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May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rand McNally Upgrades TND 760 Fleet Edition

The Rand McNally TND 760, Fleet Edition integrates with a truck's onboard computer and sends and receives information via both Wi-Fi and cellular modes

Rand McNally announced a new pricing plan, new features and a new warranty program for its single-box compliance and navigation solution for fleets, the TND 760 Fleet Edition

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CSA Data Suggests More Drivers Becoming Independents

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Federal safety data indicates that carrier registrations jumped by 7.5% during the past 14 months, possibly reflecting a move by drivers to go into business for themselves, according to an analysis by QualifiedCarriers, which provides risk management services to shippers

Tags: Business

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo Trucks Launches Remote Diagnostics for North America

Remote Diagnostics, standard on all Volvo-powered VN model highway trucks, provides a connected system of vehicle management tools to help maximize vehicle uptime.

Volvo Trucks launched its Remote Diagnostics aftermarket service for North America, which will be standard on all Volvo-powered VN model highway trucks

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TCA Safety & Security Division Honors Weight Loss Showdown Winners

From left: Jeff Bone, Cline Wood Agency; Tom Liutkus, TravelCenters of America; Carl Bailey, Hirschbach Motor Lines; Linda Moran and Kathy Ayers, Lindora Clinic; Terry Leahy, Hirschbach Motor Lines.

Losing weight is rarely fun or easy, but winners of the Truckload Carriers Association's inaugural Trucking's Weight Loss Showdown proved that it can be done

Tags: Drivers

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Interstate Battery Charges Faster, Resists Extreme Temps

The 31-AGM7, the new extreme absorbed glass-mat battery from Interstate Batteries, features deep-cycling performance, faster recharging and stronger starting, according to the company

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chrysler Launches Website for Small Business Fleets

Chrysler's new website features a built-in vehicle selection slider, allowing the business owner to quickly compare vehicles based on fuel economy, cargo space, towing, passenger capacity and more

Chrysler Group launched a Chrysler commercial vehicles website for small business owners, www.ChryslerCommercialVehicles.com

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Telematics: The Next Frontier

Tablets are increasing in 
popularity with fleets as part of telematics systems. Here, Xata's tablet captures information from a pre-trip inspection, which is then sent to a back office.

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

Past predictions of future technology called for flying cars and personal robots. Yet the biggest leaps in technology have probably been in communications, and trucking is no exception

Tags: Information Technology

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cat Adds CT15 to CT660 Engine Options

The 15-liter engine is available with as much as 550 horsepower and 1,850 lb ft of torque.

The CT15 joins the CT11 and CT13 as the third engine option for Cat's Class 8 CT660. The 15-liter engine is available with as much as 550 horsepower and 1,850 pouds-feet of torque.

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Innovation for Trailer Interiors

The interior of this J&J steel vacuum tanker interior is protected with a polyurethane paint called CorroCote II PW from Madison Chemical Industries.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

"Box" and tank trailers can carry any number of things, and their interiors are specially designed for durability, long life, low maintenance and light weight. We found a number of interesting examples at the recent Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., in late March

Tags: Trailers

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

10 Ways to Cut 
Business Costs

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Fuel. Equipment. Tires. Tolls. Costs keep rising, and rates aren't keeping up. Instead of chasing after more loads and more revenue, you may be better off taking a careful look at the cost side of the equation

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alliance Truck Parts Adds Coiled and Straight Air Hoses

Alliance Truck Parts now offers coiled and straight air hose assemblies, gladhands and related accessories for Class 6-8 heavy-duty trucks

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alternative Fuels Mean Energy Independence, Say ACT Expo Speakers

By Engine Smarts Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Suppliers of alternative fuels and the equipment that burns them must cooperate to move America toward energy self-sufficiency and economic growth, says retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark

Tags: Engine Smarts

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Keeping An Eye on 
Axles and Suspensions

Shocks are a small components with big 
performance implications. Look for oil residue on the shock tube, and check for bushing wear.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Although the maintenance-free tractor-trailer is still a few years off, there are really only two big maintenance items left when it comes to axles and suspensions: the shock absorbers and the air springs. Some historically large maintenance items today are designed to almost outlive the trucks

Tags: Chassis & Brakes

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

MPG for Mediums

Downtown streets still pose a threat to delivery fleets' tires. Nobody will give up protection for fuel economy; the tire people say they won't have to.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The medium-duty world is dominated by the rental and leasing sectors and the pickup and delivery sector, at least in terms of the Class 5-7 trucks using 17.5- and 19.5-inch tires. What they want dictates what the tire makers deliver

Tags: Tires

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

MPG for Mediums

Downtown streets still pose a threat to delivery fleets' tires. Nobody will give up protection for fuel economy; the tire people say they won't have to.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The medium-duty world is dominated by the rental and leasing sectors and the pickup and delivery sector, at least in terms of the Class 5-7 trucks using 17.5- and 19.5-inch tires. What they want dictates what the tire makers deliver

Tags: Equipment & Fuel Economy

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bi-fuel impressions

The Ram's Hemi V-8 engine starts out on gasoline then switches automatically to natural gas. It will run that way until the engine's turned off or the CNG tanks run empty, then it will return to gasoline.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The momentum toward natural gas as a motor fuel has been building for several years, and we don't know how far it will take the national "fleet." Some people would like gas to be a major automotive fuel because it's comparatively clean and "green," domestically produced

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fras-le Introduces Work Truck/Fleet Brake Program

Fras-le North America introduced its new Work Truck and Fleet Disc Brake Pad Program to the North American aftermarket

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GreenRoad Driver Performance App

With the app, drivers can access their Safety Score, idling rate, team rank and trip details from the past seven days.

GreenRoad announced the GreenRoad Central mobile app for drivers, designed to give drivers anytime, anywhere access to key performance data

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Freightliner Launches Smartphone App

Freightliner Trucks introduced a new application for iPhone and Android users to commemorate the company's 70th anniversary. The free app also offers a suite of functional tools for drivers.

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Westport Offering HD15L LNG Engine for Class 8 Trucking

The Westport HD 15L LNG engine will be available in North America starting early 2013.

Westport Innovations announced a broad range of product enhancements, including the availability of the Westport HD 15L in North America.

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Technology in the Truck: Changing the game

By Michael Geffroy and Chris Lee, Contributors

Most of us have done of these things manually for so long that the thought of automating can seem overwhelming -- something only the big boys do. Today, technology innovation has put automation within the reach of any carrier.

Tags: Information Technology

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TurboBoss Turbocharger Hoses

Instead of silicone couplings and metal piping, TurboBoss uses Veyance's advanced rubber technology.

Veyance Technologies Inc., manufacturer of Goodyear Engineered Products, introduces the TurboBoss line of turbocharger hoses, designed as an economical alternative to other turbocharger components without sacrificing the power and reliability demanded by heavy-duty applications

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

J.W. Speaker Introduces LED Headlamps

The 8700 Evolution, like its predecessor, features a heavy-duty die-cast housing and now offers two different inner bezel styles to choose from: bold black and muscle chrome.

J.W. Speaker unveiled the latest addition to its line of LED headlamps. Dubbed the 8700 Evolution, this 7-inch round LED headlamp suits an even wider range of vehicles than the company's Model 8700

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Building Safer Trucks

Volvo crash-tests its European and American trucks to meet the Swedish Road Board impact tests, which it says are more stringent than the Euro and SAE tests used by other truck builders. (Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A driver grabs an exit and heads into the curve of the ramp too fast. He steers hard to try to make the sharpening turn, but his trailer can't follow. Its rear begins flipping and the motion quickly continues forward, pulling over the tractor

Tags: Equipment & Technology

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Feds' Safety Wish List

 An estimated 25% of new trucks have stability control systems, such as the one Bendix offers.

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Topping the list of federal initiatives on truck safety technology is a proposal due any time from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require stability control systems on heavy-duty tractors

Tags: Equipment & Technology

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth T680

Kenworth says the company invested $400 million and more than four years bringing this truck to market.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

When I first heard that Kenworth's new T680 was unveiled at the Mid-America Trucking Show, I wondered why Kenworth was already upgrading the two-year-old T700

Tags: Test Drive

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Two Fleets Divulge Keys to Award-Winning Safety Programs

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

Rocha Transportation and Bison Transport, winners of the 2012 Truckload Carriers Association's National Fleet Safety Award, admit that maintaining a high level of safety is hard work

Tags: Topics & Trends

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Isuzu Moves to Shorten Modification Cycles, Trim Delivery Costs

By Kate Harlow

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. introduced a new process that will cut turn-around times on modification requests for gasoline-powered NPR-HD trucks, while reducing dealer transit costs.

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's up with biodiesel?

By Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Bet you didn't celebrate National Biodiesel Day, did you? March 18 if you were wondering

Tags: Engine Smarts

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Taking a Look at the Natural Gas Boom

By Commentary Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

When you've got everyone from oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens to the head of America's largest truckload fleet to President Obama himself stumping for natural-gas-powered trucks, it's easy to see why there's so much interest in this less-expensive, home-grown alternative to $4-a-gallon diesel

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Parker Chelsea Introduces 511 Series Power Take-Off

The 511 has 17 mounting adapters that will allow it to fit on 131 transmissions. It features four shift options which are integrated into the P.T.O housing for a space saving design.

The new coaxial designed rear mount Chelsea 511 Series PTO from Parker Hannifin provides a compact housing that helps eliminate clearance issues.

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Progressive Dynamics Offers 24-Volt Converter/Charger

The 24-volt power converter/battery charger offers reverse battery protection, electronic current limiting and a two-year limited warranty.

Progressive Dynamics has introduced a 24-volt power converter/battery charger in 25 amp and 40 amp configurations with built-in, patented four-stage charging system

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cut Costs with an Accident Management Program

By Luann Dunkerly, Contributor

Most trucking companies are not taking advantage of a proven way to achieve significant net cost reductions: outsourcing their accident management program

Tags: Safety & Compliance

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Little Things Mean a Lot: 10 Ways to Cut Costs and Boost the Bottom Line

Control inventory on office supplies. Otherwise, come back-to-school time, they have a habit of disappearing.

By Andy Ahern, Contributor

It's important to recognize that, for every dollar that your company spends, you will have to make $10-$20 in revenue to make up for it

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

10 Ways to Control Workers' Compensation Costs

Workers' Compensation has fast become a leading cost factor in business insurance programs

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GE Capital Fleet Services Offers Fuel and CO2 Calculator App

GE Capital Fleet Services launched IntelliGauge, a mobile fuel and CO2 calculator application that allows users to compare components of their current vehicles against future vehicles. The app is free and is optimized for iPads, smartphones and desktops

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Optimize Routes Using Spot Freight and a Higher-Paying Third Leg

By Mark Montague, Contributor

Many owner-operators turn to the spot freight market -- a load board -- when they need a backhaul, sometimes taking a low rate just to get home. As a result, it's easy to think of load boards and backhauls as "cheap freight.

Tags: Business

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TrakLok Offers Lock Monitor Track Report

TrakLok Corp. has combined the physical security of a lock with a system that monitors cargo security to create GeoLok, a GPS system that tracks the load and a global communication technology advising owners of security breeches

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bulk Loads Offers New Load Matching Feature

BulkLoadsNow.com, an Internet-based bulk freight matching site, has a new feature called Reloads, which matches posted loads with other loads in a carrier's destination

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

One Fleet Cuts Lighting Costs

You spend a lot of time, energy and money looking for ways to save on fuel costs, but what about the energy cost at your facilities

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet Releases Latest Version of In-Cab Navigation

PeopleNet, provider of onboard computing and mobile communications systems for fleet management, released NaviGo 4.0, the newest version of its in-cab navigation. Navigo helps drivers create routes and get back on route in the quickest way by calculating re-routes locally on the onboard computer

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

U.S. Liner Company Re-Introduces Bulitex

For trailers, Bulitex is a high-impact, lightweight alternative to fiberglass reinforced thermoset plastic, wood, steel and aluminum.

U.S. Liner Company a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of glass-reinforced thermoplastic composite sheet, is re-launching Bulitex and Bulitex Hybrid, impact-resistant materials used in truck trailers

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Phillips Introduces V-Check1 Battery Status Indicator

The V-Check1 monitors the state of power for any battery and flashes RED if they are too low.

Phillips Industries introduced a new 24 volt V-Check1 battery status indictor.

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Horton Introduces Web-Based Airflow System Configurator

Horton released an online application that helps OE engineers identify the fan model and design of Horton's plastic, modular and metal fans used in on-highway, off-highway, stationary and industrial equipment

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet Makes Customized Programming Easier

PeopleNet has expanded options for helping customers accelerate custom application development and secure software maintenance on its Blu and Tablet platforms with the BluLink Software Development Kit

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet Offers Engine Reporting for CNG, LNG Vehicles

PeopleNet says it's the first telematics provider to deliver engine reporting for compressed natural gas and liquified natural gas vehicles, allowing fleets running traditional diesel-powered and alternative-fuel-powered vehicles to accurately compare fuel use and efficiency

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tier 4 Compliant Ottawa Terminal Tractors Now Available

Ottawa Truck says it's the first to sell terminal tractors powered by Cummins Tier 4i (Interim) diesel engines that meet new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions standards

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bolt, Qualcomm Integrate Fleet Management and Workflow Application

Bolt, an Internet-based dispatch and fleet management system, is integrating with Qualcomm's Circle of Service Workflow application

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Brake Washer Cleans Without Electricity

Oil Eater's new air-powered professional brake washer allows users to clean brake parts without electricity.

Oil Eater's new air-powered professional brake washer allows users to clean brake parts without electricity. It includes a cover that also functions as a catch basin

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

It Takes a Good Attitude to Make a Successful Owner Operator

For Pekala, managing his business begins with managing his costs. He uses a company fuel card to get the volume discount, and likewise takes advantage of the company's program for insurance and workmen's compensation.

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Peter Pekala is an owner-operator with an attitude. His attitude is, find business partners who do right by you and do the same for them

Tags: Business

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