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March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Michelin Introduces Super-Regional Drive Tire, X One XDN2 Retread

Michelin's X Multi Energy D drive tire delivers enhanced fuel efficiency, optimized traction and long tread life.

LOUISVILLE, KY -- In response to changing traffic patterns, and the emergence of regional operations as major segment of the trucking industry, Michelin Americas Truck Tires has launched a drive tire with on-highway fuel efficiency and protection from the bumps and scrapes of urban service

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dana Tandem Saves Weight, Offers Wide-Base Tire Flexibility

By TruckingInfo Staff

LOUISVILLE, KY - Dana is introducing its Spicer SelecTTrac housing option on its Pro-40 tandem axle, which offers customers the flexibility to convert between wide-base single tires with low off-set wheels and standard dual wheels with a single housing.

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo Trucks Adds Natural Gas Power

The natural gas-powered Volvo VNL daycab is optimal for regional transport, intermodal distribution, fuel distribution or pickup and delivery.

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Volvo Trucks has added a natural-gas fueled truck to its VNL lineup. The truck was on display at the Volvo booth at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Refurbishing Works for This Fleet

Money was tight, so Steph Sabo at Norrenberns Truck Service bought 29 used tractors and refurbished them, saving $40,000 to $50,000 per truck.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A few years ago, Steph Sabo looked at the latest truck diesels and didn't like what he saw

Tags: Equipment Issues

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Detroit's Automated Gearbox Set for Sale Next Year, DTNA Says

Detroit automated mechanical transmission will initially be available with Detroit engines in Freightliner's Cascadia road tractor.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Daimler Trucks North America said its Detroit Transmission, a previously disclosed 12-speed automated mechanical unit based on a Mercedes-Benz design, initially will be available next year in Freightliner Cascadia tractors with Detroit diesels

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Remote Temp Monitoring

Systems such as Thermo King's TracKing can alert fleets to temperature problems eve if the driver doesn't.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

When you're delivering temperature-sensitive cargoes, things can get nasty if the produce, meat, ice cream or whatever's in the trailer shows up too cold or too warm

Tags: Trailers

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Remote Temp Monitoring

Systems such as Thermo King's TracKing can alert fleets to temperature problems eve if the driver doesn't.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Automatically watching the perishable load as it goes down the road or the rails saves money and brings peace of mind. When you're delivering temperature-sensitive cargoes, things can get nasty if the produce, meat, ice cream or whatever's in the trailer shows up too cold or too warm

Tags: Information Technology

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

It's All About the Miles: Routing and Dispatch Systems

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Years ago, fleets would spend the overnight hours manually figuring out which route a driver would take the next day. Today, routing and dispatch software can do it faster and more accurately. Some even predict we'll be able to dispense with the human element altogether

Tags: Information Technology

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Managing Maintenance With Software, Part Two

Skagit Transportation Maintenance Manager Bob Dorsey looks after a fleet of 90 tractors and 200-plus trailers, and he does it with the help of the long-established TruckMate software.

By Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editor

Many fleet operations are too small to benefit from a sophisticated maintenance-management software system. They may be right, but probably not because there isn't a software product that would suit them

Tags: Managing the Shop

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Talbert Releases 50CC/RP Hybrid Trailer

With a deck length of 26-feet, the new 50CC/RP offers the space for full construction fleet loads and features a slope to allow easy transport of rollers and pavers.

Talbert Manufacturing's new 50CC/RP hybrid trailer combines the benefits of a close couple lowbed design with a roller paver model and offers a longer loading incline and better lift capacity, according to the company

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reyco Granning Adds RideMaster Family to Trailer Air Ride Offerings

RideMaster suspensions are specifically designed for heavy-duty, fixed-axle applications.

Reyco Granning's family of fixed-axle air ride trailer suspensions now includes the RideMaster family, which offers two integrated axle models containing narrow bushings and three wide-bushing U-bolt axle connection models

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rand McNally IntelliRoute TND In-dash GPS Available in International Trucks

Rand McNally's custom in-dash version of the IntelliRoute TND 710 truck-specific GPS system will now be available for International Trucks

March 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pana-Pacific, Mobileye Partner to Distribute ADAS Technology

Pana-Pacific has agreed to distribute Mobileye's advanced driver assistance systems for collision avoidance and mitigation to the commercial vehicle market

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

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