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Solving the parts puzzle
In order to increase uptime, fleets must
configure a parts network to ensure the parts
they need get where they are needed.
By John Hitch

[ PARTS ]

26 Fleet Maintenance | October 2020

M

ost fleets cannot compete when their assets are
broken down and parked in a holding bay waiting
for the right part to arrive.
"It is just astronomical, the hassle it is when
a truck goes out of service for more than a day
or two," says Brian Kurtt, Navistar's fleet service

representative for Summit Truck Group, a leading
International Truck dealer.
When a truck is not earning, a fleet is losing, on
average, $800 a day, though the downtime could
be costing much more: customers and drivers.
The desire to increase uptime is obvious, but
what fleets do not always understand is how to
configure their parts network to optimize that
uptime, and to ensure during normal operations
and in emergencies the parts they need get where
they are needed.
That is easier said than done, however. Parts
are getting more complex, as is the method of
procuring them. The current landscape is filled
with highly sophisticated digital platforms and
dashboards from original equipment manufacturers, suppliers, and independent distributors
all claiming they have the answers.



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fleet Maintenance

Uptime: How Fleets Can Connect with Tech Schools
Editor's Note: The Aftertreatment Blues
Keys to Maximizing Trailer ROI
Best Practices for Maintaining Hydraulic Braking Systems
Solving the Parts Puzzle
Contending with Accelerated BEV Tire Wear
Cold Weather HVAC Considerations
Management: CMMS Marketplace
Economic Outlook: Signs of Economic Recovery
Diagnostics: Choosing the Right Diagnostic Tool for Roadside Triage
Fleet Parts & Components
Tools & Equipment
Classifieds
Guest Editorial: The Propane-Powered Alternative
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Fleet Maintenance - Uptime: How Fleets Can Connect with Tech Schools
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Fleet Maintenance - Editor's Note: The Aftertreatment Blues
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Fleet Maintenance - Keys to Maximizing Trailer ROI
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Fleet Maintenance - Best Practices for Maintaining Hydraulic Braking Systems
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Fleet Maintenance - Solving the Parts Puzzle
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Fleet Maintenance - Contending with Accelerated BEV Tire Wear
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Fleet Maintenance - Cold Weather HVAC Considerations
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Fleet Maintenance - Management: CMMS Marketplace
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Fleet Maintenance - Economic Outlook: Signs of Economic Recovery
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Fleet Maintenance - Diagnostics: Choosing the Right Diagnostic Tool for Roadside Triage
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Fleet Maintenance - Fleet Parts & Components
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Fleet Maintenance - Tools & Equipment
Fleet Maintenance - Classifieds
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Fleet Maintenance - Guest Editorial: The Propane-Powered Alternative
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