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April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

The Time-Crunched Safety Manager

As a time-crunched manager, focus is difficult.

By Laura McMillan

Managing safety and training in a fleet means rushing from one brushfire to another. Everyone feels the time crunch. How do you make a difference when you’re juggling priorities, switching tasks, and trying to extinguish that daily brushfire?

Tags: Fleet Management, driver safety, Fleet Safety

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What You Should Know About Today's CNG Fuel Systems

Suppliers are finding ways to hold more CNG in on-board tanks, making it viable for trucks to accomplish longer highway runs. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Natural-gas-powered truck sales have leveled off since the drop in diesel prices, but fleets already using the fuel continue to buy them, especially CNG. What are some of the basics involved in the latest CNG tanks and fuel systems?

Tags: Agility Fuel Systems, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Trend to Self Shifting Continues

Elvin Knollman began buying Mack mDrives for his tanker fleet in 2011. Fuel economy improved by 0.25-0.5 mpg, and he noticed that his drivers weren’t as tired at the end of a long day. Photo: Trans Mark Logistics

By Tom Berg

Fuel economy and ease of driving push customers into buying automatic or automated products.

Tags: Eaton, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions, Automatic Transmissions

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Take a Load Off

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

These days most of the innovations we see have to do with saving a buck, and we don’t often see one aimed at making drivers more comfortable. How about a custom-fitted truck seat that can be adjusted remotely by a medical professional?

Tags: Driver Health, Driver Comfort, Seats

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Modern Maintenance Manager: Safety Matters

More than ever, maintenance is as much about safety as anything else.

By David Cullen

The twin forces of increasing safety regulation and a burgeoning driver shortage are compelling the modern maintenance manager to do nothing less than think, live, and breathe truck safety.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, Maintenance Management, Fleet Safety

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Modern Maintenance Manager

By HDT Staff

What does it take to be a successful modern maintenance manager — and to be ready for what the future brings? Heavy Duty Trucking is exploring the topic with a series of articles that examines the different aspects of being a shop manager in today’s trucking industry.

Tags: Maintenance, Technician Shortage, Maintenance Management

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Technicians and Drivers

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Do we have a technician shortage, or are we not taking care of the resources we are provided? Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge looks at this question in this editorial.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Recruiting, Employee Retention, Technicians, TMC

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Living With ELDs: Getting Ahead of the Electronic Logs Mandate

Fleets can weather the ELD storm by starting now to integrate the devices into the operation.

By Jim Park

Fleets prepared to make the necessary changes to every facet of their operation will be more successful transitioning to e-logs.

Tags: Regulations, HOS, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDs, ELD Mandate

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Ryder’s Bill Dawson Wades into Modern ‘Sea of Data’

Ryder's Bill Dawson talks about data. Photo courtesy Today's Trucking

By Today's Trucking

MISSISSAUGA, ON — More data is available to the trucking industry today than ever before in its history, to the point that data and maintenance have become integrally linked. But it will take time to figure out how to perfectly integrate this new sea of data into day-to-day business, says Bill Dawson, VP of maintenance operations and engineering for Ryder System Inc.

Tags: Information Technology, Big Data, Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Clean Data, Achievable Goals Keys to Avoiding Information Overload

By John G. Smith, Editor, Today's Trucking

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Kirk Altrichter, vice president of maintenance for Nebraska-based Crete Carrier, says the ability to gather maintenance data in real time is nothing short of amazing. But what do you do with it? Second in our series from the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit on the role of data in modern maintenance operations.

Tags: Big Data, Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Big Data Can Guide Big Maintenance Decisions, Panel Says

By John G. Smith, Editor, Today's Trucking

"In the perfect world, I’d like to see a truck tell me what’s wrong with it,” said Crete Carrier's Kirk Altrichter in a panel at the inaugural Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit. Learn more in this first installment of a series on the role of data in modern maintenance operations.

Tags: Canada, Big Data, Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Dana’s Steve Slesinski

Steve Slesinski Photo: Dana Holding Corp.

By David Cullen

We talk about some of the hottest trends in engineering drivetrain components-- including downspeeding and selecting axle ratios-- with Dana’s Steve Slesinski, who heads up product planning for the company's commercial-vehicle operation.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Lightweighting, Phase 2 GHG Proposals, Downspeeding, Axle Ratios

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Commentary: The Promise of E-Commerce

Source: U.S. Commerce Department

By Evan Lockridge

E-commerce is nothing new, but it continues rising to new heights. Smart trucking companies are realizing it’s the next area with a huge growth potential, especially when the overall economy is growing at a moderate rate at best.

Tags: Economy, E-commerce, LTL

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Truck Platooning, Past, Present, and Future

By Rolf Lockwood

The platooning idea has been around for ages, though you could be excused for thinking it's a new development, given all the attention it's been getting lately. It's not even close to being new.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, Global, Connected Vehicle Technology

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Things You Need to Know About ELDs

Printing is one of several ways e-logs can be presented to enforcement officials at roadside. (Photo courtesy Continental VDO.)

By Jim Park

Electronic logging devices to track driver hours of service become mandatory in December 2017. Everything you need to know about compliance is spelled out in the final rule, but here's a quick look at some of the more common sources of confusion – and a few things you'll need to consider that are not spelled out in the text of the rule.

Tags: Hours of Service, ELDs

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

3 Ways to Save on Tires

Which tire is best? Buyers have many price ranges to choose from. Cheaper up front may not be the best value in the long run. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Everybody knows tires can eat up a big chunk of a fleet’s operating budget. Keeping costs in line isn’t impossible, but you have to work at it. Here are three suggestions that can help you get a handle on tire costs and keep them under control.

Tags: Tire Costs, fleet maintenance, Tires

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Dry Vans: Regulations, What Customers Want, and How It Could Change

By Stephane Babcock

While many equipment mandates cause angst in the industry, a recent government proposal to require stronger rear under-ride guards is apparently not one of them.

Tags: Regulations, Trailers, Rear-End Collisions, Underride Guard, Underride

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Strong Underpinnings Turn a Medium Into a Heavy

Though a midrange model in Kenworth’s lineup, this T370 has many heavy-duty components but costs less than a comparable T800 or T880. Sloped hood and large windows make for excellent outward visibility. Photos: Kenworth

By Tom Berg

This ‘Baby 8’ Kenworth T370 has serious carrying capacity, with a midrange-size powertrain that performs well but saves money and weight.

Tags: Kenworth, T370, Test Drive

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Electric Vibration Smoothly Offloads Materials

Dirt, gravel and salt commonly stick to dump beds, requiring a driver to climb in and wield a shovel. That can be risky. Photos: Martin Engineering

By Tom Berg

Material sticking to the inside of dump beds during tipping is a nagging problem for drivers in Manlius Township, Ill., but not for a truck equipped with a certain electric vibration device.

Tags: Vehicle Safety, Municipal Fleets, Dump Trucks

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Isuzu NPRs Offer High Maneuverability

The NPR Gas (left) and NPR diesel share cabs and chassis components. Wheel cuts were tight and turning circles short for both models. The trucks are bigger than they look; the 81-inch-wide steel cabs are solid and roomy enough for three people each. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

A 4-cylinder diesel promises to sip fuel while a gutsy gasoline V-8 saves upfront money and really goes.

Tags: Isuzu, Isuzu NPR, Test Drive, Cabovers

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Rough Seas Ahead: How Changes to a Maritime Treaty May Affect Trucking

Photo: Jaxer at English Wikipedia

By John Padgett, Brian Jackson and Benjamin Abel

A storm brewing at the waterfront over containerized cargo may have a substantial impact on trucking interests further inland. The debate centers around who, exactly, is responsible for weighing cargo containers.

Tags: Ports, Shippers, Port Trucking, Legal, Intermodal

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Information Is King for Aftermarket Service Providers

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

The size of the truck parts and service aftermarket has grown to $107 billion and independent parts and service providers are stepping up their game to ensure they have the necessary skills, tools and technology to meet fleets’ needs.

Tags: telematics, Information Technology, Aftermarket

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Construction Services Fleet Tests Hybrid System in the Field

The construction-services company BMC is running a pilot program with XL Hybrids to test two delivery vans equipped with the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System. Photos: BMC

By Steven Martinez

By converting two delivery trucks with an XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System from XL Hybrids, BMC is testing the waters on a greener fleet Colorado.

Tags: XL Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks, BMC

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Forrest Lucas on Starting and Building Lucas Oil Products

Forrest Lucas at the bottling conveyer belts in Lucas Oil's second plant in Corydon, Indiana. Photo: Lucas Oil

By Stephane Babcock

In this Q&A we sit down with Forrest Lucas, founder of Lucas Oil Products and talk about his early life, building a company and the lessons he has learned in the past 27 years in the lubricants industry.

Tags: Leadership, Lubricants, Fuel and Oil, People, Q&A

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Backing off Back Pain

While back pain is the bane of many whose jobs involve a lot of sitting, the misery is compounded when the sitting is behind the wheel of a truck.

By David Cullen

Back pain is the bane of many whose jobs involve a lot of sitting at a desk or other work station. But that misery is compounded when the sitting is behind the wheel of a truck.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Health, Fatigue

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Exploring the World of 6x2 Drive Axles

6x2 drive axles are emerging in different configurations, including forward liftable axles. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Fleets are slowly adopting 6x2 drive axle configurations as manufacturers continue to improve the technology. Here's an overview of the latest offerings.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Lift Axle, 6x2

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Video: Driving Isuzu's Low Cab Forward NPRs

Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Senior Editor Tom Berg recently drove a pair of NPRs on streets and freeways in the Los Angeles Basin for this edition of our Focus On video series. He found them highly capable and fun to drive, as well.

Tags: Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Isuzu NPR, Cabovers

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Modern Maintenance Manager: The Connected Shop

Computers in the shop have become commonplace. The modern maintenance manager is moving beyond that to data analytics and predictive maintenance. Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge and Jim Park

From remote diagnostics to predictive analytics, being on top of maintenance today means using data and connections.

Tags: Maintenance, Maintenance Management, Connected Diagnostics

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Wheel-Offs Again

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

When it comes to wheel-offs, the mainstream press, and even some of the less well informed enforcement folk, always look to the driver first to find fault.

Tags: Maintenance, Inspections, Tires, Wheel-offs

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Volvo's Unique 6x2 Tractor Platform

Adaptive Loading allows the axle to be lifted completely off the ground when it's not needed. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Sometimes called a "pusher" or "dead axle," Adaptive Loading allows the axle to be lifted completely off the ground when it's not needed, providing additional fuel savings over the straight 6x2 setup.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Video Series, Ultimate Test Drive, Lift Axle

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Don't Keep Looking for a Faster Horse

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Throughout history, people have conceptualized the technological future only as a fancier version of the present.

Tags: Technology, Truck Platooning, Commercial Drones, 3D Printing, Freight Uberization

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The 2016 Truck Fleet Innovators

By Deborah Lockridge and David Cullen

This year’s honorees, from fleets both large and small, are leading the way in areas such as driver recruiting and retention, pushing the envelope on fuel efficiency, using data analysis to drive out waste in equipment and maintenance, and more.

Tags: Awards, HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

TMC Members Share Corrosion Experience, Advice

Aggressive road salts can do a number on sheet metal, like the rear of this cab, especially if maintenance is ignored.

By Tom Berg

At the recent meeting of the ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council, fleet members talked about road salt-induced corrosion and how to combat it.

Tags: TMC, Corrosion, Road Salt

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Commentary: It's Wait and See for Fleets in 2016

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce

By Evan Lockridge

One transportation analyst described 2015 as disappointment on the heels of a strong 2014 and this year may end up being more of the same.

Tags: Economy, Market Analysis

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

How to Reduce the Burden of Tire Maintenance

When it comes to tire maintenance, many chores can now be automated.

By Jim Park

Tire maintenance needn’t be a mind-numbing inconvenience. These tools can reduce the workload and improve efficiency.

Tags: Maintenance, Tools, Tires

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

6 Steps to Better Work Truck Body Upfits

Upfitters will assemble exactly what’s spec’d, but need an advance warning of any special materials required. And, do the specs account for how the truck will be used and include input from the workers who’ll use it? Are the chassis’ wheelbase and cab-to-axle dimensions, among other things, correct for the body? Photos: Auto Truck Group

By Mike Antich

Upfitting a truck chassis to perform a specific task requires planning and coordination among suppliers, fleet managers and end users.

Tags: Upfitting, Truck Bodies, Upfitters

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Driver Pay Analyst: No Silver Bullet to Solve Driver Shortage

By Steven Martinez

With a subdued economy, high turnover at large carriers and looming regulations, there is unlikely to be a single solution to the driver shortage problem.

Tags: Driver Turnover, Driver Pay, National Transportation Institute

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Doing More to Solve the Technician Shortage

From left, George Arrants, Kenneth Calhoun, Dave Williams, and moderator Lou Stumpp from Navistar. Photos: Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Trucking needs to do more to get the technicians of tomorrow educated and into truck shops. That was the message of a standing-room only panel discussion Tuesday morning at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting.

Tags: TMC, Technicians

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Catching Hours-Of-Service Cheaters

Drivers may falsify paper logs for various reasons. The best way to identify a false log is by comparing the log with related documents to verify whether the driver’s entires are indeed true and correct. Photos: Jim Park

By Tom Bray

A false log was No. 10 in the list of top 20 driver violations in 2015. As a motor carrier, you’re liable for false logs filled out by your drivers if you should have had the means to detect the violations.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Compliance, Hours of Service, E-logs

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Keeping DPFs Clean

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Exhaust gas circulation valves and coolers and DPFs have been around since 2007, but not all fleets have a good understanding of the proper cleaning cycle.

Tags: Emissions, Aftermarket Parts, Diesel Particulate Filter

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: Transpower's Electric Heavy-Duty Tractor

TransPower’s ElecTruck could change the way we view electric trucks.

By Jim Park

The totally electric ElecTruck could change the way we view electric vehicles in the Class 8 space.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, Battery-Electric Vehicles, TransPower

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Erb Group Takes Safety to a New Level

Input from the maintenance staff resulted in this custom-designed and manufactured mobile work platform. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

To improve the safety of its reefer technicians, Erb asked its maintenance staff what would be the best solution. Input from the staff resulted in a custom-designed and manufactured mobile work platform.

Tags: Maintenance, Vehicle Safety, Reefers

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Making Low-Speed Maneuvers Easier With UltraShift Plus

Using the Urge to Move feature, the UltraShift Plus and Detroit DD16 diesel repeatedly started this 125,000-pound rig on a 15% upgrade, though it stalled on the first try. The demo driver said, “This engine’s been acting up.” Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

For years Eaton has been improving its UltraShift Plus series to make the heavy-duty automated manual transmissions do more things and do them better. Blended Pedal, Urge to Move features make Eaton automated gearboxes more useful.

Tags: Transmissions, Vocational Trucks, UltraShift Plus, Eaton, Test Drive, Automated Manual Transmissions

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

UPS Goes Green With Workhorse

The new Workhorse walk-in van is a 16,000- to 19,500-pound GVWR hybrid-electric delivery vehicle. It features a choice of wheelbases from 157 to 208 inches and includes the truckmaker’s new narrow-track W-88 chassis with E-GEN drivetrain. Photo: UPS

By Lauren Fletcher

UPS purchased 125 new technology hybrid-electric delivery trucks manufactured by Workhorse Group Inc., as part of a broader program to deploy electric-powered vehicles with greater range and performance.

Tags: UPS, Workhorse, Hybrid Trucks

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Bridging the Extremes

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

How do we make the latest technologies attractive to folks who don’t pull white vans down smooth highways?

Tags: Information Technology, Diagnostics, Predictive Analytics, Rodeo du Camion

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: A Crude Awakening

Source: EIA

By Evan Lockridge

With all the hoopla lately over the plummeting crude oil prices, you may not have noticed a recent change in U.S. policy that could send prices in the other direction.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Crude Oil Prices

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Should You Own Your Software?

The majority of software products offered in the telematics, mobile communication and GPS tracking space are SaaS models. Photo: NetworkFleet

By Jim Beach

Most trucking software in daily use is provided by Software-as-a-Service subscription-based delivery model.

Tags: Information Technology, Fleet Management Software, SaaS

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT Top 20 Products of 2016

By HDT Staff

These are the top 20 products from the past year which demonstrated innovation, significance to the industry and potential to improve a trucking operations bottom line.

Tags: Technology, Innovative Equipment, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Driving Into the Future

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Autonomous vehicles, platooning, 3D printing, drones and more could change the equipment you buy and how you serve customers.

Tags: Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Commercial Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, 3D Printing

February 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

The Modern Maintenance Manager: Managing Today's Technicians

By Deborah Lockridge

With trucks turning into sophisticated equipment resembling computers on wheels, plus increasing emphasis on uptime, controlling costs, and safety and compliance, today’s technicians need to know how to do much more than turn a wrench.

Tags: Maintenance Management, Technician Training, Technicians

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