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September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Allison TC10 to Aim at Road Tractor Market When It's Available in Late 2012

Allison says its TC10 TS (for tractor series) is 41 inches long and weighs 1,030 pounds, with overall system weight about the same as a 13-speed Eaton UltraShift Plus.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

In about 13 months, buyers of heavy-duty road tractors will have another transmission choice: Allison's TC10, which combines a torque converter with a sophisticated 10-speed mechanical gearbox to achieve easy starts and smooth, fast shifting

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rair Introduces Driver Dashboard

Rair's new Driver Dashboard allows users to quickly assess a driver's performance

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Gasboy Unveils Warm Weather Atlas DEF Dispensers

The new Warm Weather Atlas diesel exhaust fluid dispenser from Gasboy offers a cheaper option for fluid dispensers in warmer climes

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dieselcraft Redesigns Fuel Purifier

Dieselcraft Fluid Engineering has developed a redesigned Fuel Purifier that removes 99.997% of the visible water and over 95% of the natural contaminants found in diesel fuel

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is a CNG Fleet in Your Future?

Chevrolet Silverado bi-fueled natural gas pickup

By Commentary Bob Strickland, Manager of Natural Gas Transportation, Alagasco

With the advent of hybrid cars, more and more people are rethinking American energy dependence and choosing alternative energy. While we still have a long way to go toward true energy independence, most of our gasoline and diesel vehicles could be replaced by vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG)

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hribar Logistics Adds CNG-Fueled Kenworth T440 To Help Manage Fuel Costs and Emissions

Hribar Logistics of Caledonia, Wis., added two Kenworth 440 compressed-natural-gas tractors to its fleet powered by the Cummins Westport ISL G

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bosch Introduces Long Haul Extreme Alternator

Bosch has launched the heavy-duty Long Haul Extreme alternator, designed to provide superior power output on the road and at idle

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterbilt Upgrades Model 320

Peterbilt introduced a range of new features for its Model 320, providing improved maneuverability, increased vehicle utility and enhanced driver comfort

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Equinox Releases Expense Receipt App

Equinox Owner-Operator Solutions introduced a new smart phone application for submitting receipts

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Old Dominion's Green Shop

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

Old Dominion Freight Line has implemented environmentally conscious programs at all 31 of its shops in the lower 48 states

Tags: Managing the Shop

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

It Might Be Time for a 6x2

By Commentary Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The scene was a frozen lake in central Sweden in the early 1980s. On the ice in the midst of powdery, freshly fallen snow sat a municipal snow-plow truck, a Volvo N10 conventional-cab dumper fitted with a V-plow up front and a wing plow on its right side

Tags: Equipment Issues

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Better Stopping Performance Now Built Into Highway Tractors as New Rules Take Effect

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Emerging from truck factories in the U.S. right now are road tractors that can stop in substantially shorter distances than those built last week. That's because new government stopping-distance requirements took effect August 1st

Tags: Chassis & Brakes

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar Launches International Branded Brake Drum

Navistar introduced International brake drums, offering a private label branded line of brake drums manufactured to Navistar OE specifications

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FP Diesel Catalog of Dodge Ram Diesel Engine Parts

Federal-Mogul's FP Diesel brand now offers a comprehensive catalog covering original equipment-quality replacement engine parts for 1988-2009 Dodge Ram diesel pickups

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

IPA Introduces Filter and Radiator Cleaning Tool

IPA released the Air Comb Filter and Radiator Cleaner, designed for cleaning cylindrical style air filters, radiators, condensers and other hard-to-reach applications

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Construction Dead? Think Again.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Construction is dead, right? Not entirely. Even in down times there are things a-buildin,' and some people are buying new vocational trucks, say truck-maker representatives

Tags: Topics & Trends

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wide-Base Tires Gaining Popularity: Are You Ready to Make the Switch?

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

So maybe you're thinking something like this: "The market is improving, getting credit is easier, business is looking up. Maybe it's time to retire a few older rigs and get some new iron into the fleet. Maybe we should go to wide-base single tires while we're at it

Tags: Equipment Issues

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Driving the Nissan NV Light-Duty Commercial Van

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

As light-duty commercial trucks go, cargo vans are a hot seller because they're so useful. In a good year, about a quarter million are built and snatched up by tradesmen, building contractors, rental fleets and many other types of users

Tags: Test Drive

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Art and Science of Spec'ing Tires

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Tires are a big part of the fleet maintenance and operations puzzle. They serve an obvious purpose, but how well they perform in the operational theater is key to a successful tire program. What's important in a tire to one fleet may not matter at all to another

Tags: Tires

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Paperless Contracts Can Help Trucking Companies

By Jason Lemkin, Contributor

Beyond the popular enthusiasm for green trends, paperless business practices are proving to be smart business practices, particularly in contract-heavy industries like trucking

Tags: Information Technology

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC Updates Radial Tire Guide

American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council has released the fourth edition of the Council's Radial Tire Conditions Analysis Guide

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alliance All-Makes Heavy-Duty EZ-Assist Clutch

Alliance Truck Parts has added an EZ-Assist clutch designed to meet the demands of work truck applications that require severe torque transfer for extremely heavy loads

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rair Integrates Safety and Compliance Services

Rair, a provider of safety and risk management services to the transportation industry, has integrated its services through a single web portal

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Eleos Cloud-based Mobile Scanning Product

Eleos Technologies released Drive Axle, a cloud-based service that enables owner-operators to scan, send, and store freight documents with an iPhone or Android smart phone

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reyco Granning Improves 86AR Slider Series

Reyco Granning announced two significant changes to the 86AR Slider series that will make those suspensions more cost efficient and quicker to install

September 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xata RouteTracker2 EOBR

Xata released its new RouteTracker2 electronic onboard recorder for Xata Turnpike, which has been highlighted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as the most cost-effective DOT-compliant solution for electronic driver logs

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why Real-World Fuel Efficiency Numbers Don't Match up to Lab Tests

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Real-life fuel consumption reduction numbers never live up to the numbers some tire makers tout when promoting fuel efficiency. One reason is that tire makers conduct their testing and evaluation under ideal conditions on test tracks to control as many variables as possible

Tags: The Bottom Line

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spec'ing Tires With Fuel Efficiency in Mind

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Spec'ing tires is a lot like photography. It's a series of trade-offs and compromises. Let's say you're after a night shot of a city skyline. Because it's dark, you have to use a long exposure, which could make the photo blurry

Tags: Tires

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Optimization Software Can Reduce Gallons Burned, and Increase Money Saved

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

All trucking management software helps fleets reduce fuel use, because such systems are designed to reduce unpaid or out-of-route miles. An efficient fleet wastes less fuel

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Autocar Partners With Elgin to Produce Class 7 Street Sweeper

Autocar formed a partnership with Federal Signal's Elgin Sweeper Company to develop a Class 7 cabover sweeper

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

MACS Publishes Mobile A/C Textbook

The Mobile Air Conditioning Society Worldwide released its new textbook, Modern Automotive HVAC Systems

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vigillo Rolls Out Carrier Select in Its Shipper/Broker Suite

Vigillo released Carrier Select, the first product in its Shipper/Broker Suite, which allows freight brokers, shippers and insurance providers to use real-time data to analyze motor carrier performance and make more informed choices

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Valvoline UltraMax Products for Heavy-Duty Diesel Equipment

Valvoline has expanded its UltraMax product line with two new offerings

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Comdata Cardless Fueling Program for Fleets

Comdata introduced a new cardless fueling solution for travel centers and transportation companies. The program provides a faster, more efficient way for drivers to fuel

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Utility Offers Optional Adjustable Load Securement System

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Utility Trailer Manufacturing introduced the Utility Adjustable Load Securement System, a new option for Utility flatbed trailers

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Utility Makes Tougher Sidewalls Standard

Utility Trailer Manufacturing has upgraded the standard sidewall lining on trailers to a "high-impact" bi-directional fiberglass reinforced, polypropylene plastic lining

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Crawford & Company Establishes Product Team for Claims Management

To help manage the risks associated with large trucking claims, Crawford & Company, a provider of claims management solutions, has established a new product team that focuses on high-value transportation claims

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cooper Tire Introduces Roadmaster RM253

Cooper Tire and Rubber introduced a new drive tire, the Roadmaster RM253, designed for pick-up and delivery, and regional applications

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Heri Automotive Constant-Velocity Drive Axles

Heri Automotive launched a new line of constant-velocity drive axles to the North American aftermarket

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Collective Data Releases Core Update to Fleet Management Software

Collective Data, a provider of fleet management software solutions, has released an update for its suite of software applications

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

There are Many Anti-Idle Systems: Which One is Right for Your Fleet?

By Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Among the obvious principles of successful trucking is the idea that those trucks of yours aren't earning a penny if they're not moving while there's freight onboard. Simple enough logic

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chrome Poly Fender from Minimizer

Minimizer introduced a new chrome poly fender

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bridgestone Unveils Three New Tires

Bridgestone introduced three new tires -- a drive tire, a mixed-service tire, and a wide-base trailer tire

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth NavPlus Available For Order

Kenworth's proprietary NavPlus navigation and infotainment systems is now available for order on Kenworth Class 5-8 trucks

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wright Express OTR Pro Fuel Card Program

Wright Express launched the OTR Pro fuel card program

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck Body Wiring: Thou Shalt Not Cut

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

If there were an 11th Commandment, it would read: "Thou shalt not cut into thine wiring." Cutting and splicing and probing with pointed circuit testers can and do cause electrical grief

Tags: Light & Medium

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Don't Forget to Factor DEF into Fuel Costs

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

2010-model diesels are running well and turning in better fuel economy than their EPA-'07-spec predecessors, according to reports we've heard at industry meetings and in conversations with fleet managers

Tags: Engine Smarts

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smart Fleets Test Fuel Efficiency Products

Mesilla Valley Transportation successfully tested TrailerTails aero devices.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Fuel is gold," says Jimmy Ray, fleet manager at Mesilla Valley Transportation in Las Cruces, N.M. He's out to save a lot of it with innovative components that have proven themselves in testing and everyday operations

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rand McNally Lifetime Map Updates

Rand McNally announced that all IntelliRoute TND GPS purchasers will be eligible to participate in a Lifetime Map Program

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smart Fleets Verify Fuel-Saving Technologies

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Fuel is gold," says Jimmy Ray, fleet manager at Mesilla Valley Transportation in Las Cruces, N.M. He's out to save a lot of it with innovative components that have proven themselves in testing and everyday operations

Tags: The Bottom Line

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