January 28, 2009 | Vol. 58, No. 3
|Dear PEI Member:
PEI is now soliciting comments on its Recommended Practices for the Design and Maintenance of Fluid-Distribution Systems at Vehicle Maintenance Facilities, PEI/RP700-09.
Centralized vehicle-fluid distribution systems (lube systems) are commonly found at vehicle-repair and fleet-maintenance facilities. Although they are technically sophisticated, there is little published literature on the design of these systems. There are also few regulations governing the systems. The absence of both industry guidance and regulatory standards has led to the installation of many such systems by people who are unfamiliar with the high air and fluid pressures present in these systems and the flow characteristics of lubrication fluids. This document was written to provide guidance to facility designers, installers and contractors on how to properly design, construct, install and maintain fluid-distribution systems at vehicle maintenance facilities.
A printed copy of the draft was mailed to all PEI members in the United States and Canada the week of January 26. Anyone interested in viewing and commenting on the draft document can download a copy and submit comments online from PEI's web site at www.pei.org/RP700. Comments are due to PEI by Wednesday, March 18, 2009.
The practices are the consensus recommendations of members of the PEI Vehicle-Maintenance Fluids Equipment Committee which include Phil Parker, Samson Corporation (chairman); Harrell "Doc" Blair, McKinney Petroleum Equipment; Bruce Doughty, Sytex West, Inc.; Bill Parker, Lincoln Industrial Corporation; Donald Smith, Balcrank Products, Inc.; Stephen Spiros, Superior Equipment Company; and Charles Stookey, Reliable Hydraulics, Inc.
LUNDBERG: RECORD RETAIL GASOLINE MARGIN &
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"The good news: The 2008 retail gasoline margin was an all-time record high. Last year's 14.8¢ gal. margin soars over the prior two years' already excellent margins, and dwarfs the much skinnier levels of 1990 and 2000. The margin achieved in 2008 was 33% above that of 2007. Despite all the talk, and trade press and even trade association articles about stagnated, or single-digit, or even zero retail margins, last year was the fourth in a row that regular grade margin exceeded 11¢ gal.
"More good news: 2008 retail gasoline margin revenue was also record-breaking, at $20.9-billion. In 2007, margin revenue totaled $16.1-billion. The 2008 retail margin total brought an additional $8.6-billion over revenue in 2000. Note: Within the $8.6-billion growth, credit card fees ate up around $2.5-billion more in 2008 than they had back in 2000."
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VOTE ON ATC SCHEDULED FOR JULY 2009
PEI SERVICE & CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS CONFERENCE
The two-day conference will offer a combination of general session and roundtable discussion topics specifically geared to the needs of both the service manager and construction manager. The general sessions, Customer Focus for Increased Profits and Employee Motivation in Tough Times, will be presented by Howard Hyden. Howard is nationally recognized as the leading authority in helping companies become more customer focused and most recently spoke at PEI's 10-Group General Session in Chicago.
Registration for PEI members prior to February 18 is $295 ($545 for nonmembers). The fee beginning February 18 goes up to $395 for members and $695 for nonmembers. The fee includes all conference materials, three general sessions, four roundtable discussions, three meals, and two receptions. You can register at PEI's web site or call PEI at (918) 494-9696 and we will send you the printed material. A list of people pre-registered for the conference will be posted on the web site in the near future.
BONUS FEATURE! United Rentals Trench Safety will conduct a 4-hour Excavation Safety for Competent Person Training (CPT) session prior to the conference on Thursday, March 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront. There is no additional cost for this event which is available for all conference attendees registering before the February 18 advance registration deadline.
Those attending the conference should make sleeping rooms reservations directly with the hotel or by calling (314) 655-1234. Mention that you are attending the PEI Service & Construction Managers Conference to receive the PEI rate of $159 per night. Reservations must be made prior to February 18 to receive the special rate.
PEI members sponsoring the conference are Catlow, Inc.; Central Illinois Mfg.; Champion Laboratories; ESCO Services, Inc.; Husky Corporation; Morrison Bros.; PMP Corporation; RDM Industrial Electronics; Riverside Steel, Inc.; United Rentals Trench Safety; and Universal Valve Co. Other firms interested in sponsoring should contact Bob Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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