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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.

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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.

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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

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

On the Horizon: New Engines, New Fuels

By "Engine Smarts" Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

From a seminar on sustainable transportation at the Sweden House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, a glimpse over the horizon, such as a camless engine and turning waste into fuel

Tags: Engine Smarts

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Via, Verizon Developing a Series Hybrid Van for Installers' Use

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Verizon Communications and Via Motors are developing a gasoline-electric series hybrid van for possible large-scale integration into Verizon's fleet. Based on a General Motors G-2500 cargo van, the hybrid system will be capable of generating on-site power as well as propelling the truck

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FCCC Readying Propane-Fueled S2G Midrange Truck

By TruckingInfo Staff

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. will soon offer its S2G, a medium-duty cab-chassis with a specially made engine that burns liquified petroleum gas, better known as LPG or propane

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

East Introduces Lowest All-aluminum Drop Deck Trailer

East Manufacturing is introducing the first all-aluminum drop deck trailer with a low-slung 36-inch deck height

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet Enhances In-Cab Navigation

By TruckingInfo Staff

PeopleNet has enhanced its In-Cab Navigation powered by Maptuit NaviGo so fleet managers can get real-time alerts when drivers go out of route

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet Adds Secure Wi-Fi to its Tablet Onboard Computer

By TruckingInfo Staff

PeopleNet's Tablet in-cab/portable computing system now provides secure, fleet-managed wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) access and web browsing

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies Releases Foam Insulation System

Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies unveiled a new high-pressure polyurethane foam insulation system and will begin using the new product in all truck body designs by the end of March 2012

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Big 3 Going for CNG-Gasoline Bi-Fuel Systems in Pickups

General Motors, Ram Trucks and Ford all announced bi-fuel CNG-gasoline systems for heavy pickups. Photo courtesy of GM

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Detroit's Big Three light-truck builders are embracing compressed natural gas, if not as the dominant fuel of the future then as a major alternative to gasoline and diesel

Tags: Engine Smarts

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ram Adds 2 Tradesman Pickups, Cab Back-Panel Removal, MaxTow Package

Regular Cab Tradesman is being joined by roomier QuadCab and CrewCab versions. All can be ordered with Ram Box bins in bed sides.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Chrysler's Ram Truck brand has added a pair of roomier Tradesman pickups, plus a panel-removal option for its chassis-cab medium-duty trucks and higher-weight packages for towing

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smith Electric Vehicles Launches Production of All-Electric Newton Step Van

FedEx Express will be the first company to deploy Smith's all-electric Newton Step Vans in the U.S.

Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. unveiled the Newton Step Van, an all-electric, zero-emission vehicle built on the versatile Newton platform that features a walk-in body produced by Indiana-based Utilimaster

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Espar Releases Heater Controllers

Espar Heater Systems released two new heater controllers: the Multi-Max F1000 (right) and the Digi-Max D1000.

Espar Heater Systems released the Multi-Max F1000 and the Digi-Max D1000 heater controllers for a range of Espar bunk heaters and engine pre-heaters

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Western Star Releases Second Edition of Online Body Builder Book

The second edition of Western Star Truck Sales' online Body Builder Book is now available for download

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CarrierWeb Announces CarrierMate In-Cab Devices

The CarrierMate 5700 has a 7-inch touchscreen.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

ORLANDO, FL. -- CarrierWeb's new CarrierMate in-cab terminals, announced at the Truckload Carriers Association Annual Convention this week, offer largely automated electronic driver logs, in-cab navigation, and also monitor factors such as speed, mileage, driver activities and vehicle positioning

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Upcoming Transit Van to Get EcoBoost V-6, Ford Says

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ford's full-size Transit commercial van will come with the company's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine when it debuts in 2013, executives announced Monday on the eve of the opening of the Work Truck Show.

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GMC, Chevrolet to Offer Bi-Fuel Pickups Late This Year

A Tier One supplier will install a gasoline-CNG fuel system in Chevy Silverado and GM 2500HD pickups with a special 6-liter V-8.  (Photo courtesy GM)

By Truckinginfo Staff

INDIANAPOLIS -- General Motors announced details on the eve of The Work Truck Show of a bi-fuel engine that will be available late this year in 2013-model Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 HD extended cab pickup trucks

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Non-Corrosive Rust Removal Formula

Bio-Rust, a non-corrosive, biodegradable formula that is volatile-organic-compound-free, solvent-free, and phosphate-free.

Walter Surface Technologies released Bio-Rust, a non-corrosive, biodegradable formula that removes rust on iron and mild steel

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xata, ALK Launch CoPilot Truck 8 Professional for XataNet

Xata Corp. and ALK Technologies will launch CoPilot Truck 8 Professional integrated with XataNet,

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rand McNally Releases Connect Software for Integration Partners

When combined with Rand McNally's mobile communications systems, TruckPC and TND 760 Fleet Edition (above), Rand McNally Connect allows integration between the company's FleetWatcher web portal and third party applications.

ORLANDO, FL -- Rand McNally unveiled Rand McNally Connect, a new software platform that allows integration between Rand McNally's FleetWatcher web portal and most major fleet management systems

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

123Loadboard.com and MacroPoint Offer Tracking for All Loads

MacroPoint and 123Loadboard.com partnered to offer a new freight location tracking service that tracks the location of all loads.

MacroPoint and 123Loadboard.com's new freight location tracking service will allow members to track the location of all their loads, including brokered freight hauled by third parties and owner operators

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Gunk Launches Reformulated Chlorinated Brake Parts Cleaner

Gunk, provider of engine cleaning and degreasing products, reformulated its Chlorinated Brake Parts Cleaner to more quickly remove brake fluid, dust build-up and oil from all brake parts

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Shorepower Offering Free Electrical Plug-In Kits

Shorepower Technologies and Cascade Sierra Solutions are offering 1,300 free connector kits on a first-come, first served basis.

Shorepower Technologies and Cascade Sierra Solutions are offering 1,300 free connector kits that allow drivers to plug in to power pedestals at truckstops and other locations

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

AT&T Debuts Global Cell-ID Service, Ruggedized Smartphone

AT&T is offering its new Global Cell-ID, which can help optimize routes or schedules in real time based on cell-ID information from devices in more than 100 countries, even without GPS

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo Trucks Offers Active Braking, Lane Departure Warning System

VEC with Active Braking uses a radar sensor, inset in the front bumper, to monitor stationary objects and vehicles moving in front of and to the side of the truck.

Volvo Trucks' latest safety technologies, Volvo Enhanced Cruise with Active Braking and a Lane Departure/Driver Alertness Warning System, increase driver safety through advanced sensor technologies that monitor road conditions and driver behavior

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fireboy-Xintex Offers Methane Gas Detector System

This methane gas detector is designed for alternative fuel vehicles and is incorporated into the design and re-design of vehicles using CNG and LNG.

Fireboy-Xintex Inc. offers the Xintex Methane Gas Detector for alternative-fuel commercial vehicles, including Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks, local delivery and refuse truck

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Double Coin Fuel-Efficient Tire Line

Double Coin Tires and China Manufacturers Alliance introduced the OptiGreen Series of EPA SmartWay Verified fuel-efficient tires

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Continental Improves Road Service Program

TrukFix, Continental Tire the Americas' emergency road service hotline and assistance program, underwent a series of strategic enhancements to provide better customer service, communication and reliability when commercial drivers need assistance

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Parasitic Loads and Battery Life

Testing for parasitic loads: A multi-meter is connected to a battery and to the vehicle wiring. There is an inline fuse along the negative cable that is used to prevent current from the electrical system from blowing the multi-meter fuse.

It used to be when you turned the vehicle off, all electrical loads went away. Now that today's trucks use electronics full time, including the extra hotel loads for driver comfort, these electrical loads (parasitic loads) increase the demands on the vehicle electrical system

Tags: Maintenance

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

More than Miles: Routing/Mileage Companies Branch Out

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

In trucking, miles are currency, and there are few companies that have become more synonymous with trucking than commercial routing and mileage software providers. Few truckers start, execute or navigate a trip that wasn't planned using

Tags: Information Technology

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Racor Releases Heavy-Duty Air Cleaners

Racor's new heavy-duty air cleaners are meant for high dust environments with excessive vibration and extreme temperatures.

Racor Division of Parker Hannifin Corp. launched its new composite heavy-duty air cleaners

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Funding Your Idle Habits: A Quick Guide to Idle Reduction Equipment Funding

By Josh Lupu, Marketing Manager, Webasto Product North America

If you drive a truck or maintain a fleet, chances are you've heard talk about other companies getting emissions reduction equipment at a reduced rate, or even free with government funding

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

February 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Beijer Electronics Launches New TREQ-VM Mobile Data Terminal

Beijer Electronics' TREQ-VM is available in a new design, allowing for deployment in either fixed-mount or removable versions.

Beijer Electronics Inc. introduced the new rugged TREQ-VM mobile data terminal.

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