How to Become a Freight

Instructions 1 Consider enrolling in an educational program that teaches the ins and outs of being a freight broker. Both online and classroom programs are available. 2 Register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as a freight broker. File the 0P-1 Application for Motor Property Carrier and Broker Authority form mandated by the FMCSA.…


Bond Increase

A federal court has denied a broker trade association’s motion to halt an increase in the surety bond from $10,000 to $75,000. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit rejected the Association of Independent Property Brokers & Agents’ motion for a temporary stay of the hike. The 2012 surface…


Freight slows, rates hold in Nov

Year-over-year, van rates were up 2.7 percent while spot rates have dropped for both flatbed (down 5.5 percent) and reefer (down 0.5 percent). Intermodal traffic in November totaled 1,007,549 containers and trailers, up 7.8 percent (73,004 units) compared with November 2012, the Association of American Railroads reports. The weekly average of 251,887 intermodal containers and…

BLOG 06.13.2013

Suspension Systems

The suspension is one of the most important parts of a car. All cars have some sort of suspension system, even golf carts. A suspension has three major jobs: to keep the car’s frame from dragging on the ground, to control body movement during cornering and to control wheel movement over imperfections in the road.…

BLOG 06.12.2013

Operation and Usage of Hydraulic Valves

The hydraulic valve is like a traffic control signal at a four-way intersection. It might allow east and westbound traffic lanes to continuously flow until the light changes, which would permit the north or southbound lanes to flow. The east and westbound traffic flow represents circulating hydraulic fluid. The hydraulic valve is representative of the…


Gear Pumps Maintenance

A gear pump is a rotary pump consisting of two meshing gear wheels in a suitable casing whose contra-rotation entrains the fluid on one side and discharges it on the other. It is a positive displacement pump that uses two meshing gears to pump both low and high viscosity liquids. The two gears draw liquid…

BLOG 06.10.2013

Gear Pumps

Gear pumps are used to pump oil, or other thick liquids. The separating gears on the input side of the pump creates a vacuum which pulls in the liquid, which is then carried by the gears to the output side of the pump, where the meshing of the gears pushes the liquid out of the…