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June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FreightWatch, Chubb Group Offer Covert Shipment Tracking

The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies and FreightWatch International are teaming up against record-high levels of cargo theft

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lista Introduces Technician Series Mobile Carts

The carts, which provide a 400 pound capacity, have two fixed and two swivel-with-wheel-lock casters.

Lista International's new Technician Series mobile carts are a heavy-duty, lightweight tool storage and transport option for service technicians

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dual-fuel conversion saves big money every day, supplier-trucker says

One trucking company had so much success with dual-fuel conversions it's now selling them to other fleets.

By Engine Smarts Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A band wagon powered by natural gas seems to have begun rolling, but most of those aboard talk about brand-new heavy trucks with special gas-burning engines. Why not convert existing trucks and engines to use cheap and clean-burning gas

Tags: Engine Smarts

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Arsenault Associates Adds FinanceLink to Dossier

Arsenault Associates has released FinanceLink, which allows users to easily export parts purchasing data to business systems for payment and reconciliation

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DAT Truckload Rate Index Adds Regional and Lane-Specific Benchmarking

DAT Truckload Rate Index added customizable benchmarking so shippers, freight brokers and for-hire carriers can compare their transportation pricing against current and historical rates offered in the same point-to-point freight lanes

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Carrier Says EcoForward Reefers Can Save up to 20% on Fuel

EcoForward technologies is the new name behind the ultra-efficient transport refrigeration units and generator sets designed by Carrier Transicold for compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency diesel-emissions standards, which change in 2013

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ford Offers No-Charge F-150 SSV Package for Government, Commercial Buyers

By TruckingInfo Staff

Ford F-150 pickups are now available with a Special Service Vehicle (SSV) package aimed at government, municipal and commercial fleets, the company announced

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet Integrates Google Earth with Onboard Event Recording Data

With this new feature, safety managers can quickly and easily see exactly where an event happened with the aid of a Google map, including the location of a sudden acceleration or deceleration.

Google Earth views of Onboard Event Recording events are now available within the PeopleNet Fleet Manager

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mack Trucks Expands Natural Gas Offerings

The natural-gas-powered Mack TerraPro, equipped with a Cummins Westport ISL-G natural gas engine, meets EPA 2010 and CARB emissions levels.

Mack Trucks is expanding its natural-gas-powered offerings with natural-gas versions of the Mack Pinnacle and Mack Granite models in 2013 and is working on other alternative driveline technologies such as hybrids.

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterbilt Makes Bendix ESP Standard

The Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program full-stability system with Automatic Traction Control is now standard on the majority of Peterbilt's Class 8 trucks and tractors, including the newly announced 579

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EPA adds Guizhou truck tires to SmartWay list

Guizhou Tyre Corp.'s Samson and Advance brands GL283A L.E.T. has received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a SmartWay-approved tire effective immediately for drive and steer positions

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rand McNally Launches TND 720 GPS Truck Navigation

The Wi-Fi feature was designed so that drivers can connect using their enabled smart phones as Wi-Fi hotspots – allowing for real-time updates while on the road.

Rand McNally's new IntelliRoute TND 720 is a 7-inch truck GPS device with two advanced features: Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing for real-time weather information and display, and new hardware with ruggedized casing, video input and brighter screen

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Swift Transportation Got Back on Track

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

SAN DIEGO -- "It doesn't matter if you are big or small, the principles are the same," said Richard Stocking, president and COO of Swift Transportation, in discussing how his company got back on track following the recession

Tags: Topics & Trends

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Federal-Mogul Introduces Abex Reduced Stopping Distance Brake Block

FMVSS 121 has been amended to reduce the specified stopping distance to 250 feet, a 30% reduction, for new truck tractors built on or after August 1, 2011.

Federal-Mogul's Abex commercial-vehicle drum brake block is now available and meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 121 Reduced Stopping Distance requirements.

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bosch Introduces Quietcast Medium-Duty Disc Brake Pads

QuietCast Medium Duty Pads are designed to give medium-duty vehicles better stopping power, increased pad life, quiet stops, low dust and great pedal feel.

Bosch introduced a new series of QuietCast Medium Duty Premium Disc Brake Pads, expanding the QuietCast brake products line with the addition of 24 medium-duty brake pad numbers.

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ultrasonic Diagnostic Tool "Hears" Problems

The Marksman II is sensitive enough to detect leaks from orifices as small as 0.004 inches at 5 psi from a distance of 12 inches.

The Tracerline Marksman II ultrasonic diagnostic tool converts and amplifies inaudible ultrasonic sound into audible "natural" sound so service technicians can hear sounds that signify problems

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Hydrogen System Claims Better Fuel Economy, Lower Emissions

The HY-Impact system runs on fewer than 3 amps of power and requires one cup of distilled water every 900 operating hours.

Highline Technical Innovations Inc., creator of a hydrogen system used in the marine and agricultural industries, now offers its HY-Impact line of Intelligent Hydrogen Systems for all industries using diesel engines

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas Pump Prices Won't Rise Much, Clean Energy Exec Says

By EngineSmarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Prices paid at the pump for natural gas by truck operators won't rise much even if gas's basic price doubles, said an executive with Clean Energy, a company now setting up retail NG filling stations and selling the fuel

Tags: Engine Smarts

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Freightwatch International Expands Container Integrity Service to U.S. and Mexico

FreightWatch International announced the expansion of its Container Integrity Service for cargo shipments within the U.S. and Mexico.

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Technology is Changing the Way Fleets Buy Parts

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

A decade ago, selling truck parts was mostly a face-to-face (or least voice-to-voice) business. Distributors used outside salespeople to call on fleets, independent repair shops or other service providers to build typical sales relationships

Tags: Technology

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Branching Out Into New 
Markets

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

The heavy-duty aftermarket's been a busy place the past year as customers played catch-up on purchasing and maintenance after delaying both during the recession. That growth is slowing, however, which may make it a perfect time to consider branching out into new markets, new product lines and new endeavors

Tags: Business

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

IPD Offers New Line of Remanufactured Fuel Injectors

IPD's new product line is composed of 13 remanufactured fuel injectors that provide coverage for 99 OE part numbers, with more coming in the future

IPD, an aftermarket provider of engine components for heavy-duty diesel and natural-gas-powered engines, has launched a new line of remanufactured fuel injectors for Caterpillar electronic engines (3126B, 3406E, C10 & C12).

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Feature-Laden 2013 F-150 Introduced at Texas FFA Meeting

2013 F-150s can be had with conventional headlamps (left) or high-intensity discharge lamps. Four trim levels, including a new Limited model, are available.

Ford introduced its refreshed 2013 F-150 pickup while marking its long association with the Future Farmers of America at a ceremony in Bruceville, Texas

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Eaton Enhances Hybrid Drive System for Faster Payback

By TruckingInfo Staff

Eaton announced enhancements that it says will increase the fuel economy, performance and payback of its hybrid drive system for commercial trucks, including a new high-capacity battery, a new single-phase 115-volt AC auxiliary power generator, a higher capacity clutch and a remanufactured battery for aftermarket purchase

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

AXN Launches Modular Air Ride Suspension Platform

The new line of lightweight air suspensions promotes a patented weldless axle connection that uses formed retention grooves on the axle.

AXN Heavy Duty is offering a new line of modular air ride suspensions in partnership with its European partner VDL Weweler

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vigillo Introduces CSA Intervention Manager

The new Vigillo Intervention Manager is an upgrade to the CSA Scorecard in the Vigillo Daylight Suite of Web-based applications designed to give carriers, brokers, shippers, insurers and drivers the tools they need to succeed under the DOT's CSA enforcement program

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

MHC Unveils New iPhone App

MHC's new app allows customers to find the closest MHC location to their current location or final destination.

Murphy-Hoffman Company has released a locations and services directory application, available now for download from iTunes for the iPhone and iPad

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Owner-Operators: 
Today's New Breed

Availability can often trump price on critical parts for many owner-operators, who don't have many options for backup if the truck goes down while under a load.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief and Jim Park, Contributing Editor

There are three kinds of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened. The recent recession culled many owner-operators from the latter category

Tags: Issues

June 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: Topics & Trends

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aftermarket Service Providers Can Help Customers Over CSA Hurdles

Building a PM program and tracking maintenance records brings expertise to your small fleet customers that they may not have internally.

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

With 514,000 carriers running 9 million trucks and buses to contend with, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has had to develop a more effective way of tracking safety violations. It's called CSA, short for "Compliance, Safety, Accountability.

Tags: Managing the Shop

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Near-Term Aftermarket Outlook a Double-Edged Sword

The burgeoning retrofit market offers opportunities for aftermarket sales as well as service and cleaning.

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

The recession has been good for some aftermarket parts and service providers, but others took a bit of a thrashing between 2008 and 2011. Many cash-strapped fleets decided to keep trucks in service longer, which meant an increase in parts sales and service opportunities

Tags: Business

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Superior Distributors Celebrates 50-Year Milestone

Superior Distributors Founder Howard Klein sits in his office in the 1970s. Below, Klein with his granddaughter Dana Klein, chief information officer, and son Rick Klein, vice president.

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

Superior Distributors in Elmwood Park, N.J., has come a long way since its start in the trunk of founder Howard Klein's '62 Falcon station wagon in 1962.

Tags: Business

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Opportunities in 
Natural Gas

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Is natural gas truly the fuel of the future, or is it just an overhyped niche? That's what many wondered in the wake of March's Mid-America Trucking Show, where it seemed nearly every press conference and OE booth had something to say about it

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Freightliner Trucks Unveils the Cascadia Evolution

 Cascadia Evolution achieved 9.31 mpg on a  2,400-mile cross country trip on real Interstate highways between San Diego, Calif., and Gastonia, NC.,

By Truckinginfo Staff

Freightliner Trucks has introduced the 2014 Cascadia Evolution powered by Detroit and featuring some of the most advanced aerodynamic enhancements in the industry. The Evolution is the most recent addition to Freightliner's line-up of fully compliant GHG14 vehicles.

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Does natural gas make sense as a truck fuel? Why not use it to make stuff that's easier to handle?

By Engine Smarts Commentary Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Natural gas! Almost everything's natural gas! That was my impression while walking through the displays at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo in early May at the Long Beach Convention Center. Suppliers were offering all sorts of equipment and services connected to this fuel that's so much in the news

Tags: Engine Smarts

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trincon Offers Activity-Based Costing Software Tool

Trincon Group, a national transportation industry advisory firm, has created a Web-based program, TruCosting, that uses activity-based costing methodology and business intelligence to help carriers manage costs, increase truck productivity and maximize profit

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Magellan Introduces Compliance-Ready Truck GPS Navigator

Magellan announced the newest addition to its Magellan RoadMate Commercial GPS family for commercial drivers, providing improved safety and productivity. The compliance-ready Magellan RoadMate Commercial 9270T-LM GPS device includes an extra-large GPS display, customizable truck-specific routing, hands-free communication and trip logging

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hendrickson Bumper And Trim Launches Mobile App

Hendrickson Bumper and Trim has launched the Truck Bumper Selection Tool mobile app for Apple and Android phones and tablets. It's designed to help prospective bumper customers streamline the process of selecting and purchasing a Hendrickson bumper

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Factory Installation Ensures Inverter-Charger Safety, Company Says

The Xantrex Freedom HF inverter-charger is offered as an option by major truck manufacturers. The inverter-charger powers in-cab loads such as TV and microwaves without idling by utilizing the truck’s batteries.

As inverter usage grows among truckers who want to convert standard battery (DC) power to AC household current to power electrical appliances and entertainment systems and reduce idling, Xantrex Technology recommends installation by a truck OEM or an authorized dealer

Tags: Equipment & Fuel Economy

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC's 2012-2013 Recommended Practices Manual Now Available

ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council released its 2012-2013 Recommended Practices Manual, which provides more than 2,900 pages of maintenance and spec'ing information for the purchase, design, maintenance and performance of equipment

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Renewable DME vs. U.S. Natural Gas

Volvo VNL natural-gas-powered daycab.

By Engine Smarts Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Volvo just told the world about its LNG engine coming in 2014 at a recent press gathering in Miami Beach and discussed the future of DME fuel - that's dimethyl ether - in North America

Tags: Engine Smarts

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hybrids in Yosemite

By Engine Smarts Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

As we head into summer vacation season, it's worth noting that hybrids are being used in a somewhat unexpected place - California's Yosemite National Park

Tags: Engine Smarts

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Turbine-Electric Hybrid Whirs and Whooshes But Saves Fuel, Maker Says

By Engine Smarts Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A chrome-plated exhaust stack emits a muted whoosh as this truck's turbine engine spins at tens of thousands of RPMs, drawing the curious among attendees at this ride-and-drive event in downtown Long Beach, Calif.

Tags: Engine Smarts

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Carrier Transicold Introduces New X2 Series Models

The APX 2500 trailer refrigeration unit from Carrier Transicold is one of two new units featuring the APX control system plus a comprehensive warranty.

Carrier Transicold has introduced two new models in its X2 series of trailer refrigeration units, the 2500 APX and 2100 APX, both featuring the innovative APX control system as well as a comprehensive warranty

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Telogis, FleetCor Partner on Fuel Card/Telematics

The Telogis Universal Premium Fleet Card powered by FleetCor includes no application, setup or card replacement fees and offers 24/7 customer service, flexible payment options and possible rebates.

Telogis and FleetCor Technologies have partnered for the integration of telematics and fuel card reporting that will help improve reporting and reduce unauthorized fuel card use

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Equinox Launches Customized Online Driver Education

Equinox Owner-Operator Solutions, a transportation bookkeeping, tax and consulting firm, launched Equinox University for Carriers. This set of interactive learning courses is customized for the driver training programs of individual truckload and less-than-truckload carriers

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dayton Air Control Products Offers Adjustable Height Control Linkage Kits

The adjustable length linkage kits are available in two sizes, and no cutting is required. The control links are designed with high quality steel and lined elastomer bushing system for long life.

Dayton Air Control Products announced a new line of height control and leveling valve linkage kits, called Kwik-Link, for the OEM market and aftermarket replacements

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dart Driver Prefers Owner-Operator Lifestyle

An owner-operator for more than 30 years, John Borofka was recently named Dart Transit Company's Contractor of the Year for the Eagan, Minn., operating center.

As an owner-operator for more than 30 years, John Borofka advises truck drivers aspiring to start their own businesses to "start out by driving for somebody at a company and see if it works out." That's exactly what he did before becoming an owner-operator

Tags: Issues

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Safety Vision Introduces Distraction, Fatigue Monitoring System

Safety Vision's new driver distraction and fatigue monitoring system, SafetyTrax DDM, warns the driver with real-time audible alerts when symptoms of fatigue or distracted driving due to texting on a cell phone are recognized

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Turbine-Electric Hybrid Whirs and Whooshes But Saves Fuel, Maker Says

Clean exhaust gas whooshes out the stack as the Wrightspeed microturbine spins a generator to charge this series hybrid's batteries. The sound is not loud, but is like that of a modern airplane's jet engine.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A chrome-plated exhaust stack emits a muted whoosh as this truck's turbine engine spins at tens of thousands of RPMs, drawing the curious among attendees at this ride-and-drive event in downtown Long Beach, Calif.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

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