Tail-Gate Is Not a Scandal

June 2, 2016

Since the break-in at the Watergate building in Washington D.C. in 1972, the suffix “gate” has taken on a scandalous tone. Yet, a gate is a tremendous asset in transportation. Gates keep others out of areas and keep trucks secure. Gates stop vehicles from proceeding until a toll is paid. Gates go up and down (and in and out) to allow freight to be moved from a truck bed or trailer to a business. What’s that got to do with innovation and technology, two topics I usually write about? Well, I was impressed with the simple, innovative design of the Redi-Gate by Reading.

I had an engineer that espoused that every part needed to do five things to help reduce cost and improve functionality. Reading has done that with a simple, hidden compartment in the pull-out gate. The compartment can house tools, at a favorable height. What if the same concept were used on lift-gates for semi-trailers? What if the same concept were used on the side of the trailer to house chains and brooms and such, rather than hanging them on the back of a tractor? We could move a trailer closer to the tractor for improved aerodynamics and better fuel economy. We could have something more than an aerodynamic fairing on the trailer. Maybe GATE as a suffix should be a positive and stand for Great Accessory Technology for Efficiency.

About the Author

Paul Menig | CEO

Paul Menig is the leader of Tech-I-M LLC, a consulting company focused on helping companies succeed by leveraging technology in their products and processes. After successfully introducing many high tech products in the corporate worlds of General Electric, Eaton and Daimler, he is now focused on savvy technology creating powerful results in companies of all sizes.

Paul also provides free counseling to a wide range of businesses as part of the non-profit organization SCORE that is associated with the Small Business Administration (SBA). Paul is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in electrical engineering and has participated in many training programs in quality, strategic planning, finance and technical areas.

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