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Truck design enhances productivity and lowers costs

The customer operated a fleet of tractor trailers to haul product in regional areas across the United States. They struggled with a lack of standardization across their fleet and complying to legal standards.

A "spring thaw" in northern Midwest states requires trucks to reduce axle weight during spring months to protect roadways. To ensure compliance, the company either had to find a way to reduce axle weight or had to avoid the specified state highways during that time period – impacting their customer service, productivity and costs.

Our solution

New 5th wheel design redistributes weight load in tractor trailers

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Element Fleet Management studied the situation and took all technical, budgetary and legal factors into account to recommend a new design for the customer’s trailers. The design redistributed the weight load from the trailer to the tractor through the utilization of a 5th wheel type design.

Impact

The company now has a standard design for all future truck orders that are the right fit for their fleet needs, with correct power train, horsepower, etc. The new standardized trailer design has a lower cost of investment and meets legal requirements.

Fleet Profile

Industry

  • Construction

Total Fleet Size

  • 800

Fleet Type

  • Service/delivery
  • 200 tractor trailers

Services Utilized

  • Acquisition
  • Financing
  • Title, Licensing & Regulation
  • Telematics
  • Accident
  • Fuel
  • Maintenance
  • Fleet Partnership Outsourcing Solutions
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