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March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getloaded Introduces $29.99-per-month Membership Package

Getloaded introduced a $29.99 per month load board membership

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Yokohama Unveils New 709ZL Drive Tire

The 709ZL employs Yokohama's Zenvironment technology, which combines the latest in casing design, rubber compounding and tread design

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Yokohama Tire Corp. debuted its new drive tire, the 709ZL, at the Mid-America Trucking Show this week. The 709ZL is available in 295/75R22.5 and 11R22.5 sizes

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Jacobs Develops Engine Brake for Cummins ISX12 G

Jacobs Vehicle Systems has developed its first natural gas Engine Brake for the Cummins ISX12 G

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GT Radial Introduces SmartWay Trailer Tire

LOUISVILLE, KY -- The new GT Radial GT979 FS trailer tire, which has received SmartWay verification, is being introduced to the North American market

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterbilt Introduces 'New From the Ground Up' Model 579

By Truckinginfo Staff

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Peterbilt Motors Company unveiled its all-new Model 579 during the Mid-America Trucking Show following the most extensive and rigorous product development process in the company's history. The truck features distinctive aerodynamic styling and long list of driver comfort and productivity enhancements

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Introduces FueLite 6x2 Tandem Axle, Brings New Technology to Customer Support

The Meritor FUELite tandem axle delivers nearly 400 pounds in weight savings and a 2% increase in fuel efficiency when compared with a traditional 6x4 configuration.

The FueLite tandem axle from Meritor made its debut at the Mid-America Trucking Show on Tuesday. It is the first member of its SoloDrive Series axles which features 6x2 tandem rear axles

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bendix SafetyDirect Gives Fleets Wingman, ESP and SmarTire Data

LOUISVILLE, KY -- SafetyDirect from Bendix CVS, a Web portal that gives fleet operators a comprehensive view of their fleet and drivers, now connects to three of Bendix's onboard safety technologies

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Introduces FueLite 6X2 Tandem Axle, Brings New Technology to Customer Support

Meritor Solo Series 6x2s use a single drive axle with a

By TruckingInfo Staff

LOUISVILLE, KY -- The FueLite tandem axle from Meritor made its debut at the Mid-America Trucking Show on Tuesday. It is the first member of its SoloDrive Series axles which features 6x2 tandem rear axles

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bendix Adds Tire Monitoring for Trailers

LOUISVILLE, KY - Bendix announced its SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System for trailers will be available in the third quarter. Previously it only was available for tractors

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bendix Air Pressure Transfer System to Address 6x2 Traction Concerns

By Truckinginfo Staff

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems later this year will introduce Bendix eTrac to automate air pressure transfer on 6x2 tractors and trucks, addressing potential concerns about traction

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

LoadStar to Return Navistar to Heavy LCF Market

LoadStar Class 8 low-cab-forward truck's planned applications include trash collection.

By TruckingInfo Staff

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Navistar International is returning to the severe-service, low-cab-forward truck market it left in the 1980s with the Class 8 LoadStar.

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

VDO RoadLog Offers Electronic Logs for Low Cost, No Monthly Fees

LOUISVILLE, KY -- A new electronic onboard recorder promises to track driver logs and other information in an affordable device, featuring an integrated printer and USB data transfer, with no monthly fees

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Shows Aerodynamic, Comfortable T680 Tractor

Kenworth's new T680 will come with a 73-inch-long sleeper or a day cab. Paccar's 12.9-liter MX diesel is standard while Cummins' ISX15 is optional.

By TruckingInfo Staff

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Kenworth unveiled a new T680 highway tractor that claims superior aerodynamics and in-cab comfort and convenience features. Unveiled at the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show, the new model will complement existing tractors and is the most aerodynamic Kenworth ever, executives said

March 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 Issues

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SAF-Holland Black Armour Protection Standard On Trailer Suspension Systems and Landing Gear

SAF Holland will now offer its Black Armour corrosion and rust prevention treatment as a standard featur

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lee TranServices Enhances Driver Qualification System

Lee TranServices announced a new version of its driver qualification system, Lee Trans DQ

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Equipment Lock Company Offers Heavy-Duty Rolling Door Lock

The Heavy-Duty Rolling Door Lock can be purchased with a built-in four digit combination lock.

The Equipment Lock Company announced a new security product: The Heavy-Duty Rolling Door Lock

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Great American Insurance Launches Program to Manage Independent Contractors

Great American Insurance Group's Trucking Division announced its FleetFusion program to help motor carriers manage an independent contractor division

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Yokohama Launches Inflation Pressure Calculator

Yokohama's Inflation Pressure Calculator is an online tool to help fleets maintain proper tire inflation.

Yokohama Tire Corp. launched an online tool that recommends appropriate inflation levels, thus preventing under-inflation or over-inflation that are often the culprit behind the most common tire wear and tire damage

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cummins Goes Big-Block on Natural Gas Engines

Cummins Inc. has begun development of a 15-liter heavy-duty, spark-ignited natural gas engine for on-highway applications.

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cummins Filtration Announces 4-Micron Fuel Filter, Filter Recycling Program

Cummins Filtration's new Fleetguard FF5782 fuel filter features a new nanotechnology-based filtration media designed to protect fuel injection systems

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Snap-on Offers New Mobile Workstation

Snap-on's new KRSC10 Series Mobile Workstation has a stainless steel work surface that holds up to 600 pounds.

Snap-on says its new KRSC10 Series Mobile Workstation fits into tight spaces and has a vertical bumper system that lets you roll it around without fear of damaging vehicles

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mitsubishi Fuso Announces Value Parts Program

Fuso Diamond Value Parts program offers competitively priced parts option.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has developed a new repair and maintenance parts program for its medium-duty commercial trucks

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies Unveils New FleetWise Service Repair Program

Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies is offering FleetWise, a new service repair program that connects customers to a nationwide network of Great Dane branch and participating dealer locations

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Garmin Announces Telematics Tracking API and Dezl 560 AOBRD Compliance

Garmin International announced a telematics tracking API and a software update for the Dezl 560 to comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations for automatic on-board recording devices

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Regional Trucks Have Room to Optimize and Specialize

Aerodynamics matter on short hauls. A penny saved is a penny earned.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Chances are, within the next five years you'll be in the market for a regional-spec tractor or maybe a whole fleet of them. The North American supply chain is changing

Tags: Equipment Issues

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Which Engine Displacement is Right for Your Regional Truck?

Engine choices are application specific. An 11-liter may save fuel, but you might need a 13-liter or bigger to get the job done.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The powertrain is a necessarily large part of the spec'ing exercise, and a great deal goes into the decision: anticipated lifecycle; annual miles; average horsepower per mile; vehicle weight; terrain and more

Tags: Equipment Issues

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Infrastructure Funding: What Now?

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

It's more than two years late and still no one knows if Congress will pass a highway bill this year, much less what will be in it

Tags: Topics & Trends

March 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: Tires

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: 'Baby 8' Peterbilt 382

This 10-wheeler has axles and suspensions strong enough to gross 66,000 pounds, but for that, some states would limit weight on the tandem and require a lift axle or two, which will soon be available.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Baby 8 trucks (Class 8 chassis with midrange engines) have long been useful conveyances of moderate load

Tags: Test Drive

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aerofficient "Slider" Fairing Closes Gap Left by Sliding Trailer Tandems

Aerofficient's new Slider side fairing for on-highway trailers automatically expands or contracts when the trailer's axles are moved, filling the gap between the trailing edge of a standard "fixed" trailer side fairing and the trailer's tires for significantly better fuel efficiency

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Air-Weigh and Blue Tree Systems Announce Product Integration

Air-Weigh now offers a data interface between trailer tracking solutions and the new QuickLoad Trailer Scale

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2012 Truck Fleet Innovators: Bill Malone -- Investing in alternative fuels

For Bill Malone, president of Enviro Express, trucking was a way to fulfill his goal of being an entrepreneur

Tags: Fleet Innovators

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2012 Truck Fleet Innovators: Mike Jeffress - Setting Maintenance Trends

When asked about himself, Mike Jeffress claims it's "a pretty short story," but just about anyone who knows him would disagree

Tags: Fleet Innovators

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2012 Truck Fleet Innovators: John Fershtand -- Making It All Add Up

John Fershtand

John Fershtand, director of fleet operations and energy management for Ben E. Keith Foods, is a math whiz who loves anything on wheels.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2012 Truck Fleet Innovators: Phil Braker -- Setting New Ideas in Motion

Phil Braker

Nussbaum Transportation's very company motto signals its approach to innovation: "Setting new ideas in motion.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

March 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: Tires

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Conklin Introduces Heavy-Duty Manual Transmission Fluid

Conklin's Gold Guard Plus - SAE 50 transmission fluid is capable of extended drain intervals up to 500,000 miles.

The Conklin Company's new Gold Guard Plus - SAE 50 is a severe-service manual transmission fluid capable of extended drain intervals up to 500,000 miles

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xata Announces Multiple Operating Authority Management Tool

Xata Corp. released Xata Turnpike Multiple Management Authority, a tracking tool for fleet managers of household goods carriers who supervise drivers hauling for multiple operating authorities

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Do You Know Your Drivers Are Doing Proper Inspections?

A strong safety culture, driver training and accountability all help make sure pre-trip inspections are done properly. (Photo courtesy of Con-Way)

By Deborah Lockridge

A key strategy that has emerged for fleets to help improve their scores under FMCSA's new Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement regime - more commonly known as CSA - is a proper pre-trip inspection

Tags: Safety & Compliance

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Zonar Fuel-Based GPS Tracking Technology

Zonar's new GPS technology allows fleets to track vehicle fuel consumption.

Zonarreleased GPS tracking that allows fleets to track fuel consumption

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mile-Hi Foods Plugs Into Savings

Mile Hi Foods added 17 460-volt electrical outlets to its loading docks and installed 20 free-standing receptacles in its yard, so loaded trailers can be parked and run electrically while waiting to be dispatched.

Western food service distributor Mile Hi Foods, Denver, is saving an estimated $85,000 annually in fuel costs while also improving the sustainability of its operations by taking advantage of the electric standby capability of its 27 Carrier Transicold Vector multi-temperature trailer refrigeration units

Tags: Going Green

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Florida 3PL Adding Natural-Gas Trucks to For-Hire Fleet

Saddle Creek's new Freightliner Business Class M2 112 tractors run on compressed natural gas.

Saddle Creek Corp., a nationwide third-party logistics provider based in Lakeland, Fla., is taking delivery of the first 40 natural gas trucks in a planned purchase of 120

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Telogis Introduces Driver Scorecard

Telogis  introduced a driver scorecard to help fleets identify risky driving behaviors, improve safety, and reduce the time and costs associated with accidents.

Telogis Inc. introduced a driver scorecard as part of its Fleet Software-as-a-Service fleet management system.

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Next-Generation Leaders Run a Tight Ship

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

A panel of young truckload executives talked about making sure growth, technology, employees and customers are all contributing to a carrier's success during a panel discussion last week at the Truckload Carriers Association's annual conference

Tags: Topics & Trends

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

IPA Super Mutt Deluxe Trailer Tester

IPA released the remote-controlled Super Mutt Deluxe for lights and air brakes

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SkyBitz to Offer Two-Way Global Tracking and Monitoring

SkyBitz will offer two-way global tracking and monitoring of intermodal assets with its SkyBitz Galaxy Series

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mitchell 1 and Noregon Create Diagnostics Interface

Mitchell 1 and Noregon Systems will work together to develop an interface between Mitchell 1's Repair-Connect.net and Noregon's JPRO Commercial Fleet Products

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CEI Enhances "MVR Center" in DriverCare

The CEI Group enhanced its DriverCare Risk Manager online fleet risk and safety system, creating an "MVR Center" for fleet managers to track drivers with invalid licenses and order motor vehicle reports

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wright Express Fuel Site Locator Mobile App

The Octane app finds nearby fuel sites with the lowest prices.

Wright Express will launch "Octane," a free mobile app that includes a fuel site locator with up-to-date transaction-based fuel prices and text-to-speech capabilities

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