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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

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

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