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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

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hyundai Innovations

The Translead trailer itself had sheet-and-post sidewalls using two thin skins over a composite foam core. Photo by Tom Berg.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

At the Mid-America Trucking Show, Hyundai Translead showed a bladder-like gasket that inflates firmly against overhead doors to keep them from shaking and rattling

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rechargeable LED Light Stick has Magnetic Mount

Magnalight's new portable LED light offers high light output combined with an integrated magnetic mounting system to produce a weatherproof, portable industrial grade LED task light

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aerofficient Trailer Side Fairings Promise Better Durability

Aerofficient also offers an optional landing gear wrap for refrigerated trailers to shield reefer fuel tanks and increase the effectiveness of the side fairings.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

When it comes to aerodynamic side fairings, "the key to maximizing fuel efficiency is to make sure they stay on the truck," says Jim Reiman, CEO of Aerofficient LLC, which says its new Fixed Side Fairings are more durable than other trailer skirts on the market

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck-Lite's Perimeter Lamp Lights up Loading Areas

Truck-Lite has developed the first ever LED Perimeter Lamp that provides enhanced exterior visibility to either side or rear lift-gate areas

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Innovative Aluminum Flatbed Promises More Payload, Fuel Efficiency, Less Maintenance

The Alutrec Capacity uses a different type of manufacture that allows for about 2,000 pounds weight savings over a traditional aluminum trailer, says the company.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

A Canadian trailer maker is entering the U.S. market with a lightweight aluminum flatbed it says can save about 2,000 pounds over a regular aluminum flatbed, with additional cargo-capacity, aerodynamic and maintenance benefits as well

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

International Reveals New Driver Features for ProStar+, TranStar Models

International's new Diamond interior trim package for ProStar+ will be available for order in mid-2012.

International's ProStar+ and TranStar models are getting some driver comfort upgrades, along with some performance and safety enhancements

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Equinox Owner-Operator Solutions Offers Roadside Assistance

Equinox Owner-Operator Solutions and OnRamp Transportation Services now offer a package of roadside assistance services for carriers, contractors and owner-operators

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SelecTrucks Now Offering 30-day Satisfaction Guarantee

SelecTrucks is introducing a new pre-owned truck certification that will provide the industry's most grueling and comprehensive inspection and reconditioning process

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

XL Hybrids to Deliver Hybrid Electric Conversions

XL Hybrids will begin conducting customer pilot tests of its hybrid powertrain technology with GM 2500 Series vans, including the Chevy Express and GMC Savana. The company claims its hybrid powertrain can reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by up to 20 percent for urban fleets

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CoPilot Truck Now Optimized for Qualcomm

CoPilot Truck now combines ALK's CoPilot Truck commercial truck GPS navigation solution, industry standard PC*MILER routing, and Qualcomm's In-Motion User Interface design for a safe driving experience with text-to-speech functionality

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Compli Offers ATA-Endorsed CSA Product

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Compli, which entered the trucking industry earlier this year with its comprehensive human resources and compliance software, is now offering just the CSA compliance parts of its program as Compli CSA, a separate product for less cost

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Search Site Helps Shops Find Parts Fast

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

PartsRiver, which has developed a database of more than 8 million heavy-duty truck parts in its work for companies like FedEx and Schneider National, is now opening that database up to the industry to help repair shops find parts quickly

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daimler, Walmart Showcase Fuel-Saving Tech at ATA

Daimler Trucks North America and Walmart showed off a "technology truck" at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition in Dallas this week. The Freightliner Cascadia on display was based on Walmart's advanced fuel-efficient specs, with advanced aerodynamic and predictive technologies

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Launches Meritor Mobile App for iPad

Meritor Mobile, a sales and service information tool, is now available for free download through the Apple App store and iTunes. The application will enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of sales and service personnel in the commercial vehicle industry

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DeKalb County Takes 24 Freightliner CNG Trucks

DeKalb County, Ga., has ordered 24 Freightliner Business Class M2 112 compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks. The county will use the CNG trucks for sanitation and maintenance applications

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fix-A-Ticket Can Protect your CDL

Drivers facing threats to their livelihoods from undeserved tickets and citations now have access to expert guidance to challenge those tickets. The experienced staff and attorneys at Fix-A-Ticket, Inc. handle legal issues for their driver clients on a case-by-case basis

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet Enhances Speed Monitoring Offerings

PeopleNet is upping the usefulness of its Speed Monitoring product it offers with SpeedGauge, adding exclusive alerts and daily summary enhancements, as well as a partnership to offer insurance discounts

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fax-Quality Document Scanning for Smartphones

Drivers can now scan freight documents and proof-of-delivery with their smartphones, reducing off-route miles in search of a fax machine

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pana-Pacific to Distribute Qualcomm Mobile Computing Platform

As part of Qualcomm's effort to reach out to smaller fleets, it's signed a deal with Pana-Pacific to sell Qualcomm's Mobile Computing Platform Products (MCP) and fleet management solutions

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rotary Lift Updates MOD30 In-ground Lift

Rotary Lift has introduced two new saddle adapters and other design updates for its MOD30 environmentally friendly in-ground lift. The new adapters provide greater vehicle clearance and flexibility for lifting a wide range of heavy-duty vehicles

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navteq Provides Dock-to-Dock Directions

The latest product release from Navteq, Loading Dock Locations, will guide drivers right into the loading dock, not just to the street address of the customer

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Talbert Rolls Out New Trailers for Towman Expo

Talbert will be showing its 55-Ton Telescopic Trailer at the American Towman Expo 2011 in Baltimore, MD Nov. 17-20.

Visitors to the Towman Expo show in November will be among the first to view a pair of new heavy-haul trailers from Talbert Manufacturing. Talbert will show its multi-purpose 55-Ton Telescopic Trailer; as well as its highly flexible Talbert SSTA (Traveling Axle) 5053 Trailer

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Blue Tree Systems Introduces HOS Advisor

Drivers will soon have a tool that will help them optimize their driving time under HOS rules. HOS Advisor from Blue Tree USA, a provider of fleet management, reefer monitoring and trailer tracking solutions, can track available hours and suggest options for using the time available

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xata Unveils ComplianceConnect

Xata makes it possible for fleets to use their existing driver productivity applications to improve safety and compliance, reduce costs and increase customer satisfactio

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vigillo Bundles CSA Solutions for Small Carriers

Vigillo LLC, creators of Daylight, the CSA Platform for Transportation, have created a bundle of all of its CSA products at a steep discount for carriers under 100 drivers. The bundling includes solutions for the carrier, its drivers and brokerage

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Wabco Releases Toolbox 10.0

Meritor Wabco Vehicle Control Systems has updated its Toolbox diagnostic software. It's now up to version 10.0. Introduced in 1999, Toolbox continues to be enhanced, allowing technicians to view system faults and repair instructions, verify system integrity, adjust component operation and installation wiring

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Too Much Fine Print? Warranties Can Be Hard to Understand, But Effort Is Necessary

Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Big fleets often write their own terms when it comes to claims on a manufacturer's warranty

Tags: Managing the Shop

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: What Fleets Are Buying in Flatbeds

Melton Truck Lines bought 200 new steel-and-aluminum flatbed trailers from Great Dane and Utility this year.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Sales of flatbed trailers have revived along with the rest of the heavy truck business

Tags: Trailers

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Vans Update

The Nissan Van (NV) is now in its first year of production. Fleets are beginning to evaluate the 1/2-, 3/4- and 1-ton trucks.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Depending on how the segment is counted, the market for full-size cargo vans is up about 12% over last year, which in turn was up 14% over 2009, builder sources say

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

12 Things You Should Know About Oil & Coolant Analysis

Where a coolant's neutralization number is related to the quantity of acid- or base-forming materials in a solution, pH indicates their intensity - and can indicate things going wrong in the cooling system.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Oil and coolant are like your blood and your sweat, respectively, and they have to work together to keep you aliv

Tags: Under The Hood

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Telogis Introduces Telogis Fleet 9

Telogis has introduced the next generation of its flagship SaaS enterprise software, Telogis Fleet 9. The release extends the power of its SaaS location intelligence platform with advanced functionality, reporting and asset security/management

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Mack's Granite MHD

Mack's new Granite MHD is a 'baby 8' designed for shorter runs and lighter-duty cycles but still offers the strength to tackle heavy chores.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

One way to cut weight and cost from a new truck is to choose a relatively small engine. This is the essence of the Mack Granite MHD, announced early this year and recently put into production

Tags: Test Drive

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

HDT's 2011 Truck Fleet Innovators Talk About Sustainability

C.R. England tests new fuel-efficient equipment and focuses on driver behavior to improve mpg.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

HDT's 2011 Truck Fleet Innovators were honored for their industry leadership in areas such as driver safety, logistics and maintenanc

Tags: Fleet Innovators

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dairy Operation to Recycle Natural Waste of Cows into Fuel for Delivery Vehicles

A milk delivery vehicle refuels at an on-site CNG station that will soon use manure-derived natural gas. Paclease has partnered with the Fair Oaks Farms to provide a full-service leasing agreement, and Ruan operates the trucks.

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

Recycling waste is an integral part of sustainable living in both small-scale homes and large-scale industrial operations. Fair Oaks Farms, a dairy farm in northwestern Indiana, is taking this concept to a new level

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Public-Private Partnership Helps Put Natural Gas Trucks into Southern California Fleets

Ryder System will have 202 natural gas vehicles available for lease or rent under a public-private partnership in southern California.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

What do an office supply store, a dairy processor, a flooring supplier, a beer distributor and a grocery retailer have in common

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Report: Automatic Tire Inflation Systems Guard Against Premature Failure

In many cases, the cost of two or three service calls will pay for an automatic tire inflation system.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Next to the click-click-click sound of your starter on a cold winter morning, a trucker's most dreaded sound has to be the hiss of a slowly deflating tire

Tags: Tires

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

HDT's 2011 Truck Fleet Innovators Weigh In on Fuel Economy

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

No silver bullet "Fuel economy is one of our top priorities,

Tags: Fleet Innovators

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Flawed Economy Rules: Fuel Efficiency

Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

By all means, let's improve fuel economy in our trucks as well as in our cars

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Weight vs. Cost

Plastic sheeting and aluminum extrusions and fabrications combine to cut many pounds from this trash-transfer trailer shown at the 2011 Mid-America Trucking Show.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

How important is saving weight? It's vital in some operations, such as hauling bulk commodities, especially if trailers are always loaded to the max and tare weight must be cut to enhance payload potential

Tags: Trailers

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

QuickSpin: A First Look at Hino's New COEs

Hino's compact 155 and 195 series trucks, including a diesel-electric hybrid, will be at home on congested city streets.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The dynamics of the U.S. transportation market are changing, opening the door to smaller, more efficient trucks

Tags: Test Drive

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pickups Update

Sales of SuperDuty pickups for commercial use are up a small 2%, but chassis-cab versions have climbed 48% since last year, signaling a resurgence among commercial buyers, Ford says.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Almost left idle by the high cost of fuel in 2008 and the recession, sales of pickup trucks are now recovering

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tracking For Smaller Fleets

Some tracking systems are developing smartphone apps that offer tracking information on the go, such as this one from FleetMatics.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Once upon a time, vehicle tracking and communications meant expensive satellite equipmen

Tags: Information Technology

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2011 Truck Fleet Innovators on the Driver Shortage

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

If you bring up the challenges of carriers today with any fleet manager, the topic of driver shortage is almost certain to come up

Tags: Fleet Innovators

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Technology, CSA, and a Culture of Safety

Research shows that making 'chores' socially competitive is a sure-fire way of provoking behavioral change.

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

Technology is not only changing what the driver looks for in the job, but also what the job looks for in the driver

Tags: Drivers

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth's T660 Regional Hauler

The day cab aero package includes cab-side fairings and a roof-mounted air deflector. the DPF/SCR package is under the passenger access step. (Photo: Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The emergence of the regional transportation market is causing many fleets to rethink their equipment demands

Tags: Test Drive

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Carrier Logistics Enhances Mapping and Dispatch System

Carrier Logistics Inc. launched Factsmap version 2.0, offering dispatchers increased routing optimization capabilities and ease of use, for its Facts transportation software suite

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Advances in Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems Make it Easier than Ever to Get the Most Out of Your Tires

Trucks with flat tires don't go anywhere. TPMS can prevent flats or run-flat conditions that stop trucks and ruin tires. (Photo: Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Pneumatic or "balloon" tires go back to 1845, when Robert W. Thomson filled a leather-covered rubber tube with air and wrapped it around a wheel

Tags: Tires

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