Rick Weber

Associate Editor,
Trailer/Body Builders

Rick Weber has been an associate editor for Trailer/Body Builders since February 2000. A national award-winning sportswriter, he covered the Miami Dolphins for the Fort Myers News-Press following service with publications in California and Australia. He is a graduate of Penn State University.

Volvo drives bottom line with improvements

VOLVO Trucks North America took a trailer tour around the country in 2016, visiting dealerships, trade shows, and special events.

Tank trailer maintenance focuses on tires, brakes

TIRES and brakes remain key components on the checklist for maintaining tank trailer equipment, according to Jeff Miller, senior account manager for Hendrickson. He discussed tires and brakes during National Tank Truck Carriers’ 2016 Tank Truck Week in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Under the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Phase 2 rulemaking, tank trailers will be required to have low rolling resistance tires and a tire pressure system—either a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) or automatic tire inflation system (ATIS) on all tires on that trailer.

Skepticism at TTMA over GHG Phase 2 trailer requirements

THERE is no bigger issue on the radar of the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association (TTMA) than the much-discussed Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Phase 2 rulemaking, which was finalized on August 16, 2016, published in the Federal Register on October 25, 2016, and took effect on December 27, 2016.

FMCSA intensifying its focus on cargo tank manufacturing, inspection, repair

THE Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has been taking a harder look at cargo tank manufacturing, inspection, and repair facilities since January 2015. And based on what it has found, FMCSA plans to intensify its scrutiny.

Here’s a look at tomorrow’s manufacturing plants—and the sophisticated trucks and trailers that they will produce

WHAT will the industry look like in the years to come?

Well, for truck body and trailer manufacturing, it very well could be a situation where the transformation in the next 10 years will be more significant than it was the previous 40 years.

Engineer delivers primer on ISO tank container design, regs

JOHNSON Zhang, vice general manager and tank container engineer of CXIC Tianjin Xinhuachang International Containers Co, helped to establish a quality-control system specifically for tank manufacturing at CXIC and is accomplished in all international regulations and quality-control details regarding tank containers.

Zhang discussed the latest international tank container and quality control requirements during the Intermodal Tank Container Association’s 2016 Intermodal Bulk Liquid Symposium held October 7 in Kemah, Texas.

Workplace violence increasingly catching eye of regulators

AN estimated 1.7 million workers fall victim to non-fatal violence while at work each year, according to US Department of Justice statistics. These are not workplace injuries on an occupational basis, but violence in the form of simple or aggravated assault (which accounts for 95%), robbery, rape, and sexual assault.

Presentation offers an update on ELD final rule

NOW that the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has denied the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s (OOIDA) challenge, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) electronic logging device (ELD) final rule will take effect as scheduled.

Tank repair shops, wash racks need to develop carefully thought out confined space plan

AFTER Owen McLean was hired as a loss-prevention specialist at Baldwin & Lyons Inc two years ago—before he even had a chance to go through orientation—he was asked to fly to a customer’s location and assist the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in an investigation into why an employee asphyxiated in a tank.

He discussed what he learned during National Tank Truck Carriers’ 2015 Tank Truck Week in Houston, Texas. He reviewed the multiple factors that contributed to a fatal confined space incident at a tank wash rack.

ILTA’s 36th Annual Conference and Trade Show features workplace safety session, exploration of Mexico’s oil market, and The Passing Zone jugglers

THE International Liquid Terminal Association (ILTA) will hold its 36th Annual Conference and Trade Show May 23-25 at the Hilton Americas-Houston and George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

Bolted-flange connection takes balance

MOST people don’t give it much thought, but in reality, a bolted-flange connection is a complex multi- component system that involves flanges, bolts, and gaskets, according to Tom Lokey, bulk equipment specialist for VSP Technologies.

TTMA panel addresses pressure/vacuum relief vent testing, lean duplex repairs, latest regulatory developments

DURING the Tank Truck Week Maintenance Track, panelists from the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association discussed some of the latest developments related to pressure/vacuum relief vents and lean duplex tank repairs.

NTTC Driver of the Year tackles issues

ROBERT Weller, a petroleum and aviation fuel driver for Hahn Transportation Inc in its New Market, Maryland, terminal, frequently tells people, “I can’t imagine driving down the road and looking back in the mirrors of my tractor and seeing anything else but a tank, because that’s all I’ve ever done and something I love.”

NTTC’s Liquid Products Database making steady progress

NATIONAL Tank Truck Carriers’ Liquid Products Database has made steady progress since its introduction two years ago, but more work is needed to fully achieve the potential of the online tool for determining the tank corrosion potential of various chemical cargoes.

Drones pose challenges for storage terminals

DRONES, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), are “an incredibly contentious topic” and are in the news on an almost daily basis, according to Charles Raley, senior attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of The Chief Counsel. Raley discussed drones and the challenge they could pose to storage terminals during the International Liquid Terminals Association’s 2015 International Operating Conference held earlier this year in Houston, Texas.

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