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November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Blue Tree Systems Adds Dry Trailer Tracking

A new dry trailer tracking solution is now available from Blue Tree Systems. R:Com Dot is a low-cost, self-contained and heavily ruggedized unit designed to be mounted covertly on the underside of the trailer - including flatbeds and tankers

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Paccar Parts Fleet Services Enhances Electronic Catalog ECAT

Paccar Parts Fleet Services' electronic catalog system now uses vehicle maintenance reporting standard (VMRS) codes for easier part searches

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Back-up Alarms from Alliance Truck Parts

Alliance Truck Parts has added back-up alarms to its growing electrical product offering. The new back-up alarm conforms to SAEJ994 standards and can be used on construction or agricultural machinery, and any truck that requires a back-up alarm

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Timken Creates Mobile App for Automotive & Heavy Truck Aftermarket

The Timken Company has gone mobile with its online auto-aftermarket catalog site, with new applications designed for iPhone, Android and Blackberry smartphones

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cheetah Supply Chain Optimizer Improves Routing

Cheetah Software Systems' Supply Chain Optimizer is a decision support system designed to solve and optimize large-scale routing for shipments that require both local and line haul movements

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

UShip App Helps Truckers Discover New Business

With nearly 6 out of 10 truckers relying on mobile phones and wireless service to grow their businesses, uShip's app for iPhone and Android smartphones can help them discover new business while on the road

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retrofittable XL Hybrid Brings Fuel Savings to Existing Light Trucks

Motor-generator hangs next to the GM transmission, and is connected to a 4-to-1 gearbox. A Kevlar belt inside the housing transfers torque to and from the driveshaft.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Hybrid drive systems usually have to be part of a new car or truck, and usually they're expensive. But XL Hybrids of Boston is coming up with one that can be installed on new or existing vehicles at a moderate cost

Tags: Engine Smarts

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Molex Introduces 2.5mm Miniature Waterproof Connector

Space-saving wire-to-wire connector solution for transportation and other rugged applications requiring superior mating and IP67 protection against dust and water Molex's new Mizu-P25 miniature waterproof connectors are said to be the first and only sealed wire-to-wire system of its size in the market certified to the IP67 standard

November 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lubegard Launches New Heavy Duty Product Line

International Lubricants, Inc. has launched the Lubegard Heavy Duty line, a new product line intended for servicing heavy-duty vehicles and equipment -- particularly those that are past warranty

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ingersoll Rand Unveils World's Most Powerful Cordless Impactool

Ingersoll Rand unveiled the new W7150 1/2-in. High-Torque Cordless Impactool at SEMA 2011 in Las Vegas. The W7150 is the first addition to the new IQV20 Series of 20V lithium-ion cordless tools and will be available beginning in January 2012

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

2012 Shell Rotella SuperRigs Calendar Available

The 29th anniversary edition of the Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar will soon be available for order, or you can get one now free for a limited time through Shell's special oil change promotion

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EPA-Certified Trailer Skirts, Wheel Cover Offered by Solus

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Solus Solutions and Technologies introduced 10 aerodynamic products for trailers that are sold in packages and promise significant fuel savings.

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

All-Volvo Company Does Log Transport Around The Clock in Sweden

By Text and photos Sven-Erik Lindstrand, European Editor

An all-Volvo fleet of nine trucks with I-Shift transmissions hauls logs 24 hours a day, seven days a week in southern Sweden. For a couple of hours, a group of North American truck editors in Sweden got a chance to follow first-hand the transport of timber from where the trees were harvested to a nearby sawmill

Tags: Topics & Trends

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Jacobs Vehicle Systems Develops "Bridge Brake" Technology

Jacobs Vehicle Systems has developed a new engine braking technology, integrating the functionality of a standard Compression Release Brake into the ultra-small footprint of a valve bridge

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

I-Shift Turns 10

By Sven-Erik Lindstrand, European Editor

Volvo's I-Shift may be relatively newcomer to the North American Market, but in Europe, it's celebrating its 10th anniversary

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cheetah Operations Simulator Helps Customers Optimize Performance

The Cheetah Operations Simulator can assist fleets in analyzing the impact of operational changes, monitoring performance, and identifying opportunities to increase operational performance

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting the Most from Your Limited Budget Through Life-cycle Cost Analysis

By Robert Johnson, director of fleet relations, NTEA

Financial constraints often force fleet managers to make tough equipment decisions. Should I repair a vehicle or replace it

Tags: The Bottom Line

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Report: Unlikely U.S. Can Meet Cellulosic Biofuel Mandates

By Engine Smarts Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Some U.S. biofuel mandates can't be reached, according to a new report from the National Research Council. At least not without major technological innovations or policy changes

Tags: Engine Smarts

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getloaded Simplifies Freight Finding Task

Internet-based loadboard company Getloaded now offers filtered, customized freight matching services for carriers looking to streamline and simplify their searches

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aftermarket Products

Trojan heavy-duty starting battery Trojan's TransPower ST1000 high-performance AGM 31 heavy-duty starting batter

Tags: Managing the Shop

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why You Need a Great Website

If you don't have a website - or if it leaves a bad impression - you might be invisible, or worse. Many fleets or shops won't buy from someone without a website because these customers can't check out the operation online.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Why is a website important? Because if you don't have one, you don't exist to a very large number of potential customers

Tags: Technology

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Extended Trade Cycles: Examining the Value of a Savvy Parts and Service Provider

As fleets extend trade cycles, they run into spec’ing and maintenance issues where a good parts and service provider can be invaluable. (Photo: Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

Nobody likes surprises. Nevertheless, in the depths of the recent recession, fleets believing they could save a few dollars by holding onto equipment for another year or so got their share of surprises

Tags: Issues

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top 5 Aftermarket Products Honored

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake's Versadjuster is one of the Top 5 products selected.

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Journal's Top 5 products were selected by the editors from new product announcements published in HDAJ during 2010

Tags: Managing the Shop

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smart Business: How You Can Use Brain-Boosting Strategies to Build Your Business

Deborah Lockridge, Editor

By Commentary Deborah Lockridge, Editor

I was reading an article in Newsweek about ways to boost brain performance, and it occurred to me that a number of key points could be applied to boosting business performanc

Tags: Business

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aftermarket Products

Eaton Launches EverTough Eaton launched a new brand of drivetrain components, called EverTough, engineered specifically for the aftermarket with a new line of heavy-duty clutches

Tags: Managing the Shop

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Inventory Control: High-Tech Ways to Manage Parts Flow

Improvements in software and hardware used for inventory management have made it easier for distributors and shops to stay on top of trends in parts sales.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

For anyone selling truck parts, managing inventory is the most basic part of the business. Automated inventory systems have been in use in the aftermarket business for year

Tags: Technology

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New CSA Federal Safety Program a Game-Changer for Aftermarket Service Shops

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

There's an alarm going off for businesses that repair and maintain heavy-duty trucks. Those who hear it are working hard to prepare themselves for the game-changing new federal truck safety regim

Tags: Issues

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dealer vs. Distributor

Karon and Calbi agreed that a national network is an important dealer advantage -- one distributors need to come together to address.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

In a standing-room only session at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in Las Vegas in January, a panel discussion duked it out between the views of the dealer and the independent aftermarket distributor

Tags: Managing the Shop

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Inexpensive Heat-Sensing Decal

From Spectra Products comes the Hub Alert heat-sensing label, an inexpensive early warning system that will alert you to above-normal wheel-end operating temperature

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Anti-Sail V-Flap Lets Air Pass Through but Blocks Debris

From Mudguard Technologies comes the patent-pending V-Flap, a truck mudflap that's said to be both eco-friendly and aerodynamic, with spray suppression and a "true" anti-sail design.

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Beyond R-134a: What's Next for Mobile A/C Refrigerants?

(Above) The receiver-dryer's moisture indicator gives a quick visual cue about the refrigerants's condition. (Below) When a compressor overheats, the rubber end-caps can melt right off (right).

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

In February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued final approval of HFO-1234yf as a refrigerant for air conditioners in new cars and light trucks

Tags: Managing the Shop

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Service Sells

Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Commentary Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

I recently needed a new pair of athletic shoes. Not that I'm particularly athletic, but I took a spill last year and my orthopedist said I need to wear good, supportive shoes to avoid continued knee and ankle problems. My 5-year-old New Balances weren't cutting it anymore

Tags: Business

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why Distributors Might Want to Look into an Employee Ownership Plan

Employee stock ownership plans, known as ESOPs, are gaining in popularity. There even was federal legislation introduced earlier this year to expand their use

Tags: Business

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aftermarket Products

Allison TC10 to aim at road tractor market Allison's TC10 transmission combines a torque converter with a sophisticated 10-speed mechanical gearbo

Tags: Managing the Shop

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Incorporation Options: What's the Best Fit for Your Company?

The IRS requires S-Corp owners to be paid

When you started your business, chances are there weren't quite as many options for how to organize it as there are now

Tags: Business

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Paperless

The benefits of reducing paper in your operation go way beyond being green.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

We all have received those emails with the little tagline at the bottom urging us to think about the environment before printing that message

Tags: Technology

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Nine Ways to Help Customers Beat the Fuel Bill

Build customer loyalty by joining them in their quest for better fuel economy.

Fuel. Diesel or gasoline, it's one of your customers' biggest costs. Worldwide energy consumption will grow by 53% between 2008 and 2035, according to a repor

Tags: Issues

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDAW 2012 Preview: Corporate Culture

Corporate culture is the theme for Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week 2012.

What do online shoe sales and heavy-duty parts sales have in common? They both can succeed with the help of the right kind of corporate culture

Tags: Business

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Winning Corporate Culture

Corporate culture is often cited as a factor in the success of companies such as Google, Disney and Southwest Airlines.

By Commentary Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

When Tobin Cassels first told me about his philosophy of "servant leadership" at Southeastern Freight Lines, I must admit I mentally rolled my eyes a bit. I'm sure that, like me, in your personal or professional lif

Tags: Business

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tips for Packing a Tapered Roller Bearing

Improper lubrication causes over half of all the bearing damage that we see in the aftermarket. Timken offers these helpful procedures for packing a bearing with grease

Tags: More Maintenance

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Compli Helps Pinpoint Turnover Trends

Compli. which offers HR, safety and compliance management software, announced Turnover Analytics

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

More Than a Temporary Corrosion Covering: Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics

By Del Williams, Contributor

Fighting corrosion in trucks, ships, tanks, planes and equipment costs the Pentagon $22.9 billion a year

Tags: More Maintenance

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Solyndra Redemption: Clean Diesel Technology

DPF-equipped 2010-generation engines have cut particulate matter emissions by an estimated 96%. The health-related benefits are substantial. Photo by Jim Park.

By Guest commentary Francesca Flynn

Billions of taxpayer 'stimulus' dollars have been directed toward the perceived savior of our environment and the economy -- anything "green," i.e., green jobs, green energy etc

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ATDynamics Plans to Sell 50,000 TrailerTails by 2014

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

ATDynamics says it's on track to sell 50,000 of its aerodynamic TrailerTails by 2014, and it announced several measures to help it get there

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Theft Trends and How to Keep Cargo Safe

By Nick Erdmann, Transport Security

Cargo theft has impacted nearly every industry, from paper products to televisions

Tags: Topics & Trends

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Introduces Medium-Duty Cabovers for Urban Delivery

Kenworth introduces two medium duty cabovers. From left are the new Kenworth K270 Class 6 cabover and the Kenworth K370 Class 7 cabover.

Kenworth has expanded its medium-duty product line with the introduction of the Kenworth K270 Class 6 and Kenworth K370 Class 7 cabovers targeted at urban delivery companies

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterbilt Enhances Medium-duty Models 210, 220

Peterbilt's Model 210 and 220 are tailor-made for maneuverability, visibility and serviceability.

Peterbilt Motors Company unveiled new design enhancements for its medium-duty cabover Models 210 and 220 in the Class 6 and 7 markets

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mitsubishi Fuso Canter FE/FG adds Air Deflector to Boost Fuel Economy

The Cantor's new roof-mounted air deflector may reduce drag by as much as 5.4%.

A new air deflector being offered by Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. is designed to reduce drag while boosting fuel economy

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Prophesy Releases Advanced Fuel Card Manager

Prophesy Transportation Solutions, Inc. has released an Advanced Fuel Card Manager module for the DispatchSeries solution

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mac-Vac, Steps That Retract

The Mac-Vac's full-length walkway and easy access ladder with double hand rails add to operator safety.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Mac Trailer in Alliance, Ohio, has entered the vacuum-tanker field with a Mac-Vac product for the energy industry

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