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January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Greenspeed to Chase Speed Record for Petroleum Fueled Trucks Using Vegetable Oil

This August, Boise State University's student club Greenspeed will use vegetable oil in hope of breaking the existing 215-mph world land speed record for all vehicles in the diesel truck classification, including those that burn traditional fuel

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cummins Retunes ISX11.9 for Better Economy, Renames It ISX12

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Engineers at Cummins have retuned their-heavy duty ISX11.9 diesel for better performance and fuel economy, and marketers have stepped up promotion of the engine by renaming it the ISX12

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Networkfleet Fuel and Service Card with Integrated Reporting

Networkfleet's new fuel card offers more control over fuel expenses by providing detailed reporting.

Networkfleet announced its new Networkfleet Fuel and Service Card with integrated fuel card reporting

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo Trucks Expands XE13 Horsepower Offering

By Truckinginfo staff

When Volvo Trucks introduced its XE13 "exceptional efficiency" integrated powertrain package last September, it only was available with a 425-horsepower rating. Today it announced it had added a 455-horsepower rating for the XE13

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ryder Launches RydeSmart 3.0 Onboard Telematics System

Above is a screen shot of a RydeSmart report view, an aerial satellite map view of a vehicle being tracked with RydeSmart.

Ryder System introduced RydeSmart 3.0, its next-generation onboard telematics system

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Racor Introduces 700 Series Fuel/Water Separators

Above, Racor's new 700 Series fuel filter/water separator.

Racor Division of Parker Hannifin introduced the 700 series fuel filter/water separators with integrated priming pump. The 700 Series fuel filter/water separators are equipped with a fuel-priming pump for easy priming. The separator assemblies are two

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Exide Introduces New Products at HDAW

Exide Technologies launched the Extreme Power 1000, its newest heavy-duty battery.

Exide Technologies launched its newest heavy-duty battery, the Extreme Power 1000, at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in Las Vegas this week

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Releases Advanced Aftermarket Brake Linings, adds PlatinumShield II for Reman Brake Shoes

Meritor added two innovations to its line of remanufactured aftermarket brake products to improve brake shoe life and to standardize fleet lining options with new reduced stopping distance rules

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar, Continental Ready to Sell Front Discharge Concrete Mixers Assembled by Phoenix

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Navistar International and its Continental Mixer subsidiary have completed an assembly agreement with Indiana Phoenix and say they are ready to take orders for an integrated front-discharge mixer chassis

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Freight Wing Launches 2012 AeroFlex Side Skirt

Freight Wing's new generation of AeroFlex skirts are fuel-efficient, lightweight and durable.

Seattle-based Freight Wing launched its new generation AeroFlex 2012 side skirts

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

OTC Introduces Portable DPF Cleaner

The OTC 5286 is compact enough to be transported onto construction, industrial, and agricultural job sites for on-site cleaning.

OTC Tools has released a new a portable diesel particulate filter cleaner, the OTC 5286

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pana-Pacific to Distribute New Engine Start Module From Maxwell Technologies

Maxwell Technologies inked and agreement with Pana-Pacific to distribute its new ultracapacitor-based engine start module for trucks.

Maxwell Technologies has entered into a one-year agreement with Pana-Pacific to distribute Maxwell's new ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module in the United States, Canada and Mexico

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Load Delivered Logistics Introduces Mobile App

Load Delivered's new Load Finder app is available for iPhone and iPad.

Load Delivered Logistics launched a new mobile phone application, Load Finder

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Allison Transmission 1350 Model Adds Towing Ability

The new 1350 model will provide an option within Allison's 1000 Series models for towing capacity of up to 30,000 pounds.

Allison Transmission released its new 1350 model, which will provide an option within its 1000 Series models for towing capacity of up to 30,000 pounds

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bendix Announces Schedule for 2012 Brake Training School

The schedule for Bendix's 2012 Brake Training School, a three-day course designed for both new and experienced technicians, includes 20 cities in the U.S. and Canada

Tags: Chassis & Brakes

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Betts Spring Introduces Lightweight Anti-Spray Poly Fender

The Sprayoff poly fender works to enhance safety and reduce costs through weight reduction and diminished damage from corrosion.

Betts Spring Co. is introducing its new SprayOff anti-spray poly guard

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Gates Offers New Line of Heavy-Duty Water Pumps and DEF Hose

Gates will release a new line of heavy-duty water pumps (above) and new DEF hose line.

Gates Corp. now offers a complete line of heavy-duty water pumps as well as a line of diesel emission fluid hose

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

'Tall' gearing and a big engine deliver 12 mpg in a Class 7 truck, expedited-freight hauler claims

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

"Tall" gearing and a large engine are giving an expedited freight hauler the high fuel economy he sought, even if most factory engineers won't approve his spec'ing requests

Tags: Engine Smarts

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Portable Sleep Apnea Monitor Will Make Testing Easier

Precision Pulmonary Diagnostics will offer portable monitor testing of sleep apnea in commercial drivers

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

McLeod Software Ships Version 10 of DocumentPower Enterprise

McLeod Software is now shipping Version 10 of its DocumentPower Enterprise business process management and automation solution

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truckers Matter Adds Recruiting Matters to Web Site

Truckers Matter LLC will enhance its recently launched services site, truckingmatters.com

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Jabra Releases Latest In-car Speakerphone

The Journey, Jabra's new hands-free speakerphone, is sold at Costco.

Jabra introduced the Journey, a hands-free in-car speakerphone

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Barnhart Introduces New Dual-lane Transport System

Barnhart introduced WesTrac, a new dual-lane transport system for super heavy loads.

Barnhart Crane & Rigging announced the addition of WesTrac Transportation System, a dual-lane transportation system designed for super heavy loads, to its equipment inventory

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bosch Launches Technical Support Hotline

Bosch announced the launch of a new technical support hotline number for questions regarding Bosch parts, equipment and services. The number is 1-855-BoschTech or 1-855-267-2483

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Firestone Industrial Ride-Rite kits Available for Dodge Ram 2500/3500

Firestone Industrial's Ride-Rite kits are now available for 2012 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 trucks.

Firestone Industrial Products announced its Ride-Rite air helper spring kits are now available for 2012 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 trucks, both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alcoa Introduces New Series of Wide Base Wheels

Alcoa announced the launch of its new line of wide base alumnium wheels. (Photo courtesy of Alcoa)

Alcoa has new series of wide base aluminum wheels, which are engineered through Alcoa's LvL One wheel manufacturing process of light weighting

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Joule Secures $70 Million For Expansion of Biofuel Demonstration Plant

Above: Joule bioreactors at its Texas pilot plant.

Startup company Joule Unlimited Technologies announced it received $70 million from undisclosed private and institutional investors, and the company hopes this funding will bring it closer to a breakthrough in biofuel technology

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NADA University Introduces Guide to FET Rules for Truck Dealers

The National Automobile Dealers Association's NADA University introduces a new guide to FET compliance rules for truck dealers

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Eaton Extends Standard Warranty for Reman Transmission Vocational Models

Eaton has extended its reman transmission standard warranty coverage for vocational models to two years. (Photo courtesy of Eaton)

Eaton extended the warranty coverage for its Eaton Fuller Reman and Eaton Fuller Flex Reman vocational transmissions from 18 months to two years

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dealer Perspective

By Commentary Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Each year, I spend some time chatting with some of the nation's top truck dealers, those nominated for the Truck Dealer of the Year award from American Truck Dealers association and sister publication Heavy Duty Trucking

Tags: Issues

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Great Secret

Steph Sabo, Guest Columnist

By Steph Sabo, Guest Columnist

Everyone is always looking for a competitive advantage, one that will take them over the top. Well, your search can stop, at least for today. Spend your time looking into the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations

Tags: Issues

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Five Ways Software Can Improve Your Bottom Line

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

It's a rare heavy-duty service shop or parts warehouse/distributor that doesn't use some kind of computer software in its operation. It might be as simple as an accounting package such as QuickBooks, or as complex as a full-feature

Tags: Technology

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are You Planning For Succession?

Lack of planning could mean the end of your business.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Last year, Midwest Wheel celebrated its 100th anniversary under a fourth-generation owner. Betts Spring is in its sixth generation and just promoted a sixth-generation Betts family member to vice president. But many more small businesses peris

Tags: Business

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Stronger Brakes on Class 8 Rigs Require Distributors to Learn About and Stock New Parts

New braking rules require shorter panic stops, but the resulting stronger brakes will have otehr benefits like increased fade resistance on long downgrades.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Emerging from truck factories in the U.S. since Aug. 1 are road tractors that can stop in substantially shorter distances than those built earlier. It's due to a change in government stopping distance requirement

Tags: Managing the Shop

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Stability Control: Cheap Insurance

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Some time soon, if we don't already, we'll have a rulemaking proposal that ultimately will put a stability-control system on every new tractor, and maybe retrofit such a system on all tank trailers too, old or new. I'm sold on both ideas

Tags: Safety & Compliance

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are Underride Guards Good Enough?

Severe underride was the result of this 35-mph, 50%-overlap crash test done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (Overlap is what happens when a car hits a trailer with only part of its front instead of head-on.)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Last March, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced results of crash-testing of several van trailers whose underride guards did not perform well, except in a couple of cases

Tags: Trailers

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Test Drive: Ram Tradesman is Quiet, Comfortable, Fast -- But Built for Work

The Tradesman features a Hemi V-8 with 390 horses, which can haul heavy loads, make the truck scoot, or both. Photo by Tom Berg.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

I recently sold my '87 Dodge W150 pickup, and I don't miss it at all. Oh, I liked it when I bought it a year earlier, because it was a funky Power Ram 4x4

Tags: Light & Medium

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using Technology to Help Cut Main CSA Violations: Speeding and Log Violations

Electronic logs are touted as a high-tech solution for the two leading violations in the Fatigued Driver BASIC: driver's record of duty status is not current and a log violation in general form and manner. Photo courtesy of PeopleNet.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rolled out its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program in late 2010, a number of carriers were surprised to find a poorer safety rating than they enjoyed under the old SafeStat

Tags: Information Technology

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Schneider National Safety Guru Don Osterberg on the FMCSA's New Enforcement Program

Schneider National's efforts to improve its CSA scores have resulted in a favorable trend in the number of inspections with violations. Photo by Jim Park.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

We spoke with Don Osterberg, vice president of safety at mega-carrier Schneider National and a leader in trucking safety, about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new Compliance, Safety, and Accountability enforcement progra

Tags: Safety & Compliance

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Outsourcing Your Tire Program

Many fleets keep a technician trained on wheel and tire procedures to look after the day-to-day work, but farm out the mounting and dismounting, retreading, etc. to a vendor. Photo by Jim Park.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The service truck arrives at 8:30 Sunday morning, as usual. The two tire techs unload 16 freshly mounted and balanced, retreaded drive tires, eight new steer tires on reconditioned wheels, and a take-off drive tir

Tags: Tires

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FuelSmarts: Hybrids Paying Off for Bay Area Produce Fleet

San Francisco-based Veritable Vegetable is committed to being sustainable, from distributing certified organic fresh fruits and vegetables to using hybrids and fuel-saving strategies in its fleet of trucks. As the nation's oldest distributor of certified organic produce, Veritable Vegetabl

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Data Shows Speeding and Log Violations are Main CSA Culprits; Technology Can Help

Electronic logs are touted as a high-tech solution for the two leading violations in the Fatigued Driver BASIC: driver's record of duty status is not current and a log violation in general form and manner. Photo courtesy of PeopleNet.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rolled out its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program in late 2010, a number of carriers were surprised to find a poorer safety rating than they enjoyed under the old SafeStat

Tags: Safety & Compliance

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Peek at How Engine Makers Might Hit New Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

Apart from teh fuel economy regs, the Department of Energy is funding research at Navistar and other companies to develop a Class 8

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Barely had the trucking industry heaved a collective sigh of relief at putting EPA 2010 behind us when in May of 2010, from the Rose Garden at the White House, came a Presidential Memorandum targeting greenhouse gas emission

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Much Will the Engine of the Future Resemble Today's Powerplants?

Achates Power in San Diego says its opposed-piston engine, now in dyno testing, has achieved fuel efficiency that's 21% better thatn a benchmark V-8, the latest 6.7-liter PowerStroke from Ford, and meets 2010 emissions limits.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The engine of the future is probably similar to the one in your current truck. It's an internal combustion engine with pistons, valves, crankshaft and other familiar parts, an inline 4 or 6, or a V-6 or V-8

Tags: Equipment Issues

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dispense With the Grief of Managing Tires: Let a Service Partner Do It for You

Wheel reconditioning can't be done in house because of the painting or powder coating and bead-blasting. Vendors can set up and get economies of volume and get good ROI on that equipment. Photo by Jim Park.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The service truck arrives at 8:30 Sunday morning, as usual. The two tire techs unload 16 freshly mounted and balanced, retreaded drive tires, eight new steer tires on reconditioned wheels, and a take-off drive tir

Tags: Managing the Shop

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Ram Tradesman is Quiet, Comfortable, Fast -- But Built for Work

Sharp-edged styling of fancier Ram pickups is used on teh simple Tradesman 1500. Photo by Tom Berg.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

I recently sold my '87 Dodge W150 pickup, and I don't miss it at all. Oh, I liked it when I bought it a year earlier, because it was a funky Power Ram 4x4, built just a few years afte

Tags: Test Drive

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Engines Today: How Are the EPA-Spec Engines From the Past Decade Performing?

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor & Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

A lot of truck owners aren't particularly happy with some of their EPA-emissions-spec engines from the past decade, and that could spell aftermarket opportunities as those engines come out of warranty.

Tags: Engine

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engines Tomorrow: What Types of Engines Will You Be Selling Parts for in the Future?

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor, Jim Park & Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editors

The next step in engine emissions is targeting greenhouse gas emissions in heavy trucks. Because burning less fossil fuel means lower GHG emissions, truck makers soon must meet North America's first fuel economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty truck

Tags: Engine

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Alternatives Are There to Diesel?

Liquified-natural-gas trucks are better suited to longer hauls thatn CNG, but their range maxes out at 600 miles or so and fueling stations are very expensive.

By Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Once you start, the questions don't stop. Every answer begets another query. Sooner or later even some of the experts will pause, scratch their heads, and might even say something like, "Beats me.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, DME, Natural Gas Vehicles, Natural Gas, Biodiesel, Fuel Cell

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dorman launches HD Solutions Brand of Aftermarket Parts

Dorman announced its new HD Solutions brand of heavy-duty aftermarket parts

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