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February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Training Technicians - Part Two

Younger people don't much want to read training manuals, and they're adept at computer use. Tailor your training accordingly.

By Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

In part one, we talked about how important it is to train technicians, and how classroom training that affords hands-on experience is the best. However, it's not always feasible to send your techs off for training or even to allot hands-on time at your own location

Tags: Managing the Shop

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Which Maintenance Software is Right for You? (Part 1 of 2)

O&S Trucking in Springfield, Mo., uses software to track each individual piece of equipment from cradle to grave and understand all the costs.

By Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

The need for first-rate maintenance of trucks and trailers is obvious, so let's not start this article blathering about the necessity of cost control and the ever-increasing challenge of safety compliance. All that's a given

Tags: Information Technology

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Managing Maintenance With Software, Part One

O&S Trucking in Springfield, Mo., uses software to track each individual piece of equipment from cradle to grave and understand all the costs.

By Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

The need for first-rate maintenance of our trucks and trailers is obvious, so let's not start this article blathering about the necessity of cost control and the ever-increasing challenge of safety compliance. All that's a given

Tags: Managing the Shop

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sylectus, MacroPoint Offer Fleet Tracking Solution

Sylectus, a unit of Qualcomm Enterprise Services, will collaborate with MacroPoint to provide a fleet tracking solution

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The New Hours Rule: Did FMCSA Find A Sweet Spot?

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Almost no one is happy about the new hours of service rule. Maybe that means the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration made the moves that will lead to stability, at long last. Or maybe not.

Tags: Safety & Compliance, Hours of Service

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sylectus Introduces Web-Based Dashboard

Sylectus, a unit of Qualcomm Enterprise Services, announced SylectDash, its new Web-based dashboard solution

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Test Drive: Fuso FG 4x4 Goes Almost Anywhere

FG's go-anywhere mechanicals were hobbled by street-style tires that slipped on sandy soil of inclines at this quarry in northeastern Ohio, but block-treaded

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Driving this Canter FG was like seeing an old friend who's aged gracefully

Tags: Light & Medium

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Fuso FG 4x4 Goes Almost Anywhere

FG's go-anywhere mechanicals were hobbled by street-style tires that slipped on sandy soil of inclines at this quarry in northeastern Ohio, but block-treaded "traction" tires are available.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Unique to North America, this all-wheel-drive cabover is strong, maneuverable and fun to drive. Driving this Canter FG was like seeing an old friend who's aged gracefully

Tags: Test Drive

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

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

This great-looking load shoul dbe 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 inspector

Tags: Trailers

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

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

This great-looking load shoul dbe 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: Safety & Compliance

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top 5 Cargo Securement Violations

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

In 2011, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspectors conducted about 2 million vehicle inspections. In the cargo securement sphere, the most common violations found during roadside inspections were "failure to prevent shifting cargo" (16,345) and "leaking/spilling/blowing/falling cargo" (10,872)

Tags: Safety & Compliance

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EPA's SmartWay Looks for a Smarter Way

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

In this era of complaining about heavy-handed government, here's one federal program that gets cheers all around

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

J.J. Keller Offers New DQ Platinum Service


J. J. Keller & Associates launched a comprehensive outsource service for identifying and correcting driver-based deficiencies

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Universal Lubricants Offers Product Line for CNG Fleets

Universal Lubricants launched a product line specifically for CNG fleets.

Universal Lubricants launched an engine oil line designed for compressed natural gas vehicles

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck-Lite Releases 5-inch-by-7-inch LED Headlamp

Truck-Lite introduced its new 5-by-7-inch LED headlamp.

Truck-Lite released a new 5-inch-by-7-inch LED headlamp

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vertical Integration Yields More Profits, Navistar Executives Tell Stock Analysts

By Engine Smarts commentary Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Does it make sense for a truck builder to limit customers' engine choices to just one line of products? It does if the engines are its own, because it makes more money. That is among the assertions made by Navistar International Corp.'s top executives to stock market researchers during the company's annual Analysts Day Feb. 1 at its shining and sprawling new headquarters in Lisle, Ill., west of Chicago.

Tags: Engine Smarts

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Shell Simplifies Lube Products Under Three Names, Announces New AMT Oil

By TruckingInfo Staff

Shell Lubricants has simplified its lineup of products, grouping them under three trade names to make selecting the proper level of protection easier

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Blue Tree Systems Launches Fuel Auditor Feature

Blue Tree Systems' new fuel auditor feature will become a standard feature for new and existing customers

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Zonar Introduces ZTrak Asset Tracking

The ZTrack Asset Tracker helps companies locate and monitor important assets.

Zonar's new ZTrak Asset Tracking helps companies track the locations of site-specific remote assets

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

On-Site Analysis Introduces Coolant and DEF Fluid Analyzer

The OSA4 CoolCheck performs up to nine coolant and DEF diagnostic analyses.

The OSA4 CoolCheck Coolant Analyzer automatically performs up to nine coolant and DEF diagnostic analyses

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xantrex Launches Second Generation Freedom HF Inverter/Charger

Xantrex Technology Inc. released its second generation Freedom HF Inverter/Charger to the North American commercial, RV and marine markets

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rotary Lift Adds New Mobile Column Lift to Line

The RCH4 is Rotary Lift's newest mobile column lift.

The latest addition to Rotary Lift's line of mobile column lifts is the RCH4 mobile column lifting system

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GreenRoad and ProMiles Partner to Offer Automated Fuel Tax Reporting

GreenRoad and ProMiles are partnering to offer ProMiles Fuel Tax Automation services as an integrated component of the GreenRoad service

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Nissan Debuts NV200 Compact Cargo Van

At the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, Nissan unveiled its latest commercial vehicle, the NV200 Compact Cargo Van

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

The latest addition to the Nissan commercial vehicle lineup is the NV200 Compact Cargo Van, which Nissan unveiled at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show this week

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driver Recruiting and Retention: It's All About Respect

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

It was clear at last week's Recruitment & Retention Conference, put on by the Truckload Carriers Association and ACS Advertising, that forward-thinking carriers are realizing that recruiting and retention in the new environment means treating drivers are more than steering-wheel holders

Tags: Topics & Trends

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navman Wireless Adds SpeedGauge-Powered Speed Monitoring for Fleet Control

Navman Wireless is offering a new GPS-based speed monitoring service for its OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking system through a partnership with SpeedGauge, a provider of speed management analytics

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cambridge Security Seals Introduces New Heavy Duty Pull Tight Seal

Cambridge Security Seals' new tamper-evident seal comes in seven colors.

Cambridge Security Seals released a new tamper-evident seal, the Heavy Duty Pull Tight seal

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Goodyear Introduces Tire for Oil Field, Mining and Other Severe Service Applications

Goodyear's new G741 MSD truck tire is made for oil field, mining, logging and construction applications.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. introduced the Goodyear G741 MSD, a new truck tire for oil field, mining, logging and construction applications

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar Expands Product Line with Cummins Westport Engine

Navistar will offer the Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine in the International TranStar and WorkStar trucks

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ahern and Associates will Locate or Sell Used Equipment

Truck Consulting Firm Ahern and Associates will now locate and dispose of used equipment for less-than-truckload and truckload carriers.

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EcoDual Dual Fuel Conversion System Achieves EPA Compliance for Cummins ISX

EcoDual, provider of dual-fuel conversion systems for heavy-duty diesel trucks, has received authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to begin installing its systems on 2004 to 2009 Cummins ISX engines

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fontaine Infinity Trailers Feature Patented RASR Siderail

Fontaine Trailer now features the RASR Routed Aluminum SideRail on its 2012 line of Infinity trailers

Fontaine Trailer now offers the patented RASR Routed Aluminum SideRail on its 2012 line of Infinity trailers

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Transflo Now! Scanning Solution Available for Android Phones

Pegasus TransTech released its mobile scanning solution app, Transflo Now! Mobile for Android phones

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Air Conqueror Series Wheel Cavity Cover Compatible with All Tractor, Trailer Wheel Types

Solus Wheel Cavity Covers have a donut design that allows access to the hub.

Solus now offers Air Conqueror Series wheel cavity covers compatible with all wheel types including wide-base

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tracer's Heavy Duty Kit Features Compact Leak Detection Flashlight

The TP-8647HD leak detection kit by Tracer features a cordless blue light LED detection flashlight.

Tracer Products introduced the TP-8647HD, a leak kit featuring the Optimax Jr, a cordless, blue light LED leak detection flashlight

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Auto AirTamer Purifies Cab Air

The Auto AirTamer uses advanced electrostatic purification technology to purify the air inside a truck.

By HDT Staff

The makers of the Auto AirTamer say the device lets drivers breathe cleaner, healthier air on the road

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Corsa Exhaust Line for Light Commercial Trucks

Corsa Commercial Exhaust is a new brand of stainless steel cat-back exhausts for working trucks

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Illinois Lock Company Releases Weather-Resistant Wing Locks

Illinois Lock Company's weather-resistant wing locks have built-in flip-up cap to provide protection from the elements.

Illinois Lock Company introduced a complete line of weather-resistant wing locks for both indoor and outdoor applications

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dunlop Steer Tire for Regional, P&D Applications

The new Dunlop SP348 for Goodyear is an all-position steer tire for regional fleet, school bus and pickup and delivery applications.

Goodyear expanded its portfolio of Dunlop brand truck tires with the new Dunlop SP348, an all-position steer tire for regional fleet, school bus and pickup and delivery applications

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

UPS Driver Ron 'Big Dog' Sowder Reaches 50 Years Accident Free

UPS Driver Ron Sowder recently celebrated 50 Years of accident-free driving for UPS.

By Genevieve Conti, Assistant Editor

Ron "Big Dog" Sowder has a good reason for his nickname: He's driven 50 years and 4 million miles without a single accident

Tags: Drivers

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

California Air Resources Board Approves Hug Mobiclean R DPF

The California Air Resources Board approved the Hug mobiclean DPF to improve air quality.

The California Air Resources Board verified the Hug Filtersystems mobiclean R diesel particulate filter for use with most non-EGR on-road diesel vehicles from 1991 to 2006

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vigillo Enhances CSA Scorecards for 2012

Vigillo's newest version of its CSA scorecards puts a strong emphasis on drivers by incorporating advanced Driver Essentials

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving Tips to Protect Light-Duty Fleets This Winter

By Ed Iannuzzi, Automotive Resources International

As we settle into the new year, winter 2012 is just beginning to flex its muscles

Tags: Safety & Compliance

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getloaded Launches Integrated Automatic Posting & Searching Solution

Getloaded, an internet-based logistics load board company, introduced Web Services, a new interface that integrates customers' systems directly into the Getloaded network

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Goodyear Launches G619 RST for Spread Axle Trailers

Goodyear's new G619 RST  features 18/32-inch tread depth and a four-belt casing.

Goodyear developed the G619 RST, a new tire for spread axle trailer applications

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top Dealers Talk about 2010 Engines

By Engine Smarts Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

So far, the new engines built to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's 2010 emissions mandate are performing far better than their EPA-2007 predecessors. That was the consensus of this year's nominees for the American Truck Dealers/Heavy Duty Trucking Truck Dealer of the Year

Tags: Engine Smarts

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CEI Group Says Truck Fleets Missing Opportunities to Cut Accident Costs

Fleets may be missing opportunities to reduce the cost of accidents by millions of dollars, according to Luann Dunkerley, The CEI Group's manager of business development for truck fleet services

Tags: The Bottom Line

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Radios Now Offer Bluetooth Capability

Kenworth now offers Bluetooth capability with its NavPlus system as well as factory-installed radios.

Kenworth now offers Bluetooth capability for factory-installed radios

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lite-Check Releases Tester for Trailer Roll Stability ABS

The new Inspector 920 is Lite-Check's new automated tester for trailer electronics and ABS.

Lite-Check introduced the Inspector 920, ab automated tester for trailer electronics and ABS

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rear View Safety Offers Backup Camera Systems for Commercial Vehicles

Rear View Safety introduced backup cameras designed for use in commercial trucks and cargo fleets. The products include various camera and screen models as well as multi-channel mobile DVRs designed for inter-fleet communication and management

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