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December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

What Will the Class 8 Market Look Like in 2017?

By Steve Graham, FTR

The economy is currently on solid footing, but the Class 8 market has fallen dramatically this year. With the economy expected to grow slightly better in 2017, can we expect this to translate into a better environment for new equipment orders for the truck OEMs and their suppliers?

Tags: Economy, Truck Sales, FTR, ELDs

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Happy Holidays From Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine

Photo courtesy of Today's Trucking

By HDT Staff

Heavy Duty Trucking’s staff will be out of the office today and Monday for the Christmas holiday weekend and will be back to cover trucking news on Dec. 27.

Tags: Christmas

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Trailers the European Way

High-cube Kögel Mega van has the usual rear doors plus curtain sides and a liftable roof tarp, allowing loading and unloading from docks and over its sides and top. Photo: Kögel

By Tom Berg

European designs are often more elegant (or complex, depending on how you look at it), but these features add functionality to products.

Tags: Trailers, IAA, Europe

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

21st Century Truck Wheels

With strict emissions and fuel-economy requirements of new GHG Phase 2 regulations just around the corner, look to aluminum and lightweight steel wheels to contribute to overall equipment compliance. Photo: Accuride

By Jack Roberts

In practice, wheels function quite well with only limited attention and maintenance. But that’s no excuse not to pay attention to them at regular intervals.

Tags: Wheels, Accuride, Maxion Wheel, Arconic

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Rehire Former Drivers to Improve Retention

By Ben Eubanks, Strategic Programs

Relationships are more important than ever. Rehiring former drivers is a benefit for companies because good drivers who depart are more likely to return if the circumstances are favorable.

Tags: Recruiting, Driver Shortage, Driver Retention

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Aftermarket in 2016: A Review

By Denise Rondini

The truck parts and service aftermarket has grown to $107 billion. In 2016 there seemed to be a big focus on parts, alliances, and training with other issues like DPFs, remanufacturing and some innovative ways to deal with the technician shortage also getting some play.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Aftermarket Parts, DPF, Aftermarket, Diagnostics

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: International LT625

ProStar origins are evident in the long-nose LT625, which has enhanced aerodynamics and a swoopier appearance. The “6” means a setback steer axle and “25” denotes a 125-inch BBC. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Quietness and driver-inspired interior amenities are the prime virtues of International’s recently introduced LT series tractor.

Tags: International Trucks, Test Drive, Driver Comfort

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Why U.S. Xpress Uses Automated Manual Transmissions

Out of 7,000 U.S. Xpress tractors running on the road today, only 16 “legacy” units are still equipped with manual transmissions. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

Automated manual transmissions rule the roost at U.S. Xpress today. Out of some 7,000 U.S. Xpress trucks running today, the fleet is down to just 16 “legacy” models still equipped with manual transmissions.

Tags: Transmissions, U.S. Xpress, Automated Manual Transmissions

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Paccar’s New Powertrain

The test truck was a 2017 Kenworth T680 with a 76-inch high-roof sleeper. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

With two of the three major components in place, Paccar touts the advantages of an integrated powertrain.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Powertrain, Kenworth T680, MX-13

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Navistar’s SuperTruck Exceeded Goals

Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Navistar's SuperTruck, the CatalIST, makes creative use of existing systems, relying less on advanced technology for its impressive gains.

Tags: Emissions, Navistar, Fuel Efficiency, SuperTruck, Concept Vehicles

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Bringing the Diagnostics to the Fleet

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Mobile Express Assessment lets the customer make an educated decision about vehicle repairs before sending a truck to the dealer.

Tags: Freightliner, Diagnostics

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

First Look at Detroit DD5 Medium-Duty Engine

Detroit’s new DD5 diesel is a 5.1L engine designed for urban delivery/service applications in Class 5–6 Freightliner M2 106 trucks. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

HDT Senior Editor Jack Roberts takes to the streets of Chicago for a first hands-on look at Detroit's new DD5 four-cylinder, 5.1L engine.

Tags: Detroit, Quick Spin, Medium-Duty Engines, Detroit DD5, Test Drive

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: SunteckTTS Leaders on Merger, Technology

By Deborah Lockridge

Sunteck Transport Group and TTS Holdings just officially closed a merger deal creating what they say will be one of the largest multimodal, agent-based freight management service providers in the U.S. We talked to the leaders of the new entity about the merger and how technology is changing the industry.

Tags: 3PL, Mergers & Acquisitions, Big Data, Freight Uberization

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Europe is Different

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

What are the differences between trucks and trucking in North America versus Europe? Try to drive a long-nose conventional on roads that were conceived in the year 1403.

Tags: Europe, Global, Cabovers

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What You Need to Know About Reman Engines

Electronics have added complexity and driven the reman industry to invest more in technician training and special equipment. Photo: Cummins

By Denise Rondini

Engine remanufacturers talk about the impact of electronics, emissions regulations and more.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Remanufactured Parts, Remanufacturing, Engines

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Lessons from an Election

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Editor in chief Deborah Lockridge contemplates the lessons of the volatile 2016 presidential election and what the trucking industry can learn from it.

Tags: Driver Shortage, Politics, Donald Trump

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The Next Generation: HDT's Emerging Leaders

By Deborah Lockridge

Meet HDT's inaugural Emerging Leaders, a group of young professionals who are influential, innovative and successful, who can point to outstanding accomplishments and leadership qualities, and who have a passion for the trucking industry.

Tags: Awards, HDT, Emerging Leaders

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck Technology Is Global and Local

Germany’s Daimler Trucks this year announced that it is pushing its global platform strategy beyond the existing modular drivetrain components. Photos: Daimler Trucks

By David Cullen and Deborah Lockridge

Even as innovative technologies leap borders, the engineering focus of truck builders and suppliers remains fixed on meeting the needs of local markets.

Tags: Europe, Daimler Trucks North America, DAF, Navistar, Peterbilt, Mack Trucks, Volvo, Cummins, Eaton, Dana, Meritor, ZF, Global

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Analysis: The Uncertainty of a New President

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

By Evan Lockridge

After an uncertain first half of the year, we finally got the economic news that we had been hoping for with third-quarter GDP. But no sooner were we breathing sighs of relief, everything becomes uncertain…again.

Tags: Economy, Regulations, Cross-Border Trucking, Donald Trump

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving postcard circa 1900 showing turkey and football player. Image via Wikimedia Commons

By HDT Staff

HDT is closing its offices for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, please enjoy some of our best long-form features, photo galleries, and commentary from the past few months.

Tags: Thanksgiving

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Oak Harbor Maximizes Asset Utility With A Decking System

Loading cargo in a traditional fashion would elave trailers half empty. Cargo loaded with the Kaptive Beam adjustable decking system improves trailer utility without the risk of damaging customers’ freight. Photos: Kinedyne

By Jim Park

Oak Harbor Freight Lines avoids wasting trailer space and damaging its customer's freight by using Kinedyne's decking system to maximize its asset utility.

Tags: Asset Management, Cargo Management, Trailers

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Proper Inflation is Elementary

Bendix SmarTire monitoring system’s sensors are installed on the wheel, inside the tire, where they’re protected from road damage – something appreciated at Boyle Transportation. Photo: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

By Tom Berg

Keeping tires properly inflated is elementary to good maintenance, and products that aid in that quest can be valuable.

Tags: Tires, Tire Inflation, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

The Future of Refrigerated Trailers

Wabash National’s prototype composite reefer trailer uses fiberglass, carbon fiber and resin in its panels, including the floor and supporting structure. It’s said to weigh and perform about 20% better than conventional temperature-controlled trailers. Photo: Wabash National

By Tom Berg

What will the refrigerated trailer of the future be made of? Strong, lightweight and corrosion-proof composites? Very possibly. Economical, efficient aluminum sheet-and-post design, like now? Yes, for a number of years yet.

Tags: Trailers, Reefers, Wabash National, Refrigerated Trailers

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Freightliner’s ‘New’ Cascadia

The 2018 “new” Cascadia is worthy of the name and will, I think, be widely embraced by drivers.

By Jim Park

From the November Issue of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, equipment editor Jim Park test drives the new Freightliner Cascadia. Daimler loaded up this truck with some amazing technology and created an environment drivers will love.

Tags: Freightliner, Freightliner Cascadia, New Vehicles, Test Drive

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

10 Things to Consider When Spec'ing an Inverter

Sine wave is the same power as what you get at home – meaning the voltage is consistent without spikes or drops. Photo courtesy Xantrex

By Staff

Inverters, which convert DC power into AC power to power creature comforts in the truck cab, have always been a magnet for controversy. An expert at one inverter company offers his tips for what to think about when spec'ing an inverter.

Tags: Inverter, Idle Reduction

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Volvo's SuperTruck Demonstrates the Art of the Possible

Volvo Trucks North America’s SuperTruck project boasts a freight efficiency improvement of 88%, a 40% reduction in aerodynamic drag and 12-13 mpg. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Volvo Group’s SuperTruck demonstrates where energy-saving technology could take us – and in some cases, already has.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Aerodynamics, Volvo Group, SuperTruck

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

ELD Exemption Fever

Photo: J.J. Keller

By Rick Malchow, J.J. Keller & Associates

The initial compliance date for the FMCSA’s final rule known as the ELD mandate is December 18, 2017. Are any of your drivers exempt from the electronic logging device mandate?

Tags: FMCSA, J.J. Keller, Electronic Logging Devices, ELD Mandate

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Clearing up Confusion About Reman

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Without a common definition of remanufactured products, products with different quality levels could be grouped together, causing confusion in the marketplace.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Remanufactured Parts, Remanufacturing

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Quest for Peace and Quiet

Driveline vibration can be felt in the cab and it can result from incorrect driveline angles, damaged U-joints or an unbalanced condition.

By Jim Park

Noise, Vibration & Harshness is something manufacturers try very hard to engineer out of their products, but it’s often like a game of whack-a-mole. Once you solve one problem, another shows up.

Tags: Driver Comfort, Driver Retention, Vehicle Engineering

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Women in the Shop? Yes!

Vania Agostinh, apprentice mechanic at Carrier Centres.

By Rolf Lockwood

Women have a bigger role to play in trucking than they get to play, and there’s one spot in particular where executive contributing editor Rolf Lockwood thinks they’re badly overlooked. The shop.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Women in Fleet, Technicians

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Answers to 3 Key Questions on the 2 New Oil Categories

Oil companies have done extensive testing of CK-4 and FA-4 engine oils to help give engine makers and fleets confidence in the ability of these oils to protect engines and even extend drain intervals. Photos: Shell

By David Cullen

With engine oils meeting new CK-4 and FA-4 category specs on the market, fleets need to know how best to make use of them.

Tags: Engine Oil, Low-Viscosity Oil, CK-4, Motor Oil, Diesel Engines

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: 3 Things to Be Thankful For

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

You don’t have to be a driver to know there are plenty of things we can complain about in trucking. In the Nov. editorial, editor-in-chief Deborah Lockridge suggests three things trucking can be thankful for.

Tags: Technology, Fuel Prices

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

2016 Top 50 Green Fleets

By Deborah Lockridge

This list of 50 industry leaders show there are many paths to sustainability, from better mpg to alternative fuels to “green” facilities.

Tags: Sustainability, Top Fleets, Green Fleets, Alternative Fuels

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Find Out How the Leaders of Tomorrow Are Making a Difference Today

By Staff

Meet the leaders who are driving the trucking industry forward. This select panel chosen from HDT’s Emerging Leaders honorees will offer insights into why they chose this career and how to bring like-minded young people into the industry.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Study Explores Maintenance and Equipment Buying at Fleets

By Deborah Lockridge

When it comes to maintenance practices and equipment replacement cycles, there are some fairly significant differences between large fleets and small fleets, according to a recent study undertaken by FTR and CK Commercial Vehicle Research.

Tags: CK Commercial Vehicle Research, FTR

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Anthony Wallace, CEO/Founder of Am Trans USA

Anthony Wallace Photo: Am Trans USA

By David Cullen, Executive Editor

HDT chatted recently with Anthony Wallace, CEO and founder of Am Trans USA, which provides freight transportation and logistics services. Within one year of launching the company, in 2014, Wallace guided it to surpass sales of $6 million. He expects that number to triple in 2016 along with the number of employees.

Tags: Am Trans USA

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Analysis: Economic Growth Springs Back to Life

By Evan Lockridge

Economic growth has suddenly returned in the 3rd quarter but in his latest column Evan Lockridge asks, will it continue?

Tags: Economy, ATA, GDP

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Volvo, Mack Highlight Certified Uptime Center Progress

Nextran has increased the percentage of five-hour jobs it was able to get out the door in 24 hours or less from 43% to 63%. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

In Birmingham, Alabama, home to the first Certified Uptime Center dealer, Volvo Group and local dealer representatives offered more insight into the need for the program and how it works.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks, Diagnostics, Truck Dealers, Uptime

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Why U.S. Xpress is Getting Help With Fuel Economy Testing

U.S. Xpress is one fleet using the Pit Group's fuel economy testing services. Photo: Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts, Contributing Editor

U.S. Xpress hosts a fuel-economy test of the latest high-mpg tractors as the Canadian engineering-consulting firm moves to help American fleets protect their bottom lines.

Tags: Fuel Economy, U.S. Xpress, Aerodynamics, PIT Group

November 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Continental Safety Technologies Help Build Road to Autonomous Vehicles

Continental's heads-up display shows vital information without the driver having to take his or her eyes off the road.

By Deborah Lockridge

Continental recently showed off systems that will help truck makers meet safety needs down the road, whether pushed by regulations or customer demand, as well as pave the way toward autonomous vehicles.

Tags: Continental, IAA, Global, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Eaton Showcases Near- and Far-Future Technology

Eaton showed off a four-speed transmission designed for electric vehicles, with the initial target being city buses for urban areas. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

You may think of Eaton as primarily a transmission company, but at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany, this fall, they showed a range of future technologies both near and far, from transmissions for electric vehicles to autonomous vehicle technology to waste heat recovery.

Tags: Eaton, IAA, Transmissions, Autonomous Vehicles

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How A. Duie Pyle Manages Warehouse Information

A. Duie Pyle’s dock management system, or DMS, in use. It works hand in hand with Route Planning Solutions to get freight where it needs to be faster.

By Deborah Lockridge

A. Duie Pyle manages warehouse information for more efficient operations, happier drivers and, most importantly, happier customers.

Tags: Information Technology, Managing the Shop, A. Duie Pyle

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What Smart Tanker Fleets Are Spec'ing

Bulkmatic Transport is retrofitting all 1,300 trailers with LED GloLight tail lamps for better visibility and reliability. Photo: Optronics

By Deborah Lockridge

Owners of tank trailers keep them a long time. All the more reason to make sure when you buy a new one, you’re getting the best possible trailer for your operations for the price.

Tags: Spec'ing, Trailers, Tankers

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Maximizing Truck Tire Tread Life

Proper spec’ing will keep tires in service longer. Highway tires are no match for the mean city streets. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Excessive friction or uneven contact between the pavement and the tire will cause tread to wear away faster than you should. It’s important that you do all you can to keep your tires running straight and true.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Spec'ing, Tires, Rubber

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Engine Stop-Start System Saves Fuel for New York's Trash Trucks

DSNY’s dyno-equipped evaluation facility in Queens, N.Y., proved the engine stop-start system’s concept was sound, and it’s saving substantial fuel in real operations.  Photos: Effenco

By Tom Berg

New York City’s Department of Sanitation has been testing an engine stop-start system with impressive fuel savings.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Stop-Start, Refuse Fleets

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Does Clean Equal Green?

Thanks to automation advances, modern drive-through truck washes can clean and wax a vehicle in 10 minutes or even less.  Photo: Whiting Systems

By Jack Roberts

Colorful, clean trucks can offer a gleaming, positive image of a fleet and the services it provides but can a regular wash program pay for itself, or is it just money down the drain?

Tags: Truck Wash, Cleaning Products

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How Carbon Express Did a 180 on Safety

Controller Sean McAllister and Director of Safety John Bowlby hold the National Tank Truck Council Outstanding Safety Performance Trophy at the entrance to Carbon Express headquarters.

By Deborah Lockridge

When Steve Rush was an owner-operator, he would have laughed at the notion that one day he would be running a tanker fleet that would be recognized as the safest carrier by the National Tank Truck Council in the 15 million miles and under category.

Tags: Tankers, Carbon Express, Safety

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Vanishing Paper Trail

By Jim Beach

A paperless trucking operation is technologically possible, but don’t expect paper to go away anytime soon.

Tags: TMW Systems, Pegasus TransTech, Document Management, Omnitracs, Big Data

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Daimler Trucks North America's Kary Schaefer

Kary Schaefer Photo: Daimler Trucks North America

By Deborah Lockridge

Find out what DTNA's new general manager of marketing and strategy, a career engineer, has to say about everything from the latest Freightliner and Detroit roll-outs to the challenges of keeping up with fast-moving technology developments inside and outside the industry.

Tags: Daimler Trucks North America, Q&A

October 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Online Parts Sales Growing

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Every industry is transitioning to online sales as the world is becoming more digitized and people are getting more accustomed to online purchases in their personal lives.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, E-commerce, Online Tool, Parts and Service

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