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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

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

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