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July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Carrier Improves CSA Score With Trailer Readiness Program

Trained technicians are sent to inspect and record any issues with tire pressures, tread depth, trailer lights, wheel seals, air valves, air lines on the trailer's suspension and braking system, and even reflective tape and mudflaps.

With just two full-time facilities to handle maintenance on a fleet of more than 2,700 trailers scattered across the lower 48 states and Mexico, conducting regular trailer inspections can be a daunting task for Murray, Ky.-based Paschall Truck Lines.

Tags: Trailers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar Will Add Urea-Based Aftertreatment to Meet Emissions Regulations

Navistar has been trying to get its MaxxForce 13 certified to EPA 2010 standards.

UPDATED -- Navistar International announced this morning that it will add urea-based aftertreatment to its engines with In-Cylinder Technology Plus (ICT+) to meet 2010 Environmental Protection Agency emissions regulations and position the company to meet greenhouse gas rules in advance of 2014 and 2017 requirements

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Speed Limiters: Is the cure worse than the disease?

By Commentary Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Drivers hate them. Fleets love them. I'm talking about truck speed limiters, which to my mind are a blunt solution to a technically delicate problem: how to manage truck speed and efficiency without rendering the things undriveable.

Tags: Safety & Compliance

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Happened to Biodiesel?

Conventional biodiesel is a renewable fuel, substantially cleaner than petroleum diesel in emissions terms and usually offers an increase in lubricity that may help engine life.

By Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Amidst all the brouhaha about natural gas, the biodiesel option appears to have gone quiet. It still has a near-cult-like following in some quarters, but in the freight-transportation mainstream, biodiesel is a very small player at this point.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Electricity Gives Trucking Industry a Power Boost

Above, trucks hook up to shore power via heavy-duty extension cords. Plugging in this way costs $1 an hour through Shorepower Technologies.

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

As truck owners look for ways to deal with $4 to $5 diesel, some fleets are finding that electricity is helping them plug into savings, through all-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, idle reduction or electric refrigeration units

Tags: Going Green

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Nine New Task Forces to Meet at TMC Meeting

The American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council has created nine new task forces that will meet for the first time at TMC's 2012 Fall Meeting, Sept. 10-13 in Pittsburgh, covering topics such as tires, corrosion, CSA and visibility

Tags: More Maintenance

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Where to put all those CNG tanks?

By Engine Smarts column Truckinginfo Staff

One of the key factors limiting the use of compressed natural gas in trucks has been the question of range. A commercial vehicle body and trailer manufacturer based in Germany may have a solution -- putting extra CNG tanks on the trailer

Tags: Engine Smarts

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Enforcer Seal Guard Lock to Prevent Tampering

The lock is made from hardened steel with a corrosion-resistant surface, providing a high security barrier preventing the seal from physical attacks.

Transport Security, Waconia, Minn., introduced the Enforcer Seal Guard Lock hasp and trailer seal protector

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ken-Tool Introduces the Blue Cobra Truck Tire Service Kit

The set centers on Ken-Tool's Blue Cobra Truck Tire Demount Tool and includes six other needed components to service most 22.5-inch and 24.5-inch truck tires.

Ken-Tool now offers the Blue Cobra Truck Tire Service Set. The set centers on Ken-Tool's Blue Cobra Truck Tire Demount Tool and includes six other needed components to service most 22.5-inch and 24.5-inch truck tires

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Noregon Releases JPRO Fleet Diagnostics v5.3

Noregon Systems released its JPro Commercial Fleet Diagnostics software v5.3, offering updated coverage for heavy-duty and Ford vehicles

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Five Easy Ways to Reduce Fuel Consumption

The basics of driving for better fuel economy include progressive shifting and taking advantage of downhill rides.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

There are still legions of drivers who are not practicing even the most basic fuel-saving techniques. Just hang around an intersection with a lot of truck traffic and liste

Tags: Issues

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top 5 Vehicle Maintenance Violations

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

Vehicle maintenance violations are a huge threat to a carrier's safety record. There are close to 200 separate violations on FMCSA's list of point-carrying infractions, and many carry ratings of 5 points or higher

Tags: Trailers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sustainable transportation is no longer 
an option

By Commentary Jim Park, Equipment Editor

What kind of a message is your fuel surcharge sending your customers? Perhaps what I should be asking is, what might your fuel surcharge be saying to your customers' customers?

Tags: Topics & Trends

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tires: Traction 
vs.
 Fuel Economy

Will you give up traction if you buy fuel-efficient tires? Not as much as you might think.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Traction is a funny thing: We know when we don't have enough of it, but can we quantify how much is enough? It's a question that arises when discussing fuel-efficient tires

Tags: Equipment

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Owner-Operator Learns Keys to Fuel Efficiency -- and Profitability

Carlos Cruz says he went from 6.21 mpg to 7.85 mpg in 30 days by changing his driving habits.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Here's a tale that, if it were from any other industry, might inspire a feel-good feature film. It's about a struggling rookie lease-operator who, as he is driving back to the terminal to hand back the keys, decides to try something different

Tags: Business

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Old Trailers Sport Aerodynamic Look

Labatt's Streamliners of the '30s and late '40s featured radically curved surfaces and Art Deco graphics, but they were built to promote beer sales, not to save fuel.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Are truck and trailer aerodynamics new? Not exactly. Labatt's Streamliners like the one shown on the right were built in the 1930s and might be the most aerodynamic looking tractor-trailers ever produced.

Tags: Trailers

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oil Eater Introduces 55-Gallon Drum Top Pad

The new Oil Eater drum top pad is designed to catch and absorb oil, coolants, solvents and more.

The new Oil Eater drum top pad is specially designed to catch and absorb oil, coolants, solvents and more

July 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NationaLease Offers New Road Rescue Service

NationaLease has launched a new member service, NationaLease Road Rescue, to supplement the organization's Reciprocal Service Network, a cooperative emergency road service

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

A Quick Guide to Alternative Fuels

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

The world no longer seems concerned about "peak oil" (the idea that oil reserves are going to run out), and today's clean-diesel engines have addressed many environmental concerns about truck exhaust. Most industry experts believe conventional diesel fuel will remain the dominant fuel for commercial vehicles for decades to come

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

IT and MPG

Driver and vehicle performance data gathered by IT solutions is often presented in dashboard-style format, allowing fleet managers to quickly spot problem areas.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

In the abstract, reducing fuel cost represents a pretty straightforward undertaking: Get as many miles as possible out of every gallon of fuel, pay as little as possible for those gallons, and reduce the number of miles each truck travels to get the job done

Tags: Information Technology

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wabash National Offers Cooper Roadmaster Tires as Option

Wabash National Corp., manufacturer of semi trailers in North America, is now making Cooper Roadmaster RM871 tires available as an original equipment option on all of its dry freight and refrigerated van models as well as on its Transcraft and Benson brand platform trailers

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Remy Releases Delco Remy 55SI Alternator

Remy International Inc., manufacturer and distributor of Delco Remy heavy-duty starters and alternators, is offering its most powerful and efficient alternator yet. The Delco Remy 55SI has a durable brushless design and is rated at 420 amps at 12 volts and up to 275 amps at 24 volts.

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

National Interstate Expands Heavy Haul, Crane, Rigging Insurance Program

National Interstate Insurance Company is expanding its trucking insurance program by targeting heavy haul, crane, and rigging operations. The program offers coverage for auto liability, physical damage, workers' compensation and general liability, and it is available in all states

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Traction vs. Fuel Economy?

Are we giving up traction in order to lessen 
rolling resistance? The short answer is yes, but not to the degree some might imagine.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Traction is a funny thing: We know when we don't have enough of it, but can we quantify how much is enough? It's a question that arises when discussing fuel-efficient tires

Tags: Equipment & Fuel Economy

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Littelfuse Introduces Weather-Sealed Reversing Switch With Keys

Cole Hersee, the commercial vehicle products division of Littelfuse Inc., has introduced the latest product in its 95060 series of sealed rotary switches: a new, weather-sealed reversing switch.

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Impco Launches ComfortPro APU

Impco Technologies Inc., launched its ComfortPro "Stand Alone" diesel auxiliary power unit for Class 8 trucks in North America. The new APU is available exclusively through the Carrier Transicold dealer network in the U.S. and Canada.

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

"Green" Truck Cleaning Products

Natural Product Laboratories LLC has developed Ecology Truck Wash, Ecology De-Greaser & Parts Cleaner and Ecology Windshield & Glass Cleaner.

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Westport Opens WiNG Conversion Facility at Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Westport Innovations yesterday celebrated the grand opening of a facility for installing its WiNG bi-fuel conversion for Ford F-250 and F-350 pickups. Workers are starting to add natural gas systems to the gasoline-powered trucks, with production planned for gradual ramp-up to as many as 20,000 a year

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

AT&T Expands Enhanced Push To Talk Preview

AT&T is doubling the number of business users who participate in its free program previewing its Enhanced Push to Talk feature. In addition, AT&T expects to offer a choice of as many as five compatible smartphone

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kwik Trip Advocates Natural Gas Adoption

Among Kwik Trip's fleet are a Kenworth T440 LNG tractor and two Kenworth T440s powered by CNG.

Kwik Trip, a convenience store and fuel chain with more than 400 locations in three states, is promoting liquefied and compressed natural gas as fuel sources to help increase nationwide adoption of LNG and CNG in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and other areas.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How to Spec for Fuel Efficiency

Schneider National does a lot 
of evaluating before including a component as part of a fuel-efficiency spec.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

You can't rightly expect a driver to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to fuel economy. It takes a huge amount of discipline to stay on top of the driving, but given the right tools, even a mediocre driver will do reasonably well

Tags: Equipment & Fuel Economy

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Five Easy Ways to Reduce Fuel Consumption

The basics of driving for better fuel economy include progressive shifting and taking advantage of downhill rides.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

There are still legions of drivers who are not practicing even the most basic fuel-saving techniques. Just hang around an intersection with a lot of truck traffic and liste

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving Fuel Efficiency

Fuel efficiency is about the whole spec, from the powertrain to the tires, from the sloped hood and roof fairing to the gap between the tractor and the trailer. Leave no stone unturned.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

What's in it for me? That's what drivers want to know when you try to get them to save fuel. There are few stronger motivators than a good return on an investment. Building driver buy-in to your fuel economy program requires enough incentiv

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Carrier Improves CSA Score With Trailer Readiness Program

Trained technicians are sent to inspect and record any issues with tire pressures, tread depth, trailer lights, wheel seals, air valves, air lines on the trailer's suspension and braking system, and even reflective tape and mudflaps.

With just two full-time facilities to handle maintenance on a fleet of more than 2,700 trailers scattered across the lower 48 states and Mexico, conducting regular trailer inspections can be a daunting task for Murray, Ky.-based Paschall Truck Lines.

Tags: Compliance

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

OnRamp Launches New Trailer Leasing Program

By Kate Harlow

OnRamp Transportation Services has launched a trailer leasing program targeted at owner-operators and independent contractors. The program is geared for those contractors who run for carriers that require or pay extra for driver-supplied trailer equipment

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maverick Transportation Focuses on Safety Culture

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Technology plays a role in promoting safety at Maverick Transportaton in Little Rock, Ark. But the technologies deployed "are part of our overall safety program and a part of our safety culture," says Dean Newell, vice president of safety and driver training

Tags: Topics & Trends

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterbilt to Add Westport ISX12 G to Lineup

Peterbilt says it will offer the natural gas Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine when it becomes available in 2013

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cobra Offers 8000 PRO HD GPS

Quick-Tabs allow drivers to see critical information such as the distances to weigh stations, travel centers, rest areas and mile markers at a glance.

Cobra's new truck-specific navigation system, the 8000 PRO HD, features a 7-inch HD screen with live and predictive traffic, lifetime map updates, lane assist, mileage log and access to Aura Red Light Camera database

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New QuickTSI Load Board Service Offers Free Freight and Truck Postings

Quick Transport Solutions Inc. has a new load board service, enabling users to post loads or find trucks, post trucks or find loads, as well as look up carrier profiles.

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cadec Global Integrates Onboard Computer and ALK's CoPilot Truck 9

ALK Technologies' CoPilot Truck 9 now integrates with Cadec's PowerVue onboard computer.

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Enhancements to Detroit's 2013 DD Engines Save Fuel, Cut CO2 Emissions

The Detroit DD15, left, and DD16, right, meet federal greenhouse gas regs ahead of schedule.

Detroit Diesel Corp. announced its 2013-model engines will get mechanical and electronic enhancements to meet federal Greenhouse Gas 2014 (GHG14) limits. Improvements will reduce fuel use, which also serves to cut carbon dioxide emissions

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth T680 Earns SmartWay Designation

Kenworth's T680 features a sculpted full-height roof, optimized bumper and hood, full-height side extenders, cab/sleeper-to-fairings closeout panels, chassis fairings extenders and flush-mounted lighting.

Kenworth's new T680 model has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Designation

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mack's Super Econodyne Saves Fuel With Low RPMs

SE package is available as a no-cost option in Pinnacle road tractors ordered with an MP8 engine and mDrive automated mechanical transmission.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Mack Trucks has shown off its new Super Econodyne low-rpm powertrain that promises significant fuel economy improvements over existing truck engines. At a day-long event Wednesday at the Mack Customer Center in Allentown, Pa., yesterday, the company also announced further bundling of its ownership services to include financing plans

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Transportation Costing Group Enhances Truckload Solution

Transportation Costing Group announced the latest version of its Cost Information System for truckload carriers

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Utility Enhances Side Skirt

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company says has enhanced the USS-120A, Utility's aerodynamic side skirt, including the ability to flex more freely on impact

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Dock Management System from CLI

Carrier Logistics Inc. launched an improved version of its Dock Management System, with features such as reweigh integration, misload prevention, dimension capture, piece-level tracking, and complete automation of paperwork

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wabco Supplying Air Disc Brakes to Daimler Trucks North America

Wabco Holdings has entered into a long-term supply agreement with Daimler Trucks North America to supply its Maxxus air disc brake technology for series production on DTNA's trucks starting in July 2012

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cobra Introduces 29 LX Bluetooth CB Radio

Bluetooth features include address book sync, dual-point Bluetooth for team drivers and A2DP audio streaming for text-to-speech processing, allowing drivers to hear emails over the CB radio speaker with a text-to-speech downloaded on the phone.

Cobra's new 29 LX CB radio features Advanced Bluetooth Wireless Technology connectivity with a selectable LCD color display, allowing voice caller ID on incoming calls for driver safety and convenience

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Stertil-Koni Introduces Rolling Pit Jack

Lifting is done by an air driven, fully hydraulic pump actuated by tandem foot pedals. One pedal quickly raises the piston to be in contact with the vehicle being lifted while the other allows precision lifting in small increments.

Stertil-Koni has developed the Rolling Pit Jack, a free-standing rolling pit jack with a capacity of 30,000 pounds that is specifically designed to safely operate on the pit floor of heavy-duty workshops - entirely independent of upper pit edges

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ALK Technologies Releases Upgraded PC Miler 26

ALK Technologies released the PC Miler 26 product line, which now includes new interactive map features, "Fastest" routing and RouteSync functionality for route compliance

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