The complete 2016 Suppliers Directory in this month’s Utility Products provides you with a wealth of product and service information for industry providers you might need. This guide provides excellent contact information and is a handy reference when you need to locate certain products or services for the following:
- Computers and software,
- Line Construction and maintenance,
- Overhead and underground,
- Safety products and services,
- Substation management and maintenance,
- Test and measurement,
- Tools and supplies,
- Transmission and distribution, and
- Vehicles and accessories.
In addition, the 2016 Suppliers Directory is available online-you can go to www.utilityproducts.com and click on Suppliers Directory; you will be directed to categories and then to direct links to the companies’ websites. Online or in print, it’s quick and easy to find what you want, when you want it!
This issue also offers two great feature articles to help make your fleets more efficient. Christopher Lyon’s article, “Six Steps for Managing a Fleet’s Energy Budget,” outlines ways fleet managers can maximize their fleets’ energy budgets by reducing energy costs or switching to a lower-cost energy source. Lyon discusses how analyzing drive and duty cycles, practicing basics that can be very effective, implementing telematics and driver behavior modification, and hybrid and electrification technology can reduce energy costs. In addition, fleet managers have lower-cost energy options-biodiesel, electricity, natural gas (CNG or LNG) and propane (autogas).
And “Five Keys to Fleet Management,” by Wyn Partington, reviews key features that companies should look for when considering a fleet management solution. There are many GPS fleet tracking solutions available, with a wide range or prices and offerings-making it difficult to decide the best solution for your company. Partington reviews the five key features you should look for when considering a fleet management solution: fuel tracking, route optimization, dispatching, asset tracking and reporting.