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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

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Continental Adds Eco Plus Compounding to HSL2 Tire

The HSL2 Eco Plus increased tread wear volume is a major longevity factor, with engineering specifically for balanced pressure distribution and vectored forces within the tire's footprint.

Continental's Commercial Vehicle Tire business unit is converting its entire portfolio of HSL2 products to the Eco Plus line.

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Saving on Business Costs

In our May 2012 issue, HDT looked at ways to save on business costs. The following articles offer more information on that topic

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Logistics Consulting: Convert Inefficiencies to Bottom Line Savings

By David Beaudry, Contributor

With recent reports showing that the nation's transportation costs were up 10% over the previous year, it's no wonder U.S. businesses continue to look for every avenue of cost-savings possible

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Western Star Introduces New Powertrain Options for the 6900

New options for Western Star's 6900 include the DD16 and Tier 3 engine.

Western Star announced new powertrain options for its 6900 truck model

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Western Star Hopes New 4700 Series Tractor Will Boost Sales

New tractor version of the 4700 series was shown off yesterday at the Las Vegas Speedway. Like previously announced truck models, the tractor comes only as a daycab.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Western Star executives hope a new regional-tractor version of their 4700 Baby 8 model will help with a new push for sales of their products. They have begun showing off all models of their tractors and trucks to dealers, customers and the trade press during a two-week effort in Las Vegas

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getloaded Introduces Free Android App

Getloaded, an Internet-based logistics freight matching site, introduced a new Android mobile app to give members easier access to its load board

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sloan Introduces MaxxDuty Pogo Stick

The MaxxDuty pogo stick eliminates the need for zip ties, allowing operators to run hydraulic and wrapped lines through the hoop.

Sloan Transportation Products says its new MaxxDuty pogo stick is the industry's first made of composite materials

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TireStamp Unveils TireVigil TPMS

The Service App helps monitor drivers by tracking where a vehicle has been, its speed and when the ignition was turned on and off.

TireStamp's new TireVigil tire pressure monitoring system meets the new TPMS 2.0 standard for commercial tire monitoring products

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Balqon Corp. Introduces MX30 Class 8 Electric Tractor

Equipped with standard 600 Volt lithium batteries, the MX30 has the energy to travel up to 150 miles under unloaded conditions on a single charge.

Balqon Corp., a developer of electric drive system technologies for trucks, tractors and buses, introduced a new on-road Class 8 electric tractor, Model MX30, for short haul drayage and inner city applications

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Regular Tire Pressure Checks are Worthwhile

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Weekly tire pressure checks might seem unrealistically ambitious, but given what's at stake in terms of tread wear and tire life, it's a worthwhile goal. Regular tire inspections should, obviously, include pressure checks

Tags: Maintenance

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Protecting Your Investment With Proper Tire Inspections

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

There's more to a proper tire inspection than kicking it with a cold boot

Tags: Maintenance

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Automated Mechanical Transmissions Gaining Steadily in Class 8 Trucks

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Talk about transmissions in commercial trucks, and you'll talk a lot about Eaton. The Michigan-based manufacturer continues to dominate the business in Class 8 and remains strong in Classes 6 and 7. However, there are other names in the busines

Tags: Equipment

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Securement: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You Under CSA

This great-looking load should be placed out-of-service for violations. How many can you spot? (See the answer at the bottom of the story.)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

You can hide a multitude of sins inside a van trailer, but with an open deck trailer, any indiscretions are out in the open for all to see -- including DOT roadside inspectors

Tags: Issues

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Triangle Adds Lightweight Replacement Spring for Mack Camelback

The 62-143 version for 46,000-pound suspensions with 55-inch axle spacings provides fleets with a savings of approximately 300 pounds per vehicle without sacrificing performance.

Triangle Suspension Systems is adding a second lightweight replacement leaf spring for Mack camelback suspensions. The 62-143 version for 46,000-pound suspensions with 55-inch axle spacings provides fleets with a savings of approximately 300 pounds per vehicle without sacrificing performance

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Blue Giant Launches Electric Vehicle Restraint

With a restraining force of 32,000 pounds, the HVR303 prevents forklift damage, worker injury, and other dangers associated with unscheduled truck departure.

Blue Giant Equipment Corp. added a new model to its StrongArm vehicle restraint series, the StrongArm HVR303

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Precision240 Nut Available Option on Hendrickson Wheel-End Packages

The Precision240 nut, designed for tapered spindles, will be an available option with Hendrickson's HVS and HLS wheel-end packages beginning third quarter 2012.

Hendrickson Trailer Commercial Vehicle Systems is incorporating its patented Precision240 two-piece spindle nut system into its line-up of Ready-To-Roll proprietary wheel-end packages

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hendrickson Launches Next-Gen Front Steer Axle

SteerTek NXT includes continuous beam architecture, which minimizes stress points for added durability while providing a strength-to-weight ratio.

Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems now offers its next-generation SteerTek NXT axle on select International truck models. SteerTek NXT is the standard axle offering on International ProStar+, TranStar and LoneStar models

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Parker Hybrid Drives Systems Division Offers Wells Fargo Leasing Program

Wells Fargo Equipment Finance will provide an equipment leasing program for select U.S.-based Autocar dealerships, says Parker Hannifin Corp.'s Hybrid Drives Systems Division

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Adds New Clutches to Aftermarket Solutions Portfolio

Expanding its aftermarket offerings, Meritor unveiled its line of 14-inch and 15.5-inch clutches in standard and easy-pedal-effort models, designed for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Both models will be available under the company's Euclid brand through North American distribution centers

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Blue Tree Systems Available On Windows CE and Windows Mobile Devices

Blue Tree Systems, a provider of trailer tracking, reefer monitoring and fleet management solutions, now offers its R:COM fleet management software on any Windows CE and Windows Mobile device

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ken-Tool Offers Mega AirBlast Bead Seating Tool

The Ken-Tool Mega AirBlast uses pressurized air to uniformly force the tire’s bead onto the rim before inflating the tire to the correct pressure.

Ken-Tool is now offering the 31444 Ken-Tool Mega AirBlast bead seating tool, designed to seat the bead of tubeless tires to the rim

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Qualcomm Enhances MCP50, Expands Installation Services

Qualcomm is adding two applications to its new Mobile Computing Platform 50 that will have particular appeal to private and delivery fleets. It also announced an installation program to make it easier for fleets to get up and running with the new, lower-cost device

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PHH InterActive for Drivers Mobile

PHH InterActive for Drivers Mobile gives drivers easy access to their vehicle and operator information from touch screen smartphones (including iPhone, Android or Blackberry Touch or PlayBook devices).

With PHH Arval's new PHH InterActive for Drivers Mobile, drivers can complete fleet-related tasks from their smartphone

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Michelin Offers Retread Tires for On-/Off-Highway

The XZY3 retread compound protects against aggression, chipping and cutting, while a center groove bottom protector guards the center channel from any stone drilling and also assists in ejecting any stones or debris from the groove.

Michelin Retread Technologies is enabling mixed-use fleets and owner-operators to take on the challenges of on- and off-road applications with the new Michelin XZY3 Pre-Mold retread

May 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Karmak Introduces Business Software Solution for Repair Shops

Focusing on the small business repair shop's bottom line, Karmak designed a business management system, Karmak Velocity

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Failure to Communicate

By Commentary Jim Park, Equipment Editor

How can you expect to maintain a good relationship if you never talk with your partner? This is where a marriage has something in common with your relationship with your drivers and owner-operators

Tags: Drivers

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

QuikQ, EFueling Partner for Cardless Fleet Fueling

EFueling Technologies has allied with QuikQ. The firms are working together to offer a cardless system in which the entire fueling transaction is activated, managed and tracked through RF communication

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cadec Makes PowerVue More Versatile

Cadec's new PowerVue Enterprise fleet management solution features a new, more intuitive graphic interface.

By TruckingInfo Staff

Cadec Global announced a new version of its PowerVue fleet management solution, PowerVue Enterprise. It's the company's first major product release since it was acquired by BlackBern Partners in August

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reelcraft Offers DEF Dispensing Hose Reels

Reelcraft has introduced its DEF dispensing line of spring retractable hose reels

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Could be SoCal Fleet's Future

This tractor was built to haul cargo containers to and from ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and it does so regularly and reliably, its owner says.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Driver Tim Mabry eases his foot onto the pedal, and what appears to be a plain white Freightliner tractor moves ahead briskly, making only a faint whirring sound. We are being propelled through an industrial neighborhood in Rancho Dominguez, Calif., by an electric moto

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

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