By the numbers, Altom Transport Inc’s new maintenance shop in Hammond IN is paying solid dividends less than a year after it opened. In-house testing and inspection of code cargo tanks is up 66%, and preventive maintenance inspections done in-house have increased by 67%. Labor costs are down 4%, and outside service vendor costs have been cut by 87%.
Altom Transport’s new headquarters terminal in Hammond IN is on four acres and includes a 20,000-sq-ft corporate office and a 15,000-sq-ft maintenance shop.
A mechanic works on the electrical system of a company tractor.
Cummins Insight software is used for engine diagnostics.
A mechanic makes repairs to a Betts hydraulic actuator for a discharge outlet.
This is one of four trailer spots set up for confined space entry in the new maintenance shop.
Air, water, and lubricants are available from hose reels on beams separating the second and third bays.
Altom Transport has equipped all of its maintenance shops with Lite-Check units for testing trailer electrical systems.
Altom Transport mechanics built their own test stand for pressure-relief vents.
Twin 15-horsepower Ingersoll Rand compressors provide plenty of shop air.
A General Electric thickness tester is used for checking tank trailer shell thickness.
RKI and Industrial Scientific meters are used to check tank interior atmosphere during confined space entries.
Diagrams posted on bulletin boards provide mechanics with exploded views of tank hardware.
A wide range of truck and trailer parts are stocked at the Hammond IN maintenance shop.
Bulk fluids dispensed in the shop are stored in small portable tanks in the parts room.
An outside contractor manages the fleet’s replacement tires that are stored in the shop.
Hose tesing and maintenance equipment was supplied by Hart Industries.
Mechanics capture all work order information, including parts numbers, at conveniently located computer terminals in the shop.
Chop saws and other power tools are part of the equipment used by mechanics to perform in-service preparation on new tractors.
Altom Transport turned to ProTech to build a better behind-the-cab hose rack.
For chemical hauling, the carrier has standardized on 2 1/2-inch hoses with OPW fittings.
A service truck outfitted with a generator and an air compressor is used for road calls and for routine maintenance at a second Altom Transport terminal in the Hammond IN area.
A new product from STAC Inc combines an Ingersoll Rand product compressor with a direct mount to a hydraulic pump.
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