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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: 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

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