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October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Winning Corporate Culture

Corporate culture is often cited as a factor in the success of companies such as Google, Disney and Southwest Airlines.

By Commentary Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

When Tobin Cassels first told me about his philosophy of "servant leadership" at Southeastern Freight Lines, I must admit I mentally rolled my eyes a bit. I'm sure that, like me, in your personal or professional lif

Tags: Business

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tips for Packing a Tapered Roller Bearing

Improper lubrication causes over half of all the bearing damage that we see in the aftermarket. Timken offers these helpful procedures for packing a bearing with grease

Tags: Maintenance

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Compli Helps Pinpoint Turnover Trends

Compli. which offers HR, safety and compliance management software, announced Turnover Analytics

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

More Than a Temporary Corrosion Covering: Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics

By Del Williams, Contributor

Fighting corrosion in trucks, ships, tanks, planes and equipment costs the Pentagon $22.9 billion a year

Tags: Maintenance

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Solyndra Redemption: Clean Diesel Technology

DPF-equipped 2010-generation engines have cut particulate matter emissions by an estimated 96%. The health-related benefits are substantial. Photo by Jim Park.

By Guest commentary Francesca Flynn

Billions of taxpayer 'stimulus' dollars have been directed toward the perceived savior of our environment and the economy -- anything "green," i.e., green jobs, green energy etc

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ATDynamics Plans to Sell 50,000 TrailerTails by 2014

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

ATDynamics says it's on track to sell 50,000 of its aerodynamic TrailerTails by 2014, and it announced several measures to help it get there

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Theft Trends and How to Keep Cargo Safe

By Nick Erdmann, Transport Security

Cargo theft has impacted nearly every industry, from paper products to televisions

Tags: Topics & Trends

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Introduces Medium-Duty Cabovers for Urban Delivery

Kenworth introduces two medium duty cabovers. From left are the new Kenworth K270 Class 6 cabover and the Kenworth K370 Class 7 cabover.

Kenworth has expanded its medium-duty product line with the introduction of the Kenworth K270 Class 6 and Kenworth K370 Class 7 cabovers targeted at urban delivery companies

October 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterbilt Enhances Medium-duty Models 210, 220

Peterbilt's Model 210 and 220 are tailor-made for maneuverability, visibility and serviceability.

Peterbilt Motors Company unveiled new design enhancements for its medium-duty cabover Models 210 and 220 in the Class 6 and 7 markets

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

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