pushing the trucking industry through a major shift. You’ve probably heard of the ELD mandate, which went into effect less than three months ago, and catapults the industry into a very different regulatory landscape. With the ELD mandate and other widespread regulations, 2017 is going to be an unprecedented year for the trucking industry.
Electronic Logging Devices
There is a lot of buzz going around the trucking industry about the newly-implemented Electronic Log Device (ELD) mandate. The mandate was first published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in December of 2015, and goes into effect December of 2017.
Proposed hours-of-service rules, limiting drivers to 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days, can easily be tracked through ELDs. The looming regulation has left many drivers worried that the ELD will serve as a “big brother” entity over their driving. Realistically, though, the ELD does [...]
Comments Off on On the Road: Upcoming February Events
February is a busy month for everyone here at Quality! With spring just around the corner, there are a few different trade shows across the U.S. that we will be attending. Check out our schedule below – if you’re heading out to one of these shows, make sure to stop by our booth and say hello!
14th Annual Recruitment and Retention (R&R)
February 22nd – February 24th in Nashville, Tennessee
The 2017 Recruitment and Retention Conference offers a strong lineup of speakers and information focused on utilizing data to improve driver recruiting and retention success. Vice President of Quality Business Services Ashley Castner, Assistant Manager of Quality Business Services Nicholas Gass, and Recruiting Manager Jordan Roach will be attending the 14th Annual R&R.
Visit R&R’s website
Unigroup Learning Conference
February 22nd – February 25th in St. Louis, Missouri
We have always valued our relationship with Unigroup – they strive to be the first choice for global [...]
Comments Off on Why Every Owner Operator Needs a Maintenance Budget
As an owner operator, the more accurately you can predict your yearly costs, the better. With a concrete idea of how much you’ll spend per mile on variables like food, showers, and fuel, you’ll be able to know with confidence how many loads you need to haul (at what pay rate, factoring in deadhead mileage) to make a profit at the close of the fiscal year.
Maintenance is a substantial cost that owner operators face yearly, but it can be difficult to predict. So, how do you prepare for maintenance issues that your truck doesn’t have yet?
How a Maintenance Budget Helps
Repairs are expensive. Big rig mechanics are a specialty, and as such, can cost upwards of $100 per hour, not including the cost of parts, and your time lost while waiting on the repair. The price may seem steep on the surface, but consider that the shop must account for the mechanics’ [...]
Comments Off on The ELD Mandate: Everything You Need to Know
An Electronic Log Device (ELD) connects to the truck’s engine and automatically records driving time to more accurately keep driving records, which in turn makes highway stops significantly easier and faster. Most ELDs, though, do much more than simply recording drive time. Freight and technology industry companies have taken the idea and ran with it. Now, ELD devices will do everything from GPS to direct carrier/owner-operator communication, to document organization. A couple months ago, we posted a blog outlining a few of the most popular questions drivers may have about the ELD mandate. Now, it’s time to dive a little more in-depth. So how did all of this come about, and where will ELDs take the freight industry in the future?
Back in 2012, Congress enacted the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21) bill. This law included a general transportation structure outline for the coming years, a breakdown of highway fund [...]
Comments Off on Take Advantage of Our New Paint Booth!
We are proud to announce the newest addition to our Quality family – a custom, state-of-the-art Bass Mechanical paint booth! We designed the paint booth with carriers in mind, and cannot wait for you to see the result. The paint booth features top-notch specs, including full booth illumination, efficient fans & motors, the ability to paint five parts at once, and a baked finish for all painted parts.
Our lighting features four-tube 48” long ETL listed Class I Division II florescent fixtures, so that you never have to wonder whether your parts will be painted evenly. Our Quality brand name tube axial fans and motors assure that the paint dries quickly and [...]