Today’s Pickup: Diesel Laptops debuts free parts lookup tool; the cost of cybercrime

Diesel mechanic


Truck technicians looking to save a few minutes can now
utilize Diesel Laptops’ Truck Parts
software to do just that, the company claims.

The free software allows users to identify heavy-duty truck
parts without the need of a vehicle identification number (VIN) or engine
serial number.

Truck Parts Lookup is currently in “open beta” so anyone can
create an account and use the platform. Those registering at this time are
asked to complete a brief survey about the software so Diesel Laptops can
improve, add features, or address any issues that come up during use.

“With my 25 plus years of dealing with heavy duty truck
parts, I can tell you that finding parts without an engine serial number or a
VIN is almost impossible. You’re stuck using internet searches, expensive
software, or browsing hundreds of vendor-specific websites. This product makes
it easy to identify the part and find a cost-effective cross-reference all in
one place,” said Nate Knorr, product manager of Truck Parts Lookup, in a

Founded in 2014, Diesel Laptops provides specialized diesel
diagnostic equipment for the commercial truck, construction, automobile,
agriculture, and off-highway markets.

Did you know?

In 2018, cyberattacks cost businesses $45 billion. Globally,
cybercrime is expected to cost $6 trillion by 2021, up from $3 trillion in
3015, according to the Cybercrime Report produced by Cybersecurity Ventures.


“We are big believers in giving back to the community whenever we can, and in the spirit of the holidays, donating toys for underprivileged children at Christmas has a greater impact than just simply handing over a cheque to a charity.”

Claudia Milicevic, general manager of TransCore Link Logistics in Toronto, commenting on the company’s recent toy drive for the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish. TransCore donated more than $3,000 worth of toys and gift cards.

In other news:

Container rates rise as year ends

demand drove up container rates, particularly on the Asia to Europe route, as
the year came to a close. (TradeWinds

Transportation is the next green battlefield

transportation sector is the only one where greenhouse gas emissions are
rising, making it a prime candidate as the next battlefront for climate activists.
Street Journal

Singapore Airlines to run nonstop to Belgium

Airlines will begin a nonstop cargo flight between Singapore and Belgium,
flying the route four times a week. (Air
Cargo News

CSX, Virginia deal a boon for commuters

deal announced last week that allows Virginia to purchase 10 miles of CSX right
of way will allow for high-speed rail to be built for passenger trains. (News &

Rail union president pushes maintenance request

president of a freight rail union is calling on the Federal Railway
Administration to issue an emergency order for freight railroads to replace
outdated air brake valves. (American
Journal of Transportation


The malware
that froze computers over the weekend and continued
into Monday is something that could happen to any company. How a company
responds to such attacks is critical, and it starts with a disaster plan. According
to Phoenix NAP, a global IT services company, 93% of companies without a
disaster recovery plan are out of business within one year of a major data
disaster, while 96% of companies with a recovery plan survive a ransomware
attack. While they don’t happen often, being prepared for a data breach is the
difference between survival and bankruptcy.

down, everyone!