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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

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

123LoadBoard.com Launches New Tool for Brokers

Freight matching service 123Loadboard.com has made its controlled posting tool available to all brokers and logistics professionals

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Goodyear DuraSeal Tire Survives 367 Punctures Without Losing Pressure

This is the 367th nail hole in the Goodyear G394 SST wide-base trailer tire at the tire manufacturer’s booth at Mid-America.

Mid-America Trucking Show attendees last month drove 367 nail holes into a Goodyear G394 SST wide-base trailer tire at the tire manufacturer's booth -- without any impact on tire inflation

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Owner-Operators: Selecting for Success

Miles Verhoef, pictured with his dog Trixie, keeps cost down by eating in his truck and using an APU to limit idling.

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

When we caught up with Miles Verhoef, he'd spent the day in Fargo, N.D., looking for - and not finding - the right load for his drop-deck flatbed

Tags: Business

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Owner-Operators: Empty Nesters

Linda Caffee (right) and her husband Bob sold their home to try expedited trucking. To stay up-to-date with the industry, Linda relies on blogs, social media and networking.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Bob and Linda Caffee were living a comfortable life in southwest Kansas. They had a nice house on a 7-acre spread. He was a diesel mechanic, and she worked in administration at the local courthouse.

Tags: Business

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Owner-Operators: Ready for Business

Tony Huttenstine takes advantage of technology by using a laptop and iPhone for routing and finding loads.

By Deborah Lockridge

Tony Huttenstine misses his big, beautiful, tricked-out Kenworth W900 - but he doesn't miss the fuel economy

Tags: Business

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Owner-Operators: Today's New Breed

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Think the owner-operator is dead? Think again. Today's independents are smarter, more professional and more business-savvy than ever

Tags: Issues

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aljex Introduces Driver Pay Dashboard

Aljex Software's new Driver Pay Dashboard is a new software tool that displays all the information to manage and pay owner-operators on a single screen

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Great Dane Re-Engineers Its Everest Reefers; Improves Vans, Flats

The Everest CL is designed for specialized, foodservice and multi-temp applications

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Great Dane says it has re-engineered its entire line of Everest refrigerated, Champion van and Freedom flatbed trailers for greater strength, longer life and better performance

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

'Virtual' Vertical Integration?

Can so-called virtual vertical integration work as well as vertical integration done with components all built by the same company, like this Detroit transmission, designed to work with Detroit engines and axles?

By Engine Smarts column Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Three weeks after the Mid-America Trucking Show, while I munch on very small, very rich chocolate eggs that were left on my desk by some generous rabbit, I find myself at the keyboard pondering a few things I learned and heard in Louisville. And one in particular

Tags: Engine Smarts

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cutting Fuel Use by Recovering Waste Heat

By Engine Smarts Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Very quietly, Cummins Turbo Technologies offered a glimpse of its advanced waste-heat expander prototype at the Mid-America Trucking Show recently

Tags: Engine Smarts

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Air-Weigh Scales Now Standard on Sidump'r Trailers

Sidump'r Trailer, the Plainview, Neb., manufacturer of side-dump trailers, is making Air-Weigh's QuickLoad Trailer Scale a standard feature on its products

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

McLeod Software Releases LoadMaster and PowerBroker Version 11.0

McLeod Software released LoadMaster Enterprise and PowerBrokerPowerBroker Version 11.0., which includes enhancements such as service failure analysis and a lane analysis tool, as well as new third-party integration solutions

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Comdata Offers New Way to Manage Pilot Car Orders

Comdata Corp., provider of electronic payment solutions, announced a new way to manage pilot car orders

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Zonar, Esri Integration Offers Real-Time GIS Mapping

A new integration between fleet telematics provider, =Zonar, and geographic information system provider, Esri, delivers real-time fleet data layered with geographic map information.

A new integration between fleet telematics provider Zonar and geographic information system provider Esri delivers real-time fleet data layered with geographic map information

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

2013 Ram 1500 Has Engine, Transmission, Styling, Infotainment Advances, Chrysler Says

By TruckingInfo Staff

Chrysler says its 2013 Ram 1500 pickups are substantially upgraded with more power, better fuel efficiency, smoother aerodynamics, active air suspension, and a host of electronic infotainment features that make the half-ton models superior to competitors

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pro-Tread Says Clients Average 30 Points Lower in CSA BASIC Scores

A study by Instructional Technologies Inc., provider of Pro-Tread online safety training, showed that Pro-Tread clients' CSA BASIC scores averaged 30 point less than average industry CSA scores.

Tags: Compliance

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navman Wireless Releases App for Fleet Tracking System

Navman Wireless released an expanded mobile app for its OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking system, enabling dispatchers, fleet managers and executives to monitor and manage fleet activities from their iPhones or iPads

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Isuzu Expands Warranties for Gold Star Used Trucks

Isuzu's Gold Star pre-owned trucks are getting expanded optional powertrain warranties, to as long as 24 months/50,000 miles (whichever comes first) on qualified vehicles

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sloan Redesigns HD Pogo Stick

Sloan Transportation Products released a redesigned 45-inch heavy-duty pogo stick for over-the-road use.

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Propane's Promise

TYT Group of Drummondville, Quebec, is using propane in two of its Cummins engines. One upside of using propane is the broad availability of the fuel.

By Steve Bouchard, Contributor

Heavy-duty trucks running on the same stuff as your backyard grill

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

One on One with Jerry Moyes, Swift Transportation

Jerry Moyes is the CEO and founder of Swift Transportation, the largest trucking company in the U.S.

By Jason Rhyno, contributor

As CEO and founder of Swift Transportation, the largest trucking company in the U.S., Jerry Moyes knows a thing or two about trucking

Tags: Topics & Trends

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The 7 Steps to Selling Your Trucking Business

By Peter Carter, Contributor

Nobody's going to buy your business if: a) it's unhealthy or b) they can just take it

Tags: Topics & Trends

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wabco Launches Electronic Tire Pressure Monitoring

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Wabco's Integrated Vehicle Tire Pressure Monitoring system provides drivers with real-time tire pressure information. The announcement was made at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterbilt Makes Stability Control Standard

LOUISVILLE, KY. -- The Bendix ESP full-stability system with Automatic Traction Control becomes standard equipment in May 2012 on most Peterbilt Motors Company's heavy-duty trucks and tractors

April 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Noregon Releases JPro Fleet Diagnostics v5.2, Adds Sprinter Coverage

New from Noregon Systems is JPro Commercial Fleet Diagnostics software v5.2, offering a new coverage module for 2007-2012 Sprinter (Dodge, Freightliner and Mercedes) 2500 and 3500 vehicles

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