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November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Breakthrough Fuel Launches Natural Gas Transportation Service

By HDT

Breakthrough Fuel, a national supply chain management and energy advisory firm, has launched a new product it says will allow shippers to accurately measure natural gas fuel costs associated with moving company freight throughout the North American market

Tags: Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Liquefied Natural Gas, Shippers

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ATA Summit: Plenty of Natural Gas to go Around, but Few Users So Far

Up to 8% of the Class 6-8 truck population could be natural gas fueled by 2017.

By Tom Berg

There are only about 167,000 natural gas-fueled vehicles in the United States, according the head of a group that promotes natural gas as a vehicle fuel, but its abundance and cheap price is spurring so much interest that an almost overflow crowd turned up at the American Trucking Associations Natural Gas Summit, which began yesterday in Alexandria, Va

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, ATA, Alternative Fuels

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Carriers Need to get 'Ducks in a Row' on Hazmat for CSA 3.0

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

In the coming days, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will unveil version 3.0 of its Safety Measurement System under the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, and the changes will mean increased scrutiny of hazmat compliance, even for companies not considered hazmat carriers

Tags: Compliance, CSA, Hazmat

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting Your Work Truck Ready for Winter

Winter weather and the harsh driving conditions that come with it can be hard on trucks, but Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America suggests that downtime can be minimized with proper maintenance procedures.

Tags: More Maintenance, Winter

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

IPA Electrical Terminal Maintenance Set

IPA announced its newest product, the HD Fleet Technician's Electrical Terminal Maintenance Set

Tags: Tools, IPA

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Offers Michelin X Line Energy D Tire

Kenworth now offers the new Michelin X Line Energy D drive tire for Kenworth heavy- and medium-duty trucks involved in line haul applications

Tags: Kenworth, Michelin

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

WheelTime to Market, Install APG Dual-Fuel Natural Gas Conversions

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

American Power Group and WheelTime Network announced that they're teaming up, with WheelTime member companies marketing and installing APG's dual-fuel natural gas and diesel aftermarket conversion system

Tags: Natural Gas, Dual Fuel, WheelTime

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ASA Electronics Introduces Multi-Media Jensen AWM968 Stereo

ASA Electronics introduced the Jensen AWM968 multimedia wall-mount entertainment center to the commercial industry

Tags: ASA Electronics, Bluetooth

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ahead of the fitness curve: Q&A with Bob Perry, founder of Rolling Strong

As part of his Rolling Strong Driver Wellness Tour, Bob Perry rolls a truck tire 7 miles and invites drivers to walk along.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Bob Perry has been trying to help drivers be healthier for about 25 years, but he was way ahead of the curve. It's only in the past couple of years that the industry has embraced the notion that healthier drivers are safer, happier and more productive

Tags: Diet & Nutrition, Drivers, Health

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ram Launches Commercial Truck Division, Confirms Full-Size Van for 2013

A new Chrysler commercial van will be based on the Fiat Ducato.

Chryslers Ram brand is expanding its BusinessLink and On The Job activities by launching a Commercial Truck division, and has confirmed plans for a full-size van based on a Fiat model from Europe

Tags: Fiat, Chrysler, Ram, Vans

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Peterbilt Model 579

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The urge to compare is great, but I will resist. Both Peterbilt's Model 579 and Kenworth's T68O were introduced with much fanfare at the Mid-America Trucking Show earlier this year

Tags: Test Drive, Peterbilt

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Four Screening Best Practices for Speeding Time to Hire

By Steven Spencer, Contributor

These days, transportation companies are caught between the proverbial driver shortage and their CSA BASIC scores

Tags: Drivers, Compliance, Hiring

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cleaire Receives CARB Verification Expansion for Vista DPF

The Cleaire Vista is a diesel particulate reduction system designed for a very broad range of on-road diesel engines and applications.

Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls announced that the California Air Resources Board has approved an expansion of the previously verified Vista diesel particulate filter to cover a broad range of 1993 and newer model year engines

Tags: CARB, DPF, ACERT, Cleaire, EGR

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Problems Spell Aftermarket Opportunity

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor, and Tom Berg, Senior Editor

You don't have to go far to find a fleet having trouble with engines, spelling opportunities for aftermarket parts and service. In its 2012 U.S. Heavy-Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Study, J.D. Power and Associates found 46% of owners of one-model-year-old engines experienced some type of engine-related problem, up from 42% in 2011

Tags: Managing the Shop, Engines

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maintenance Tips for Air and Fuel Systems

There's been a lot of attention paid lately to engine problems driven by new, more complex equipment developed to meet emissions regulations. Sometimes the most basic systems get overlooked because they aren't part of the new technology-driven dynamic.

Tags: Managing the Shop, Engines

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Investcorp Completes Sale of FleetPride

Aftermarket truck and trailer parts distributor FleetPride has been sold to U.S.-based TPG Capital, one of the largest private equity investment firms globally, for more than $1 billion

Tags: Business, Aftermarket, FleetPride, Parts

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chicago Orders Electric-Powered Heavy Trash Trucks

By Tom Berg

The City of Chicago has ordered 20 heavy-duty electric-powered trash trucks that will be the first in the nation, according to one of the companies that won the official bid

Tags: Going Green, Alternative Fuels, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Westport Announces Advanced LNG Tank System

Westport Innovations says its new tank system allows customers the ability to fuel even the largest spark-ignited liquefied natural gas engines on a single tank and deliver extended range

Tags: Westport, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sense and AWTI/3rd Eye MobileVision Plan Vision-and-Sensor Technologies

Sense Technologies and AWTI 3rd Eye MobileVision announced a strategic partnership in the integration of vision-and-sensor-based technologies for blind spot safety and proximity detection for commercial vehicles

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Clean Diesel Technologies's Purifilter EGR Now Available

Clean Diesel Technologies announced that the California Air Resources Board has issued an executive order allowing CDTi to advertise, sell and install its Purifilter EGR diesel particulate filte

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Algae-based Biodiesel For Sale in California

For what is being touted as the first time in history, algae-based biodiesel is available to consumers in a retail setting at various locations in the state of California

Tags: Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

East Improves Optional Integrated Stairway for Flatbed Trailers

East Manufacturing has improved its flatbed integrated stairway option by adding a locking door enclosure that allows for additional lights and license plate mounting.

To provide a simpler, easier and safer entrance to and exit from the flatbed deck, East Manufacturing first introduced an optional integrated stairway a few years ago. Now East has improved this option by adding a locking door enclosur

Tags: Trailers, Flatbeds, East Manufacturing

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Western Star 2013 Calendar Available

Western Star Truck Sales announced its limited edition 2013 calendar is now available.

Tags: Western Star

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ryder's Natural Gas Fleet Surpasses 6 million miles

Ryder System Inc. has achieved a significant milestone with its fleet of 250 natural gas vehicles by surpassing 6 million miles

Tags: Going Green, Ryder, Natural Gas

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NexTraq Platform Offers New Job Schedule Board

NexTraq announced its new automated job scheduling board within the NexTraq Fleet Tracking platform. NexTraq's Job Schedule Board eliminates the manual process of organizing and scheduling jobs, saving valuable time and money

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Descartes Unveils Product Innovations

Descartes Systems Group unveiled key product advances at its Evolution 2012 Global User and Partner Conference that are designed to help Descartes' customers improve their productivity and performance.

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cat Trucks to Get Cummins SCR, But What About Big-Block Diesel?

By Tom Berg

The idea of Cummins parts in a Caterpillar machine seems odd, but the shrinking world of industry consolidation will result in the use of Cummins-sourced selective catalytic reduction equipment on the Navistar-supplied diesels in Cat vocational trucks

Tags: Engine Smarts

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Descartes Unveils Community Cloud-Based Service

Descartes Systems Group unveiled Descartes Community, a cloud-based service, at the annual Descartes Global User and Partner Conference

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Massachusetts Votes in Right to Repair; Truck, Engine Makers Say it's a Bad Fit

One of the issues truck makers have with Massachusetts' ballot measure is that custom-spec'ed trucks are so individual in nature, the amount of information required is daunting.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

When the Massachusetts state Legislature passed the nation's first right to repair law earlier this year, it excluded vehicles over 10,000 pounds. Last week, state voters overwhelmingly approved a different version of the law, which includes all motor vehicles sold in the state

Tags: Issues

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mitsubishi Electric Introduces 160 Amp Brushless Alternator

Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America's Heavy Duty Group's new Diamond Power A160 brushless alternator.

Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America Inc. announced its new, fully featured Diamond Power A160 brushless alternator for heavy-duty truck applications

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

AT&T Launches Enhanced Push-to-Talk

AT&T announced that its Enhanced Push-to-Talk service is available for businesses and organizations of all sizes

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

VorBlade Technology Verified by EPA SmartWay Program

Colorado-based company, Avantechs, announced that its VorBlade Wing System, which improves the aerodynamics for trucks and trailers, was recently verified by the EPA SmartWay Program

Tags: SmartWay, EPA

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

2013 Shell Rotella SuperRigs Calendar Available

The 2013 Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar is filled with pictures of many North American heavy-duty trucks.

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Firestone Industrial Announces Lifted R4Tech for Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra

Lifted R4Tech systems are now available for 2011-2012 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 trucks.

Firestone Industrial Products Company LLC announced new Lifted R4Tech systems are available for 2011-2012 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 truck

Tags: Firestone, Suspension

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

J. J. Keller Compliance Services Portal Launched

J. J. Keller announced a significant upgrade to the internet portal that supports clients of their outsourced services.

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Adds PeopleNet Pre-Wire Option For Selected Class 8 Models

Kenworth has added a PeopleNet pre-wire option for the Kenworth Class 8 T660, T800 and W900

Tags: Kenworth, PeopleNet

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Waytek Introduces its PVC-Coated Momentary Start Push Button Switch

Waytek added this PVC-coated momentary start push button switch to its line of automotive switches.

Waytek Inc., a distributor of electrical wiring supplies, has added a PVC-coated momentary start push button switch to its line of automotive switches. It is sealed with PVC coating for harsh environments.

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Talbert Introduces New 50-Ton Traveling Axle Trailer

Talbert Manufacturing's new 50-ton 5051 Traveling Axle trailer.

Talbert Manufacturing will soon introduce its 50-Ton 5051 Traveling Axle trailer. The 5051TA has been designed for customers that need to comply with 43-foot kingpin laws and regulations.

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Carrier Transicold Introduces Supra 60-Series Truck Units

Carrier Transicold's new Supra 60-series truck refrigeration units feature compliance with 2013 emissions requirements from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Tags: Reefers, Carrier Transicold

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TARA Chooses Wade & Partners as New Association Manager

The Truck Frame and Axle Repair Association has decided to make Wade & Partners the management team to lead the association, effective immediately.

Tags: Business, Associations

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ridewell Releases Trailer Air-Ride Yoke Suspensions

The RAR-240 has a 25,000-pound capacity and 8- to 9.5-inch ride height.

Ridewell announced the expansion of the RAR-240 series of trailer air-ride suspensions. Now available for order are yoke mount suspensions designed specifically for use with Ridewell brand axles with Wabco PAN 22 air disc brakes.

Tags: Suspensions

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using the Safety Management Cycle

By Kathy Close, Contributor

The Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement model has been fine-tuned on multiple occasions since the program's inception by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Tags: Compliance, CSA, Safety & Compliance

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Natural Gas Truck and Engine Information

Announcements about new natural gas engines, bi-fuel engines and aftermarket conversion systems are coming faster and faster

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Cummins

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Natural Gas Fueling Infrastructure Growing

One of the key roadblocks to wider adoption of natural gas fuel by the trucking industry has been a lack of fueling infrastructure. In the past, natural gas was mostly an option only for companies that could return to a central fueling station each night.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Liquefied Natural Gas, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Fleets Using Natural Gas

SLIDE SHOW: FedEx Freight is one of many companies trying out natural gas fuel. click here

A growing number of fleets are testing or making large-scale deployments of natural gas powered vehicles. Here's a sampling, including a slide show of some of these fleets and others

Tags: Going Green, Natural Gas, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Liquefied Natural Gas

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Maintaining Diesels

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor & Tom Berg, Senior Editor

You don't have to go far to find a fleet having trouble with engines. Mostly they report emissions systems problems, not surprising given the short time the engine makers had to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's tight timelines. To be fair, owners of diesels meeting EPA 2010 standards are reporting fewer problems than they had with the first few generations of EPA 2007-compliant engines

Tags: Under The Hood

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maverick Transportation Launches Video Production Department

Maverick Transportation has launched an in-house video production department as a part of its growing public relations and marketing efforts

Tags: Information Technology, Maverick

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Launches Fras-le Hydraulic Disc Brake Pad Program

Meritor's Aftermarket business has begun distribution of the Fras-le Work Truck and Fleet Disc Brake Pad Program to its customers

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Freightliner 2013 Calendar Now Available

Freightliner Trucks announced that its 2013 calendar is now available to order.

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ford-Westport CNG-Gasoline Bi-Fuel System

Westport LD, part of Westport Innovations that makes heavy-duty engines larger trucks, is partnering with Ford in a bi-fuel system for SuperDuty F-250 and F-350 pickups.

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