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September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Stertil-Koni Introduces Full Rise Telescopic Piston Lift

Diamond Lift

Stertil-Koni announced the introduction of Diamond Lift, a high-pressure telescopic piston lift

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Annual Sales of Natural Gas Trucks to Surpass 180,000 by 2019

A new report from Pike Research forecasts steady growth in the market for natural gas trucks and buses. Annual worldwide sales of these vehicles will more than double over the next seven years, the firm says, growing from less than 70,000 in 2012 to more than 180,000 in 2019

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

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Study: Commercial Drivers Could Understate Sleep Apnea Symptoms

People who drive commercial vehicles could be incorrectly reporting their symptoms of sleep apnea due to fears of losing their jobs, according to a study presented at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress in Vienna, Austria

Tags: Health Issues

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Talbert Offers Commemorative 75th Anniversary Trailer Package

Talbert Manufacturing is offering a special 75th Anniversary Trailer Package for a limited time

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alignment Matters: Taking vehicle alignment for granted could cost you

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

When it comes to the alignment on your truck, "close enough" can cost you a lot of money

Tags: Tires

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sandwich Supplier Saves Fuel, Cuts CO2 with New Reefer Truck

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Ever buy a cold or hot pre-made sandwich from a convenience store, maybe where you gas up the car? Then there's a good chance that it was a Deli Express product made and delivered by E.A. Sween, a family-owned foodservice compan

Tags: Equipment & Fuel Economy

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know, Part 2 - New Engines, More Options

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor and Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Interest in natural gas as a fuel for commercial trucks has been rising, thanks to the low cost of the fuel, and the desire of fleets to be "green" and reduce dependence on foreign oil

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

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Technology Offers Capabilities Beyond Simple Asset Management

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

It's fairly well established that keeping track of untethered trailers improves a fleet's operations

Tags: Trailers

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Weight Loss Showdown Gives Driver New Lease on Life

Driver Carl Bailey lost 58 pounds during TCA's Weight Loss Showdown.

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

Carl Bailey's before and after weight-loss pictures make dropping 58 pounds look like magic

Tags: Diet & Nutrition

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Coolant Basics: New TMC Recommendations

By Deborah Lockridge

Engine failure due to cylinder liner cavitation corrosion is disturbingly common in the industry, yet it typically can be prevented through proper cooling system maintenance

Tags: Under The Hood, COOLANT

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Medium-Duty Update: Strong Sales, Many Models

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

If the health of the economy is tied directly to commercial medium-duty truck sales, as is the historical case, then the sky has clouded a little. It isn't falling, though, because sales are still trending up. All builders we talked with reported decent and sometimes robust percentage increases over last year, which in turn was up over 2010

Tags: Light & Medium

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Building a Successful Battery Re-charging Program

When a truck has battery issues, fleets normally replace all the batteries so that truck can get back on the road

Tags: Managing the Shop

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GreenRoad Adds Advanced GPS Fleet Tracking

GreenRoad will offer advanced fleet tracking capability, provided by GPS Insight, as part of its industry leading GreenRoad driver performance management service

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Highway Funding: The Journey Ahead

By Analysis Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Congress recently passed a highway program that was better than expected, and both parties took credit for it during their recent presidential nominating conventions - but it's not nearly what the country needs

Tags: Topics & Trends

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diligent Drivers Can Help Improve Tire Maintenance

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Compared to, say, slopping out a hog barn, checking tire pressure is a hoot. No wonder drivers take so readily to the task

Tags: Tires

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Apps, tablets, smartphones: How the world of mobile technology is changing the industry as we know it

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

Today, with the tap of your finger on a tablet or smartphone, you can pull up your Netflix queue, locate the nearest restroom and even generate potential names for your rock band

Tags: Information Technology

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SAE Book Details Trends in Hybrid Commercial Vehicles

SAE International published a 404-page book, "Advanced Hybrid Powertrains for Commercial Vehicles," detailing the latest trends and technologies in the rapidly developing hybrid commercial vehicle market

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

AMP Successfully Tests Medium-Duty Electric Step Van

AMP Electric Vehicles, an electric drive motor vehicle manufacturer, and Navistar International jointly announced the successful initial testing of an all-electric 1,000 cubic foot step van as the first fruits of their development agreement

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Brake Safety Tips for Brake Safety Week

To prepare for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Brake Safety Week Sept. 9-15, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems recommends making sure you're familiar with CVSA inspection requirements and procedures

Tags: Compliance

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Karmak Introduces Flexible Business Software Solution

Karmak says its new Fusion software gives dealers and distributor a business system that is stronger, more tightly integrated and able to adapt to their individual needs

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New European Transit Van is Close to Upcoming U.S. Version, Ford Says

Refined full-size Transit van for Europe closely resembles the North American version that will enter production in Kansas City, Mo., late next year.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Ford of Europe today unveiled its refined Transit van and said it closely resembles the full-size product to be built in the U.S. starting late next year. A restyled Transit Connect compact van was also displayed at a press event in Amsterdam, Holland.

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Amsoil 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil


New Amsoil OE 10W-30 Synthetic Diesel Oil provides fuel economy benefits for applications requiring an SAE 30 or 10W-30 diesel oil, according to the compan

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Decisiv Enhances Platform Capabilities for Fleets

Decisiv is expanding the functionality of its cloud-based service management solution to give fleets tools to manage their own service operations

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Utility Adds High-Strength Steel Options to 4000D-X Trailer

4000D-X Composite dry van

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. has added two new high-strength steel options for its 4000D-X Composite dry van

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Qualcomm's Announces New Edition of Trailer Tracks 210

TT210 platform

Qualcomm released the latest edition of Trailer Tracks 210 (TT210)

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Panasonic Upgrades Rugged Toughbook Convertible Tablet PC

Toughbook 19 Fully-Rugged Convertible Tablet PC

The Panasonic Toughbook 19, a rugged convertible tablet PC, is getting upgrades

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TrakLok Helps Protect Against Theft

With a device about the size of a small laptop computer that can be installed or moved between cargo in a matter of minutes, TrakLok can monitor the security of cargo and instantaneously report security breaches via cellular and satellite networks

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

4 Ways Technology Can Improve Margins and Build a Leaner Operation

By Michael Koploy, Contributor

As the economy rises out of the recession and more goods must be transported domestically, many fleet operators will be hard-pressed to meet the coming demand -- but technology can help

Tags: Information Technology

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rochling Engineering Plastics Introduces the Safe Pass Aero

Rochling Engineering Plastics' Safe Pass Aero

Rochling Engineering Plastics has combined its spray suppression technology with with a new aerodynamic design to create a new mudflap called the Safe Pass Aero.

September 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Data Dis Inc. Integrates with PeopleNet

Data Dis is integrating its maintenance management software with PeopleNet

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Successful Field Tests of DME in Europe prompt Volvo to Consider the Alternative Fuel for U.S.

In Volvo's field trials in Sweden, DME is produced from a forestry-based biomass known as black liquor.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor & Sven-Erik Linstrand, European Editor

Engineers at Volvo Trucks are exploring the possibility of using dimethyl ether, or DME, as an alternative fuel in North America, following successful field tests in Europe.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, DME, Volvo

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Modern V-6 with Efficient 8-speed Autotranny Propels Ram to mpg Lead

Pentastar V-6 and TorqueFlite 8 automatic deliver up to 25 MPG in the upcoming 2013 Ram 1500 pickup.

By Engine Smarts Commentary Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Who'd-a-thunk that mile-per-gallon numbers would be important to macho owners of pickup trucks? You can thank spiking prices of gasoline, even before Hurricane Isaac finishes making a wake in Louisiana

Tags: Engine Smarts

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Upcoming Changes for CDL Holders Already Causing Some Problems

By Don Jerrell, Contributor

Regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers are changing in regard to medical cards. The rules remain the same as to which drivers need a federal medical certificate (Fed Med card) while operating a commercial vehicle, but drivers will now have to provide an up-to-date copy of this card to the DMV when they obtain it

Tags: Drivers

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NAFA Publishes Emergency Operations Manual

The new Emergency Operations Manual by NAFA Fleet Management Association can help corporate fleet managers deal crises such as severe weather

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TransCore DAT Teams up With ALK to Integrate PC Miler for Mileage, Routing

TransCore DAT's Load Boards, Truckload Rate Index and other services now incorporate PC Miler by ALK Technologies as the primary mileage, routing and mapping solution

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Drivewyze PreClear Offers Weigh Station Bypass Without Transponders

Drivewyze PreClear service works through a hands-free smartphone app or in-cab equipment to deliver an automated bypass solution for all inspection sites.

Drivewyze PreClear is a new subscription bypass service offering weigh station bypass to local and intrastate motor carriers, as well as interstate carriers

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NexTraq, FleetCor Launch Fleet Fuel Card

NexTraq has partnered with FleetCor Technologies to offer clients the NexTraq Universal Premium Fleet Card MasterCard

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cleveland Tank Offers Aluminum Replacement Tanks for Freightliner FL Series

Cleveland Tank's Aluminum DieCleveland Tank's Aluminum Diesel Fuel Tanks can replace rusted Freightliner Class 6 and 7 tanks.

Cleveland Tank & Supply announced new, direct replacement DOT-certified aluminum Freightliner FL series tanks that can be shipped from stock within 48 hours

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Equinox Mailbox Lets Owner-Operators Deal with Mail on the Road

Equinox Mailbox will allow drivers to view their home mail from anywhere on the road.

Equinox Owner-Operator Solutions, which offers bookkeeping, tax and business services for owner-operators, now offers Equinox Mailbox, an online solution for truck drivers on the road to review and respond to mail received at home

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mitchell 1 Updates Programs to Include Information for 2011 Models

Mitchell 1 has updated its online programs, Tractor-Trailer.net, Medium-Duty.net and Repair-Connect.net, to add diagnostic and repair information for 2011 model vehicles.

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mack Trucks Introduces Private-Label Coolants

Mack Bulldog Extended Life Coolant is distinguished by its red color, where as the Mack Bulldog Heavy-Duty (HD) PF Coolant has purple on the bottle.

Mack Trucks is introducing proprietary Bulldog-branded coolants

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Adds Options for Medium-Duty Cabovers

With Kenworth's new 22.5-inch tire and wheel package, the K270 Class 6 and K370 Class 7 cabovers match up to standard dock heights at pickup and delivery locations in several applications.

Kenworth will offer a 22.5-inch tire and wheel package and expanded wheelbase choices for the Kenworth K270 and K370 medium duty cabovers

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cobra Offers Hands-free, Wireless CB Mic System

Cobra Electronics' new Wireless CB Microphone System and Bluetooth Headset at the Great American Trucking Show, Model CA BTCB4

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rand McNally Updates Software for IntelliRoute TND 510

A new software release was announced for the IntelliRoute TND 510 truck GPS unit

Rand McNally announced a new software release for its IntelliRoute TND 510 truck GPS unit. It includes updated map data, additional trucking points of interest, and many of the new features from the new TND 720 that was released in June.

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Webb Wheel Cast Brake Drum Designed to Run Cooler

Dynamometer testing clearly shows that the heat generated by the Vortex Unlimited during a braking event is significantly less than with a standard brake drum.

Webb Wheel has introduced the Vortex Unlimited, a cast brake drum now available for the most popular steer, drive and trailer axle applications

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mechanical, Electronic Advances Boost Ram 1500's Fuel Economy

Smoother aerodynamics are standard while projector-beam headlamps and LED tail lamps come with upscale Ram 1500 pickups for 2013.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Chrysler Group's 2013-model Ram 1500 pickup trucks are getting major mechanical and electronic advancements that will increase fuel economy and performance, while comfort and styling are also improved, officials said

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Michelin Introduces X Line Energy D Tire For Highway Applications

The new Michelin X Line Energy D tire for line haul applications is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay-designated fuel economy tire

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth to Offer Glider Kits for T660, T800, W900L

T800 with split fenders (shown), T660 and W900L gliders include new frame, hood, cab and much wiring. They are designed to take customer EPA-2004 diesels and drivetrain components.

By Truckinginfo Staff

Increasing customer interest in glider kits is prompting Kenworth to offer non-powered cab-and-chassis trucks and tractors in three models. Gliders for the T660, split-fender T800 and W900L are to be mated with customer-supplied EPA 2004 engines, matching transmissions, and rear axles and suspensions

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Offers New Dual LNG Tank Configuration

Kenworth T800 with LNG Dual Tanks

Kenworth is expanding its line of green products by offering factory-installed, dual liquefied natural gas fuel tank

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chevron Adds Delo 400 LE Synthetic 5W-30

Chevron says its new Delo low-viscosity synthetic engine oil can deliver up to 4.5% fuel economy improvement

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