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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

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Zonar, ZoomSafer Team up to Manage Distracted Driving

Zonar and ZoomSafer are teaming up to combine their respective technologies to help fleet managers manage distracted driving

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cobra CB Microphone System

Cobra's new Remote CB Microphone System offers truckers safe and convenient remote operation of all standard 4-pin CB radios

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

MicroNova Dot Clearance and Marker Lamps

Grote Industries introduced the new MicroNova Dot, a family of clearance/marker lamps with dual intensity capabilities designed to resist the dimming that is common in other penny-sized LED lamps

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bendix Produces 175,000th Air Disc Brake

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake recently reached a milestone when it manufactured its 175,000th Bendix ADB22X air disc brake at the company's wheel-end production facility in Bowling Green, Ky., which began producing the air disc brakes in 2005

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterbilt Expands Model 382 to Include Vocational Truck Uses

Peterbilt Motors is offering additional options for the Model 382 highway tractor that turn it into a vocational truck

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Corra Group Expands DOT Compliance Background Checks

Corra Group has expanded its services to trucking and transportation in order to help companies meet Department of Transportation compliance standards

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Waytek Introduces Vehicle Electrical Centers for Power Distribution

Waytek, a distributor of electrical supplies, now offers custom high-current power distribution vehicle electrical centers engineered and manufactured for specific applications

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pegasus TransTech Introduces Transflo 2012

Pegasus TransTech introduced Transflo 2012, a forward-looking update of its flagship document management and workflow software for the transportation industry

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TransCore Launches CarrierWatch Insurance Monitoring Center

TransCore opened its CarrierWatch Insurance Monitoring Center to help truckload freight brokers, 3PLs, and shippers quickly and safely bring onboard new carriers and monitor those they use on a regular basis

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TruckWeight Introduces Wireless Mechanical Scales

TruckWeight introduced a new onboard scale for mechanical suspension systems that can be quickly, easily and inexpensively mounted as an aftermarket installation

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

2Buck Freight's Load Board Enters Into Beta Testing

2Buck Freight Company is entering into beta testing for its new load matching website

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Internet Truckstop Carrier Registration Service

Internet Truckstop added Carrier Registration Service CRS and CRS Plus, which allows a company to streamline the carrier on boarding process and move freight faster

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Price Follies: Why Fuel and Oil Prices Are Up, and Where They're Headed

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

Soaring diesel prices in the first quarter of this year fueled fears of a dampened economic recovery, and prompted flashbacks to 2008's record high oil prices. However, the worst may be over - for now

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alijex Adding Electronic Signature

Aljex Software and Sertifi announced the integration of Sertifi's electronic signature solution with Aljex's Internet-hosted transportation management software

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Qualcomm Trip Manager Now Available

Qualcomm's new Trip Manager is now commercially available, designed to meet the unique needs of private and dedicated fleets that primarily operate multi-stop scheduled or regular routes

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC's Type IV fuel economy test rewritten with aftertreatment in mind

Type IV procedures are exacting, and include the need to level the truck during fueling, done here by driving a steer-axle wheel onto lumber.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

How does the fuel-fed regeneration of diesel particulate filters affect overall fuel economy?

Tags: Engine Smarts

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Utility Trailer Makes Side Skirts Lighter, More Durable

Utility Trailer's newest side skirt, the USS-120A

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company unveiled what it says is the next generation in advanced aerodynamic side skirts, the Utility Side Skirt (USS)-120A, which is more durable and lighter than its previous offerings

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet Adds Tire Pressure Monitoring Partners, Enhances Service

PeopleNet has added two partners -- Doran Manufacturing and BatRF by Stemco -- that integrate with its Tire Pressure Monitoring Service.

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bourque Logistics YardMaster Truck 2.0

Bourque Logistics, which provides logistics software for industrial shippers, introduces the latest version of YardMaster Truck, a one-stop software solution that addresses all tasks for weighing, inspection, documentation, and shipping operations for bulk and liquid products by truck, as well as the same for inbound loaded trucks

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Multi Service, McLeod to Integrate

Multi Service, which specializes in fuel and aftermarket parts payment programs, and McLeod Software, a software provider for the trucking industry, announced an agreement meant to help streamline fleet data management

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maxwell Technologies Introduces Ultracapacitor-Based Engine Start Module

Maxwell Technologies introduced a 12-volt ultracapacitor module that ensures reliable engine starting for commercial trucks and other heavy vehicles

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

September Forged Wheels Tire Pressure Monitoring System

September Forged Wheels, a national distributor of commercial truck products, introduced the Sentinel Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Dashboard Interface from GPS Insight

GPS Insight released its powerful and configurable, yet simple new GPS fleet tracking dashboard interface

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Weighted Spill Tray

The Weighted Spill Tray from Andax Industries is the latest innovation in portable leak containment products

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet Expands Lane Departure Warning Integration Providers

PeopleNet expanded its Lane Departure Warning integration network with the addition of new partners Takata (which makes SafeTrak) and Mobileye

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hands-Free Cell Phone Options for Truckers

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

Last December, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration introduced a proposed rulemaking that would prohibit commercial drivers from reaching for, holding or dialing a cell phone while operating a commercial vehicle

Tags: Information Technology

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Utility Bodies: Any Way You Like It

Materials choices and design flexibility allow fleets and contractors to get more utility body for less.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

There's no such thing as a cookie-cutter utility body anymore.

Tags: Light & Medium

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Art and Science of Truck and Engine Diagnostics

By Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Diagnostics took a while to become a high art, though for for a long time it was a human one.

Tags: Under The Hood

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Extend Tire Life: Learn How to Tell When Your Trucks are Killing Your Tires

Irregular wear on trailer tires could be a combination of  pre-existing wear and poor  maintenance of the trailer. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Thousands of tires are cast prematurely onto scrap piles every month. That's hundreds of thousands of miles of operation fleets give up because their tires die untimely, unnatural and often unnecessary deaths. And the tires themselves are rarely to blame

Tags: Tires

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Uneven Wear on Wide-Base Single Tires

Shoulder wear on wide-base singles is a common problem.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The wear demons don't discriminate between standard and wide-base single tires. With a few exceptions, the kinds of irregular wear that standard tires exhibit will appear on wide-base singles, too

Tags: Tires

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maintaining and Servicing Diesel Particulate Filters

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Diesel particulate filters trap soot from the exhaust and ash from motor oil. Most soot is burned off in the course of a truck's operations, but ash stays in the filter's honeycomb substrate and is removed through periodic servicing.

Tags: More Maintenance

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Changing Supply Chain: It Takes More Than Trucks

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

In 1932, the Brown family started National Hauling with one truck. Today the New Jersey-based company, rebranded as NFI, offers regional truckload, drayage, intermodal (including refrigerated containers), dedicated fleets, warehousing, cross-docking operations, packaging, and global logistics

Tags: Topics & Trends

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: MaxxForce 15 for the Big Hills

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

When Navistar execs turned the key on one of the first MaxxForce 15 engines at the 2009 Mid-America Trucking Show, there were more than a few doubting Thomases in the audience

Tags: Test Drive

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What You Need to Know About Tire Valves

By Al Cohn, Director New Market Development & Engineering Support, Pressure Systems International

Most fleets consider tire valve stems and valve hardware as an afterthought, but there are many issues associated with valve stem hardware that fleets need to be aware of

Tags: Tires

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kano Releases Corrosion-Breaking Product

Kano Laboratories released Kroil anti-corrosion fluid that loosens frozen metal parts

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NTSB Recommends Rollover/Stability Protection For Tank Trailers

By Truckinginfo Staff

The National Transportation Safety Board says more needs to be done to make tanker trailers less prone to rollovers, including mandatory stability control systems, following its investigation of a 2009 rollover accident involving a tractor and tanker trailer

Tags: Trailers

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Obama Administration Announces First Fuel Economy Standards for Medium and Heavy Trucks

By Truckinginfo Staff

President Obama today announced first-of-their-kind fuel efficiency standards for trucks, buses, and other heavy-duty vehicles, saying the new rules will save American businesses who operate and own these commercial vehicles approximately $50 billion in fuel costs over the life of the program

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Noregon Tractor-Trailer ABS Diagnostic Kit with HP Notebook

Noregon Systems released its newest diagnostic service kit for heavy-duty vehicles, the Heavy Duty Tractor/Trailer ABS Diagnostic Kit

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FDC Fleet Duty Fast Charger

Clore Automotive released Model FDC, a Fleet Duty Fast Charger, from Christie

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SageQuest Launches Mobile App

SageQuest, a GPS fleet tracking and management provider, has released SageQuest Mobile, an app for Android phones, to give fleet owners and managers real-time access from anywhere to vehicle locations, dashboards, reports and exception alerts

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ken-Tool Announces the EZ Tire Rotator Inflation Cage Roller Insert

Ken-Tool introduced the EZ Tire Rotator, a roller insert for popular tire inflation cages

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Roadnet, Magic Software to Deliver Integrated Transportation Management Solutions

A new agreement will help integrate Roadnet's routing software with enterprise software applications

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Remote Diagnostic Systems to be Standard on 2012 Freightliners

Zonar announced an agreement with Daimler Trucks North America to provide DTNA's Virtual Technician

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Powerblanket Surface Heaters Protect DEF In Cold Weather

Powerblanket's line of wraparound diesel exhaust fluid heaters offer year-round temperature control of DEF totes, pumps and dispensing units

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FlexMod Voltage Sensing Relay and Timer

Cole Hersee introduced the Voltage Sensing Relay & Timer in the recently released FlexMod line

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CNA Launches Enhanced Motor Truck Cargo Legal Liability Form

CNA released an enhanced version of its Motor Truck Cargo Legal Liability form that provides critical cargo liability coverage for motor carriers whether on the road, loading or unloading, or stopped at terminals

August 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How to Secure Commercial Financing: 10 Tips for Smart Borrowers

Dan Clark, president and general manager of GE Capital, Transportation Finance.

By Dan Clark, president and general manager of GE Capital, Transportation Finance

Trucking companies are ready to move beyond merely surviving. They're ready to start growing again, which means they're also ready to resume borrowing

Tags: The Bottom Line

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