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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

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

6 Keys to Choosing the Right Mobile App

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

Shopping for mobile apps to help your trucking operation? Here are some tips that can help

Tags: Information Technology

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GreenRoad Delivers Fleet Safety Information in New Smartphone App

GreenRoad has launched the GreenRoad Central mobile app for managers, a full-featured smartphone app making fleet driver performance and safety information available for fleet operations and safety managers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Compli Partners with WeComply to Expand Training Offerings

Compli, provider of HR and compliance management software, has partnered with ethics and compliance training provider WeComply to provide Compli clients with unlimited access to a comprehensive suite of premium WeComply training courses, with the purchase of a subscription plan

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Report Highlights Data on Fleet Recruitment & Retention

With more attention being paid to the looming shortage of qualified truck drivers, American Trucking Associations is releasing a comprehensive report aimed at helping fleets recruit and retain these skilled professionals.

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Parker Fluid Control Division Introduces Hydrocarbon Dosing System

Parker's Hydrocarbon Dosing System controls the dosing of diesel fuel into the exhaust upstream of the diesel oxidation catalyst to allow efficient regeneration of the diesel particulate filter.

The Fluid Control Division of Parker Hannifin Corp. has introduced a new hydrocarbon dosing system to the diesel industry

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Allison Transmission Exclusive Offering in Freightliner Natural Gas Vehicles

Allison Transmission, Inc. has announced that its transmissions are the exclusive offering in Freightliner's natural gas vehicles, including the new Cascadia 113 Natural Gas day cab tractor

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bridgestone Offers New On/Off Highway Radial

An enhanced pattern, designed with interlocking multi-edge blocks, digs deeper for more solid traction on both worksites and highways.

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, has launched the M853, a new on/off highway all-position radial for regional hauls that combines wear resistance with extra load capacity for longer service

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Progressive Insurance Expands Commercial Coverage

Progressive Insurance has expanded its commercial auto product to include more coverage options as well as a new customer loyalty program

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Accu-Armor Aluminum Wheel Surface Treatment

Accu-Armor aluminum wheels are highly resistant to scratching and scuffing; filiform corrosion; high- and low-pH chemicals commonly used in truck washes; and common chemicals used in de-icing road surfaces.

Accuride introduced Accu-Armor, the newest aluminum wheel product offering from its Accuride Wheels business unit

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Safety and Driver Engagement

By Rim Yurkus, Contributor

The recession made surviving companies smarter about several things. BR (Before Recession) companies would measure job satisfaction - the premise being: If you make drivers happy, they won't quit

Tags: Drivers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterbilt Model 579 Receives Smartway Designation

Peterbilt's new Model 579 received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay designation

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Updated Version of CoPilot Truck GPS App

ALK has released the newest version of its CoPilot Truck GPS navigation app for professional drivers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truckers Helper Online Releases Fleet Edition

The new Truckers Helper Online Fleet Edition adds a payroll module, giving the online version all the basic functionality found in the stand-alone program

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PHH Arval Launches Mobile, Online Capability to Manage Fleet Requests

PHH Arval has launched the PHH InterActive Request Center, a new technology application for managing fleet requests. The technology provides fleet managers a one-stop shop for managing various requests through a flexible platform that is also accessible on mobile devices

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FMCSA Refocusing Attention in Safety Audits

By Don Jerrell, Contributor

HNI recently held a workshop called FMCSA Safety Audit Requirements and How to Prepare, featuring FMCSA and Wisconsin State Patrol officials talking about new policies and procedures in place

Tags: Compliance

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FMCSA Answers Questions About Driver Life Expectancy Statistics

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The Department of Transportation has produced a piece of research that to a limited extent supports its claim that truck driving contributes to a shorter life expectancy than other occupations

Tags: Health Issues

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Con-way Truckload Requiring Agility Testing

A step test measures the ability to perform sustained work activities such as loading and unloading and repetitive clutching.

Con-way Truckload is one of a growing list of carriers that are requiring pre-employment agility testing for drivers

Tags: Fleet Stories

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Study Finds Few Effects from Diesel Exhaust from EPA-07 Engines

The first results of what is said to be the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of the health effects of exposure to new technology diesel engines has found no evidence of gene-damaging effects in the animals studied, and only a few mild effects on the lungs

Tags: Health Issues

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Rule Will Create Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Truck safety regulators are about to post a new, long-awaited rule aimed at shoring up driver medical standards

Tags: Health Issues

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Celadon Named Healthy Trucking Fleet

Despite its size, Celadon's turnover rate is almost 50% less than the industry standard, which can be attributed, in part, to its wellness programs.

The first-ever Healthy Trucking Fleet of the Year award, a collaboration between FusionHealth and Navistar, was presented to Celadon Group at their headquarters in Indianapolis

Tags: Fleet Stories

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

World Health Organization Says Diesel Exhaust Causes Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, has classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans based on evidence that exposure is associated with an increased risk for lung cancer

Tags: Health Issues

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Roush CleanTech Receives CARB Retrofit Alternative Fuel System Certification for 2010 Model Year Vehicles

With 2010 model year certification in-hand, Roush CleanTech is now pursuing similar retrofit certification for 2009, 2011 and 2012 model years of the same Ford E-series vans and wagons, and E-450 cutaway vehicle platforms.

Roush CleanTech has received California Air Resources Board approval of its propane autogas fuel system for retrofitting 2010 model year 5.4-liter Ford E-150, E-250 and E-350 cargo vans and wagons

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Latest in Trailer Advances

Lightweight corrosion-resistant aluminum continues as a leading material for components and complete trailers, like this Trail King pneumatic dry bulk tanker with a tare weight of 8,450 pounds, 500 less than usual.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Over the years, advances in trailer materials and design have added life, cut maintenance and operating costs and even improved safety. Based on our observations at trade shows, new product announcements and conversations with manufacturers and fleets, we came up with the following list of significant trends

Tags: Trailers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kumho Introduces Higher-Speed Tire for On-/Off-Highway

The KMD41 is designed for on- and off-road applications such as refuse, construction and mining and logging.

Kumho Tire added the new KMD41 tire to its medium truck and bus radial tire line-up. The KMD41 is designed for on- and off-road applications such as refuse, construction and mining and logging

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

J J. Keller Introduces Cargo Securement Training

Cargo Securement Flatbeds training program teaches drivers how to keep their flatbed loads in place and in compliance, and it also includes best practices and how-to information.

J.J. Keller & Associates, provider of compliance products, has developed a new driver training program designed to reduce the risk for cargo securement violations, accidents and liability

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Remanufacturing Saves Money, Cuts Waste and Pollution, Detroit Reman Says

Series 60 cylinder heads are among the components remanufactured in Detroit Reman's plant at Toole, Utah.

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

"Why buy new when you can reuse something that still has value?" That's the mantra at Detroit Reman, which has been remanufacturing engines and engine parts since 1966. And after touring its western plant at Tooele, Utah, one comes away wonderin

Tags: Engine Smarts

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Drivers, Fleets Seek Healthier Lifestyles

Fifty-three-year-old driver Jeff Clark tries to run three times a week and ride his bike a couple days a week. He encourages other truckers to just get moving.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

When Jeff Clark's company offered drivers the option of getting paid for unloading instead of hiring lumpers, he joined the Y to get his back in shape. He soon found it was more than his back that needed work

Tags: Driver Stories

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alternative Hydrogen Solutions and Velociti Partner for Hy-Impact Product Line

Alternative Hydrogen Solutions LLC, providers of the Hy-Impact line of hydrogen systems, is partnering with Velociti Inc. to provide a network of installation and post-installation services for all Hy-Impact unit

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mahle Clevite Inc. Offers Victor Reinz Engine Gaskets with Coating

The new Victor Reinz head gaskets with advanced Black Diamond coating technology are constructed of five stainless steel layers.

Mahle Clevite Inc. has introduced new Victor Reinz Multi-Layered Steel cylinder head gaskets. Featuring a durable black coating, these new gaskets are now available for Ford 6.0L and 6.4L Power Stroke engines

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