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April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Systems Approach to Start/Charge System Maintenance

All that empty space between the winding is unused space. Square-wire windings make total use of the space and produce higher output.

By Jim Park

We have to stop thinking of our start/charge systems as simply a handful of separate components, and start viewing them as a system. From alternators to batteries and starters, cables and regulators, and even add-on components like low-voltage cut-off switches and DC/AV inverters, each can impact the component next to it.

Tags: Batteries, Electrical System, Purkey's Fleet Electric, Start/charge system, Delco Remy

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Driver Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

David Hopper

By Ryder System

With Memorial Day nearly a month away, Ryder decided to interview its 2013 Driver of the Year David Hopper to find out what driving safety tips he could offer to those who will be on the roadways during the holiday weekend.

Tags: Ryder System, Safe Driving

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is Cloud Computing Right For You?

By Jim Beach

Today, fleets have an alternative to on-site rooms full of computer servers – using a hosted environment for your computing needs, known as cloud computing. In the cloud computing environment, the servers are maintained by a third party (or maybe your enterprise software vendor) and fleets access applications and data via a web interface.

Tags: Information Technology, Telogis, NexTraq, Zonar, Sylectus, TMW Systems, Omnitracs

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Ways to Prevent Negligent Hiring Claims

By Don Jerrell, Associate VP, HNI

With the ever-growing driver shortage looming, many motor carriers are lowering their hiring standards to fill their empty trucks. No company wants to turn down a job because they don’t have drivers to service the account.

Tags: Recruiting, HNI, Hiring Policy

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Frequent Inspections Save Tires

Frequent and thorough yard checks will catch problems your drivers miss.

By Jim Park

It seems the best you can expect from many drivers is a quick visual check that the tire is where it should be. Whether or not it's capable of holding air is another matter.

Tags: Tire Costs, Tires, Tire Inflation

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Transmission Trends

Most automated manual transmissions go into highway tractors, but Eaton offers three vocational versions of the UltraShift Plus for on/off-road trucks such as dumps and mixers.

By Tom Berg

The swing continues toward heavy automated products, but manuals still dominate. Light and medium trucks are almost all ‘shiftless.’

Tags: Volvo, Cummins, Eaton, Mack Trucks, Transmissions, Allison Transmission, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Paper Logs

By Oliver Patton

After 28 years of proposals, studies, drafts, revisions, legal battles and technological innovations – not to mention an Act of Congress – federal regulators are close to requiring most interstate commercial drivers to keep track of their work hours with an electronic device.

Tags: GPS, FMCSA, ATA, HOS, OOIDA, ELDs

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Engines to Watch

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood discusses the potential of the interesting opposed-piston/opposed-cylinder engine.

Tags: Gasoline, Diesel Engines, Engines, Colleges and Universities, EcoMotors International

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Finding and Keeping Drivers With The One-Two Punch: Pay & Respect

One thing the experts agree on is if your company has an incentive rewards program, the rewards need to be given in a timely fashion. (Photo courtesy of A. Duie Pyle.)

By Deborah Lockridge & Kate Harlow

Recruiting and retention. It’s akin to bailing water out of a boat that has a hole in it. You really have to plug the hole first, otherwise you’re constantly fighting to stay afloat. In the trucking industry, that hole is driver retention.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Celadon, Dupre Logistics, Landstar, HNI, Con-way Truckload, Driver Pay, Driver Retention, Affordable Care Act, Prosperio Group

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Improving Your Trailer Appearance

Fontaine Renew can completely refurbish a standard flatbed trailer in about two and a half days on average.

By Kate Harlow

Tips for vinyl signage and images, plus refurbishing trailers.

Tags: Trailers, East Manufacturing, Mac Trailer, Refurbished trailers, VSP, Fontaine Renew, Conway Manufacturing, Vehicle Graphics

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Once Around the Yard: Tracking Helps Close the Doors

A sensor-switch in the door header can be tricked with a magnet, telling a reefer’s electronic controls the doors are closed and allowing the unit to run. So K&J managers use tracking to determine what the rig’s really doing.

By Tom Berg

Common sense suggests that if a trailer’s doors are open, its refrigeration unit ought to be shut down. But many customers disagree, thinking the products will be better protected if cooled air continues to circulate as freight is being unloaded.

Tags: Trailers, Reefers, Carrier Transicold, Blue Tree Systems, Once Around the Yard, K&J Trucking

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

LEDs Light the Way

Freightliner’s Cascadia is standard with custom-fit LED lamps.  Truck-Lite is also making LEDs for International’s ProStar and Volvo’s VNL.

By Tom Berg

If you were in trucking about 30 years ago, you might remember the switch from incandescent sealed-beam headlamps to halogens, which were so much better that some truck operators stopped using auxiliary fog and driving lights. A more recent step up was projector-beam lamps, whose optics better aim the lumens from halogen bulbs and even more effectively light the way for drivers.

Tags: Volvo, Navistar, Freightliner, Optronics, LED Lighting, J.W. Speaker

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Utility's Craig Bennett Talks About 100 Years of Being in Business

Craig Bennett. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Craig Bennett, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co., recently sat down with HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge to talk about the company's 100 years in business.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Reefers, Utility Trailer

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Natural Gas Fuel Loses Some of its Luster, But Not Going Away

Ryder's natural gas fleet of more than 500 natural gas vehicles has travelled more than 20 million miles, but not every fleet has been so successful.

By Deborah Lockridge

The enthusiasm for natural gas fueled vehicles seems to be stuttering a bit. Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge offers insights from the Mid-America Trucking Show into the status of this alternative fuel for trucking.

Tags: Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Optimized Lightweight VNL

The Bulk-hauling Optimized series also includes shorter VNM tractors that, like VNL versions, come as a daycab and several sleeper types.

By Tom Berg

Senior Editor Tom Berg takes Volvo's lightweight Optimized VNL430 for a drive near Volvo's New River Valley plant in Virginia.

Tags: Volvo, Test Drive, Lightweighting

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Auxiliary Power For Work Trucks

Bill Decker’s Miller welder, stashed against a tool box on the front wall of his Wilcox truck body, doubles as an APU and makes 220-volt power to run heavy tools. The genset at his feet produces 110 volts for work lights and smaller tools.

By Tom Berg

Any work truck with a serious electric welder also has an auxiliary power unit, because the engine-driven device doubles as an APU to run smaller welders, heaters and power tools. And soon, purpose-built APUs will report for duty on work trucks.

Tags: Work Trucks, Maxwell Technologies, APU, Thermo King, Idle Free, Medium-Duty Trucks, Idle Reduction

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Upgrading Your Legacy IT System

By Jim Beach

A number of trucking companies – and thousands of other types of businesses for that matter – run their businesses on what would be considered a “legacy” IT system. Those old workhorse servers might still be getting the job done, but they could be holding your business back.

Tags: Information Technology, Southeastern Freight Lines, TMW Systems, Carrier Logistics, Cloud-Based Technology

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

MATS Focus: Integrated Drivetrains and Automated Transmissions

The Cummins ISX 15 SmartAdvantage powertrain.

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

If there was an unspoken theme to this year's Mid-America Trucking Show, it was probably the focus on integrated drivetrains. And Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, had some interesting things to say about automated transmissions in general.

Tags: Volvo, Cummins, Paccar, Eaton, Fuel Economy, Transmissions, Mid-America Trucking Show, Daimler Trucks North America, Automated Manual Transmissions, Detroit DT12, ZF

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Carriers Caught Between Conflicting Agencies on Hiring

By Jim Beach

Carriers are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to take steps to prevent high-risk individuals from driving their trucks. But an initiative of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may put a hamper on carriers’ efforts.

Tags: drivers, Background Checks, Litigation, EEOC, Truckload Carriers Association

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: How Much do Your Technicians Know About Wheel Integrity?

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood discusses wheel integrity and the importance of technicians being well-versed in the rules of fastening wheels properly.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Wheels, Wheel-offs, Technicians

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Status Quo for DOT Medical Exams is Changing

By Rick Malchow, J.J. Keller

The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners rule was published in April 2012 and effective in May 2012. A compliance date of May 21 of this year is quickly approaching. In its plainest form, it is a database of medical examiners who are certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to perform examinations of commercial vehicle drivers.

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Do We Worry Too Much About Inflation Pressure?

Tires exposed to direct sunlight will hear up, causing pressure differentials between shaded tires, like inside duals. Illustration courtesy of Aperia Technologies

By Jim Park

Tire pressure monitoring systems have allowed us a peek into the secret life of tires, and revealed some astonishing details.

Tags: TPMS, TMC, ATIS, Tire Pressure, Tires

April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Bendix: Strong Friction, Protective Coating Help Combat Rust Jacking in Brakes

Choosing high-quality friction materials can help combat rust jacking, according to Bendix.

By Truckinginfo Staff

As winter winds down across North America, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake reminds fleets and drivers readying for springtime brake maintenance to fight rust jacking on two fronts.

Tags: Corrosion, Brakes, Winter, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Switching to Wide-Base Singles: Keys to Success

By Jim Park

Everything you need to know about switching from dual wheels to wide-base singles you can learn at a playground. What you need to know about wide-base tires, axles and offsets.

Tags: Tires, Meritor, Wheels, Dana, Axles, Wide-Base Tires

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Mobilizing Best Practices in Fleet Maintenance

By Greg Wilson, GE Capital Fleet Services

Maintaining a mobile maintenance program adds another layer of complexity into the traditional maintenance program mix. It's hard for many fleets to scale their internal processes to ensure remote assets are being repaired and maintained via the same best practices that are afforded to their on-site vehicles.

Tags: Maintenance, GE Capital Fleet Services

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Avoiding Common Maintenance Mistakes

Drivers need to be trained to distinguish when a fault code means the truck needs to be brought in immediately and when it is okay to wait for the next scheduled maintenance appointment.

By Denise Rondini

Fleets try to do a good job of keeping their trucks in top operating condition, and most recognize that maintenance plays an important role in achieving that goal. Still there are some things that get overlooked by even the most seasoned fleet manager.

Tags: Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, CSA, Ryder System, Aftermarket, Decisiv, VMRS

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The FMCSA, OSHA, EEOC & You

By Deborah Lockridge

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Safety, Compliance and Accountability enforcement program is one of the major legal and regulatory issues facing trucking companies, but it’s not the only one, as a veritable alphabet soup’s worth of agencies target the industry.

Tags: FMCSA, OSHA, CSA, HOS, EEOC

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

With Funding Clock Ticking, Congress Turns to Highway Bill

The Highway Trust Fund may run out of money by this summer as discussions for funding sources continue on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

By Oliver Patton

Transportation committees on Capitol Hill are starting to write the policy provisions to reauthorize the highway program that expires this fall, but the finance committees have yet to move on the key issue of funding.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, HOS, Highway Funding, OOIDA, MCSAC

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Accommodating Drivers' Religious Beliefs

By Truckinginfo Staff

Can you fire a driver who refuses to work on Sunday because of his religious beliefs? Better be careful -- such an action could violate the Civil Rights Act, according to transportation attorneys.

Tags: drivers, Litigation, EEOC, Employment

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Are Your Aftermarket Truck Parts the Real Deal?

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By Jane Clark, NationaLease

Phony designer handbags…fake Rolex watches…buy these without realizing it and you’ll undoubtedly overpay for inferior products. Your wallet and your ego will both take a hit, but you’ll survive. But if you purchase fake aftermarket truck parts, the results can be disastrous.

Tags: Maintenance, ATA, Aftermarket Parts, TMC, Aftermarket, NationaLease

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Lowdown on the New Low-Viscosity Oils

Kinematic viscosity is what you might envision when thinking of viscosity &amp;ndash; gravitational flow. But the new oils will meet viscosity standards measured at high temperatures/high shear conditions.

By Deborah Lockridge

Exactly what is this "high-temp, high-shear" viscosity engine oil standard in the works for the next round of EPA emissions standards, and what are engine makers doing to make sure engines will still be well protected?

Tags: Fuel and Oil, Fuel Economy, Engines, Emissions, Engine Oil, TMC, API

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2014 Truck Fleet Innovators: Transforming Trucking

By Deborah Lockridge

Each year, Heavy Duty Trucking honors a handful of the country’s most forward-thinking fleet executives with the title of “HDT Truck Fleet Innovator.” Read how this year's winners are using the power of collaboration to spec the best trucks and operate more efficiently -- and profitably.

Tags: Truck Fleet Innovators, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo, Meijer, NFI, Fuel Economy, Vehicle Spec'ing, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Top 3 Ways to Preserve Tire Life (And Value)

Even the best tires money can buy will profit from a little help. Basic maintenance can prolong tire life, sometimes dramatically.

By Jim Park

Still waiting for the million-mile tire? Don’t hold your breath, but we’ll probably see such a tire in our lifetime. For now, you’ll have to settle for half a million miles.

Tags: Michelin, Tires, NFI, Retreads, Tires and Wheels, Tire Inflation, Tire Pressure

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Performance With a Purpose

Mike O&amp;rsquo;ConnellSenior Director, Supply ChainFrito-LayPlano, Texas

By Deborah Lockridge

Frito-Lay’s Mike O’Connell leads a team that focuses on adapting the best leading-edge technologies for its specific needs.

Tags: Maintenance, PepsiCo, Smith Electric Vehicles, Frito-Lay, Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG, LNG

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Supercenter Fleet Super at Collaboration

David HooverDirector, Outbound Logistics for Meijer, Lansing, Mich.

By Deborah Lockridge

Meijer’s David Hoover finds working with suppliers and dedicated fleets makes innovation easier.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Aerodynamics, Meijer

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reinventing the Beverage Fleet

Shelby GreenSenior Fleet DirectorPepsiCo North America BeveragesSomers, N.Y.

By Deborah Lockridge

If you think you’ve been seeing fewer of those Pepsi bay-type delivery trailers with the roll-up doors, you’re probably right. PepsiCo North America Beverages is revamping the way it delivers its products, moving to specially spec’d dry van trailers, liftgates and pallets that were pre-loaded at the warehouse.

Tags: PepsiCo, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, SAF-Holland, Truck Fleet Innovators, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, CNG, LNG, Low Rolling Resistant Tires

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Innovation In The Details

Bill BliemSenior Vice President, Fleet Services, NFI

By Deborah Lockridge

When Bill Bliem became vice president of maintenance at NFI five years ago, his first priority was to get maintenance costs under control.

Tags: Maintenance, NFI, PSI, Aerodynamics, Truck Fleet Innovators, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators, Lightweighting, CNG, LNG, Meritor Tire Inflation System by PSI

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Latest Developments in Hybrid-Electric Medium-Duty Trucks

The Odyne PHEV parallel system reduces fuel consumption and emissions, and can be used in new vehicle and retrofit applications. (PHOTO: ODYNE)

By Sean Lyden

New developments, technologies, and trends in hybrid-electric, medium-duty trucks could give fleet managers the incentive they need to take a closer look at how hybrid options could help reduce overall costs.

Tags: Hino, Medium-Duty Trucks, ARI, Navigant Research, Hybrid-Electric Truck

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Mack's Stephen Roy Talks About Service, Market Share

Stephen Roy: &quot;We feel that this year we&amp;rsquo;re going to bust above 10%&quot; market share.

By Tom Berg

Stephen Roy, who has been Mack Trucks president, sales and marketing for North America since Jan. 1, spent the last five years in aftermarket parts and service, which he says is key to the company’s continued success. We sat down with Roy for more insight.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Vocational, People

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Test Drive: Detroit’s Smooth Self-Shifter

This Freightliner Cascadia Evolution is equipped with a Detroit DD13 diesel and smooth DT12 automated mechanical transmission. The van shown here was empty, so we swapped it out  for a heavily loaded flatbed trailer for our evaluation.

By Tom Berg

“Proprietary” is a magic word among truck builders. It describes components of the company’s own manufacture or design that are installed on the company’s own trucks. For truck users, this can be a good thing, because they’re designed to work specifically with a company’s other components.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Mack Trucks, Freightliner Cascadia, Test Drive, Daimler Trucks North America, Transmissions, Engines, Automated Manual Transmissions, Detroit DT12

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Wide, Heavy and High, Oh My

To transport the Endeavour, Sarens used four specially designed Kamag self-propelled modular trailers, which were controlled by a person walking alongside using a remote joystick panel.

By Kate Harlow

After traveling more than 124 million miles in space, the Space Shuttle Endeavour had one more 14.2-mile journey to make through the streets of Los Angeles to its final resting space at the California Science Center.

Tags: Trailers

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Making the Case for Low-Rolling-Resistance Tires

Premium all-position tires offer reduced rolling resistance through ribbed tread patterns and shallow grooves.

By Jim Park

How do you explain to the boss that the tires you want to buy are going to cost more up front but run fewer miles? You can explain they will save money on fuel, but then she's going to want numbers.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Tires

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Dealing With a Lemon

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

There’s no shortage of readers who want me to intervene on their behalf because they’ve been victimized in some way. At least that’s how they describe their plight. Maybe it’s a “lemon” of a truck, possibly a contract dispute, sometimes a fight with an idiotic bureaucracy. For reasons I don’t always understand, they think I’m a consumer watchdog of some sort. I’m not.

Tags: Maintenance, Dealers

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Fitness for Duty Exams Can Prevent Worker’s Comp Claims

Con-way Truckload is one of a growing list of carriers that are requiring pre-employment agility testing for drivers.

By Jody Mathy, Senior Claims Consultant, HNI

There’s a simple way to avoid many worker’s compensation claims: Don’t put the wrong worker to work. The “wrong worker,” simply put, is anyone who is physically unable to perform essential job functions.

Tags: Driver Safety, Americans with Disabilities Act, Driver Fitness, drivers, Driver Health

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

There Are at Least Two Sides to Selling a Truck Fleet

By Max Safavi, Allegiance Capital Corporation

Fleets of trucks are bought and sold every day. Some are small fleets that involve only a few trucks. Others are major transactions that transfer ownership of hundreds of trucks valued at millions of dollars. Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a buyer or a seller?

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT Announces 2014 Top 20 Products

By Deborah Lockridge

Each year, Heavy Duty Trucking’s editors spend a lot of time going to press conferences and combing through news releases on the latest new products for trucking to determine the very best of the past year’s introductions for our Top 20 Products.

Tags: Top 20 Products

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pushing the Telematics Boundaries

A truck&amp;rsquo;s telematics unit acts as a communications hub, transmitting data from various sensors and systems on the truck. While they send the collected data back to the fleet, they also receive data such as driver instructions, or commands to various devices such as the refrigeration unit.

By Jim Beach

Most large fleets have extensive experience with telematics: GPS location and mobile communications systems that collect data and communicate it back to a server where the fleet can access the information. As the amount and kind of data has increased in recent years, fleets have adopted tools to make sense of all that information and use it across their operation.

Tags: Telematics, Volvo, GPS Insight, Information Technology, Navistar, Telogis, PeopleNet, XRS Corporation, Carrier Transicold, Daimler Trucks North America, Cadec, Omnitracs, Thermo King

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Latest Trends in Medium-Duty Truck Maintenance

New diesel emissions technologies, as well as upcoming greenhouse gas 2014 compliant engines, are anticipated to increase maintenance costs.

By Sean Lyden

A lot has happened since 2007 to impact medium-duty truck maintenance costs and protocols — for better and for worse.

Tags: Emissions, Medium-Duty Trucks, SCR, DPF

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Health Care Reform News: Employer Mandate Delayed

By Barb Rand, Compliance Advisor, HNI

This week, the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations under the Employer Shared Responsibility (aka “employer mandate”) provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Tags: IRS, HNI, Healthcare Costs, Affordable Care Act

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Stay Ahead of Trouble on EGR Engines

EGR valves live in a very hostile environment.

By Jim Park

While most of the early problems have been engineered out of the exhaust gas recirculation systems on today’s clean diesel engines, corroded coolers, stuck valves and other problems still plague owners of older equipment.

Tags: Emissions, Volvo, Cummins, Navistar, Detroit Diesel, SCR, EGR, Mack Trucks, EPA, DPF

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