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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

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aljex Offers API Software for Quick, Easy Carrier Access

Aljex now offers software APIs to link brokers and 3PLs directly to carrier online services. Using an Aljex API brokers can quickly and easily access tracking information and proof-of-delivery as well as extract correct, updated rates and quotes

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Utility Adjustable Load Securement System Available for All Types of Hauls

Utility's Adjustable Load Securement System (ALSS) option for Utility flatbed trailers is now available for all types of hauls, including coils

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel Dips Below $4 while Oil Tops $100 -- Briefly

The Department of Energy's Weekly Pump Price survey shows diesel fuel tumbled 4.6 cents a gallon from last week's national average price

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Carrier Introduces External Trailer Temperature Display

The 'dual-view' display can be switched from reverse to normal view for yard monitoring of parked trailers.

Drivers and yard workers alike can now easily keep track of the refrigerated loads temperatures. Carrier Transicold's Dual-View Temperature Display is readable from the ground, or in a reverse image through a west-coast mirror

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NavStar Technologies Adds Cell Phone Detection Feature to EOBR Hardware

NavStar Technologies, Inc. has an agreement with Trinity Noble to add cell phone usage detection while driving to its portfolio of Electronic On Board Recorder hardware and services

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wabash Debuts Industry's Strongest Semi-Trailer

Wabash National has introduced the industry's first dry freight van with a 35,000-pound floor rating. A versatile solution for extremely heavy freight, DuraPlate XD-35 allows cargo typically hauled on a flatbed trailer to be transported in a dry van

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Delco Remy Offers Product Cross-reference Directory

Remy International, Inc. has launched a new and improved online product cross-reference system that includes part numbers for all Delco Remy heavy-duty starter and alternator models ever produced

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TomTom Launches Pro 7150 Truck-specific GPS

TomTom Business Solutions has unveiled the TomTom Pro 7150 Truck designed to provide truck drivers and fleet managers with automated routing that takes into account vehicle profiles and road attributes and restrictions

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xantrex Launches Gen-2 Freedom SW Inverter/Chargers

Building on the success of its first generation 2,000- and 3,000-watt Freedom SW invertors, Xantrex has redesigned the 2000-watt model with many of the features found in its high power counterpart

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

5000 Series GPS Fleet Tracking and Engine Monitoring Hardware from Networkfleet

Compatible with light, medium and heavy duty vehicles, the 5000 series offers 24/7 visibility into fleet assets, enabling fleet managers to easily locate vehicles in real time

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

L-Ray Offers Lower-priced Differometric Tire Analyzer

L-Ray's new MDA-48 series tire analyzing machines are being made available at a lower price point, making them more affordable to smaller retread operations

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Air Force Truckers Haul U.S. out of Iraq

A U.S. Air Force M915 tractor from the 70th Medium Truck Detachment leads a convoy of 43 vehicles through Iraq with a load of equipment and supplies. They traveled 1,100 miles in seven days. (Photo by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen)

By U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Salanitri

Air Force truckers from the 70th Medium Truck Detachment and convoy escort team soldiers of B Troop, 1-94 Cavalry, Pine City, Minn., Army National Guard, met for the first time on Oct. 26. Only hours later, these men put their lives in one another's hands as they convoyed throughout Iraq, hauling out cargo as the U.S. withdraws from the country

Tags: Topics & Trends

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Replacement Truck Stereo from Alliance Truck Parts

Alliance Truck Parts has added replacement stereos to its growing line of in-demand parts for class 6-8 trucks. Drivers can have quality sound and the convenience of a remote control

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Penray Offers 2-Step Fuel-Injection Service Kit

Penray has added a 2-Step Premium Fuel Injection Service Kit to their line of Performance Installer Product Kits. The kit includes a Total Fuel System Cleaner and a Total Intake System Cleaner suitable for gasoline and diesel engines

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rogers Redesigns Gooseneck Support

Rogers' new Gooseneck Jack Paddle requires little or no tractor modification and offers plenty of lift distance.

Rogers has re-designed their gooseneck jack paddle. The new jack paddle requires little or no tractor modification and offers plenty of lift distance

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ridewell Releases New Disc Brake Axle

A new disc brake version of the Ridewell brand axle is available

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Double Coin Announces Super Wide Fuel-Efficient Tire

Double Coin Tires and China Manufacturers Alliance introduced the new FT125 super wide low rolling resistance trailer position tire

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aljex Integrates Comdata for Checks, Cash, and Virtual Credit Cards

Aljex has integrated Comdata into its hosted transportation management system, automating the issuance and bookkeeping of Comdata products in fleet and broker businesses

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet Enhances In-Cab Navigation

Enhancements to PeopleNet's in-cab navigation are available on its Tablet (shown) or Blu products.

PeopleNet has enhances its in-cab navigation, making it easier for drivers and the back office to use and for fleets to reduce out-of-route miles

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wright Express Pump Shut-Off Gives More Control Over Driver Spending

Wright Express is offering a new fuel card feature it says will increase transaction accountability and help reduce misuse

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

McLeod Software Integrates TransCore's Truckload Rate Index

TransCore's Truckload Rate Index solution is now available as an integrated feature of McLeod Software's LoadMaster and PowerBroker transportation management solutions

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FleetSafer Vision Measures Truckers' Cell Phone Use While Driving

ZoomSafer has released the latest version of its FleetSafer Vision distracted driving solution. It enables employers to measure, manage and enforce cell phone usage policies to reduce crashes, risk, liability and expense

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TruckWeight Offers Free Weight-Recording Software

TruckWeight now offers customers free software that will allow users of the company's onboard wireless sensors for mechanical and air suspensions to quickly and easily monitor and record weights

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Social Media and Trucking: What a Little Birdie Can Tell You

By Marco Beghetto, Contributor

Although I work in a demographically top-heavy industry that's been understandably slow to embrace free online tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube, I'm convinced that you don't have to know the title of a single Justin Beiber son

Tags: Information Technology

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Paccar Financial Offers On-Line Bill Paying

U.S. customers of Paccar Financial Corp. can now pay their bills on-line. Paccar Financial's new service also provides access to account balances and payment history. Customers can also request payoff quotes and payoff accounts online

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo's 750-Horsepower Truck and Sweden's Longer, Heavier Trucks

By Sven-Erik Lindstrand, HDT European Editor

What makes a truck and engine manufacturer want to launch a 750-horsepower engine for standard trucks? Volvo already offered its 16-liter inline six cylinder engine with overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder and unit injectors, capable of 700 horsepower

Tags: Equipment Issues

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Long-Life Trailer Specs

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Everything has a life span, but some of the things we make die sooner than they used to. For trailers, shortened lives usually can be blamed on corrosio

Tags: Trailers

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Monitoring Driver Behavior can Improve Safety and Reduce Costs

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor & Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Driver monitoring has evolved tremendously in recent years. Some carriers still rely on reports from a 1-800 "how's my driving" number to find out when a driver is driving poorly, but many more are putting technology to wor

Tags: Drivers

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quickspin: Driving the new Cat Truck

Short demo drive of Caterpillar's first on-highway truck reveals whether it lives up to its 'premium' billing.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

We came, we saw, we drove -- but not far. Caterpillar people are very proud of their CT660 vocational truck. They introduced it earlier this yea

Tags: Test Drive

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Monitoring Driver Behavior Can Improve Safety, Reduce Costs

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor & Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Driver monitoring has evolved tremendously in recent years. Some carriers still rely on reports from a 1-800 "how's my driving" number to find out when a driver is driving poorly, but many more are putting technology to wor

Tags: Safety & Compliance

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Medium-Duty Update: Sales Up as Buyers Replace Old Trucks Amid Improving Economy, New Products Enter the Market

For years, Ford’s F-450 and F-550 SuperDuty trucks have led the Class 4 to 5 segment.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

It's a story we've heard before, but a pretty good one: Sales are up, products are improving, and buyers have many choices of trucks to do their hauling job

Tags: Light & Medium

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Training Technicians - Part One

Understanding the knowledge shortfalls in your shop is the first step to designing a training program.

By Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Training has probably never been more valuable or important than it is in 2011. That's true no matter what the trucking job, but it's especially true in the shop

Tags: Managing the Shop

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cutting-Edge Customer Service

Getting the freight there on time and undamaged is just the beginning. (Photo: Con-way)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

When a customer calls Southeastern Freight Lines, he doesn't hear, "press one for sales, press two for maintenance, press zero for a company directory.

Tags: Topics & Trends

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Volvo's Torque Magic

Volvo's new XE13 and Eco-Torque powertrain packages will make a big difference to drivers in ways they will never know -- and a few they will.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

What a difference a little extra torque makes. I recently had the privilege of being one of the first drivers outside of test fleets to put a new fuel economy and performance concept from Volvo through its paces

Tags: Test Drive

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