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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

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

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