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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

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How to be Proactive 
With CSA

Once you have used analytical tools to identify performance improvement areas, focus your time and efforts on those drivers who need the most help.

By Jim Sassen, Contributor

There are two types of carrier reactions when it comes to navigating the new Compliance, Safety, Accountability program launched by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, better known simply as CSA

Tags: Compliance

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Parker Hannifin Helps Lowers City of Austin C02 Emissions by 55 Tons

The City of Austin has bought four hybrid refuse vehicles from the Hybrid Drives Division of Parker Hannifin Corp. in partnership with Autocar

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: BAE HybriDrive -- New and Smooth

BAE HybriDrive in this Kenworth T800 dump supplies only propulsion power, but could be set up to help tip the bed. For now the Cummins engine, running through a PTO, spins the hydraulic pump that operates the bed's hoist.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

BAE Systems is a multi-national company that claims to have built HybriDrive electric powertrains for more than 3,500 transit buses in cities around the world, plus many thousands of straight diesel trucks for the U.S. Army. And it's developing hydrogen fuel cells and electric propulsion systems

Tags: Test Drive

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

BAE Diesel-Electric System Available for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Trucks

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

BAE Systems is a multi-national company that says it has built HybriDrive electric powertrains for more than 3,500 transit buses in cities around the world, plus many thousands of straight diesel trucks for the U.S. Army. And it's developing hydrogen fuel cells and electric propulsion systems. So it seems to have strong credentials to design and market HybriDrive versions for Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Automated Pre-Tripping of Trailers Could Help Fleets with CSA

Instead of a traditional look-and-touch routine, a driver’s pre-trip inspection would be faster and better if key components had sensors wired to transponders that would broadcast their status.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

There always have been a lot of reasons for drivers to do effective pre- and post-trip inspections on trailers and power units. Starting in 2010, we've had another: Compliance, Safety, Accountability better known as CSA

Tags: Trailers

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mac Tools Launches Macsimizer Tool Box

The MB7432 is a 74-inch-wide workstation that is 32 inches deep and 46 inches tall. The system features a 5-inch-deep, 66-inch-wide drawer for storing sockets and 3-inch-deep, extra-wide drawers for wrench

Mac Tools now offers the MB7432 Macsimizer Tool Box. It features a push-to-open laptop storage drawer with two outlets and a USB and Internet connection the company says is not available in competitors' tool boxes

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vigillo Offers Crash Management System

Vigillo's new Crash Management System gives carriers a cloud-based application for tracking DOT reportable and non-reportable crashes and tow-aways in a single plac

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo Sees Promising Future for Bio-DME as a Vehicle Fuel

Ten Volvo Bio-DME (Di-Methyl-Ether) trucks have now been in regular operation since last autumn.

Volvo's European Bio-DME project, which aims to assess whether there is a market for Bio-DME (Di-Methyl-Ether) for commercial vehicles, shows promise, the company says

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PrePass Updates Technology, Expands Services Offerings

PrePass weigh station service, offered by Help Inc., is redesigning its offerings to better meet the needs of law enforcement, state departments of transportation and motor carriers nationwide.

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Talbert Manufacturing Offers 35-Ton SRG Double Drop Trailer

The 35-ton SRG trailer has a 29-foot deck length with a rated 35 tons distributed and 30 tons in each 10 feet of deck length.

Talbert Manufacturing introduced its 35-Ton SRG Double Drop Trailer, which features aluminum pull-outs, adding a full two-feet on each side

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Phillips Plug/Socket Designed to Eliminate Cable Corrosion

Phillips Industries has introduced the Sta-Dry QCMS2 plug/socket, designed to eliminate corrosion damage from road contaminants entering the electrical system of a heavy-duty vehicle

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Walmart Tests New Truck Prototypes to Increase Efficiency

Walmart's hybrid assist tractors use a traditional diesel drivetrain in conjunction with an electric motor to recover energy normally lost during braking to provide additional torque in high-load situations such as going up hills.

To improve the efficiency of its Class 8 heavy-duty trucks, Walmart U.S. Logistics, in partnership with truck and component manufacturers, built the following prototype tractors, according to its 2011 Global Responsibility Report

Tags: Equipment & Fuel Economy

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ox Bodies Introduces Next Gen Ox SuperDump

The new Ox SuperDump features four-, six- or seven-axle configurations, increasing payloads up to 25 tons and 80,000 GVWR.

Truck Bodies and Equipment International unveiled its next generation Ox SuperDump at the 2012 World of Asphalt Show in Charlotte, N.C

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Teletrac Releases Latest Version of Fleet Director

Teletrac, a GPS fleet tracking and telematics provider, released the latest version of its core software platform, Fleet Director

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TeleType Offers Server-Based Routing App for Android

TeleType has released SmartTruckRoute, an Android application allowing commercial truckers to use the built-in GPS in a phone or tablet to create truck-friendly routes with live map updates and live traffic

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DEF Tips and Tricks

By Glen Sokolis, Contributor

Fleet companies are facing all kinds of new decisions with diesel exhaust fluid

Tags: Emissions

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Allison's TC10 is a Future Tense Tranny

This Peterbilt 384 has a TC10 mated to a 12.9-liter Paccar MX. The transmission shifted smoothly and quickly.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Last fall, Allison Transmission invited a few trade press reporters to Indianapolis to fill us in on a future product: the TC10, an automated mechanical transmission the company will release in late 2012.

Tags: Test Drive

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maxxforce Engines for Sutphen Emergency Response Vehicles

Sutphen Corp. is now offering Navistar's MaxxForce brand diesel engines in its Sutphen mid-mount aerial platforms and Monarch custom pumpers.

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Jacobs Presenting New Shock Technology to SAE

Jacobs Vehicle Systems this week will present to a major engineering gathering a system that could recover waste energy from shock absorbers/suspension dampers

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

9 Ways to Make Your Numbers Count

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

When Randy Seals, customer advocate for McLeod Software, managed operations for a trucking company years ago, his boss would come in month after month asking the same question: "How are we doing?" Seals would respond, "Looks like we're doing great." He wasn't lying. They were moving a ton of freight

Tags: Information Technology

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo Brings XE16 Package to LCV, High GVW markets

A common configuration in Canada, the 137,800-pound B-train is will be a popular application for XE16.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

TORONTO -- Volvo Trucks is adding two XE powertrain packages to its 16-liter D16 engine: a 140,000-pound-GVW option for the North American LCV market, and an 80,000-pound-GVW configuration for fleets demanding superior performance and exceptional fuel economy

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How to Prevent Wheel-offs

Drivers must check for obvious signs of wheel and fastener damage, but many faults will be hidden, especially over-torquing which will eventually lead to failure.

By Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

There's no shortage of information on wheel integrity: posters, pamphlets, simple one-page instruction sheets and a bunch of YouTube videos, not to mention mandatory day-long wheel-installation courses. We're inundated with education on how to make sure wheels stay attached to the truck

Tags: Tires

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Announces 12,500-Pound Front Steer Axle Rating

Meritor is adding a 12,500-pound rating for its front steer axles. This new rating enhances steering control, improves durability and lowers maintenance costs, according to the company

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

LLumar UV Window Film Meets FMCSA Standards

Solutia's LLumar AIR80 window film meets the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's clarification to safety regulations regarding window visibility in commercial trucks

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Oil Filters Can Help Fleets Extend Drain Intervals

Extended drain intervals don't mean you can ignore the truck in between oil changes. Here, technician Bill Reeb of W.W. Williams in Birmingham, Ala., checks the oil level during a routine preventive maintenance check. (Photo courtesy of WheelTime Network)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

High diesel and crude oil prices may make headlines, but the cost of engine oil has risen, as well, making an extended-oil-drain strategy more appealing

Tags: Under The Hood

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TomTom WebFleet Offers Dispatch Feature

TomTom WebFleet now includes a new dispatch feature based on shortest travel time that will help businesses respond more rapidly to customers

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Knaack Offers New Weather Guard Van Storage Equipment

New Weather Guard van storage equipment includes professional trade packages, bulkheads and shelving, accessories and specialty and secure storage.

Knaack released new Weather Guard van storage equipment including professional trade packages, bulkheads and shelving, accessories and specialty and secure storage.

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Employee or Contractor?

Over the years courts have identified on a case-by-case basis various facts or factors that are relevant in determining whether an employer-employee relationship exists

Tags: Drivers

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Descartes Unveils Cloud-Based Transportation Management Suite

Descartes Systems Group has a new cloud-based Transportation Management suite that includes transportation execution capabilities for better control across fleet and for hire operations and help with carrier compliance for small package shipments

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Life-Time Fenders Expands Mudflap Hanger Line

Life-Time Fenders, a subsidiary of Betts Spring Co., expanded its spray suppression bundle with popular mudflap hanger part numbers

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TripPak Services Offers Xerox Mobile Scanner for TripPak Mobile

TripPak Services, a Xerox company, now offers the Xerox Mobile Scanner for TripPak Mobile users. The scanner provides improved image quality for Android smartphone users

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