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February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tire Telematics: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

A new generation of wheel sensors may soon be transmitting surprising new types of operational information via tire telematics to fleet managers. Photo: Maxion

By Jack Roberts

Sensors in tires and other wheel-end components are ready to move beyond optimizing tire management programs in some very surprising ways.

Tags: Telematics, Tires, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Mack’s Low-Ride Refuse Hauler

The new Mack LR features a performance-oriented design that is focused on refuse fleet details both big and small. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Mack’s LR model features high-powered, smart hydraulics and finely-tuned details to help refuse fleets move trash fast. Jack Roberts takes it for a test drive.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Test Drive, Refuse Fleets

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Driver Series

HDT's 3-Part Driver Series on truck drivers in 2018.

By HDT Staff

How trucking companies are approaching the recruiting, retaining and training of truck drivers in the midst of an ever-changing industry.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Training, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Test Drive: Cummins X12 Diesel Engine Version 2.0

We tested our X12 in a Cascadia daycab on Interstate and two-lane highways in Western New York, near Cummins’ Jamestown plant. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Originally released in China as the ISG, the upcoming Cummins X12 diesel engine has been 90% re-engineered for North America. And it works like a charm.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Cascadia, Test Drive, Engines

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Case for On-Board Electrification in Class 8 Trucks

This schematic drawing illustrates some of the potential for off-boarding drive components to lessen parasitic loads on engines. Source: Eaton

By Jim Park

On-board electrification can take some of the load off the main diesel engine, allowing for greater operational flexibility and efficiency.

Tags: Class 8, Electrical System, Electric Trucks

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Can the Electrical Grid Handle Electric Trucks?

Demand for electric energy is rising, fueled by a boom in battery electric vehicle sales. Does the grid have the capacity to handle it? Photo: Trekphiler via Creative Commons

By Jim Park

Very few new power plants have been built in the U.S. in the past 10 years, yet demand for electric energy is rising, fueled by a boom in battery electric vehicle sales. Does the grid have the capacity to handle it?

Tags: Infrastructure, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT's Salute to President's Day

Photo: Ad Meskens / Wikimedia Commons

By HDT Staff

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is recognizing President's Day by presenting some of our most viewed features, blogs and videos.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Donald Trump

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Truck Parts Coming to a 3D Printer Near You

Denise Rondini, HDT Contributing Aftermarket Editor, says 3D printing could affect how you buy parts and even freight patterns.

By Denise Rondini

3D-printed parts could be one of the biggest trends in 2018 and beyond. We could see a future where every supplier in some capacity will have an additive manufacturing program, says Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Daimler Trucks North America, Parts and Service, Suppliers, 3D Printing

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT's Top 20 Products of 2018

The most significant trucking products for 2018 as chosen by Heavy Duty Trucking magazine's editors.

By HDT Staff

The most significant trucking products for 2018 as chosen by Heavy Duty Trucking magazine's editors.

Tags: Upfitting, Tires, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Reefers, Engines, Axles, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Top 20 Products, Trailer Aerodynamics

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Zero Emissions Vehicles Can Still Impact the Environment

Zero emissions vehicles are only as clean as the electrical grid they draw power from. Photo via Tony Webster on Flickr

By Jim Park

When people speak of zero-emissions vehicles, they are really referring to tailpipe emissions. But what about upstream emissions from power plants, especially those that burn coal?

Tags: Emissions, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Energy Grid, Battery-Electric Vehicles

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Electronic Log Data May Help Drive Hours-of-Service Reform

ELD data is highlighting "problems with the 14-hour clock and its inability to stop when taking a break and the ongoing detention problem," says TCA's David Heller.

By David Cullen

For truckers, it’s the Holy Grail of regulatory reform. Who would not want to see the Hours of Service rules more closely reflect the real world of driving trucks?

Tags: Hours of Service, Driver Fatigue, Sleep Apnea, ELD Mandate, Split Sleeper Berth

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Is There an Electric Truck In Your Near Future?

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

With all the talk about trucking's electric future, it's important to remember that trucks will be drinking diesel for a long time to come, says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Future Trucks, Electric Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

With Driver Training, Talk is Not Cheap

Studies by PIT Group show that providing refresher training and coaching via in-vehicle technology is needed to maintain and improve driver performance over time. Photo: Pit Group

By David Cullen

How you communicate with and train drivers can pay dividends in safe and efficient operations and in lower turnover.

Tags: Training, Driver Training

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Much Does it Cost to Operate a Battery Electric Truck?

Determining the operating costs for electric trucks can be difficult because electric equivalents to “fuel economy” ratings are not published for commercial vehicles. Photo: TransPower

By Jim Park

Calculating the cost of operating an electric vehicle can be complicated because electricity prices fluctuate far more frequently than diesel fuel.

Tags: Operating Costs, Fuel Economy, Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The ELD Mandate's Unanswered Question

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Reactions to the long-delayed, long-debated, long-contested ELD mandate that took (partial) effect in December have been all over the map, finds Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

What You Should Know About Aftertreatment System Maintenance

Aftertreatment system maintenance is easier when you stay ahead of the demand.

By Jim Park

We appear to be learning from our mistakes in aftertreatment system maintenance, but we still have a way to go before we’re at peace with the things.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, DPF, Emissions Reduction, Maintenance Management

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - How-To

4 Keys to Spec'ing the Right Liftgate for your Truck or Trailer

You need to understand your application and how it affects liftgate specs for your truck or trailer. Photo: Anthony Liftgates

By Ronnie Garrett, Contributing Editor

While the right liftgate can reduce operator fatigue and injuries, shorten delivery times and improve productivity, the wrong liftgate can open the door to a host of new problems.

Tags: Spec'ing, Trailers, Anthony Liftgates, Maxon Lift Corp., Liftgates, Last Mile Delivery

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Analysis: Moving Trends Could Shift Freight Patterns

New to the 2017 top inbound list were Colorado and Alabama, while Massachusetts and Wisconsin were new to the outbound list. Source: United Van Lines’ 41st Annual National Movers Study

By Evan Lockridge

Shifting populations in the U.S. could mean a change where you deliver freight, finds Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Freight shipments, Moving and Storage Fleet

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Distributor, Dealer and Service Provider Panel On Handling Disruption

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week. Photo: Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week

By Denise Rondini

When asked to name one disrupting force in the truck parts aftermarket all members of a panel of aftermarket executives said technology whether on the vehicle, in the shop or in back office.

Tags: Aftermarket, Dealers, HDAW, Distributors, Parts and Service, Disruptive Technology

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Fleets Are Looking to Outsource Maintenance and Repairs

Gerry Mead, center, former senior VP of maintenance for U.S. Xpress and now with Phillips Industries, and Ernie Sibbick, right, maintenance supervisor at Keith Hall & Sons Transport, discuss the parts and service needs of today's fleets. Photo courtesy Today's Trucking

By Denise Rondini

Fleets say they want to outsource more of their maintenance and repair, but continue to do much of it in-house as they try to find service providers that can meet their needs.

Tags: Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Technician Shortage, Outsourcing, Vehicle Repairs, Technician Training, Technicians, HDAW, HDAD

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The 5 Core Mindsets of Innovators

Josh Linkner, author and founder of Detroit Venture Partners spoke about the five core mindsets of innovators during the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week Keynote. Creative Commons

By Denise Rondini

Giving the keynote address at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week, Josh Linkner, author and founder of Detroit Venture Partners, shared his five core mindsets of innovators.

Tags: Leadership, Keynote Speaker, Fleet Innovators, HDAW

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Generational Differences Present Challenges for Employers

By Denise Rondini

With three generations currently in the workplace, practices that help you motivate one generation may not work on another.

Tags: Customer Service, Employee Retention, Employee Morale, HDAW

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: Triple G Express' Randy Guillot on Intermodal Chassis and Trucker Choice

Randy Guillot says truckers need more choice in intermodal chassis. Photo: Triple G Express

By David Cullen

Randy Guillot, president of Triple G Express and Southeastern Motor Freight, recently gave us his take on how a growing lack of choice and competition in the chassis pool environment is impacting intermodal motor carriers.

Tags: Intermodal Chassis, Triple G Express, Intermodal, People, Leadership

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Partnerships Are What Drive Your Business

Partnerships are important because they meet our needs for certainty, variety, significance, connection, growth and giving. Image: Creative Commons

By Denise Rondini

Partnerships are important because they can meet our needs for certainty, variety, significance, connection, growth and giving, said Thomas Nestor, founder of Leadership Today at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week.

Tags: Leadership, Partnership, Aftermarket, HDAW

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: Phillips Industries, From Signal Arms to Autonomous Trucks

The original name of the company was H.W. Phillips Co. Photo: Phillips Industries

By Deborah Lockridge

Phillips Industries is celebrating 90 years in business. We talk to its third- and fourth-generation leadership to learn more about the history of the company and how it's looking ahead to wireless technology, autonomous trucks and more.

Tags: Phillips Industries, History, Q&A, Trucking History, Anniversaries, HDAW

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Trucking Has Evolved and Where It Could be Going

With the ELD mandate now in place, the next step is to educate fleet owners, managers and drivers on how to best use the data and high-level information they can now access. Photo: Omnitracs

By Lauren Domnick

The transportation and supply chain industry has evolved immensely throughout the past year. In 2018, with new technologies in our cabs and the ELD mandate in effect, more eyes will be on our industry.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Analytics, Truck Parking, Omnitracs, ELDs, Big Data, ELD Mandate

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Department

The Quest for Lighter Trailers

New composite materials show great promise in lightening trailer designs. But their use must be tempered by cost and maintenance concerns. Photo: East Manufacturing

By Jack Roberts

Semi truck trailers need to be as light, strong, cheap and durable as possible, creating a never-ending race for an always-lighter design.

Tags: Trailers, Fuel Economy, Lightweight Materials, Lightweighting

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Fleets Can Get the Most From a National Tire Account

National tire management programs initially began as roadside assistance services, but now include complete tire life cycle management and data analysis options as well. Photo: Goodyear

By Jack Roberts

New options and greatly expanded services mean more choices for trucking fleets. Here’s how to fine-tune your fleet's tire management services.

Tags: Replacement Tires, Tire Costs, Fleet Manager, Tires

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Test Drive: Chanje Electric Cargo Van

The Chanje V8070 boasts a 580-cubic-foot cargo space on a 26-foot-long chassis that will haul up to 6,000 pounds of payload – and happens to be electrically powered. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Chanje's electric cargo van will certainly have great appeal among delivery fleets concerned with their carbon footprint, but at the end of the day it's a big, nicely setup delivery van that just happens to be electric.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Test Drive, Electric Vehicles, Chanje Energy, Full-Size Vans

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

6 Ways to Stay on Top of Your Parts Inventory

A well-managed parts inventory helps can help a heavy-duty truck fleet prevent downtime and save money. Photo: Paul Hartley

By Denise Rondini

A well-managed parts inventory helps can help a heavy-duty truck fleet prevent downtime and save money.

Tags: Parts Inventory, Parts Management, Managing the Shop, Downtime, Parts and Service

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Truck Parts Suppliers Step Up Online Presence

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Having the right parts on hand for a repair is key to maximizing commercial vehicle uptime. Recognizing this need, truck and component manufacturers are stepping up and making changes to their online parts catalogs.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, E-commerce, Online Tool, Parts and Service, OEMs

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Future of Electrical Systems on Heavy Duty Trucks

Alternators like this one will probably disappear from the front of engines, replaced by a starter generator built into the transmission. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Within a decade’s time we will probably have very different electrical systems on trucks than those in use today. The trucking industry is on the cusp of major changes to electrical systems for heavy duty trucks. Do we go to 24-volt or 48-volt systems — and what will it take to get there?

Tags: Class 8, Electrical System, Alternators, Wiring

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Electric Axle Offers Fuel Savings for Long-Haul Operations

Mesilla Valley Transportation, PAM Transport, and Ryder conducted initial road testing on Hyliion’s 6X4HE hybrid-electric axle. Photo: Hyliion

By Deborah Lockridge

Hyliion says its 6X4HE hybrid-electric axle system technology can deliver fuel savings, lower emissions, instant telematics and a better driver experience.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Hybrid Trucks, Long Haul, Hyliion, Mesilla Valley Transportation

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

In Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Photo: Public Domain

By HDT Staff

Heavy Duty Trucking is recognizing Martin Luther King Jr. Day by presenting some of the significant content of our editorial staff that has appeared recently in our daily newsletters.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Driver Training Shouldn't End

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Data suggests that training drivers is only effective if it includes refresher courses to reinforce good practices and address weaknesses. Commentary by Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Tags: Driver Behavior, Training, Driver Training, Driver Coaching

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Digging into Fleet Data Unlocks Greater Efficiency and Profitability

Once you’ve mastered the basics of analyzing data, go beyond canned reports to unlock the doors to greater efficiency and profitability.

By Deborah Lockridge

Going beyond canned reports and digging deeper into your fleet data is the key to unlocking the doors to greater efficiency and profitability.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Analytics, Big Data, Data Analysis

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The E-Commerce Road has its Ups and Downs

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Peak e-commerce season is stretching the limits of the nation's freight and package handling capabilities. Commentary by Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge.

Tags: UPS, Retail Sales, E-commerce, FedEx, Delivery Fleets

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Driver Pay: Making the Grade

By David Cullen

The rising economy has whipped up the driver shortage and turnover situation to a froth that can only be smoothed by paying long-haul drivers considerably more — and more smartly.

Tags: Economy, Driver Shortage, Capacity, Driver Pay, Employment

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELD Mandate Transition: 4 Takeways So Far

Is it an AOBRD or an ELD? Make sure your drivers know and have the right in-cab documents. Photo: J.J. Keller

By HDT Staff

Since enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate started in mid-December, J.J. Keller reports that it is seeing problems with confusion whether a device is an ELD or a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device, as well as complaints about vendor support, and more drivers running out of hours due to delays.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Preparation the Key to Handling Winter Weather

A key way that fleets can ensure that trucks are prepared for winter and drivers are able to get help if they need it, is to have a comprehensive maintenance partner. Photo: Ryder System

By Steven Martinez

While most of the impact of a winter storm will directly affect drivers, many of the disruptions can be prevented by a well-maintained and prepared fleet.

Tags: Driver Safety, Preventive Maintenance, Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Ryder System, Snow

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

One Fleet's ELD Journey

ELDs make it easier to manage a fleet where drivers may transition between different sets of hours of service rules. Photo: Cal Freight

By Deborah Lockridge

No dispatcher wants to admit they didn’t know where their drivers were and how many hours they have left, says Paul Hamilton, director of transportation for Cal Freight. “But we know the truth – with that many driver’s it’s impossible to know how much time each driver has.” But ELDs mean now they truly know.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate, Hours of Service, Dispatch

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Analysis: Will We Avoid the First-Quarter GDP Blues?

Source: U.S. Commerce Department Bureau of Economic Analysis

By Evan Lockridge

While final economic numbers for 2017 have yet to roll in, economic growth was strong. Will it keep moving higher into the New Year? Analysis by Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge.

Tags: Economy, GDP, Economic Conditions, ELD Mandate

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Most Important News Posts of 2017

Photo: Jim Park

By HDT Staff

In 2017, the trucking industry saw several major news stories play out on a near daily basis. The looming ELD Mandate, new regulations, and Silicon Valley’s push into the trucking industry captured the attention of our readers in a big way this year.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, Top News, Uber, ELDs, Electric Trucks, New Year's

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

2017's Best Blog Posts

Photo via U.S. Department of Transportation

By HDT Staff

In addition to Heavy Duty Trucking magazine's news coverage of the trucking industry, our editors also provided commentary to give insight and context to 2017's stories - both big and small.

Tags: Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Blogs, New Year's

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Tire Dealers Can Tell us About Truck Tire Trends

Beasley Tire offers mobile services that perform on-site alignment and tire balancing on large trucks and mounting and balancing tires on small vehicles.

By Ann Neal

Low-cost imported tires, retread demand, and the increasing presence of truckstop chains into the tire market are among the trends seen in the truck tire market in Modern Tire Dealer’s annual survey of commercial tire dealers.

Tags: Tires, Maintenance Management, Retreads

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Making Tank Trailers Safer

There are plenty of ways drivers can get hurt with tank trailers. Industry is taking steps to make them safer to work on and around. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Statistically, cargo tanks, both liquid and dry bulk, are statistically among the safest vehicles on the road today. But the tank sector does face certain challenges that are inherent with the job.

Tags: Trailers, Wabash National, Tankers, Bulk Tank Trailers, Safety

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Taking Tire Pressure Management to the Next Level

More and more information management options are becoming available today as tire pressure management systems begin to integrate with telematics and connected vehicle systems. Photo: PressurePro

By Jack Roberts

Tire pressure monitoring and inflation systems are a proven way for fleets to manage one of their biggest consumable items and ensure safe operation. New technologies will take the capabilities of these systems to the next level.

Tags: Tires, Tire Inflation, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

10 Most Watched Videos of 2017

Photo: Jim Park

By HDT Staff

2017 was a big year for new equipment with major manufacturers introducing brand new flagship trucks, concept vehicles, and even a few electric vehicles and HDT was there to test drive and report on these trucks with in-depth videos. Here are 10 of the most watched videos from 2017.

Tags: Video Series, Test Drive, New Vehicles, Tesla Semi

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: HX Series - International's Refined Linebacker

The new International HX’s exterior bears more than a passing resemblance to the older PayStar it replaces. But inside the truck is completely different story. Photos: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

The new International HX Series severe-duty tractor resembles the PayStar it replaces but it has a tough, no-nonsense stance and a quiet and ergonomic interior - much like International's other new trucks, the LT and RH.

Tags: WorkStar, Severe Duty, International Trucks, Test Drive, Quick Spin

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: International's A26 Engine

We drove the A26 engine in a 2018 International LT chassis. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

With the industry’s appetite for smaller-displacement engines on the rise, International’s new A26 is nicely sized, and well positioned to pick up a good chunk of the company’s truckload carrier business.

Tags: Diesel Engines, International Trucks, Test Drive

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