A New Age in Efficiency: AGVs

Automated guided vehicles, or AGVs, have become an increasingly popular means of transporting materials during the in-plant stage of production.  They come in numerous variations that serve unique purposes.  However, all of them are aimed at making a plant more efficient.  AGVs accomplish this by operating without humans.  This reduces production time that is prolonged …

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Controlling the Effects of Drugs in the Workplace

There is a growing popularity, and legalization, of different drugs in American society.  Companies face the dilemma of controlling the effect of drugs in the workplace.  Currently there are 29 states that allow medical marijuana and 2 states that allow recreational marijuana use. In addition, every state contains access to prescription drugs that many people …

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The Pros and Cons of Federal Work and the Public Sector

With the election of President Donald Trump, and the announcement of his $1 trillion construction spending plan, many contractors prepared to flock to the public sector.  The massive investment by the government in the public construction sector led many contractors to switch their resources from the private sector to the public sector. However, before switching …

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Should Trucking Fleets Ban Cell Phone Usage?

Cell phones offer truck drivers useful information such as weather and delivery points which can significantly ease their jobs. However, cell phones in fleets also present the risk for distracting drivers.  Distraction leads to accidents.  The wrecks can result in thousands of dollars in ruined materials and numerous injuries and/or fatalities.  Cell phone usage while …

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Safety and Savings in Trucking: Platooning

This year, Omnitracs, a transportation software company, invested $60 million in Peloton Technology, which specializes in automated vehicle software. What would justify that $60 million investment?  The answer is the ability to utilize truck platooning. What is Truck Platooning? Peloton’s truck platooning uses “forward collision avoidance system and vehicle-to-vehicle communication to allow two trucks to …

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