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February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Ford Redesigns Its popular F-150 For ' 09

By Tom Berg

Ford's F-150, America's perennial best-selling vehicle and part of a truck line that has claimed sales leadership for 31 years, may well keep that distinction, thanks to an extensive redesign for the 2009 model year.

Tags: Ford F-150, Test Drive

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Sterling 360 Scoots Through Circles

By Tom Berg

There's a funny story about the Sterling 360's name. In a short bull session following a press conference last year, a couple of Sterling executives related that they considered calling the truck "AC 360," as in a circular 360 degrees, because the truck is "better all around," which became its marketing slogan.

Tags: Test Drive

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

International TranStar

By Sean Lyden

The test truck was the International TranStar in the new nomenclature - 8600 in the past. But the other new badges, high on the side of the hood, told the story: MaxxForce. This tractor was one of the International validation units for the new big-bore engines, destined for a high-mileage fleet to get fast results before the engine becomes commercially available around mid-year.

Tags: MaxxForce, Test Drive, International TranStar

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Student Driver Scam

By Deborah Whistler, editor

Swindlers are using carrier data to steal from trainees.

Tags: Driver Training, Crime & Fraud

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Risky Business: The Pitfalls of Not Managing the Dangers in the Shop

By Deborah Lockridge

OSHA Fines, Worker's Comp Claims, Lost Productivity, Lawsuits, Higher Insurance Costs, Equipment Downtime. The Pitfalls of Not Managing the Dangers in the Shop

Tags: Productivity, OSHA, Lawsuits, Workers' Compensation, Managing the Shop, insurance costs

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Washington Report: DOT Keeps Mexico Program Alive Despite Congress' Intent To Cut Off Funds

By Oliver Patton

The Department of Transportation is going ahead with U.S.-Mexico cross-border trucking even though President Bush signed legislation intended to kill the program.

Tags: Mexican carriers

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tech Report: Maintenance by the Number

By Jim Beach

TMC's codes provide universal language for all

Tags: Warranty, Software, vehicle maintenance software

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tire Report: On/Off highway Tires Severe Service Stresses

By Evan Lockridge

One of the toughest conditions imaginable for a truck is oil field work. These trucks haul salty water back to the same drilling sites, where it is pumped into the drill shaft to mix with chemicals for cleaning and to help the drill grind deeper into the ground.

Tags: Tires

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trailer Report: Making Sense of Spread Tandems

By Tom Berg

There are good reasons to use 'em, and reasons not to. here's a way they'd work better or would they?

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Emissions Report: Fleet Managers Improve Fuel Economy Up to 40.5 Percent at Challenge

By Tom Berg

Fleet managers can become effective teachers if they themselves know how to drive economically.

Tags: Isuzu, Fuel Economy

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Emissions Report: Servicing the New Diesel Particulate Filters

By Tom Berg

By law, pollution control equipment on 2007-model diesels is supposed to last at least 100,000 miles before needing any work.

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Additives For Fuel Economy

By Steve Sturgess, executive editor

The price of fuel is enough to sway even the most hardcore oil additive skeptic.

Tags: Fuel Prices, oil additives

February 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting 'Em Back On The Road - Fast

By Steve Mitchell, managing editor

Used to be, when a driver's rig stopped dead in its tracks, that driver was in for some serious downtime. He had to put out the cones, lock up the cab, then walk or hitch a ride to the nearest pay phone.Then, seemingly overnight, the cell phone arrived, an invention that could turn a daylong nightmare into a few hours of inconvenience.

Tags: GPS, Cell Phone Use

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mac Tools Introduces New Fuel System Tester

Mac Tools now offers a new fuel system tester - FST2000 that measures fuel pressure and flow in order to accurately pinpoint fuel system failures. Capable of testing both return an

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TeleNav's Asset Tracker Keeps Tabs on Mobile Assets

TeleNav Inc. has added TeleNav Asset Tracker to its Mobile Resource Management product line. TeleNav Asset Tracker is a small, battery-powered GPS tracker that can be placed on vehicles, trailers, tractors or heavy equipment

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New U.S. Trucking Industry Profile Released by Newport Communications

The 2008 Profile of the U.S. Commercial Truck Market, analyzing the universe of Classes 2c through 8 trucks, trailers and buses, is now available from Newport Communications Group. As with previous Newport Profiles, it provides

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Safety Link Introduces New Lug Nut Cover

Safety Link International Inc. is now marketing its latest design in lug nut management and torque monitoring systems. The new Acorn Design is available in white and chrome finish and can be ordered in most any colo

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Red Dot Publishes New HVAC Catalog

Red Dot Corp. has published its 2008 catalog of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning units and all-makes replacement parts. The 656-page catalog features more than 3,000 Red Dot heating and air conditioning

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PAR Logistics, PressurePro Develop Real Time TPMS

Par Logistics Management Systems along with Advantage PressurePro LLC have introduced a real-time tire pressure management system for the transportation industry. Par Logistics, with expertise in GPS solutions, and PressurePro,

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Saf-Tee Tire Pressure Sensor Now Has Anti-theft Device

Saf-Tee Corp.'s new Wireless Valve Stem Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) tire pressure sensor is half the size of the original sensor and is down to 26 grams from the original 58 grams. The new sensors will shi

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Sensors Monitor a Variety of Air, Fuel, DPF Filters

Filter Minder said its new variable output pressure sensors are capable of monitoring various filters, and give an output proportional to filter restriction. They are capable of monitoring vacuum, pressure and differential pressures.

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Valley Offers Receiver Hitch for Silverado/Sierra 1500

Valley, a manufacturer of hitches and towing accessories for more than 60 years, now offers a Class 3 and 4 receiver hitch to fit the new body style Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500. Valley's black powder coat

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bridgestone Debuts On/Off-Highway Single-wide Tire

Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC (BFNT) is introducing the Bridgestone L315, an aggressive-traction on/off-highway single-wide radial tire engineered for long mileage, traction and flotation

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Voodoo Ride Puts a "Hexx" on Paint Scratches

Voodoo Ride's new Hexx scratch remover was developed to erase small scratch and swirl marks from your truck, leaving a glossy finish in one easy step. "Hexx is a great complement to our other products like Mojo, Shoq

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth To Produce Liquefied Natural Gas Vehicles

Kenworth Truck Co. said it will begin producing a low-emissions liquefied natural gas (LNG) T800 truck at its manufacturing facility in Renton, Wash., beginning next year. Under an agreement with Westpor

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hendrickson Aero Bright Bumper Designed for Mack Trucks

Hendrickson Bumper and Trim has unveiled a Hendrickson Aero Bright bumper for Mack CH, CHN and CHU trucks. Easily installed to factory mounts, the three-piece configuration combines steel chromed center section

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wix Filters Designs New Aftermarket Filter for Mack Trucks

Wix Filters engineers have designed a new aftermarket air filter that the company claims outperforms the original equipment for Mack Truck applications. The new Wix 42808 increases filter capacity over the OE design by 25 percen

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bandag Has New Tread Design for Oilfield and Logging Fleets

Bandag now offers Bandag Drive Severe Service 2 (BDY2) in the North American market, a retread tire specifically engineered for conditions where superior traction is required from a drive position tire

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Odyssey Battery Guidebook Outlines Heavy Duty, Commercial Products

EnerSys recently released its new Odyssey battery heavy duty/commercial product guide, outlining the eight Odyssey battery models available for commercial fleets. It also provides details about the Odyssey Ultimizer charger

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

E-Switch Debuts Modular Illuminated Pushbutton Switch Series

E-Switch announces the new, modular MDP-16 series of illuminated pushbutton switches. Its modular interface design features an attractive front panel and many illumination options. Actuator styles include a low or high bezel

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

IntelliStick Monitors Truck's Oil Condition

IntelliStick Inc. of Newport Beach, Calif., has launched IntelliStick, a patented dipstick replacement sensor technology for the commercial trucking industry. IntelliStick allows owner-operators and fleet manager

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sysco Goes With XATA for Fleet Optimization

XATA Corp. announced that Sysco Corp., the foodservice marketer and distributor, has selected XATA as its preferred provider of onboard computer technology. XATA will provide Sysco with XATANET,

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Freightliner Hybrid Beverage Truck Available As Regular Production Model

Freightliner Trucks has announced availability of a regular production hybrid-drive drop-frame beverage truck. Using a Business Class M2-106 chassis and Eaton Corp.'s electric hybrid system, the Class 6 truck promises substantial fuel saving

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rostra Rearsight Camera Available on Tundra

Rostra Precision Controls Inc. now offers its RearSight back-up camera system for the 2007 Toyota Tundra. The system features a camera that mounts directly to the truck's tailgate latch in the same manner as the optional factory camera.

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oil Eater Debuts Absorbent Pads for Loading Docks

An environmentally friendly line of absorbent pads made of natural plant by-products and featuring a woven construction, has been introduced by Oil Eater. Designed to provide a safer and cleaner workplace,

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chicago Pneumatic Adds Wheel-fastening Tool

Chicago Pneumatic has added the CP7600 to its BlueTork line, creating a wheel-fastening tools with the functions of an impact and a torque wrench in one product to achieve a precise and accurate tightening the first time

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wabco Launches Tire Repair Kit for Trucks

Wabco, which provides electronic braking, stability, suspension and transmission control systems for the commercial vehicle industry, has launched Wabco Tire Premium Seal, a first-aid kit for leaking commercial vehicles tires.

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hendrickson Enhancing its PriMaax Suspension This Year

Hendrickson Truck Systems Group announced plans to release design enhancements to the PriMaax heavy-duty air-ride rear suspension by midyear. Launched in 2003, PriMaax became popular on a variety of vocationa

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Firm Moves to Paperless Fleet Management with Cadec Global

Cadec Global, a New Hampshire-based provider of advanced fleet management solutions, has published a case study on customer Gibson Energy Ltd., which is using a paperless trucking fleet management solution from Cadec

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterson Debuts Brighter LED Worklight

Peterson Manufacturing Co. has developed what it describes as a rugged, super-bright LED worklight for use on a wide range of working vehicles. Listed as the Model 907, the new 4-inch round ligh

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PostEverywhere Partners With Aljex Software

Aljex Software Inc. announced it has integrated PostEverywhere freight matching services and load boards with Aljex's freight brokerage software, which it expects will enable customers to save time, reduce unnecessar

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Haldex Reman Product and Core ID Chart Available

Haldex Commercial Vehicle Systems has updated its Like Nu Remanufactured Core Identification Chart, featuring more than 2,000 parts. The core identification chart includes product photos, product weight,

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Shell Rotella Rewards Program Upgraded

Shell Lubricants has beefed up its rewards program, offering more benefits that ever, with hundreds of prizes for participating owner-operators. The Shell Rotella Rewards program, previously called the Shell Rotella Road to Rewards program,

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chevron Introduces 2 New Heavy-duty Diesel Engine Oils

Chevron Products Co. on Tuesday announced the introduction of its new Chevron RPM LE SAE 15W-40 and Texaco Ursa Super Plus EC SAE 15W-40 heavy-duty diesel engine oils. These new products meet API CJ-4 and CI-4 PLUS specification

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hunter Produces New Heavy-duty Tire Changers

Hunter's new TCX620HD and TCX640HD heavy-duty truck tire changers are designed to meet the specific needs of shops servicing the heavy-duty truck and commercial vehicle market. The TCX620HD is a compact machine optimize

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Wheel and Tire Cleaner Available from Voodoo Ride

Voodoo Ride, which manufactures vehicle appearance products and was co-founded by Dale Earnhardt Jr., has developed a new wheel and tire cleaner called Shoq, that cleans tires without damaging them

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleet Equips 800 Vehicles with OPS-1 Oil Refining System

Oil Purification Systems (OPS) has announced that Casella Waste Systems Inc., which provides solid waste, recycling and resource management services in the Northeast, has signed an agreement to outfit nearly 850 vehicles in its flee

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Power-Pack Says Trailer Loading and Unloading Cut to Under a Minute

Truck trailer conveyor systems from Power-Pack Conveyor reduce loading and unloading cycle times for palletized loads to under a minute, according to the Ohio-based firm. This automated system is made up of powere

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Budget Truck and Auto Offers Vehicle Graphics, Wraps

By HDT Staff

Budget Truck and Auto in Janesville, Wis., is now able to design and apply cut graphics and wraps for vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Wraps are created for customers who want to craft, update or completely change thei

January 2008, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

P.S.I. Publishes Commercial Fleet Tire Digest

The Commercial Fleet Tire Digest is a guide to reducing tire expenditures, produced each month by Al Cohn, director of New Market Development and Engineering Support for Pressure Systems International (P.S.I.). Cohn's discussions pinpoint topic

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