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February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Bridging The Funding Gap

By Oliver Patton

The highway law that took so much effort over the past five years is just six months old, but now it's time to start again. As the U.S. Department of Transportation still unpacks the two-year, $105 billion measure passed last summer, Congress and transportation interests are gathering to return, once more, unto the breach.

Tags: GAO, Highway Funding, Highway Trust Fund, MAP-21, White House, DOT, Congress, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

HDAW '13 Sets Records (With Photo Gallery)

By HDT Staff

A record-breaking number of exhibiting suppliers and independent HD distributors participated in the 8th annual Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW ’13) last month in Las Vegas. Check out our slide show to get a feel for the event.

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Fleets Offer Aftermarket Insights During HDAW Dialogue Event

From left, Prime Inc.'s Paul Higgins, Republic Services' Roy Svehla, and Ahern Rentals' Jon Cain discuss their parts-buying habits during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue.

By Deborah Lockridge

Attendees at the first Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas recently got some anecdotal insights into fleet parts and service buying trends via a panel discussion with three fleet representatives, including thoughts on OE vs. aftermarket parts, training, new vs. reman, and price.

Tags: Republic Services, Aftermarket, Remanufacturing, HDAW, Prime Inc.

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Value Of Separation for HD Distributors

If airlines can charge extra to handle your baggage, Workman says, distributors should charge extra for services like delivery.

By Denise Rondini

The airlines have started charging separately for everything from shipping your luggage to getting a better place in line. Maybe it's time for distributors to look at a similar "unbundling" strategy.

Tags: Aftermarket, Distributors, Pricing, HDAW

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: WorkStar 7600

By Tom Berg

The sloped hood on International's WorkStar 7600 was first shown off at the World of Concrete show in 2010, but with vocational-truck business seriously down during the recession, it only went into production last fall.

Tags: International, WorkStar, Test Drive, Navistar, Vocational

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Calculate True Capacity Before Buying Your Next Trailer: Part Two

By Greg Smith, Talbert Manufacturing

Long before a single load is booked or any wheels turn, someone – usually a fleet manager – needs to determine exactly what is going to separate the road and the load.

Tags: Trailers, Talbert, Payload

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tires & Wheels: 5 Ways to Stretch Your Tire Budget

By Jim Park

If stretching your tire budget means buying cheaper tires, you may be cheating yourself. You'll get more tires for less money — and that looks good up front — but does that theory hold up after six months or a year?

Tags: Tires, Retreads

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Motor Carriers Make Adjustments While CSA is Fine-Tuned

By Bob Rose, Contributor

In December, the FMCSA made good on its commitment to Congress to install refinements to the CSA initiative by implementing 11 changes to the Safety Measurement System. J.J. Keller's Bob Rose has more details.

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, Compliance, CSA, Hazmat

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Distributes New Lined Brake Shoes with PlatinumShield II Coating

Effective immediately, Meritor Inc. is making PlatinumShield II coating available for its new lined aftermarket brakes. The coating will be available on all new, lined brake shoes, except those with EG and EG2 friction materials

Tags: Meritor

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Unveils MeritorpartsOnline.com

Meritor Inc. unveiled MeritorpartsOnline.com: the company's electronic catalog and parts ordering system during the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week

Tags: Meritor

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Launches Suspension Controls Product Portfolio

Meritor's North American Aftermarket business, based in Florence, Ky., announced the immediate availability of truck and trailer suspension controls, including ride height controls, load scale, lift axle controls, dump valve units and single axle dump systems.

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Timken Introduces Set-Right Commercial Vehicle Hub Kits

The Timken Co. announced a new Timken Set-Right commercial vehicle hub rebuild kit for Timken 454-Series steer applications

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Calculate True Capacity Before Buying Your Next Trailer: Part One

If the payload is a 100,000-pound excavator that’s only 13 feet long, a trailer rated for the entire deck length, or even for 16 feet, won’t be right for the load. The ideal trailer will be one rated at half the deck length.

By Greg Smith, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Talbert Manufacturing

Long before a single load is booked or any wheels turn, someone - usually a fleet manager - needs to determine exactly what is going to separate the road and the load

Tags: Trailers, Talbert, Heavy Haul

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getloaded Introduces E-mail Alerts Feature

By HDT Staff

Freight-matching website Getloaded now offers E-mail Alerts, which allow members to save a load search and receive alerts via e-mail any time a new load is posted that matches their search criteria

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Omnitek Receives EPA Approval for Diesel-to-Natural Gas Engine Conversion Kits

Omnitek Engineering Corp. announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the company's submission for its diesel-to-natural gas conversion technology for the widely operated line of heavy-duty Navistar DT466E and DT530E engine

Tags: Navistar, EPA, Omnitek

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth and Paccar Financial Offer Class 8 Extended Warranty Program

Kenworth Truck Co. and Paccar Financial are offering an Extended Warranty Program for U.S. customers who purchase new Kenworth Class 8 factory trucks financed through Paccar Financial

Tags: Kenworth, PACCAR

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aftermarket Outlook: Near-Term Spotty; Consolidation, Reman Among Long-Term Trends

One trend affecting the aftermarket is increased focus on remanufacturing.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

LAS VEGAS -- The aftermarket, like the trucking industry at large, has been in a bit of a slump the last six or seven months, and Stu MacKay, president of MacKay & Co., thinks it will continue for at least a little while

Tags: Issues, HDAW, MacKay and Co., Aftermarket, Remanufacturing

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Allison Transmission Introduces 5th Generation Electronic Controls

Allison Transmission announced that 5th Generation electronic controls are now available to all OEM customers.

Tags: Allison

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

To Create Value, Execute

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

LAS VEGAS -- "The biggest problem in business today is execution we talk but we don't do," said Sam Geist, author of "Execute or Be Executed: 18 Ways to Move Strategic Thinking to Strategic Doing," during the keynote speech kicking of Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week 2013

Tags: Business, HDAW, Aftermarket

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Aftermarket Launches Meritor AllFit and Meritor Green Series

Meritor displayed its new AllFit, Green and Genuine packaging at HDAW. The company borrowed from the retail market for the shock absorber packaging.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

LAS VEGAS -- Meritor launched two new product series, Meritor AllFit and Meritor Green, with new all-makes shock absorbers the first in the Meritor AllFit line

Tags: Meritor, Aftermarket, reman

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fontaine Fifth Wheel LWB Slide Bracket Assembly Saves Weight

By Staff

Fontaine Fifth Wheel introduced the LWB lightweight slide bracket assembly. This new assembly replaces Fontaine's ATB slide and will provide additional weight savings without sacrificing strength

Tags: Fontaine Fifth Wheel

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kiene Releases K-1350 Wheel Grabber Extension Product

By Staff

Kiene has developed a new adapter for its K-1350 Wheel Grabber. The new Extender allows a technician to safely remove seized wheels from vehicles on a floor lift.

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Prestone Unveils Command Family of Heavy-Duty Antifreeze/Coolants and DEF

By Staff

LAS VEGAS -- Prestone unveiled a new line of heavy-duty antifreeze coolants and diesel exhaust fluid Tuesday during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week, branded Prestone Command

Tags: HDAW, Prestone, COOLANT, Antifreeze, DEF

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mack Launches Overhaul Program for Legacy Engines

Mack now offers a new engine overhaul program to better serve Mack E7 engine owners. The Mack Purebred Overhaul program is an industry standout, offering extended warranty coverage of up to three years or 350,000 miles

Tags: Mack, Engines

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Balqon Introduces Zevqon Electric Vehicle Motor Controllers

Balqon Corp., a developer of electric vehicles, drive systems and lithium battery storage devices, announced the release of a complete line of next generation electric vehicle motor controllers, named Zevqon, designed for emerging zero emission commercial truck and bus markets.

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mitsubishi Fuso Side-Mounted Tank Option on 2013 Canter FEs

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc. has announced that buyers of its 2013 model Fuso Canter FE Series trucks can order their vehicles with an optional, factory-installed 33-gallon fuel tank mounted on the outside of the frame rail on the left side of the cab-chassis.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Canter

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DOT Launches Free App Featuring Emergency Response Guidebook

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced a free, mobile web app of its Emergency Response Guidebook 2012

Tags: DOT, Mobile Apps, Hazmat

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Accuride Says it's Nearly Done Fixing; Ready to Grow

Accuride has doubled its aluminum wheel production capacity.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

LAS VEGAS -- Rick Dauch, president and CEO of Accuride, has fielded a lot of questions -- or perhaps accusations would be a better word -- from distributors who want to know why his promises to support the aftermarket are any different from those of a string of executives befor

Tags: Business, Aftermarket, Wheels, Accuride

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Selecting the Right Trailers for your Fleet

By Jeff Weber, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Ervin Equipment

Seems like an easy decision. Choose a trailer and go. But before adding just one or several hundred trailers, a fleet manager needs to determine what's right for the application. Considerations include space and weight capacities, laws and regulations, trailer age and regional-specific specifications

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, Ervin Equipment

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Special Coverage of HDAW '13

As HDT's editors cover Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week 2013 in Las Vegas this week, watch for a special HDAW issue of the Aftermarket Journal newsletter, as well as coverage on Twitter and Facebook

Tags: Business, HDAW, Aftermarket

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Record Breaking Attendance Reported for Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week13

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week 2013, being held this week in Las Vegas, has yielded record-breaking exhibitor and distributor registration numbers, as well as a larger-than-expected group of registrants for the new SOLD! (Service Opportunities and Learning Day) program, marking an overall growth of 10% in the size of the conference over last year

Tags: Business, HDAW, Aftermarket

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

JiggyJobs.com Launches New One-Page Driver Application

JiggyJobs.com announced that the driver recruitment website has transitioned from a three-page driver application to a one-page application

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Advancements in Clean Fuel Technology to Further Reduce Carbon Emissions

Advancements in clean diesel technology will continue to deliver major reductions in black carbon emissions in both the U.S. and worldwide, said Allen Schaeffer, the executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum

Tags: Emissions

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Freightliner Introduces High-Visibility Truck-Lite LED Headlamps

Freightliner Trucks announced the availability of high-performance LED headlamps custom-engineered for the Freightliner Cascadia by Truck-Lite Co.

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maximizing Filter Performance To Reduce Maintenance Costs

To avoid roadside breakdowns, fleet managers should have thorough preventive maintenance programs in place.

By Contributed Pete Haskell, Director of Heavy Duty Sales with Luber-finer

In the heavy-duty trucking business, fleet managers must be ready to expect the unexpected as seemingly minor unexpected maintenance can ultimately lead to a major system failure

Tags: Under The Hood, Maintenance, Filters, Luber-finer, Oils

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Teletrac Enhances Trailer and Asset Tracking Product Offering

By HDT Staff

Teletrac Inc., a GPS fleet tracking and telematics software provider, announced the enhancement of its Trailer and Asset Tracking product

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Next Generation of Oils: New API oil category will help meet fuel economy/GHG regs

By Deborah Lockridge

Three years from now, you'll see a new API diesel engine oil-service category, designed to help meet federal greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards, which have a final phase-in date set for model year 2018 trucks.

Tags: Under The Hood, API, Oils, Chevron, Shell

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rotary Lift Spotline Laser Spotting Guide Now Available for All Vehicle Lifts

Now, owners of any brand of vehicle lift can add Spotline to the bay, thanks to a new retrofit kit that makes the laser spotting guide compatible with most in-ground and surface lifts

Tags: Managing the Shop

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Trio of Trucking Resolutions

By Deborah Lockridge

Highway funding, driver respect and fixing CSA are on HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge's wish list for 2013.

Tags: Drivers, Infrastructure, CSA

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Look at CSA After Two Years

By Oliver B. Patton

In the two years it has been up and running, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrations Compliance, Safety, Accountability program has demonstrated many flaws and shortcomings. But the program is credited with the signal achievement of shining a brighter light on truck safety.

Tags: Topics & Trends, FMCSA, CSA, MCSAC

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Noregon Systems Releases New JPRO Products

By Truckinginfo Staff

Noregon Systems, a supplier of PC-based diagnostic and repair solutions to the commercial vehicle industry, announces the release of JPRO Commercial Fleet Diagnostics 2013 v1 along with the introduction of the JPRO Next Step service information modul

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GPS Insight Adds HOS Solution to Platform

GPS Insight, a GPS fleet tracking solution provider, announced its new GPS Insight Hours of Service Solution as an addition to its GPS Tracking software intended for fleets that need both electronic driver logs and GPS tracking combined

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Nexiq Announces Allison Transmission Upgrade on Pro-Link iQ

Nexiq Technologies announced the forthcoming release of the enhanced Allison Transmission Suite.

Tags: Nexiq

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Wabco Named Service Brake Chamber Supplier for Daimler Trucks North America

Meritor Wabco announced that it has been named the standard position steer axle service brake chamber supplier for all Daimler Trucks North America air brake vehicles

Tags: Meritor

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NexIq Technologies Announces Upgrade to its MaxxForce Software App

NexIq Technologies announced the forthcoming release of the enhanced Navistar MaxxForce software application. The software runs on the Pro-Link iQ diagnostic scan tool for heavy-duty vehicles.

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Patent Case Before Supreme Court Could Have 'Chilling' Effect on Reman

The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association has joined two other trade associations in filing a friend of the court brief in the United States Supreme Court opposing the right of a patent holder to impose post-sale restrictions on the use of its patented products.

Tags: Issues, APRA, Parts, Aftermarket

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Digital Insurance Launches Drive Well

Digital Insurance has added Drive Well to its suite of Digital Advantage offering

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Luber-finer Adds to Heavy-Duty Filtration Product Lines

Since June 2012, Luber-finer has introduced 140 new filtration products for use in on-road and off-road applications. These new products add to Luber-finer's growing filtration product lines

Tags: Filters, Luber-finer

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TCG Upgrades LTL Solution and Interfaces with ALK Products

Transportation Costing Group announced several upgrades to its cost information system for LTL operations

Tags: ALK Technologies

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Gabriel Now Directly Distributes to Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Suppliers and Distributors

The Original Gabriel announced that it is now distributing its Fleetline and GasSLX products directly to heavy-duty aftermarket suppliers and distributors

Tags: Managing the Shop

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