As senior manager of maintenance and repair at cargo terminal operator Eagle Marine Services, Steve Larripa finds himself confronted with unique challenges. Like most fleet managers, he must identify ways to keep vehicles on the road and save on fuel, but he also deals with the added safety and speed concerns of a fleet that operates in the confined space of a cargo terminal. And despite the confines, vehicles still burn a lot of gas, as they are running nearly 10 hours a day, burning 1,300 gallons of fuel per year.
With the goal of operating more efficiently, Larripa and his team researched the ways that other cargo terminals had approached these challenges. But the approaches they identified always seemed to fall short on reliability and often resulted in significant vehicle downtime.
It wasn’t until Larripa met with John DeGirolamo, owner of Johnny’s Auto Clinic in San Pedro, California, that he got the answers he was seeking to the problems of reliability, safety and efficiency.
DeGirolamo suggested speed limiting technology from Derive Systems, along with adjustments to both engine settings and emissions to increase reliability. Eagle Marine Services adopted his recommendations, and had Johnny’s Auto Clinic cap top speeds at 25 miles per hour in 200 vehicles by making adjustments to each vehicle’s electronic module using Derive’s handheld programmers. The results exceeded their expectations. “Not only did we see 25% fuel savings at idle,” says Larripa. “But we haven’t had a single issue with the reprogramming or the workmanship.”
Derive speed limiting technology allows fleet managers in a wide variety of fields to quickly and easily set a top speed for their vehicles, to the exact mile-per-hour reading that best meets their performance, efficiency and safety needs. To learn more about Derive’s speed limiters, please visit www.derivesystems.com/efficiency.