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Purkeys Fleet Electric
221 N. 14Th St.
Rogers, Arkansas 72756
United States

Company Description: Purkey's Fleet Electric has been in business since 1990 and our customer list reads like a Who's Who of the trucking industry. That list includes not only major...   more

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Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association, 19 June 2014 [cached]
Bruce Purkey Purkey's Fleet Electric
Bruce ..., 23 Jan 2014 [cached]
Bruce Purkey
President/Chief Creative Engineer
Bruce has over 40 years' experience servicing fleets' electrical needs. Widely recognized as the authority on electrical issues in the heavy duty trucking industry, Bruce has worked closely with some of the largest fleets in North America. His many years' experience working with fleets along with his knowledge of heavy duty electrical systems has enabled him to develop countless solutions to his customers' problems. Several of his inventions have been awarded US patents and earned the Technology & Maintenance Council's Silver Spark Plug award, one of the highest honors awarded to members.
So says Bruce Purkey, ..., 1 Mar 2014 [cached]
So says Bruce Purkey, founder and president of Purkey's Fleet Electric and long-time activist at the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations. He led a discussion on proper methods of testing for voltage drop on the circuits that power trailer lift gates at TMC's recent annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.
It should be at least 4 gauge, Purkey and others say.
The output circuit - the cable from the trailer batteries to the motor - is very important because it functions like the cable leading to an engine's cranking motor, Purkey says.
For accuracy there needs to be a load on that circuit, which the stinger cable provides if the mechanic leaves it plugged in and connected to the trailer, Purkey says.
What can a driver do if he finds himself on a street with the lift gate's platform on the pavement and the batteries run down? Some hydraulic systems might have enough pressure left to raise the platform, Purkey says.
Bruce Purkey, president and ..., 1 April 2014 [cached]
Bruce Purkey, president and chief creative engineer at Purkeys Fleet Electric, says the scrap bins and warranty claims departments of this industry are overflowing with perfectly good parts.
"If people just followed troubleshooting charts, used the testers correctly and did a bit of basic electrical detective work, we'd send a lot fewer parts to the scrap pile," he says.
Cable is often the source of the problem, along with terminal connections - cheap, easy fixes that Purkey says are often overlooked because they aren't always easy to access.
Maybe not, says Purkey.
"If you don't do a load test, you'll never know," he says.
But before you run out and grab a 435-amp alternator, Purkey warns that your cables have to be up to the task.
"If the OE wired the system for 130 amps, and you put a 200-amp alternator on there without upgrading the wiring, it's like putting a 4-inch pump on a garden hose," he warns.
"We have 12-volt alternators out there now putting out 455 amps," says Bruce Purkey, president and chief creative engineer at Purkeys Fleet Electric. "In the early '90s, a typical alternator on a new truck would be 135 amps. That went to 160 and now several OEs are spec'ing 230-amp output. The package size is essentially the same, but they are very different inside."
Purkey says winding a stator with square wire rather than round has eliminated all the air spaces in the winding, which makes them much more efficient. "I've seen 230-amp alternators that are not much bigger than your fist," he says.
Purkey has conducted electrical ..., 4 Feb 2012 [cached]
Purkey has conducted electrical training for both large and small fleets, and has developed testing tools, procedures and products to make working on electrical systems for fleets, tractors and trailers easier and a more exact science.
Purkeys Fleet Electric owner Bruce Purkey is well known as a transport industry expert. He is active in the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Association (Arlington, VA). With more than 32 years of experience, he is known as TMC's "Doctor Electricity," and is a Silver Spark Plug recipient.
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