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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

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

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