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March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Spec'ing Electrical Parts for A 12-Year Life

Sealed LED lamps will resist intrusion of salt spray and other contaminants while the structure surrounding the lamps will protect them from impacts and resulting damage. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Thee Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations has a recommended practice to help trailer buyers spec electrical systems.

Tags: ATA, Trailers, TMC

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Online Load Boards Keep Freight Moving

By Jim Beach

Truckers, shippers, brokers and third-party logistics providers have more options than ever to find trucks or loads and to do so much quicker.

Tags: Shippers, Spot Freight, Load Board

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What It's Like To Eliminate Paper Logs

Langer Transport, headquartered in Jersey City, N.J., recently deployed Omnitracs’ MPC50 in-cab devices which include an electronic log applications, navigation and critical event reporting.

By Jim Beach

Tank carrier Langer Transport tossed aside paper driver logs for good this January, opting to switch over to an automated hours-of-service application from Omnitracs LLC.

Tags: Information Technology, HOS, Omnitracs, ELDs, E-logs

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Explaining the World of Remanufactured Parts

Assemblies are completely torn down and measured and qualified to see if they can be reused. Those that cannot be reused are replaced.

By Denise Rondini

Remanufactured parts are a $7 billion business at retail, which has been growing slowly over the past 30 years but even with this growth, there are some misconceptions about what remanufacturing means and about the quality of reman parts.

Tags: Aftermarket, Remanufacturing, Parts and Service

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Working With Your Tire Provider

Larger dealers are often associated with a retreader. Keeping all the services under one roof makes for easier tracking, billing and record keeping.

By Jim Park

Anybody can change a tire, but does your dealer make yard calls and bring some inventory along so the necessary tires can be changed on site without delay?

Tags: Maintenance Costs, Tires, Retreads, Parts and Service

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Technology Drives Down CSA Scores

Fleets have been able to improve their CSA scores with automated driver logs and electronic driver vehicle inspection reports.

By Jim Beach

When it comes to improving fleet operations, no matter the immediate issue at hand, technology, in all its forms, is becoming the “go-to” tool.

Tags: Telematics, CSA, ELD, Omnitracs, E-logs

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Optimizing Engines To Improve Fuel Efficiency

Technicians can set various engine parameters with a laptop or a specialized reader, often dedicated to a particular engine maker. Generic tools are available as well. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

The engine is an often underused fuel-saving device. Optimizing the engine parameters of new trucks could improve fuel efficiency by 5 to 8%.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Fuel Efficiency, Engines, NACFE

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Western Star 4900SB

Western Star stations three vehicles at Eaton’s proving grounds at Marshall, Mich., for demonstrations. From left: 4700SB 10-wheel dump, 4800SB twin-steer 8x4 dump, and 4900SB tractor.  Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

The tough, burly tractor and its 600-hp diesel work hard to pull a heavy “train” trailer in frozen conditions.

Tags: Western Star, Test Drive, Heavy Haul, Dump Trucks

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The More Things Change

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

2014 and 2015 might be the sweet spot for aftermarket parts and service, in large part due to the average age of the truck population.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, HDAD, Parts and Service

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Slippery Slope of Aerodynamic Testing

Testing aerodynamic add-ons on a track allows testers to monitor and control for a number of variables such as wind, driver performance, equipment conditions and more. Photo: Richard Wood

By Jim Park

Is SmartWay verification enough to calculate the return on investing in add-on aerodynamic devices?

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Aerodynamics, Test Drive, SmartWay

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Good News Coming?

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

For the first time in recorded history, the EPA and NHTSA are sort of your friends.

Tags: Emissions, Legislation, EPA, Fuel Economy, NHTSA

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The 2015 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

Thinking Ahead.

By Deborah Lockridge and David Cullen

For Heavy Duty Trucking’s annual Truck Fleet Innovator awards, we look for fleet executives who are willing to change up the way they do things and who have a track record of leading their industries into new and sometimes uncharted waters.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TMC Survey Reveals Misinformed View of Fuel-Efficient Tires

By Jim Park

Do the fuel savings of low-rolling-resistance tires outweigh the assumed shorter miles-to-removal? A TMC survey found a disturbing lack of knowledge among members about their own fleet operations.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Tires, Wide-Base Tires, Technology & Maintenance Council, Low Rolling Resistance Tires

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Meritor's Chris Villavarayan

Chris Villavarayan. Photo courtesy Meritor.

By Deborah Lockridge

Chris Villavarayan tells HDT about his first year as president of Meritor Americas, Meritor's latest axle and tire inflation news, the global business and more.

Tags: Meritor, Axles, Global, Technology & Maintenance Council, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Expanding the Driver Pool

Carlus Patterson is a former veteran who now drives a dedicated route for Ryder.

By Deborah Lockridge

In the face of a shrinking, aging driver population with high levels of driver turnover the trucking industry and individual carriers are looking for ways to expand the driver pool. Part 3 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Tags: Veterans, Women Drivers, Driver Dilemma

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Would You Drive for Your Fleet?

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Are you treating your drivers like employees?That may sound like an odd question. Unless you use owner-operators, of course your drivers are employees. But … do you really treat them like the rest of your employees?

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Shortage, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top Dealers Focus on Changing Customer Expectations

Top dealers know that meeting customer needs goes far beyond selling a good product.

By Denise Rondini

Top dealers know that meeting customer needs goes far beyond selling a good product. and nobody knows this better than than the fleets nominated for the Truck Dealer of the Year.

Tags: Truck Sales, Truck Dealer of the Year, Truck Dealers

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Work-Truck Body or Upfitted Cargo Van?

Utilimaster’s upfit facility for Ram Truck in Saltillo, Mexico, installs equipment on heavy pickups and ProMaster vans, which are sent directly to dealers for delivery to customers.

By Tom Berg

Large Eurovans are taking over some work-truck roles, but there’s still a big place for service bodies.

Tags: Vans, Cargo Vans, Trailers, Service Bodies

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: It's All About the Brakes

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

Everybody talks about the importance of properly operating brakes, but, unfortunately, the talk doesn't always translate into action.

Tags: Aftermarket, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

5 Ways to Improve Shop Productivity

Reorganizing the shop and optimizing workflow reduces the number of steps technicians have to take when inspecting vehicles.

By Denise Rondini

Every minute a truck is in the shop is a minute it’s not on the road making money. And while there is no way to eliminate all visits to the shop, improving shop efficiency will get trucks in and out faster.

Tags: productivity, Vehicle Maintenance, Shop Equipment, Aftermarket

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Touting CNG in the Texas Triangle

Love’s first began providing CNG to heavy-duty drivers in 2012, and has continued to expand its network throughout the U.S., including adding stations in eastern Texas. Photo via Love's

By Stephane Babcock

In eastern Texas, natural gas has seen successes within the highly traveled corridor linking three huge metro areas.

Tags: Texas, Love's Travel Stops, CNG Fueling Stations, Clean Energy

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth T680 Advantage

The package includes SmartWay-certified tires. We had Bridgestone Greatec M835s. Buyers can choose between wide-base single wheels and tires or fuel-efficient duals. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

A new powertrain, enhanced aerodynamics and light-weighting make the T680 Advantage the most fuel-efficient Kenworth ever.

Tags: Kenworth, Fuel Efficiency, Test Drive, Kenworth T680

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Snow, Cold Welcomed by Ram Truck Testing Crews

Photo courtesy Ram Truck.

By Nick Cappa

Every year, Ram's truck engineering teams take advantage of the naturally recurring elements to reproduce the harsh environments some customers and operators experience.

Tags: Ram Truck, Cold Air Intake, Winter Equipment, Snow Removal, Vehicle Testing

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Handling the Fallout from the Restart Rollback

Technology providers are working on updates to onboard recording devices and other automated logging and auditing systems.

By Betty Weiland, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Technology providers are working on updates to onboard recording devices and other automated logging and auditing systems to cope with the 34-hour restart suspension.

Tags: FMCSA, Compliance, eLogs, 34-Hour Restart

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Fuel Economy is Two-Dimensional

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

Fuel economy is really a two-sided matter and we should be striving to avoid zero mpg just as much as we aim for 10 mpg.

Tags: productivity, Fuel Economy, Downtime

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Using Technology To Grow and Stay Competitive

Sweetland Transport anticipates a growth rate of more than 150% this year over last.

By Jim Beach

Sweetland Transport is a small trucking company relying on new technology not only to survive but to continue growing.

Tags: Information Technology, SaaS, TMS, Mobile Apps

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Mr. Spock Goes to Washington

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Instead of doing the logical thing and raising the fuel tax, politicians have come up with just about every cockamamie scheme you can imagine.

Tags: Congress, Fuel Tax, Infrastructure Funding, Highway Bill

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Strategies For Staying On Top of CSA

A very large percentage of all CSA violations are almost entirely and easily preventable. Others may require more diligence and oversight, but they are still manageable.

By Jim Park

A very large percentage of all CSA violations are almost entirely and easily preventable. Others may require more diligence and oversight, but they are still manageable.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Compliance, CSA

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Combating Corrosion at Wheel-Ends

MBH Trucking’s Peterbilt has a blacked-out look because its aluminum parts have been coated with Linex bed-liner material to protect the metal from oxidation.

By Tom Berg

Careful cleaning extends lives of components, while proper spec’ing heads off rust in the first place.

Tags: Corrosion, Tires and Wheels, Wheel Ends

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Fleet Advantage's John Flynn on Truck Leasing Past, Present and Future

John Flynn. Photo courtesy Fleet Advantage.

By Deborah Lockridge

What does Big Data have to do with the future of truck leasing? Everything, says John Flynn, CEO of Fleet Advantage, a truck leasing company that believes in using data analytics to determine "economic obsolescence" in making equipment life cycle decisions.

Tags: Spec'ing, Fuel Economy, Truck Leasing, Fleet Advantage, Private Fleets

February 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Leadership in the Age of Disruption

By Denise Rondini

Disruptive times call for innovative business owners to focus on vision, culture and their value proposition, said a business consultant during last week’s Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week.

Tags: Information Technology, HDAD, HDAW, Leadership, Consultants

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Speak Up On Aftermarket Issues

Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

It’s that time of year when suppliers, distributors and service providers all gather to talk to each other, share best practices and to discuss the future of the heavy-duty aftermarket.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, HDAD, HDAW

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Well do you Know CSA?

By John Simms of HNI

Considering the regulatory environment in which transportation firms do business is miles from black and white, it’s no surprise that both drivers and enforcement personnel alike often are confused by the ins and outs of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, HNI, Quiz

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

3PLs Today and Tomorrow

Third party logistics companies have become a key part of goods movement.

By Jim Beach

Outsourcing their transportation management functions to 3PLs gives shippers more flexibility to meet their shipping needs and access to the latest transportation management technologies.

Tags: Information Technology, 3PL, Freight, Shippers

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Coming Soon: Inflation Systems for Drive Axles

A schematic of Dana's Central Tire Inflation System, which is similar to the system the company is developing for the on-highway market.

By Jim Park

Drive axle inflation systems might not be the Holy Grail of truck maintenance, but they are in a position to cure a vexing problem. Tire pressure maintenance is time-consuming and costly, but there's no debating the savings from properly inflated tires. At least four manufacturers have systems in development. At least one is already available.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, Airgo, Tires

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Why Kenworth’s T880 Won the ATD Truck of the Year

One thing for sure in the competition: A blue truck would win. Kenworth’s T880 (at far right) scored the highest vs. (from left) the International WorkStar 7600 and Peterbilt 567. Bottom line: The KW “was a nicer truck to drive.” Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Senior Editor Tom Berg explains how he and the other judges picked Kenworth's T880 vocational truck as the ATD's 2015 Commercial Truck of the Year.

Tags: Test Drive, ATD Commercial Truck of the Year, Vocational Trucks, Kenworth T880

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

9 Tips for Better Trailer Maintenance

Check tire pressure and tread depth to help avoid on-road breakdowns.

By Denise Rondini

Don’t treat your trailers as an afterthought. Give them the attention they deserve by inspecting and maintaining them on a regular basis.

Tags: preventive maintenance, Trailers, Corrosion, Lubricants, Tire Pressure

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Powertrain Specs: More Science Than Art

Torque is both an enabler of downspeeding and a source of concern about delivering peak torque at very low engine speed.

By Jim Park

Torque is both an enabler of downspeeding and a source of concern about delivering peak torque at very low engine speed.

Tags: Powertrain, Lightweighting, Torque, Downspeed

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Navigating A Natural Gas Shop Conversion

Monarch Beverage in Indianapolis retrofitted its large shop with gas-safe light fixtures, methane detectors and ventilation fans as part of a conversion to CNG-powered tractors. Photo: Tom Berg

By Jim Park

If you’re planning to add natural gas trucks to your fleet, you will likely have to make some modifications to your shop. That exercise could go smoothly or not, depending on how much homework you do in advance.

Tags: CNG Conversions, Managing the Shop, Safety & Compliance, CNG

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel Particulate Filters: Blessing and Curse

Diesel particulate filters help cleanse exhaust and give us cleaner air to breathe, but they cause frequent grief and expense.

By Tom Berg

Diesel particulate filters help cleanse exhaust and give us cleaner air to breathe, but they cause frequent grief and expense.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, DPF, Diesel Particulate Filter, Fuel and Oil

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Driver Dilemma: An In-Depth Series on the Driver Shortage

By HDT Staff

For 2015, as the trucking industry is dealing with the worst driver shortage and capacity crunch in its history, Heavy Duty Trucking is delving into the topic of truck drivers. The 10-part series in the magazine is complemented by WebXclusive features.

Tags: Driver Pay, Drivers, Driver Safety, Driver Training

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

A Safer Way to Clear Snow and Ice From Van Trailers

The plow-like scraper removes snow as the trailer moves under the device. A rubber tip on the steel blade protects the roof. Pyle has 15 installed at its terminals in the Northeast, with two more scheduled.

By Tom Berg

Although laws in several states require owners to clean off the roofs before the vehicles head for the road, that’s easier decreed than done, as Tom Berg explores in January's Once Around the Yard.

Tags: Trailers, Snow Removal, Winter, A. Duie Pyle

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bypassing Tolls and Weigh Stations with Technology

Bypassing weigh stations can save fleets time and fuel, which can cut costs immensely when multiplied over numerous vehicles. Photo: istockphoto.com

By Stephane Babcock

Toll and weigh station bypass technology can help fleets cut costs and time, while the vehicle keeps rolling down the road.

Tags: Information Technology, Drivewyze, Drivewyze PreClear, Weigh Stations, Tolls

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Daimler's Detroit Assurance Safety System

Detroit Assurance includes an optional Lane Departure Warning system consisting of a forward-looking camera that detects roadway lane markings. Drivers get audible alerts if they cross out of a lane without using the turn signal.

By Jim Park

Detroit Assurance is the name of a new safety system from Daimler Trucks North America that could save your hide in a crash while saving fuel in less dire circumstances.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, Daimler Trucks North America, Detroit Assurance

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Make 2015 the Year of Relationships

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

In the day-to-day hustle of deadlines, whether it’s a magazine article or blog, delivering freight or building trucks, it’s hard to find enough time to build and nurture relationships with friends and co-workers.

Tags: Meritor

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Trucks Could Borrow From F1 Hybrid Tech

Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor.

By Rolf Lockwood

The latest hybrid V-6 Formula One engines are marvels of technology that may give us a glimpse into the future of truck efficiency and performance.

Tags: Technology, Fuel Efficiency, Turbochargers, Hybrids, Locking It In

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Every Second Counts When Your Driver is at Risk

By Adam Kahn, SmartDrive Systems

It’s the call a fleet manager never wants to get — one where your driver has been in a collision. Fleets can leverage video data to make timely business decisions.

Tags: Liability, CSA, Video Event Recorders, SmartDrive, Information Technology

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What You Can Learn From Tires When You're Ready to Scrap Them

By the time a tire gets to the retreader, its unit number and wheel position information may be lost forever. It’s best to inspect the tire as it comes off the truck.

By Jim Park

Scrap piles call tell a lot about how fleets are using their tires and help reduce tire costs and improve miles to removal.

Tags: Tires, Retreads, Tires and Wheels

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Test Drive: Sprinter 4x4s Traverse Rough Terrain

Wheel in the air is no problem because the 4x4 system, based on M-B’s 4Matic all-wheel drive, automatically directs power to wheels with traction. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Most customers won't need a full-size van with this kind of off road capability, but for those who do, the Sprinter proves it can handle rough terrain.

Tags: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, Test Drive, Mercedes-Benz, Four Wheel Drive

January 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Using Telematics to Boost Truck and Cargo Security

A trailer dropped at night in an unsecured lot could be a target for thieves, but the Internet of Things and telematics can help keep it safe. Photo by Evan Lockridge

By Jim Beach

The advent of the "Internet of Things" concept in trucks helps fleets improve security for vehicles, drivers and cargo, with smart devices, locks and sensors that do their work in the background.

Tags: Cargo Theft, Internet of Things, Telematics, Information Technology

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