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November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

2013 Kenworth Calendar Offers Images of Trucks

The 2013 Kenworth Appointment Calendar

The new 2013 Kenworth Calendar is now available for order. The new calendar offers images of Kenworth's broad product line, including aerodynamic, vocational, traditional and medium duty trucks at work in scenic environments

November 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CMA Announces Two New Double Coin Tires

CMA's new RSD3 drive position tire for winter applications.

Double Coin Tires and China Manufacturers Alliance LLC, a tire manufacturer and marketer, introduced two new tire

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bendix Updates Diagnostics Software, Enhances Video-based Training

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has released the version 6.5 of its ACom diagnostics software.

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EnerSys Rebrands Odyssey Batteries

EnerSys has rebranded its existing line of Odyssey batteries as Odysset Extreme Series batteries to differentiate between the existing product line and a new line of batteries for the consumer market

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chrysler Begins Production of Ram 2500 CNG Pickup Truck

The Ram 2500 CNG pickup truck.

Chrysler announced that the first Ram 2500 Compressed Natural Gas pickup trucks began coming off the assembly line at the company's Satillo, Mexico, assembly plant, on Oct. 29

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wingman Guarantees 5% Mileage Increase

Wingman, the air flow control product from Airman Inc., now guarantees a 5% miles per gallon increase or Airman Inc. will buy the Wingman back.

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Prime Drivers Compete in Olympic Distance Triathlon

Driving tanker, flatbed, and refrigerated trailers, seven Prime drivers recently arrived in Anderson, S.C., to compete in the Revolution 3 Olympic-distance triathlon relay and aquabike

Tags: Driver Stories

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EcoDual Partners with VFG to Provide Financing for Dual Fuel Conversions

EcoDual has partnered with Vision Financial Group to provide lease-to-own financing options for its diesel to natural gas dual fuel conversion systems for heavy-duty diesel-powered trucks.

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Blue Tree Systems Expands to All Vehicle Types

Blue Tree Systems announced its R:Com fleet management system is now available on all vehicle types, including pick-up trucks, cargo vans and passenger vehicles

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cadec Partners with ISE for eDVIR Application

Cadec Global has teamed up with with Innovative Software Engineering to deliver integrated electronic Driver Vehicle Inspection Report capabilities in its PowerVue fleet management software.

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Building a Culture of Safety

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief & Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

In 1986, the Chernobyl-4 nuclear reactor exploded, spewing molten core fragments and radiation. It killed more than 30 people and contaminated 400 square miles around the Ukrainian plant. A "poor safety culture" was identified as a major factor. That was one of the first uses of the term

Tags: Topics & Trends

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Vans Update: Business thriving, though some casualties

By Tom Berg

Like most commercial truck sectors, sales of full-size cargo vans and walk-in vans are thriving and even booming - but there are casualties. The electric truck business, while still viable, is taking a hit, with two suppliers in financial straits

Tags: Light & Medium, Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, General Motors, Nissan, Nissan NV, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ford Transit Connect, Freightliner, Navistar, Smith Electric Vehicles, Walk-In Van

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know, Part 3 - What's the payback?

Dart Transit launched a small fleet of CNG-powered tractors dedicated to Andersen Window Corp. While CNG-fueled trucks cost about $45,000 more, Dart projects that fuel cost savings $25,000-$35,000 per year, per truck.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

The environmental and image benefits of being "green" and reducing dependence on foreign oil are among the reasons fleets are looking at natural gas fuel for trucks, but even the most diehard "green" fleet is still looking for a return on its investment

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

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDA Truck Pride Automates Purchase Orders

HDA Truck Pride has signed a multi-year joint agreement with HDX Services and GCommerce to automate the Purchase Order to Invoice process between its members, HDA Truck Pride headquarters, and its vendor and end-user partners

Tags: Technology

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Adds Next Generation of Paccar Engines for 2013

The 12.9-liter Paccar MX-13 engine is designed to meet the demands of heavy-duty truck applications. The engine is available for Kenworth Class 8 models, including the Kenworth T660, T680, T700, T800 and W900.

Kenworth is enhancing its engine line-up for 2013 with the addition of the next generation of Paccar proprietary engines. Kenworth customers can now specify the new Paccar MX-13, Paccar PX-9 and Paccar PX-7 engines on new Kenworth truck order

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tyre Lyna Introduces Nitrogen-Infused Tire Sealant

Tire Lyna manufacturer Lyna Manufacturing recently introduced Nitrogen Infused Tire Lyna Sahara at the U.S.-Canada border crossing

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Corrosion: Why Put up With It?

By Guest Commentary Richard A. Nay, CEO, Van Nay Corp.

Take a look as you drive the highway. Look at the trucks and trailers representing major corporations. See the corrosion?

Tags: Equipment Issues

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

4 Ways Oakley Maximizes Driver Recruiting AND Retention

By Francis Hare, Contributor

Little Rock-based Oakley Trucking maintains a turnover rate less than 1/3 the current industry average for fleets the American Trucking Associations categorize as "large" (above $30 million in revenue). How

Tags: Drivers

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Blue Tree Offers New Temperature Probe

Blue Tree Systems Inc., a provider of trailer tracking, reefer monitoring and in-cab fleet management solutions, now offers a temperature probe to continuously deliver accurate cargo temperatures

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Talon Logistics and CNG

Talon Logistics' Volvo VNM daycabs use dual frame-mounted CNG tanks, rather than the back-of-cab cabinet frequently seen.

Last year, food and fuel retailer Giant Eagle unveiled its first two compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations in the Pittsburgh area at its Beechnut Drive retail support and distribution center. The demonstration included a fuel-up of one of its brand-new natural gas-powered VNM daycabs

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

East Built-in Tarp Storage for Drop Deck Trailers

East has introduced new safety option to their drop deck trailers, an all-aluminum tarp storage box built into the floor of the upper or lower deck.

East introduced a new option for its drop deck trailers - an all-aluminum tarp storage box built into the floor of the upper or lower deck.

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Investcorp Sells Fleetpride

Investcorp is selling heavy-duty truck and trailer parts retailer FleetPride Inc. to global investment firm TPG. FleetPride, based in The Woodlands, Texas, was established in 1999 as a result of the merger of Quality Distribution Service Partners and HDA Parts System Inc. It was bought by Bahrain-based Investcorp in 2006.

Tags: Issues

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Medium-Duty Engine Problems Decrease, Downtime Increases

Hino engines rank highest in customer satisfaction for a fifth consecutive year.

As medium-duty truck engine technology advances, more complicated repairs lead to more unscheduled downtime, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Medium-Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Study

Tags: Managing the Shop

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What HD Distributors Should Know About Cloud Computing

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Cloud computing has been getting a lot of attention in the information technology space. Before you put your head in the cloud, though, there are some things you should understand about the concept of cloud computing

Tags: Technology

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Titan to Introduce Polymer, In-Bed Diesel Fuel Tank

Titan Fuel Tanks, a manufacturer of high-performance aftermarket fuel tanks, is introducing its new cross-linked polyethylene, In-Bed Diesel Fuel Tank

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Orientation: How Much is Retained?

By Guest Commentary Megan Younkin, Contributor

In my seven years with Strategic Programs Inc., I have yet to come across a transportation organization that does not have an orientation for their newly hired Professional Drivers

Tags: Drivers

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alumax Dump Body 50% Lighter Than Steel

DuraClass says its new Alumax heavy-duty aluminum dump body offers high strength and low body weight for long life and maximum payloads

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pegasus TransTech Releases Transflo 2012 R2

Pegasus TransTech released its newest version of Transflo. Transflo 2012 R2 is the latest update of the document management solution that helps transportation companies go paperless

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kinedyne Enhances Load Binder Products

Kinedyne recently revised its chain/load binder product offering to make them fully compliant with newly released industry standards.

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ATA Adopts New Position on Sleep Disorder Screening and Testing

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

LAS VEGAS - Seeing disturbing indications that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may plan to address the issue of sleep apnea among truck drivers with a "guidance" rather than a rulemaking, the American Trucking Associations has a new policy positio

Tags: Health Issues, Sleep Apnea, ATA, Health, sleep disorders

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trincon, Ohio Trucking Association Announce Education Program

Trincon Group, a national transportation industry advisory firm, in conjunction with the Ohio Trucking Association, announces Ohio Trucking University, a new series of educational programs focused on key issues within the trucking industry.

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GreenRoad Offers Smartphone Driver Performance Management

GreenRoad announced a smartphone-based driver performance solution for fleets.

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Upcoming Changes for Commercial Driver's License Holders

By Don Jerrell, Contributor

Regulations for commercial vehicle drivers are changing, in particular with regards to medical cards

Tags: Drivers

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

One Fleet's Experience in Dealing with Post-2007 Diesel Problems

Much of Lewis Tree Service's maintenance is done by outside vendors, “which makes it interesting,” says the corporate fleet supervisor, Paul Wion.

By Tom Berg

Several years ago, Paul Wion, corporate fleet supervisor at Lewis Tree Service in upstate New York, got up during a Shop Talk session at a TMC meeting to describe a fix for diesel particulate filters that were plugging up in the field

Tags: Engine Smarts

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Medium-Duty Engine and Fuel Problems Decrease, Unscheduled Downtime Increases

Hino engines rank highest in customer satisfaction for a fifth consecutive year.

As medium-duty truck engine technology advances, more complicated repairs lead to more unscheduled downtime, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 U.S. Medium-Duty Truck Engine and Transmission Study

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using a Safety Program to Get the Best Rates in a Hard Market

By Contributed HNi

With a hard market on the way for the insurance industry, it's more important now than ever to shore up your safety program (although developing a safety culture should always be a focus, no matter what the market conditions.

Tags: Topics & Trends, Insurance

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Trailer Axles Named Standard Equipment on Wabash Trailers

Meritor Inc. announced that Wabash National has selected Meritor trailer axles to be standard equipment on all its trailers

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Mack's SuperEconodyne Can Lug Down Low for Fuel Savings

By Tom Berg

Cruising down the Interstate, you glance at the tachometer and gasp as you see the needle hovering at under 1,200 rpm. Yet the engine isn't vibrating or straining, and the rig continues to move steadily forward

Tags: Test Drive, Mack, Diesel

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

7 ways to improve trucking's image

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Trucking image. It's something just about everyone in the industry wants to improve, but it's a moving target, a never-ending battle

Tags: Topics & Trends, Image

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Winterize Wiring Against Rocks, Ice and Corrosion

By Bob Phillips, Contributor

Today's wire harnesses are pretty darn good compared to systems of the past. Fleets have options they have never had before, from sealed male 7-way connectors to sealed cable systems to sealed nose boxes

Tags: More Maintenance

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Nominations Open for HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

By Staff

Heavy Duty Trucking editors are now accepting nominations for 2013 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

Tags: Fleet Innovators

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Private Fleet Management Reference Guide and Training Manual

The National Private Truck Council and Instructional Technologies Inc. have partnered to release Private Fleet Management Online, an interactive, multimedia e-book that's a how-to-guide and reference manual for managers of private fleets.

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Airclic Partners with ALK Technologies

Airclic and ALK Technologies announced ALK's CoPilot Truck truck-specific GPS navigation solution will be integrated into Airclic's cloud-based mobile software products

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

LE Introduces 5W-40 Synthetic Diesel Engine Oil

New from Lubrication Engineers Inc., Monolec Ultra Syn Heavy Duty Engine Oil is a broad-range multiviscosity synthetic oil for diesel engines that delivers year-round performance, wear protection, fuel efficiency and extended drains

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TomTom Business Solutions Expands WebFleet Reporting Capabilities

TomTom Business Solutions announced U.S. availability of a comprehensive expansion of its WebFleet fleet management application's reporting capabilities.

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Oil Category Will Help Meet Fuel Economy/GHG Emissions Regs

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By January of 2016, you'll see a new API diesel engine oil classification, designed to help meet federal greenhouse gas/fuel economy standards. In fact, you may, for the first time, see two separate categories

Tags: Under The Hood

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Propane's Cheap and Ready

This 2009 F-250 looks like any other SuperDuty work truck except for its stout propane tank, mounted in the bed behind the cab.

By Tom Berg

Propane is no longer just for your backyard barbeque or the furnace and water heater in your rural home. It's an efficient and economical fuel that powers millions of vehicles overseas, and proponents in the United States say it deserves to catch on in a big way here

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Propane Autogas, ROUSH

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Time Running out for CARB Compliance on Trailer Aerodynamics

Jan. 1, 2013, will bring heavy fines for truckers who cross into California without SmartWay verified aerodynamic devices such side skirts or boat tail fairings that improve fuel economy 4% to 5% on their 53-foot or longer box and refrigerated trailers

Tags: Equipment & Fuel Economy

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CEI Releases New Speeding Lesson for DriverCare Lineup

The CEI Group Inc. added a new online mini-lesson to its DriverCare product line called, "Speeding: Fast Lane to Disaster.

October 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Eaton Adds Flex Reman Transmissions to Aftermarket Warranty

Eaton has added Eaton Fuller Flex Reman transmissions to its specially packaged line of remanufactured and aftermarket components

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