Ruan's dispatch office in Tulare CA stays busy virtually around the clock. Busy in the dispatch office on one recent day were [from left] Phil Radosevic, Albert daSilva, and Mike Elliott, who were monitoring the fleet using Ruan's RedTrak dispatch system.
Driver Abel Ojeda prepares to connect the Kanaflex product hose and transfer milk from a dairy farm storage tank to a Ruan tank trailer. Ojeda is one of 700 drivers in Ruan's Dairy and Bulk Food Transport Division.
Uninsulated tank trailers are used to transport liquid cargoes, including fertilizer and wastewater.
West-Mark sanitary tank trailers predominate in Ruan's Dairy and Bulk Food Transport Division. The carrier also runs trailers from Walker Stainless Equipment Co. All of the tank trailers have a 6,700-gallon capacity
Pumps from Tri-Clover are among those used on Ruan dairy tank trailers.
Three-inch Thomsen outlets are standard equipment on most of the milk tankers in the Ruan fleet.
Tank trailers are specified with safety ladders that have handholds
designed to help prevent falls.
Ruan prefers aluminum jackets on its insulated milk tankers. Mechanics replace the jacketing around the domelid about every 10 years.
Ruan's Tulare CA maintenance shop serves as the West Coast
rebuild center for transmissions.
Every 90 days, tractors receive a preventive service that includes a change of engine oil and filter. The 90-day interval equates to about 24,000 miles.
Ruan driver Abel Ojeda collects a milk sample from the refrigerated
storage tank at a dairy farm. All of the Dairy and Bulk Food
Transport Division drivers in California have weigher and
Ruan's Dairy and Bulk Food Transport Division has become a leading milk hauler, but the carrier also transports other liquid food products, including liquid eggs, wine, edible oils, sweeteners, and juices. Based in Tulare CA, the division runs 460 tractors and 650 tank trailers.
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