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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

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

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