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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

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

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