Reducing Fleet Maintenance Costs And Green Effects

FACT! “Thermal Cycling could have a VERY positive green effect by significantly reducing fleet maintenance costs on over 400,000 school buses and an additional 400,000 city buses in the US!”


Thermal Technology Services Inc. delivers on the promise of significantly reducing fleet maintenance costs by extending brake life and increasing vehicle safety.

Another savings of great interest is the green effect that can be achieved with Thermal Cycling technology. At one time, not too long ago, energy costs barely registered as a component in strategic and tactical planning. Today, everything must be reexamined, not only to reduce costs, but to operate in a way that has less impact on the environment.

If we can increase brake life 2 to 4 times, we are reducing the iron ore excavation and energy use for converting iron ore into brakes by the same amount.

To manufacture a vehicle brake it takes 1.25 pounds of iron ore for each pound of brake. That is approximately 119 pounds of iron for a school or transit authority bus, as each brake weighs close to 95 pounds. There are four brakes per vehicle. Even if 25% of the iron is from recycled iron scrap, there still remains 365 pounds of new ore needed to create brakes for all four wheels. That’s just for one vehicle.

School bus brakes can be changed as many as three times annually and police vehicles brakes often need to be replaced after seven to ten thousand miles.

As a rough estimate there are over 400,000 school buses in the US and an additional 400,000 city buses. Add the fleets of police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, and even the mail delivery vehicles at the federal level and it becomes clear, Thermal Cycling could have a VERY positive green effect!

Trying to use more than 25% scrap metal is inadvisable. John Surma, chairman and CEO of the International Iron and Steel Institute, U.S. division said, “It isn’t a secret among steel producers that higher concentrations of recycled scrap iron can weaken the material’s overall durability, and that’s why our regulations and the regulations of many countries across the world keep those concentrations low when it come to areas where human life is potentially at risk.”

You can eliminate imperfections at the molecular level with the patented Thermal Cycling process and realize dramatic improvement in the wear resistance and durability of the brake metal, increasing strength, toughness, corrosion resistance, stability, performance, and helps the environment too!


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