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February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleet acquisitions trending upward

By Kate Harlow

The industry has seen a growing number of fleet acquisitions and mergers in the past few months, and many believe this is part of a growing trend. The trend of fleet acquisitions is cyclical, according to Lana Batts, managing partner with Transport Capital Partners, which helps fleets negotiate such deals. “I believe we are just at the beginning of the cycle,” Batts said.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Are You Pursuing Best Practices, or 'Next Practices'?

The best way to stay on the leading edge is to look and move toward the fringe of what we know and don't know. This is where the roots of innovation grow. Scientists call this area the "event horizon," like the edge of a black hole.

By Bill Wade, Wade & Partners

A fundamental challenge to our industry is our historical over-reliance on each other for insight. We seem to celebrate regurgitating and repackaging what ‘everyone knows’, rather than challenging ourselves to think different.

Tags: Aftermarket, Distributors, Wade & Partners

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Art & Science of Routing

The ability to get a truck (or load) from here to there along the safest, shortest and quickest route is probably the most fundamental problem a fleet manager faces.

By Jim Beach

Whether truckload, LTL, local delivery or any other type of operation, all fleets want the same thing: to get their work done as quickly and as safely possible while burning as little fuel as possible.

Tags: Technology, ALK Technologies, Rand McNally, Routing, NexTraq, Carrier Logistics, Cadec, Paragon Software, Navigation

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

7 Trends in axles and suspensions

When it come to trends in axles and suspensions, it's all about efficiency.

By Deborah Lockridge

When it come to trends in axles and suspensions, it's all about efficiency. Fleets are constantly looking for ways to become more operationally efficient, whether it's fuel economy, increased payload, lower maintenance costs, longer equipment life, or driver productivity.

Tags: Firestone, Reyco Granning, Meritor, Suspensions, Hendrickson, Axles, Dana Spicer

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Roadside Dietitian: Love Your Heart

Pam Whitfield, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with a Master's in Nutrition & Dietetics, and Don Jacobson, a writer and noted outdoor cook, are the authors of“Road-cookin’: A long haul driver's guide to healthy hating.”

By Contributed by Pam Whitfield & Don Jacobson

February is American Heart Month for one really good reason. Heart disease is the number one killer in this country, accounting for about a quarter of all deaths every year. That means the odds are nearly six to one that you will die of a heart problem rather than in an accident.

Tags: Fit to Drive, Health, Diet & Nutrition, Drivers

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The 5 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions for Owner-Operators

By Scott Christensen, Contributor

New year - new taxes. That’s what many drivers are thinking after the latest round of tax increases. While you can’t legally dodge taxes, you can trim them. The options for doing so may have even been under your nose your entire trucking career.

Tags: Owner-Operators, Equinox Owner-Operator Solutions, taxes

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Slow Economy, Government Regs Will Help Drive Aftermarket Brake Business

By Deborah Lockridge

The slow economic recovery and the federal government's new Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program will help drive demand for aftermarket pads and shoes for Class 4-8 trucks, according to a new study by Frost & Sullivan, while increasing demand for disk brakes could prove a challenge to independent service providers.

Tags: Frost & Sullivan, Aftermarket, Brakes

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Use Outsourcing to Focus on What Makes Your Distributorship Unique

Michael Marks discusses how companies can differentiate themselves with the help of outsourcing.

By Deborah Lockridge

Do you think of outsourcing as something to be done because you simply can't get everything done you need to? If so, you may be missing an opportunity to think strategically and use outsourcing to help you focus on the "magic dust" that makes your business unique.

Tags: Outsourcing, Aftermarket, HDAW, Distributors

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Service Survey: Fleets Say They Want to Outsource More

By Truckinginfo Staff

Fleets continue to say they want to outsource more service work, but they've been saying that for a while, and the actual amount of oursourcing has remained pretty stable, according to surveys done by MacKay & Company, a market research and consulting firm specializing in heavy-duty equipment.

Tags: Maintenance, Outsourcing, MacKay and Co.

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

And the Envelope Please

Heavy-duty Truck of the Year candidates await judging.

By Jim Park

How do you compare a luxurious Ford F-650 with an Isuzu Reach cargo van? Two completely different trucks with different purposes in life. Such was the challenge of five trucking media judges at the 2012 American Truck Dealers Association's Commercial Truck of the Year competition.

Tags: ATD, Dealers, Commercial Truck of the Year, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 8

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Con-way Communicates Safety

Con-way Freight works to stress safety to its employees in a variety of ways.

By Kate Harlow

With the advent of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s flagship Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, a new premium was put on safety. This required a number of fleets to focus on the issue like never before.

Tags: FMCSA, Con-way Freight, CSA, Safety & Compliance

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Calculate True Capacity Before Buying Your Next Trailer: Part Three

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

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

A Passion for Electronics Remanufacturing

Schinzing’s team, which consists of engineers, technicians, quality control people and parts changers, assumes that 100% of the circuit paths and 100% percent of the components on the units it receives are bad. “Our testing tells us whether that is true or not,” he said.

By Denise Rondini

To understand Electronics Remanufacturing Co. (ERC), you need to first understand President Russ Schinzing and his passion for electronics. That passion helped lead to ERC being honored with Mike Hill Heavy Duty Remanufacturer of the Year Award.

Tags: Aftermarket, Remanufacturing, HDRG, Transmissions

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Cat CT-660 at Work

The CT-660 comes with a setback steer axle. A CT-680 with a set-forward axle is due out later this year.

By Tom Berg

When reviewing a product like the Caterpillar CT-660, there is no replacement for getting the opinion of the people who have been using it day in and day out. “The drivers love it,” said John “Dick” Jones, president of Jones Fuel Co. in Columbus, Ohio, talking about the fleet’s first in-service dump truck.

Tags: Caterpillar, Test Drive, Vocational

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Set up a Maintenance Program that Will Keep FMCSA Happy

By Thomas Bray, Editor, J.J. Keller & Associates

Whether you have one truck or 20,000, the FMCSA's maintenance regulations apply to you. The safety and compliance experts at J.J. Keller have tips for owner-operators and small fleets on how to develop a maintenance program that will meet federal standards.

Tags: Maintenance, FMCSA, Owner-Operators

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, U.S. DOT, MAP-21, White House, Congress, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dos and Don'ts when Spec'ing Dry Vans

By Kate Harlow

When you are getting ready to put a dry van trailer out to pasture and begin the process of searching for its replacement, there are many things to consider: maintenance costs, fuel-economy regulations, payload and the weight of the trailer, to name a few. One way to navigate through the maze of options is to follow some tips a few trailer manufacturers shared with us.

Tags: Trailers, Payload, Dry Vans, Capacity, MPG, Fuel Economy

January 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Document Management on the Road

By Jim Beach

Although technology has been able to reduce the trucking industry's reliance on paper, it hasn't been able to completely cut it out. Paperwork still has to be signed and submitted before a carrier or driver can get paid.

Tags: Information Technology, Scanning, Mobile Apps

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 Trucks, 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: U.S. 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

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