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January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Barnhart Introduces New Dual-lane Transport System

Barnhart introduced WesTrac, a new dual-lane transport system for super heavy loads.

Barnhart Crane & Rigging announced the addition of WesTrac Transportation System, a dual-lane transportation system designed for super heavy loads, to its equipment inventory

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bosch Launches Technical Support Hotline

Bosch announced the launch of a new technical support hotline number for questions regarding Bosch parts, equipment and services. The number is 1-855-BoschTech or 1-855-267-2483

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Firestone Industrial Ride-Rite kits Available for Dodge Ram 2500/3500

Firestone Industrial's Ride-Rite kits are now available for 2012 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 trucks.

Firestone Industrial Products announced its Ride-Rite air helper spring kits are now available for 2012 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 trucks, both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alcoa Introduces New Series of Wide Base Wheels

Alcoa announced the launch of its new line of wide base alumnium wheels. (Photo courtesy of Alcoa)

Alcoa has new series of wide base aluminum wheels, which are engineered through Alcoa's LvL One wheel manufacturing process of light weighting

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Joule Secures $70 Million For Expansion of Biofuel Demonstration Plant

Above: Joule bioreactors at its Texas pilot plant.

Startup company Joule Unlimited Technologies announced it received $70 million from undisclosed private and institutional investors, and the company hopes this funding will bring it closer to a breakthrough in biofuel technology

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NADA University Introduces Guide to FET Rules for Truck Dealers

The National Automobile Dealers Association's NADA University introduces a new guide to FET compliance rules for truck dealers

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Eaton Extends Standard Warranty for Reman Transmission Vocational Models

Eaton has extended its reman transmission standard warranty coverage for vocational models to two years. (Photo courtesy of Eaton)

Eaton extended the warranty coverage for its Eaton Fuller Reman and Eaton Fuller Flex Reman vocational transmissions from 18 months to two years

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dealer Perspective

By Commentary Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Each year, I spend some time chatting with some of the nation's top truck dealers, those nominated for the Truck Dealer of the Year award from American Truck Dealers association and sister publication Heavy Duty Trucking

Tags: Issues

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Great Secret

Steph Sabo, Guest Columnist

By Steph Sabo, Guest Columnist

Everyone is always looking for a competitive advantage, one that will take them over the top. Well, your search can stop, at least for today. Spend your time looking into the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations

Tags: Issues

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Five Ways Software Can Improve Your Bottom Line

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

It's a rare heavy-duty service shop or parts warehouse/distributor that doesn't use some kind of computer software in its operation. It might be as simple as an accounting package such as QuickBooks, or as complex as a full-feature

Tags: technology

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are You Planning For Succession?

Lack of planning could mean the end of your business.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Last year, Midwest Wheel celebrated its 100th anniversary under a fourth-generation owner. Betts Spring is in its sixth generation and just promoted a sixth-generation Betts family member to vice president. But many more small businesses peris

Tags: Business

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Stronger Brakes on Class 8 Rigs Require Distributors to Learn About and Stock New Parts

New braking rules require shorter panic stops, but the resulting stronger brakes will have otehr benefits like increased fade resistance on long downgrades.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Emerging from truck factories in the U.S. since Aug. 1 are road tractors that can stop in substantially shorter distances than those built earlier. It's due to a change in government stopping distance requirement

Tags: Managing the Shop

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Stability Control: Cheap Insurance

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Some time soon, if we don't already, we'll have a rulemaking proposal that ultimately will put a stability-control system on every new tractor, and maybe retrofit such a system on all tank trailers too, old or new. I'm sold on both ideas

Tags: Safety & Compliance

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are Underride Guards Good Enough?

Severe underride was the result of this 35-mph, 50%-overlap crash test done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (Overlap is what happens when a car hits a trailer with only part of its front instead of head-on.)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Last March, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced results of crash-testing of several van trailers whose underride guards did not perform well, except in a couple of cases

Tags: Trailers

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Test Drive: Ram Tradesman is Quiet, Comfortable, Fast -- But Built for Work

The Tradesman features a Hemi V-8 with 390 horses, which can haul heavy loads, make the truck scoot, or both. Photo by Tom Berg.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

I recently sold my '87 Dodge W150 pickup, and I don't miss it at all. Oh, I liked it when I bought it a year earlier, because it was a funky Power Ram 4x4

Tags: Light & Medium

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using Technology to Help Cut Main CSA Violations: Speeding and Log Violations

Electronic logs are touted as a high-tech solution for the two leading violations in the Fatigued Driver BASIC: driver's record of duty status is not current and a log violation in general form and manner. Photo courtesy of PeopleNet.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rolled out its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program in late 2010, a number of carriers were surprised to find a poorer safety rating than they enjoyed under the old SafeStat

Tags: Information Technology

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Schneider National Safety Guru Don Osterberg on the FMCSA's New Enforcement Program

Schneider National's efforts to improve its CSA scores have resulted in a favorable trend in the number of inspections with violations. Photo by Jim Park.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

We spoke with Don Osterberg, vice president of safety at mega-carrier Schneider National and a leader in trucking safety, about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new Compliance, Safety, and Accountability enforcement progra

Tags: Safety & Compliance

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Outsourcing Your Tire Program

Many fleets keep a technician trained on wheel and tire procedures to look after the day-to-day work, but farm out the mounting and dismounting, retreading, etc. to a vendor. Photo by Jim Park.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The service truck arrives at 8:30 Sunday morning, as usual. The two tire techs unload 16 freshly mounted and balanced, retreaded drive tires, eight new steer tires on reconditioned wheels, and a take-off drive tir

Tags: Tires

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FuelSmarts: Hybrids Paying Off for Bay Area Produce Fleet

San Francisco-based Veritable Vegetable is committed to being sustainable, from distributing certified organic fresh fruits and vegetables to using hybrids and fuel-saving strategies in its fleet of trucks. As the nation's oldest distributor of certified organic produce, Veritable Vegetabl

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Data Shows Speeding and Log Violations are Main CSA Culprits; Technology Can Help

Electronic logs are touted as a high-tech solution for the two leading violations in the Fatigued Driver BASIC: driver's record of duty status is not current and a log violation in general form and manner. Photo courtesy of PeopleNet.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rolled out its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program in late 2010, a number of carriers were surprised to find a poorer safety rating than they enjoyed under the old SafeStat

Tags: Safety & Compliance

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Peek at How Engine Makers Might Hit New Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets

Apart from teh fuel economy regs, the Department of Energy is funding research at Navistar and other companies to develop a Class 8

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Barely had the trucking industry heaved a collective sigh of relief at putting EPA 2010 behind us when in May of 2010, from the Rose Garden at the White House, came a Presidential Memorandum targeting greenhouse gas emission

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Much Will the Engine of the Future Resemble Today's Powerplants?

Achates Power in San Diego says its opposed-piston engine, now in dyno testing, has achieved fuel efficiency that's 21% better thatn a benchmark V-8, the latest 6.7-liter PowerStroke from Ford, and meets 2010 emissions limits.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The engine of the future is probably similar to the one in your current truck. It's an internal combustion engine with pistons, valves, crankshaft and other familiar parts, an inline 4 or 6, or a V-6 or V-8

Tags: Equipment Issues

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dispense With the Grief of Managing Tires: Let a Service Partner Do It for You

Wheel reconditioning can't be done in house because of the painting or powder coating and bead-blasting. Vendors can set up and get economies of volume and get good ROI on that equipment. Photo by Jim Park.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The service truck arrives at 8:30 Sunday morning, as usual. The two tire techs unload 16 freshly mounted and balanced, retreaded drive tires, eight new steer tires on reconditioned wheels, and a take-off drive tir

Tags: Managing the Shop

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Ram Tradesman is Quiet, Comfortable, Fast -- But Built for Work

Sharp-edged styling of fancier Ram pickups is used on teh simple Tradesman 1500. Photo by Tom Berg.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

I recently sold my '87 Dodge W150 pickup, and I don't miss it at all. Oh, I liked it when I bought it a year earlier, because it was a funky Power Ram 4x4, built just a few years afte

Tags: Test Drive

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Engines Today: How Are the EPA-Spec Engines From the Past Decade Performing?

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor & Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

A lot of truck owners aren't particularly happy with some of their EPA-emissions-spec engines from the past decade, and that could spell aftermarket opportunities as those engines come out of warranty.

Tags: Engine

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engines Tomorrow: What Types of Engines Will You Be Selling Parts for in the Future?

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor, Jim Park & Rolf Lockwood, Contributing Editors

The next step in engine emissions is targeting greenhouse gas emissions in heavy trucks. Because burning less fossil fuel means lower GHG emissions, truck makers soon must meet North America's first fuel economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty truck

Tags: Engine

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Alternatives Are There to Diesel?

Liquified-natural-gas trucks are better suited to longer hauls thatn CNG, but their range maxes out at 600 miles or so and fueling stations are very expensive.

By Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Once you start, the questions don't stop. Every answer begets another query. Sooner or later even some of the experts will pause, scratch their heads, and might even say something like, "Beats me.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, DME, Natural Gas Vehicles, Natural Gas, Biodiesel, Fuel Cell

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dorman launches HD Solutions Brand of Aftermarket Parts

Dorman announced its new HD Solutions brand of heavy-duty aftermarket parts

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truckers' Health Audio Book Available

After a publishing arm of DevelopMED LLC announced a publishing deal with Audible.com for health & medical information in audio format, Truckers' Road to Health has become the first such audiobook posted to Audible.com, Amazon.com and

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Extends Driveline Aftermarket Warranty to Two Years

The Meritor Permalube driveline is one of the products for which Meritor is extending the warranty to two years.

Meritor has extended the aftermarket warranty on Meritor Permalube (RPL) and Meritor XTended Lube (MXL) drivelines to two years for purchases made on or after Feb. 1, 2012

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dorsey Makes Meritor Tire Inflation System Standard Option

Dorsey Trailer will the Meritor tire inflation system by PSI as its standard option.

Dorsey Trailer chose Meritor's tire inflation system by PSI as its standard automatic tire inflation option. Dorsey has offered MTIS on its trailers for more than a decade

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bergstrom Launches Next Generation Heater Control Valve

Bergtrom heater control valve is designed to retain its properties when exposed to new organic acid technology-type long-life OAT coolants. (Photo courtesy of Bergstrom)

Bergstrom Inc. released a new heater control valve that features a more robust design and increased versatility

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Solus Introduces Reefer Skirt

Solus introduced the reefer skirt, which is compatible with all reefer trailer configurations. (Photo courtesy of Solus)

Solus, an East Coast supplier of trailer aerodynamics technology, introduced the reefer skirt, which employs Solus split skirt technology

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Havis Launches Next Generation Idle Reduction Fuel Management System

The IdleRight2 helps cuts down on a vehicle's idle time. (Photo courtesy of Havis)

Havis has released the IdleRight2, a new generation idle reduction fuel management system that cuts down on a vehicle's idle time while mission-critical electronics are in use

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tracer Releases Leak Detection Kit

Tracer has released a new leak detection kit. (Photo courtesy of Tracer Products)

Tracer Products introduced a leak detection kit for heavy-duty truck technicians

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Comdata Launches New Mobile App

Comdata has released a new mobile app, Comdata Mobile, which offers on-the-go account card maintenance and the ability to update the status of cards, perform one-time overrides and update card information

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Prophesy Announces Newest Version of FleetTrax Premier

Prophesy Transportation Solutions released its latest version of FleetTrax Premier fleet maintenance software. The newest version has added advanced reporting and organizational capabilities along with enhanced integration

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Detroit Adds Axles, Extends Vehicle Integration

Detroit's tandem drive axles have Topoid differential gears so the ends of the interaxle driveshaft have zero angles where they join with the diffs. This is among standard features that add value for customers, DTNA says.

Detroit Axles is up and running and supplying a range of medium- and heavy-duty products for Daimler vehicles

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Seats Inc. Releases Plug-In Seat Heater

Seats Inc.'s new seat heater is designed for Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks. (Photo courtesy of Seats Inc.)

Seats Incorporated has introduced a do-it-yourself plug-in seat heater for Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

AT20B Barcode Scanner Features Affordable Priced Advanced Technology

Denso's  AT20B Barcode Scanner

Denso ADC's new AT20B handheld barcode scanner offers high-speed scanning, user-friendly operation and high durability at an affordable price

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Snap-on's Biggest Tool Storage Box is Now Even Bigger

Snap-on's EPIQ "Mr. Big" roll cabs feature 25,319 sq. in. of storage space with up to 26 drawers and a 16,000-lb load capacity.

Snap-on's EPIQ "Mr. Big" tool storage unit offers bigger storage areas, bigger load capacity and bigger and brighter color options

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kustom Cooling Announces Line of Aluminum Radiators and A/C Condensers

Kustom Cooling introduced a line of aluminum radiators and a/c condensers.

Kustom Cooling Products has released of a line of radiators and a/c condensers that are 100% aluminum

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engines: Pistons Still In, But Think Outside the Block

By Engine Smarts column Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The engine of the future is probably the one under the hood or cab of your current truck

Tags: Engine Smarts

January 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Magellan Introduces GPS Navigator Designed for Commercial Vehicles

Magellan, a portable GPS navigation consumer electronics company, is bringing its technology to commercial vehicles with the Magellan RoadMate Commercial 5190T GPS navigator

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

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