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January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Double Coin Regional Drive Tire

In response to the industry demand of Mud & Snow rated, open-shoulder traction tires for the urban environment, Double Coin Tires and China Manufacturers Alliance LLC now offer the RLB1 model

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CoPilot Truck Pro Integrated with ibright Solutions Suite

International Telematics will resell ALK's CoPilot Truck Professional navigation software in North America, fully integrated with its ibright vehicle and trailer telematics system

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck-Lite Develops Sky-Lite to Illuminate Trailer Interiors

Sky-Lites are designed to let natural light into a trailer. (Photo by Truck-Lite)

Truck-Lite has released a new product called Sky-Lite, a lensed polycarbonate product that is installed in a trailer to increase visibility by allowing natural light to enter

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Roadranger Expands Pre-Authorized Warranty Repairs Program

Roadranger recently expanded the number of repairs in its Pre-Authorized Warranty Repairs program, providing dealers with automatic approval for warranty repair work

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Quickloader Retractable Cargo Straps for Light and Medium Duty

Quickloader cargo straps feature self-winding ratchets that retract the straps when not in use

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Charging Batteries in Cold Weather

Charging vehicle batteries in cold weather is totally different in the winter. (Photo by Jim Park)

One of the biggest misconceptions is that batteries charge the same throughout the year. They simply don't! In warm weather (above 40 degrees), batteries are very easy to recharge

Tags: Under The Hood

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kustom Products adds Drive Train Packages to the Glider Kit Market

Kustom Products, Inc. provides complete drive train and interface parts packages specifically for glider kit assemblies

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ALK, Apacheta Partner on GPS-Enabled Mobile Solutions

Through this partnership, Apacheta will resell ALK's CoPilot Live Professional and CoPilot Truck Professional, embedding CoPilot's turn-by-turn directions as options in their TransportACE, RouteACE, MerchandiserACE and ServiceACE mobile workflow applications

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Telogis 3.0 Shifts Route Optimization Paradigm

Telogis Route 3.0 is a powerful new version of the Software-as-a-Service multi-vehicle route optimization application featuring a new patent-pending "Advanced Territories" technology

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pack Rat Drawer Units Provide Organization and Convenience

Pack Rat drawer units from Knaack LLC and Weather Guard Products offer easy access to hundreds of pounds of tools and supplies while leaving floor space in trucks and vans open and uncluttered

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

M.D. Alignment Adds Two New Training Videos

There are now 10 alignment and vehicle handling training videos in M.D. Alignment's online video library with the addition the two latest products

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: NPR Gas 'N' Go vs. Eco Diesel Slow(er)

Driving the Isuzu NPR Gas is an entirely different experience compared with the diesel models.

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

After several years of absence, Isuzu's gasoline-powered, medium-duty trucks are back for the 2012 model year. I had a chance to test drive the new 2012 NPR Gas truck, as well as the comparable NPR Eco-Max diesel

Tags: Test Drive

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Grote Expands Line of SuperNova, NexGen LED Lamps

Grote Industries has expanded its popular SuperNova NexGen LED lamp offering, with the introduction of its new integrated flange four-inch stop/tail/turn and dual-system back-up lamps

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth T800 Adds Bendix Wingman with ACB System as Option

The Kenworth T800 is now available for factory order equipped with the optional Bendix Wingman ACB - Active Cruise with Braking

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

IPA Introduces a Better Way to Clean Automotive Terminals

IPA has introduces the first tool ever made to clean small male and female spade pin connectors

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Molex Introduces New CMC Standard Header and Solder-Mount Headers with Press-Fit Terminals

Molex CMC product line has expanded with the introduction of a 154-circuit header in compliant-pin mount and 32- and 112-circuit solder-mount headers

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Parked Next Door: A Study in Engine Apps

By Engine Smarts Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The other day, a remodeling contractor was working at the next-door neighbors' house and I eyeballed the two trucks that he sent his workers and supplies in

Tags: Engine Smarts

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Preventing LED Theft

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

They've pretty much taken over the vehicle lighting business, and they don't cost nearly as much as when they first appeared about 20 years ago. So LEDs - lamps made with light-emitting diodes - aren't stolen like they once were

Tags: Trailers

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are Your Wheel Bearings Adjusted Properly?

With tolerances no more than the width of human hairs, there's little room for guess work when torqueing wheel bearings. Photo courtesy of Consolidated Metco.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Good and bad in the wheel-bearing world is divided by a very fine line - about the width of two human hairs, in fact. That's not much of a margin considering the potential consequences of improper adjustment

Tags: Tires

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth T800 Dump Truck with Latest Powertrain

This T800 has a setback steer axle that allows a tight wheel cut and good maneuverability. The hood is steeply sloped for excellent forward visibility.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The "viper yellow" paint on this Kenworth T800 grabs your attention, but there was much more to this dump truck I drove last summer

Tags: Test Drive

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Survey Reveals Top Trucking Concerns

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

A survey of more than 4,000 trucking industry executives by the American Transportation Research Institute revealed the top 10 critical issues facing the North American trucking industry

Tags: Topics & Trends

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trends to Watch in 2012: Economy and Business

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

A recent survey by GE Capital of mid-market chief financial officers showed that transportation CFOs, while less optimistic about the U.S. economy and the global economy than their counterparts, are one of the more optimistic groups of CFOs when it comes to the state of their own industry

Tags: Topics & Trends

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Big-Fleet IT Functionality for Smaller Fleets

Though First choice only has 55 trucks, Jousma said they decided a few years ago to make the investment in the same type of fleet management software and other technologies used by big competitors.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

When it comes to serving customers, small carriers have the same requirements as the largest. If a small carrier can respond to a customer's demands as well as a much larger fleet, he can be competitive

Tags: Information Technology

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Report: Factory Settings vs. 'As-Driven'

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

If something is set to factory specs it must be just right, right? In the alignment world, "factory specs" really means it's close enough. Close enough, however, might not be good enough when your tires are being chewed right off the wheels

Tags: Tires

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Report: The Art & Science of Alignment

Too many tires are pulled from service prematurely due to extensive irregular wear. In most cases, alignment would solve those problems.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Vehicle alignment is a great example of why they teach geometry in high school. How many times did you wonder when you would ever use Euclidean geometry or the Pythagorean theorem?

Tags: Tires

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Purpose of the Emergency Response Guidebook

The scenario was part of a Schneider National exercise for hazardous materials responders, but in real life, many carriers keep a current Emergency Guidebook in their trucks to comply with hazmat regulations.

By Thomas Ziebell, Contributor

Many shippers and transporters of hazardous materials are familiar with the small orange Emergency Response Guidebook. Most associate the ERG with compliance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR), using it to provide emergency response information for a hazardous materials shipment. Yet that is not why the ERG was created

Tags: Compliance

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FuelSmarts: More Efficient Drayage, One Match at a Time

Saving fuel doesn't always mean higher mpg. Sometimes it's about being more organized and having the patience to identify inefficiencies. Evans Network of Companies is doing exactly that with its Eco-Match program, which aligns imports and exports for more efficient transportation.

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

inthinc Cell Detection Antenna Supports Compliance with Federal Cell Phone Ban

inthinc Technology Solutions Inc., now offers a cell and text detection antenna that detects cell phone wave frequencies emitted from the driver seat

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rotary Lift Introduces Certified Wash Bay Parallelogram Lift

Rotary Lift's new certified wash bay parallelogram lift features an ALI-certified stainless steel control panel that can be wall-mounted, freeing up bay workspace and further protecting the power unit.

Rotary Lift has updated its parallelogram wash bay lift package to maximize bay space and product life. The new lift with wash bay kit is third-party tested by ETL and ALI certified to meet ANSI safety and performance standards

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Total Truck Heat System Eliminates Cold Weather Idling

The Total Truck Heat system requires no regular maintenance -- just a yearly fuel filter change and an inspection of the system's electrical connections.

The Total Truck Heat System from Idle Free Systems Inc. completely eliminates the need for discretionary idling in cold weather conditions

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Experienced Assembler Offers Parts Packages for Glider Kits

Packages of parts needed to complete the assembly of truck glider kits are offered by Kustom Products of Coos Bay, Ore.

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NexTraq Adds Features

NexTraq has added Driver ID, asset tracking and fuel card integration to the NexTraq™ Fleet Tracking platform

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xata Turnpike Certifies Motorola Admiral for E-Logs

Xata announced that since introducing the Android platform in early 2011, Xata has certified 10 new mobile devices, most recently the Motorola Admiral and the Motorola Atrix 2, for its electronic onboard recorder system

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

QES Webinar Emphasizes EOBRs for Management, Compliance

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Before adopting electronic logs in 2010, Kinard Trucking and Logistics, a 175-truck fleet in York, Pa., was seeing a 25% rate of log violations fleetwide. The violation rate dropped to 15% within the first year and is now about 1%

Tags: Equipment & Technology

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

JPro 5.1 Adds Medium-Duty GM support

Noregon Systems' new JPro Commercial Fleet Diagnostics software v5.1 offers additional support for GM vehicles (Classes 2-6)

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SpeedGaugeAnywhere Monitors Speed On the Road and Off

SpeedGaugeAnywhere lets fleets create speed zones around any custom location that is not subject to government set speed limits

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Drive Axle Delivers Integrated Mobile Document Scanning

Drive Axle's Large Fleet edition offers a smartphone-based scanning solution that can be easily integrated with existing back-office systems

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mobile, Self-Contained CNG Fueling Service

IMW Industries, a subsidiary of Clean Energy Fuels, introduced a self-contained, mobile compressed natural gas fueling station designed for small to mid-size vehicle fleets that need CNG while a permanent station is under construction or undergoing maintenance

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo Trucks to Offer Bluetooth Standard

As a federal ban on commercial drivers' use of hand-held mobile devices while driving takes effect the first of the year, Volvo Trucks in North America will now offer its Bluetooth-equipped radio as standard equipment on all VN and VHD models

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Esco Enters Commercial TPMS Market

The new Commercial Truck TPMS System with Hook & Go features will measure and record tire pressures and internal temperatures

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Inthinc Adds Custom Attributes to SmartZones Geo-fencing Technology

inthinc Technology Solutions Inc., has released a new version of it smartZones enhanced GPS-based technology that allows fleet managers to draw boundaries around customized regions for easier fleet administration and safety monitoring

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ford Shows E-Series Replacement, the Transit Van; Talks Up Gasoline Power for F-650

The E-Series' successor will weigh at least 300 pounds less than a comparable E-series truck and get at least 25% better fuel economy.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Ford Commercial Truck offered glimpses of its upcoming Transit van that will eventually replace the high-selling E-Series, showed its gasoline-powered F-650 medium-duty truck, and said its One Ford vehicle strategy for coming years includes cutting weight and engine sizes to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FleetMatics, FleetCor to Launch GPS-Trackable Branded Fuel Card

The FleetMatics Universal Premium Fleet Card extends FleetMatics' Fuel Card Reporting capabilities to provide complete visibility, from individual transaction to total fuel spend

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Two New Landing Gear Products from Jost

Jost International has introduced two new lightweight landing gear products designed to reduce trailer weight without compromising strength

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fiberglass Commercial Cap Delivers Durability, Style and Function

The Site Commander can be painted to match the truck's color code.

A.R.E. has developed the new Site Commander commercial truck cap, ideal for companies who want to outfit their fleets with functional, high-quality products that deliver a professional appearance

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tell TMC About Your Engine Experiences

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Our Engine Smarts item and November HDT column on complaints about 2002-2010 diesels ("What's Happening with Engines?") hit a proverbial nerve, because we got a healthy amount of reader response

Tags: Engine Smarts

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Havis ChargeGuard Auto Shut-off Timer Saves Batteries

Dead vehicle batteries delay shipments, raise vehicle maintenance costs, and increases downtime caused by service calls. The approaching winter weather only makes it worse

December 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Frito-Lay Electric Delivery Trucks Hit the "Green" Streets of Orlando

PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America will roll out 10 new electric trucks in Orlando next year. In total, Frito-Lay will deploy 176 electric trucks this year in the U.S. and Canada, making Frito-Lay the largest commercial fleet of all-electric trucks in North America

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Love's Upgrades Love's Connect App

Love's Travel Stops today announced time-saving upgrades and new features to its Love's Connect mobile application for iPhone, Android and Blackberry smart phones

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Travis Offers Lightweight Alumatech Half-Round Dump

Travis Body & Trailer has begun production on its newest model, the Alumatech

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