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September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar Dropping 'ICT+' Name for Simply 'SCR'

Navistar officials say the company will start calling its emissions technology SCR to avoid confusion.

By Tom Berg

"In-Cylinder Technology Plus" is the name Navistar gave in July to its MaxxForce diesels that will use selective catalytic reduction starting early next year, but the name is already being dropped, executives said at a dealer sales-training event in Utah this week. Instead, the aftertreatment system will simply be called SCR, as it is by competitors already using it

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Treating Drivers Right Keeps Nussbaum Turnover Low

Nussbaum Operations Manager Doug Bradle demonstrates the company's dispatch system. The company's IT staff customized TMW solutions to give it more insight and help drivers get home more.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

How does a trucking company with a 500-plus-mile average length of haul keep its driver turnover down around 30% when the industry average is over 100%

Tags: Fleet Innovators

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMW Adds Capabilities to Maintenance Software

TMW has added a number of enhancements to both the IBM i System and SQL versions of TMT Fleet Maintenance software

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DAT Onboarding Expedites Truckload Freight Movements

TransCore DAT announced a new service that helps freight brokers and other third-party logistics providers to hire and qualify carriers quickly and efficiently

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Integration is the Name of the Game

By Jim Beach, contributing Editor

ORLANDO, Fla. - News from TMW System's Transforum 2012 User Conference this week included a number of new integrations between TMW's products and other technology providers

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cummins Ready for Euro 6, But Not to Buy Navistar

Tom Linebarger

By Tom Berg

HANOVER, Germany -- "We're ready for Euro 6," declared Tom Linebarger, the pleasant, polite and straight-talking CEO of Cummins Inc., in leading off his press conference during the IAA show in Hanover last week

Tags: Engine Smarts

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daimler Adds Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems to Aftermarket Offering

Daimler Trucks North America has launched new tire pressure monitoring technology as an aftermarket offering for its Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses commercial vehicles

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peake 'Diesel Natural Gas' Offers Dual-Fuel Conversion for New Cummins ISX Engines

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Peake Fuel Solutions has a new product called "Diesel Natural Gas," or DNG, that allows truck owners to run a Cummins ISX 15 engine on a combination of natural gas (CNG or LNG) and diesel, or on 100% diesel, with conversion kits that the company says pay for themselves in about a year

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Study: More Particulate Emissions From Charbroiled Burgers Than Diesel Trucks

By Engine Smarts

Just how clean is the latest clean diesel technology? Put it this way: A study by the University of California-Riverside found commercially cooked hamburgers emit more particulate matter than diesel trucks meeting EPA 2007 and EPA 2010 emissions standards. The UC-Riverside study was funded by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

Tags: Engine Smarts

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Freight Wing Offers New Side Skirt for Box Fairing Trailers

For truckers and fleets hauling van trailers with drop down storage boxes, aerodynamic fairings that improve fuel economy up to 5% are now available from Freight Wing

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Talbert Launches 50CC-PS Hybrid Trailer

Talbert has launched the 50CC-PS hybrid "paver special" trailer. Combining the benefits of a close-couple lowbed design with roller paver accessibility, the 50CC-PS offers a longer loading incline

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Adds Two Trailer Suspension Low-Mount Models

Meritor announced two low mount models for their trailer suspension series.

Meritor announced the production of the MTA25 and MTA30 low-mount trailer suspensions. These are the two newest family members of its Meritor Trailing-Arm Air suspension series for North American trailer operators

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hendrickson's UltiMaax Suspension on Display at IAA

By Sven-Erik Lindstrand, HDT European Editor

HANOVER, Germany - A version of Hendrickson's UltiMaax severe-duty rubber suspension already is on the market in China and now is offered to European OEMs. According to plans, this suspension will be launched for North American applications starting in 2013

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Drivers and Brakes

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

In 2003 and again in 2004, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducted continent-wide surveys of drivers' brake system knowledge. The results were shocking

Tags: Drivers

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dana Debuts Industry-First Tire Pressure Management Concept

HANOVER, Germany -- Dana introduced tire pressure management technology featuring an internal axle system for line-haul tractors this week during the IAA Commercial Vehicles show. Currently undergoing initial road testing, the system is designed to automatically maintain proper inflation for drive and steer axles, increasing fuel efficiency and reducing maintenance

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cadec's PowerVue In-Cab Solutions with TMWSuite Intergrate

Cadec Global and TMW Systems announced that the integration between Cadec's PowerVue and TMWSuite is now available for managed release

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

AT&T Opens Registration for Push-To-Talk Service

Organizations can pre-register for AT&T's Enhanced Push-to-Talk service, which is expected to be commercially available in November

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Thermo King Receives Both EPA and CARB Certification

Thermo King says it's the first transport refrigeration manufacturer to receive Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board certification for 2013 model year engines greater than 25 horsepower and has done so without the use of a diesel particulate filter

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dana Single-Piece Aluminum Driveshafts for Light Commercial-Vehicle Market

HANOVER, Germany -- Dana unveiled the Spicer Formed Aluminum Tube Driveshaft at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2012. Designed commercial vehicles up to Class 6, the Spicer Formed Aluminum Tube Driveshaft offers manufacturers a single-piece assembly that delivers reduced weight and increased assembly clearance when compared to a traditional two-piece steel driveshaft

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth K270

By Tom Berg

If the Kenworth K270 had been introduced in time to be judged for the medium-duty Commercial Truck of the Year award, it might have given the Model 210 from KW's sister company, Peterbilt, a run for the title

Tags: Test Drive

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Goodyear Debuts Self-Inflating Tire Technology

HANOVER, Germany - At the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) Commercial Vehicle Show this week, Goodyear demonstrated a new Air Maintenance Technology application that can help save fuel while potentially improving performance and eliminating need for external inflation pressure intervention

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wabco Shows OptiDrive, EBS at IAA Show

Wabco OptiDrive components, shown in bright trim, operate automated mechanical gearboxes from Volvo Powertrain, Daimler and others.

By Sven-Erik Lindstrand, HDT European Editor

HANOVER, GERMANY -- Wabco yesterday showcased its Maxx air disc brake technology, a new range of high-performance, single-piston braking products for trucks, buses and trailers worldwide, at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover, Germany

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oil Eater Fleet Wash Makes Cleaning Faster And Easier

Oil Eater Fleet Wash is able to wash away diesel, oil, grease, dirt and bird droppings from trucks and other heavy equipment

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Accellos Releases Safer Watch

Accellos announced the release of a carrier qualification and monitoring module for its Prophesy Dispatch transportation management software

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fontaine Revolution Hybrid TX Accommodates Containers

Fontaine Revolution Hybrid TX

Fontaine Trailer is offering the multi-purpose Revolution Hybrid TX dropdeck trailer. These models feature twist locks to accommodate two 20-foot containers or one 40-foot container

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Decisiv Expands Cloud-Based Technology to Service Providers

Decisiv Inc. is adding contract maintenance service providers to those who can benefit from the cloud-based Decisiv Service Management Platform

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

McLeod Unveils New Features for LoadMaster Software

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

BIRMINGHAM, ALA -- Version 11.1 of McLeod Software's flagship LoadMaster transportation enterprise software, unveiled this week at the McLeod User's Conference, features new tools and module

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

You Can't Ignore Your Brakes

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

There's nothing like a smack up side the head with a two-by-four to get your attention. That's what the Federal Motor Carrier Administration is doing to maintenance with its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program

Tags: Maintenance

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mitsubishi Fuso Plow Kits for Canter FG4X4

Mitsubishi Fuso is offering plow kits for its Canter FG4X4.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has new plow kits available for its Canter FG4X4 Series medium-duty cabover trucks

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet-McLeod Integration Inserts Fuel Stops in Driver's Route

PeopleNet announced a new integration with McLeod LoadMaster software that inserts fuel stops in the driver's route to optimize fuel purchases and consumption and curb out-of-route fuel expense.

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Keeping Cargo Where it Belongs

By Tom Berg

Anyone who's seen van trailers with sides bulging outward or dented from inside knows that at least some of that is caused by shifting cargo

Tags: Trailers

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Don't Ignore Your Brakes

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

There's nothing like a smack up side the head with a two-by-four to get your attention. That's what the Federal Motor Carrier Administration is doing to fleet maintenance with its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program

Tags: Compliance

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Save Fuel, Ease Stress with in-Cab Nav

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

In-cab navigation improves fleet efficiency and safety and can help cut driver stress. Reducing out-of-route miles alone may be enough to pay for some systems, according to industry experts

Tags: Information Technology

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Training: You Get What You Pay For

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

There's no B-Team in trucking. Nor do parallel roadways exist where inexperienced rookies can safely hone their skills before stepping onto the big road with the pros

Tags: Drivers

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Preventing Dock Walk

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

"Dock walk," the phenomenon of the trailer's body moving slightly away from the loading dock when a heavy forklift rolls aboard, has been around since air-ride suspensions came into use on trailers

Tags: Trailers

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going the Distance: Triathlon Trucker Helps Others Get Fit

Siphiwe Baleka

It didn't take long on the road before Siphiwe Baleka realized he was getting a truckers gut. Baleka had just left a 15-year career working for nonprofit organizations and was working as a lease owner-operator for Prime Inc. while he figured out his next move

Tags: Driver Stories

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Shell Spirax Transmission Fluid Meets Tough Allison TES-295 Approval

As truck makers and the industry face significant pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel economy, Shell has obtained official Allison TES-295 approval for a new transmission lube, Shell Spirax S6 ATF A295, which can improve fuel economy

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: The Cummins Westport ISX12 G

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

When I first throttled up the new Cummins Westport ISX12 G, I wanted to make a comparison between this natural-gas-fueled engine and its diesel-fired counterpart. But they are different engines, with very different approaches to getting fuel into the cylinders

Tags: Test Drive

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Understanding Wheels and Torque

What do a pregnant woman from Maryland, a 48-year-old man from Ontario, and a driver in Seattle have in common? They are all victims of truck wheel-off incidents - a truck wheel flew off on the highway and struck their vehicles, in one case fatally

Tags: Managing the Shop

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aftermarket: Today's Trucks Demand More from Filters

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

If you have customers who think a filter's a filter, you've got an opportunity to educate them about why today's high-tech engines need a correspondingly sophisticated filtration system. For instance, take the plunger out of a fuel injector from one of today's diesel engines and hold it in your hand. The warmth of your hand will make the metal expand so you can't get the plunger back inside the barrel

Tags: Managing the Shop

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Developing your Green Marketing Strategy

By Gary McCoy, Guest Columnist

Everybody talks about being "green" in their business practices, and consumers often say they want to buy "green" products. But the disparity between talk and action is often wide

Tags: Business

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using Technology to Smooth the Repair Order Process

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

When a driver pulls a truck into a service shop for a repair, scheduled or not, a service writer must bring together a lot of information before a work order can be generated. At the bare minimum,

Tags: Technology

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vehicle Electronics: How Have They Changed the Aftermarket Business?

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

As sophisticated electronics move from the engine to other parts of the truck, such as multiplexed dashboards, antilock brakes, stability and traction control and transmissions that talk to the engine, it becomes an ever more challenging tas

Tags: Technology

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Competing through Relationships

By Commentary Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

At a time when the independent parts and service provider is faced with increasing competition from industry consolidation, cheap overseas parts and online ordering, how do you compete

Tags: Business

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Customers: Give 'em What they Want

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

A few three-martini lunches and a hunting trip won't hurt your chances of keeping a good customer, but it will take more than a few perks to keep today's fleets coming back

Tags: Managing the Shop

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Three-Way Alliance Brings CVP Transmission to Commercial Vehicles

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Allison Transmission and Dana Holding Corporation have established strategic relationships with Fallbrook Technologies to develop and commercialize a high-efficiency transmission design using continuously variable planetary (CVP) technology

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Firestone R4Tech Air Suspension System Available

The R4Tech air suspension system is now available for 2011-2012 Ford F-450 4WD long bed trucks.

A new Firestone Industrial Products Company LLC R4Tech air suspension system is available for 2011-2012 Ford F-450 4WD long bed trucks.

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rand McNally Updates MileMaker and IntelliRoute Software

Rand McNally has released the latest update to its MileMaker and IntelliRoute software

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navman Wireless Adds Android to Mobile Fleet Tracking App

Navman Wireless released a new Android version of the mobile app for its OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking system.

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TCA Encourages Smokers to Ditch Cigarettes

As part of this year's National Truck Driver Appreciation & Wellness Week, the Truckload Carriers Association has designated Sept. 20 as "Ditch the Pack" day

Tags: Health Issues

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