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August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xata Changes Name, Moves to Mobile Platform

XRS CEO Jay Coughlan announcing the company’s name change to XRS Corporation and its new all-mobile platform, also called XRS, during the XUE opening session on Aug. 13.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Xata Corp. announced it is changing its name to XRS Corp. The company also announced a new all-mobile platform for its fleet management and compliance software solutions. The announcements came at the opening session of the company's Xata User Event (XUE) in Minneapolis Monday

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ford Says All-New Transit to Offer Rear-Wheel Drive, Provides Details on Future of E-Series

By Greg Basich, Contributor

Late last year, Ford announced it plans to begin production of its all-new Transit commercial van (not to be confused with the smaller Transit Connect) in 2013. We recently spoke with Mike Levine, Ford's truck communications manager, to get more details about the van

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Thermo King Invested Much Toil and Treasure in 2013 Reefer Products, Execs Say

The cabinet of the Precedent S-600 has sleek styling, and its Yanmar diesel meets Tier 4 Final emissions limits without a particulate filter or urea injection.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

CORRECTED -- Thermo King's new Precedent series of transport refrigeration units that will meet federal exhaust emissions limits for 2013 represent three years' work by hundreds of employees here and overseas, and cost more than $60 million, the biggest such investment in the company's history, its president said during a press briefing yesterday

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cadec Partners with Digital Fuel Solutions

Cadec Global announced a partnership with Digital Fuel Solutions that provides a web-based management tool designed to optimize the entire fuel delivery process at every level of operations

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know, Part 1

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

In 2011, the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel rose 7.1% year over year and 38% from 2006, federal data show. It more than doubled during the past decade, to 38.85 million cubic feet in 2011

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

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Virtual Tech App Improves Reefer Unit Uptime, Carrier Says

Virtual Tech, a comprehensive diagnostic application that continually monitors trailer refrigeration unit operation to help avert potential system problems, is now part of Carrier Transicold's APX control system, the company announced

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet Introduces Fleet Management App for iPad

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Fleet managers can get critical event alerts sent directly to their iPad with a new app introduced this week at the PeopleNet user conference in Boca Raton, Fla

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMW Provides Integration with FleetLocate Tracking

TMW Systems teamed up with Spireon to give trucking companies detailed information on trailer location, capacity and operations

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Thermo King Announcing Products, Enhancements to Meet 2013 Emissions Regs

Thermo King is launching a new trailer temperature control platform that claims double-digit fuel savings, high performance and low life cycle costs, while complying with upcoming exhaust-emissions regulations for refrigeration units

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet Software Fully Integrated with Intermec Handheld Devices

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

PeopleNet announced this week that its mobile communication system is now fully integrated with commercial-grade rugged-handheld devices. Intermec devices can now run PeopleNet's software and the company will soon be integrated with Motorola rugged devices

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Detroit Showcases DT12 Automated Manual Transmission

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The heavy-duty automated transmission market in North America has a brand new and very serious competitor. Detroit's DT12 leverages deep component integration and advanced functionality, and delivers a high-performance transmission that will satisfy drivers of all capabilities

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mack Announces In-Cab Enhancements for Pinnacle Models

Mack Trucks unveiled a suite of driver-focused enhancements for its Pinnacle highway models

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Enhanced UV LED Leak Detection Flashlight

Tracer Products introduced a cordless, rechargeable UV (365 nm) leak detection flashlight featuring state-of-the-art, ultra-high-flux LED technology

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Heat and Massage on Legacy Seats

Seats Inc.'s Legacy Series Heated Seats now feature a combination heat and message unit

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Parker Chelsea Offers Vane Pump Rear PTO

Parker says its Chelsea 560V Series rear-mounted power take-off and vane pump combination offers high power density in a compact and flexible design

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xata Turnpike Improves Efficiency with TMWSuite

Xata's Turnpike fleet management software is now integrated with TMWSuite transportation management software from TMW Systems

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know - Six Questions to Ask Yourself

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Interest is high in natural gas as a heavy-duty truck fuel. With a dollar per diesel-equivalent gallon differential, why wouldn't it be? Natural gas is likely to remain less expensive than diesel for the foreseeable future, and domestic supplies of the stuff are plentiful. Is natural gas a savior-in-waiting for beleaguered diesel buyers? Maybe, but here are six questions you need to ask before taking the plunge

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

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xata Turnpike Improves Efficiency with TMWSuite

Xata Corporation's Turnpike fleet management software is now integrated with TMWSuite transportation management software from TMW Systems

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reelcraft Hose Reels Offer Extra Level of Protection

Reelcraft Series 5000, 7000 and 8000 enclosed reels feature a steel enclosure that offers an additional level of protection for the hose from potentially harmful foreign debris

August 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TomTom Launches New Version of Logistics Maps

Navigation systems manufacturer TomTom has launched the newest version of its Logistics map product designed specifically for truck and fleet operators

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Clean Energy Launches "The Road to Natural Gas" Report

By Staff

Clean Energy Fuels now provides a listing of trucking companies, refuse haulers, fleet operators, airports, municipalities and other organizations that have signed new or expanded existing fuel agreements.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Clean Energy

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Webb Wheel Releases Training and Tech Certification Videos

Webb Wheel has added a new training video along with an associated tech certification test to the Training Toolbox section of its website

Tags: Chassis & Brakes

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SAE International Details Hybrid Powertrain Designs in New Book

A new book from SAE International provides a broad and comprehensive look at the technologies and advancements of one of the possible solutions for such challenges - hybrid powertrains for commercial vehicles

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Self-Securing Pallet Jack

Palletsmith says its new pallet jack makes the job easier for pickup and delivery drivers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel, Gasoline Prices Rise Again

Diesel prices are up for the fourth week in a row, according to weekly figures released Monday by the U.S. Department of Energy, and are nearing $4 per gallon in some areas of the country

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bendix Air Disc Brakes Available on Peterbilt Vocational Models

Bendix air disc front brakes are now available on Peterbilt Models 382 and 348

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterblt Offers Split Shaft PTO Options

Peterbilt's vocational product line now is now available with a wide range of split shaft power take-off (PTO) options

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Paragon Software Systems Launches Major Upgrades

Paragon Software Systems announced a major upgrade of its routing and scheduling optimization software

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fontaine Announces Three New Low-Deck-Height Trailers

The entire Infinity line is constructed with fabricated steel mainbeams and steel crossbracing with aluminum siderails, floor and rear skirt.

Fontaine Trailer Company has added three low-deck-height models to its Infinity product family: a 48-foot spread axle, a 53-foor rear axle slide and a 53-foot rear axle slide with twist locks to accommodate shipping containers.

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

J.J. Keller Adds U.S. Oil Field Exemption to EOBR/E-Log Solution

J.J. Keller's Encompass, a DOT compliance management tool, will now support the U.S. Oil Field logging exception through the use of Keller's Android-based EOBR system

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Study Sparks Industry Conversation on Fuel Economy

By Scott Perry, Ryder

With the fluctuating cost of diesel and the multiple variables affecting fuel efficiency, even the most experienced fleets often are challenged with finding ways to keep improving fuel economy

Tags: Equipment & Fuel Economy

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TireStamp Introduces TireVigil TPMS Trailer

By Truckinginfo Staff

TireStamp Inc. is introducing TireVigil TPMS Trailer, which automatically connects to TireVigil TPMS on the tractor and is the first trailer tire pressure monitoring system that meets the new TPMS 2.0 standard for commercial TPMS products

Tags: Tires, TPMS

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sloan Transportation Products Launches Line of Green Cleaners

The first two products being introduced are MaxxClean super-concentrate all-purpose cleaner and MaxxAbsorb floor cleaner and general absorbent. Both product lines are certified eco-friendly.

Sloan Transportation Products Ltd. has launched its MaxxGreen line of environmentally friendly products for the heavy-duty trucking industry.

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Airman Introduces Air Flow Control Solution

Wingman, the new air flow control product from Airman Inc., has demonstrated a more than 9% increase in a miles-per-gallon live test, the company says

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Casing Cost Recovery

Tire mileage turned to dust: Tread scrubbing machines remove all traces of old tread to sculpt the casing for the new tread.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Think of a tire casing as a foundation. It's the foundation of the whole tire, but also the foundation of a successful tire-cost management program

Tags: Tires

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Don't Count Navistar Out

By Engine Smarts commentary Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Unless you've been on holiday in some remote spot without access even to carrier pigeons or smoke signals, you'll know by now that Navistar International announced on July 6 that it was giving up on "advanced EGR" as its sole engine emissions technology

Tags: Engine Smarts

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Flatbed Business Anything but Flat

Drilling for oil and natural gas continues to be strong, and items such as steel pipe are filling flatbeds.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

One of the hottest segments of trailer building is flatbeds. The freight they carry is moving briskly, especially in the automotive and energy sectors, but prosperity is somewhat spotty, say fleet managers.

Tags: Trailers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Special Web Section: What Fleets Need to Know About Natural Gas

By Kate Harlow

In the August issue of HDT, we kicked off a series on "Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know." In addition to the features in the magazine, on this page we offer additional online articles and resources

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

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Appreciation Shirts Available From ATA

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is Sept. 16-22, and American Trucking Associations is selling official 2012 NTDAW T-shirts while supplies last

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterbilt Adds Proprietary Suspension Lineup to Model 382

Peterbilt Motors Company announces the expanding availability of the proprietary Air Leaf, Low Air Leaf and Air Trac drive axle suspensions to the Model 382. These suspensions provide a smooth, controlled ride as well as excellent braking and handling features, Peterbilt says

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kentucky Trailer, Ernest Dandridge Partner for Removable Hydraulic Auto Transport Systems

Above is a 53-foot-long, 102-inch wide trailer with Kentucky drop frame/electronics van trailer with car transport module equipment inside. The sharp angle of the upper rear yellow car demonstrates the pivot range of the hydraulic upper decks.

Ernest Dandridge Carrier Design Services Inc., McLean, Va., has partnered with Kentucky Trailer of Louisville, Ky., to offer self-contained, removable hydraulic auto transport systems for use in 102-inch-wide Kentucky drop frame/electronics van trailers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Western Star 4700

The 4700 series uses the same cab as heavier models but has unique hood and grille stylings. Daycab-only tractors are aimed at local and regional hauling.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

For many years, Western Star Trucks played last fiddle in truck sales symphonies, with U.S. Class 8 market share numbers of 1% and less. The company's share climbed a bit when it was bought by Freightliner in 2000

Tags: Test Drive

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleets Find Benefits in EOBRs

While the federal government's efforts to require electronic logging devices have suffered a setback, many in the industry are working to get ahead of an expected mandate.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

In the first year after adopting electronic logs, Cargo Transporters, Claremont, N.C., had not only reduced out-of-service violations related to hours of service, but it also had improved its CSA "Driver Fatigue" BASIC score and was able to cut its compliance staff by 50%

Tags: Information Technology

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

6 Steps to Cleaner Fuel

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

If you take the plunger out of one of today's fuel injectors 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: Under The Hood

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using Analytics for Proactive Predictions

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Technology allows fleets to take a much more proactive role in managing safety. In the past, addressing driver behavior was a reactive task, something you did after an event of some kind: an accident, a citation, a motorist's complaint

Tags: Equipment & Technology

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

National Registry for Medical Examiners Goes Live

The DOT is reminding the industry that the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners is now live. The registry is part of a rule posted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration aiming to shore up driver medical standards.

Tags: Compliance

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rand McNally Launches New Generation TruckPC

The new box, measuring one-third the size of the prior generation, features the same computing power and Windows 7 operating system.

Rand McNally unveiled a new hardware design and upgrades for its mobile communication fleet management system, cutting the system's price to just less than $1,200 and significantly reducing the size of the mounted box

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fontaine Offers Driver Training for Fifth Wheel Coupling

Fontaine Fifth Wheel is offering driver training to teach drivers proper fifth wheel coupling and uncoupling procedures when picking up a load to ensure a good connection and to prevent equipment damag

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ARI Introduces Telematics Solution

ARI announced a new telematics solution offering three levels of support to increase knowledge and insight for fleet managers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top Apps for Truckers: Mobile Technology Drives Success

By Christian Schenk, Vice President of Market Development & Product Marketing, Xata Corp.

Increased regulation. Demanding customers. Driver shortages. These are just a few reasons why the trucking industry is embracing mobile technology and the affordable fleet management solutions that run on cell phones, smartphones, tablet computers and other handheld devices

Tags: Information Technology

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