Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rolling Stones Mobile

Hi, everybody. I subscribe through Gmail an alert for truck technology.
This week's assortment of articles included one about the mobile studio the Stones had built in 1970.
The studio was used for recording much of "Sticky Fingers" and parts of other albums.
Other bands including Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, and Iron Maiden also recorded in it.

Click this link to read the article    RSM

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gee Whiz technologies for trucks and repair

Check out these technologies being considered for trucks in the near future.

Vehicle Service Pros

More than merely extensions of technologies presently in use  (like lane sensors, inter vehicle communication, or crash avoidance devices), these are potential game-changers that will likely be used in the near future. The last item, the force-sensing bolts and studs, are especially intriguing to me. They are probably talking about a piezoresistive or a nanoparticle-based strain gauge built into the fastener that will exactly measure the amount of stretch generated when the bolt is tightened. These could be used for cylinder head bolts or fasteners in other critical applications.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

One More Time on Mechanic Education

    Well, it is fall again, so the technical school programs are back in session. It is also time for me to once again harp on the sad state of mechanic recruitment and technical training. I won't repeat what I've already said on the subject, you can click on this link to check, if you like.

                                                                     My Ravings

    I recently came across something written by Sean Bennett on the subject. Sean has worked at truck dealerships, taught in truck mechanic training programs, and has written several textbooks on the subject.
    The link below is to a page from Bennett's blog, the first part written last year. The second part was written in 2008, but is still more than relevant today. As to female grade school teachers being the start of the problem, I will not touch that with a 200 foot long pole. I also will not comment on the public school social issue. I agree with what he says, but don't see it changing.


    I do heartily endorse his ideas about college/vocational school training and the state of entry level techs today, as well as how things could be fixed. One point I have seen firsthand is the lack of computer savvy in many novice mechanics, even 20 somethings who must have grown up with technology. A couple I have worked with can't even do an effective internet search, let alone use a scanner. Granted, these were not products of technical school education, but Bennett says many graduates of programs also have very sparse computer skills. I find this disheartening and bodes ill for the future of the repair industry. I can't imagine how we will ever find the people to do the work after mechanics my age retire.