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June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Volvo Concept Truck Boasts 30% Lower Fuel Use

By Rolf Lockwood

With almost one-third lower fuel consumption. Volvo Trucks’ new concept vehicle shows how it is possible to drastically boost productivity in long-haul operations.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Global, Volvo Group, Concept Vehicles

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Volvo Talks About Piston Technology in Latest Engines

By Deborah Lockridge

The Volvo Group’s new truck engines in the U.S. are more fuel efficient thanks in part to a new piston design, which has "waves" on the piston crown that improve oxygen utilization.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Fuel Economy, Engines, Volvo Group

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

RoadCheck Begins: Don't Be Sidelined by Your Tires

Tread wear is the most obvious defect-- and one that immediately catches an inspector's eye. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Vehicle inspections take on a little more significance during RoadCheck, which begins Tuesday. Tires are the special focus this year. Have a close look at your tires before the inspectors do; it's may keep you out of the hooskow.

Tags: Tires, CVSA, Roadcheck, Inspections

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Isuzu’s Shaun Skinner

Isuzu's Shaun Skinner Photo: Chris Wolski

By Mike Antich, Editor, Automotive Fleet

Shaun Skinner was recently appointed president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. He succeeds Hisao Sasaki, who has returned to Japan. Mike Antich, Editor of HDT sister publication Work Truck, interviewed Skinner at the company’s U.S. headquarters.

Tags: Isuzu, Medium-Duty Trucks

June 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Knight Keeps Drivers Covered With SmartDrive’s Video-Safety Program

SmartDrive representatives at Knight's service center answered any questions that drivers had about the video monitoring system.

By Steven Martinez

After a successful pilot program, Knight Transportation has decided to install the SmartDrive event recorder system in its entire fleet to protect its drivers and coach them on improved driving habits.

Tags: Driver Safety, Video Event Recorders, SmartDrive, Knight Transportation

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Refinishing Wheels the Right Way

Juan Klinehoffer, the “wheel man” at Bob Sumerel Tire in Zanesville, Ohio, air-sprays positively charged powder at the negatively charged wheel. There it clings until curing.

By Tom Berg

Road salts damage steel and aluminum wheels, and there are proper ways to maintain and repair them.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Corrosion, Wheels, Tires and Wheels

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Heavy-Haul Trailers Get Lighter

Low deck heights, as on XL Specialized’s XL 80, allow carrying of extra-high loads. The hydraulic mechanism on this trailer’s removable gooseneck is powered by 13-hp Honda engine. In other systems, a tractor’s PTO runs a pump to supply hydraulic pressure. Photo:  XL Specialized

By Tom Berg

You don’t think about “lightweight” when talking about lowboys, which are often long and multi-axled. Nevertheless, today’s heavy-haul trailers are not as heavy as their predecessors – but it’s a careful balance.

Tags: Trailers, Heavy Haul, Lightweighting, Dropdeck Trailers

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Hybrid Electric-Drive Trailer Tandem Promises Quick Payback

Hyliion founder Tom Healy poses with the first prototype of the hybrid system. The company is currently driving and testing a newer and more improved, third prototype. Photos: Hyliion

By Tom Berg

A hybrid electric-drive trailer tandem being developed by a group of engineers at Hyliion Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pa. The device, which for now has no official name, is undergoing road testing and should be ready for the market in mid-2017,

Tags: Trailers, Tandem Axle, Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Options for Dealing With the Technician Shortage

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

No matter how well-made trucks are, they are going to break down occasionally, and they will always require maintenance on a regular basis. Enter the need for finding qualified technicians and then retaining them.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Technicians, Retention

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Test Drive: Ford's New F-650 Looks, Feels Familiar

The front-end styling is fresh, but Supe rDuty steel cabs, including this five-man crew type, carry over from previous model. The tight front-wheel cut makes the truck highly maneuverable. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

If you found Ford’s previous F-650 and F-750 useful, comfortable and easy to drive, you’ll feel the same way about the new generation.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Ford F-650, Test Drive

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Tribe Express Takes the Long View on Driver Retention

Photo: Tribe Transportation

By David Cullen

Boasting a turnover rate as low as 33%, Tribe Express’ roster includes veteran truckers between 50 and 60 years old, as well as an increasing number of younger (age 28 to 35) and female drivers.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, Fleet Profile, Driver Retention

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

ELDs: What Happens When You Have to Rent a Truck?

Photo: J.J. Keller

By David Cullen

Truck rental and leasing companies say the electronic logs mandate presents problems for them and their customers.

Tags: TRALA, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDs, ELD Mandate

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Figuring Out DPF Maintenance

Diesel particulate filters appeared in 2007 model-year trucks. After nearly 10 years we are still grappling with maintenance issues.

By Jim Park

DPF and aftertreatment systems may be a maintenance nightmare, but they aren’t going away. It’s up to you to figure them out.

Tags: Maintenance, Emissions, DPF

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Modern Maintenance Manager: Cutting Waste in the Shop

One way to use Lean in the shop is to look for ways to cut wasted time and movement by technicians. Photo: XPO Logistics

By Deborah Lockridge

What can the modern maintenance manager learn from productivity tools designed for manufacturing? Quite a lot.

Tags: Productivity, Maintenance Management, Repair Shops

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Dark Side of Electronic Logging Devices

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

The law is one thing, company policy another, but the relationship between driver and dispatcher is where reality happens.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, ELDs, ELD Mandate

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

4 Trends Driving Vocational Truck Design

New technologies are poised to revolutionize vocational trucking in ways that seemed unthinkable just a few years ago.

By Jack Roberts

An explosion of new technology has added an unprecedented range of choices that are changing the way vocational fleets spec and work their trucks.

Tags: Trends, Automated Manual Transmissions, Vocational Trucks

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Taking It Slow on the Road to Autonomous Trucks

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

The circumstances behind the 2009 crash of a passenger jet illustrate why we should take it slow on the road to autonomous driving.

Tags: Drivers, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

VIDEO: Idaho Milk Hauler Saves Fuel with Adaptive Gearing

Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Volvo Trucks has put a new spin on an old powertrain management strategy. By locking out top gear on its I-Shift overdrive transmission, drivers can pull loads efficiently in 11th gear (direct drive) and still get the performance they want.

Tags: Volvo, Transmissions, Liquid Tank Trailers

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Protecting Your Data

By Jim Beach

Keeping a company’s most vital information safe requires a company-wide effort.

Tags: Data Security

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Omnitracs' Brad Taylor Talks About Big Data and the Internet of Things

Brad Taylor

By Deborah Lockridge

Why does Omnitracs need a vice president of Internet of Things Solutions? We talked to Brad Taylor to find out in this Q&A to learn more about the role of connectivity and big data in trucking and in everyday life.

Tags: Information Technology, Omnitracs, Big Data, Internet of Things, Q&A

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Ex-Military Trucks Find Duties with Civilian Operators

Workers at The Pumpkin Patch in Oregon load the orange orbs aboard a M923  5-ton truck. All-wheel drive works well in mud. Photos: Bob Eggar

By Tom Berg

Bob Eggar, who runs The Pumpkin Patch, a produce farm on an island in the Columbia River, operates three 6x6s to get through mud.

Tags: Used Trucks, IronPlanet, Military Surplus, Military Vehicles, Military Trucks

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Inventory Thorn in Trucking's Side

Source: Census Bureau

By Evan Lockridge

For many trucking companies business has slowed, and recent numbers bear this out, both in first-quarter earnings reports as well as in broader statistics.

Tags: Economy, Freight, Cass Freight Index

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Reefer Technology's Becoming More Important

Carrier’s next refrigerant will be carbon dioxide, which is very safe as a cooling compound even if environmental authorities blame CO2 for helping cause Climate Change. Photo: Carrier Transicold

By Tom Berg

Maintenance and monitoring of temps, real-time tracking of trailers and loads, and clean-burning diesels are already here. More new refrigerants are next.

Tags: Thermo King, Reefers, Carrier Transicold

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Titan XD Gas: Another Choice in Nissan's New Category

XD's maximum payload is 2,091 pounds and max tow rating is 12,314 pounds, Nissan said. This truck had 850 pounds of bagged gravel and about 600 pounds of people aboard, yet accelerated very well. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Like the diesel version shown off last December, the gasoline truck's capabilities lie between traditional half- and three-quarter-tonners. Senior Editor Tom Berg has first driving impressions.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Nissan, Nissan Titan, Large Pickups, Gasoline Engines, Test Drive

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Choosing Tires for 6x2s

Putting all the engine torque through the tires on a single drive axle stresses the tires and can cause rapid tire wear. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

6x2 axle configurations offer undisputable weight and fuel savings, but they take their toll on tires. Does it have to be that way?

Tags: Fuel Savings, Tires, 6x2

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Mesilla Valley Streamlined Billing Boosts Working Capital

Mesilla Valley is known for fuel efficiency, but it wanted to improve back-office efficiencies as well. Photo: Mesilla Valley Transportation

By David Cullen

Long known for working diligently to squeeze every mile possible out of a gallon of fuel, Mesilla Valley Transportation also aims to wring costs out of every facet of its operation, including its back office.

Tags: Fleet Profile, Electronic Payments, Billing

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Time to Focus on Parts

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

It doesn’t matter how quickly a technician diagnoses a problem; the repair will be put on hold without the right parts.

Tags: Vehicle Repairs, Aftermarket Parts, Parts and Service

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Sneak Peak of the Cummins 2017 X15

We drove all the trucks except the Volvo. The ProStar had the Fuel Efficient version of the new X15, and the Peterbilt had the Performance version. The Kenworth has a current engine for comparison. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

We get behind the wheel of the newest fuel-efficient version of the Cummins ISX and find there’s much to look forward to.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Cummins ISX, Test Drive, Engines

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

The Time-Crunched Safety Manager

As a time-crunched manager, focus is difficult.

By Laura McMillan

Managing safety and training in a fleet means rushing from one brushfire to another. Everyone feels the time crunch. How do you make a difference when you’re juggling priorities, switching tasks, and trying to extinguish that daily brushfire?

Tags: Fleet Management, Driver Safety, Safety

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What You Should Know About Today's CNG Fuel Systems

Suppliers are finding ways to hold more CNG in on-board tanks, making it viable for trucks to accomplish longer highway runs. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Natural-gas-powered truck sales have leveled off since the drop in diesel prices, but fleets already using the fuel continue to buy them, especially CNG. What are some of the basics involved in the latest CNG tanks and fuel systems?

Tags: Agility Fuel Systems, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Trend to Self Shifting Continues

Elvin Knollman began buying Mack mDrives for his tanker fleet in 2011. Fuel economy improved by 0.25-0.5 mpg, and he noticed that his drivers weren’t as tired at the end of a long day. Photo: Trans Mark Logistics

By Tom Berg

Fuel economy and ease of driving push customers into buying automatic or automated products.

Tags: Eaton, Transmissions, Automated Manual Transmissions

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Take a Load Off

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

These days most of the innovations we see have to do with saving a buck, and we don’t often see one aimed at making drivers more comfortable. How about a custom-fitted truck seat that can be adjusted remotely by a medical professional?

Tags: Driver Health, Driver Comfort, Seats

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Modern Maintenance Manager: Safety Matters

More than ever, maintenance is as much about safety as anything else.

By David Cullen

The twin forces of increasing safety regulation and a burgeoning driver shortage are compelling the modern maintenance manager to do nothing less than think, live, and breathe truck safety.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, Maintenance Management, Safety

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Modern Maintenance Manager

By HDT Staff

What does it take to be a successful modern maintenance manager — and to be ready for what the future brings? Heavy Duty Trucking is exploring the topic with a series of articles that examines the different aspects of being a shop manager in today’s trucking industry.

Tags: Maintenance, Technician Shortage, Maintenance Management

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Technicians and Drivers

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Do we have a technician shortage, or are we not taking care of the resources we are provided? Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge looks at this question in this editorial.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Recruiting, Employee Retention, Technicians, TMC

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Living With ELDs: Getting Ahead of the Electronic Logs Mandate

Fleets can weather the ELD storm by starting now to integrate the devices into the operation.

By Jim Park

Fleets prepared to make the necessary changes to every facet of their operation will be more successful transitioning to e-logs.

Tags: Regulations, HOS, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDs, ELD Mandate

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Ryder’s Bill Dawson Wades into Modern ‘Sea of Data’

Ryder's Bill Dawson talks about data. Photo courtesy Today's Trucking

By Today's Trucking

MISSISSAUGA, ON — More data is available to the trucking industry today than ever before in its history, to the point that data and maintenance have become integrally linked. But it will take time to figure out how to perfectly integrate this new sea of data into day-to-day business, says Bill Dawson, VP of maintenance operations and engineering for Ryder System Inc.

Tags: Information Technology, Big Data, Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Clean Data, Achievable Goals Keys to Avoiding Information Overload

By John G. Smith, Editor, Today's Trucking

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Kirk Altrichter, vice president of maintenance for Nebraska-based Crete Carrier, says the ability to gather maintenance data in real time is nothing short of amazing. But what do you do with it? Second in our series from the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit on the role of data in modern maintenance operations.

Tags: Big Data, Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Big Data Can Guide Big Maintenance Decisions, Panel Says

By John G. Smith, Editor, Today's Trucking

"In the perfect world, I’d like to see a truck tell me what’s wrong with it,” said Crete Carrier's Kirk Altrichter in a panel at the inaugural Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit. Learn more in this first installment of a series on the role of data in modern maintenance operations.

Tags: Canada, Big Data, Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: Dana’s Steve Slesinski

Steve Slesinski Photo: Dana Holding Corp.

By David Cullen

We talk about some of the hottest trends in engineering drivetrain components-- including downspeeding and selecting axle ratios-- with Dana’s Steve Slesinski, who heads up product planning for the company's commercial-vehicle operation.

Tags: Dana Holding Corp., Lightweighting, Phase 2 GHG Proposals, Downspeeding, Axle Ratios

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Commentary: The Promise of E-Commerce

Source: U.S. Commerce Department

By Evan Lockridge

E-commerce is nothing new, but it continues rising to new heights. Smart trucking companies are realizing it’s the next area with a huge growth potential, especially when the overall economy is growing at a moderate rate at best.

Tags: Economy, E-commerce, LTL

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Truck Platooning, Past, Present, and Future

By Rolf Lockwood

The platooning idea has been around for ages, though you could be excused for thinking it's a new development, given all the attention it's been getting lately. It's not even close to being new.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, Global, Connected Vehicle Technology

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Things You Need to Know About ELDs

Printing is one of several ways e-logs can be presented to enforcement officials at roadside. (Photo courtesy Continental VDO.)

By Jim Park

Electronic logging devices to track driver hours of service become mandatory in December 2017. Everything you need to know about compliance is spelled out in the final rule, but here's a quick look at some of the more common sources of confusion – and a few things you'll need to consider that are not spelled out in the text of the rule.

Tags: Hours of Service, ELDs

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

3 Ways to Save on Tires

Which tire is best? Buyers have many price ranges to choose from. Cheaper up front may not be the best value in the long run. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Everybody knows tires can eat up a big chunk of a fleet’s operating budget. Keeping costs in line isn’t impossible, but you have to work at it. Here are three suggestions that can help you get a handle on tire costs and keep them under control.

Tags: Tire Costs, fleet maintenance, Tires

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Dry Vans: Regulations, What Customers Want, and How It Could Change

By Stephane Babcock

While many equipment mandates cause angst in the industry, a recent government proposal to require stronger rear under-ride guards is apparently not one of them.

Tags: Regulations, Trailers, Rear-End Collisions, Underride Guard, Underride

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Quick Spin: Strong Underpinnings Turn a Medium Into a Heavy

Though a midrange model in Kenworth’s lineup, this T370 has many heavy-duty components but costs less than a comparable T800 or T880. Sloped hood and large windows make for excellent outward visibility. Photos: Kenworth

By Tom Berg

This ‘Baby 8’ Kenworth T370 has serious carrying capacity, with a midrange-size powertrain that performs well but saves money and weight.

Tags: Kenworth, T370, Test Drive

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Electric Vibration Smoothly Offloads Materials

Dirt, gravel and salt commonly stick to dump beds, requiring a driver to climb in and wield a shovel. That can be risky. Photos: Martin Engineering

By Tom Berg

Material sticking to the inside of dump beds during tipping is a nagging problem for drivers in Manlius Township, Ill., but not for a truck equipped with a certain electric vibration device.

Tags: Dump Trucks, Safety, City Fleets

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Isuzu NPRs Offer High Maneuverability

The NPR Gas (left) and NPR diesel share cabs and chassis components. Wheel cuts were tight and turning circles short for both models. The trucks are bigger than they look; the 81-inch-wide steel cabs are solid and roomy enough for three people each. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

A 4-cylinder diesel promises to sip fuel while a gutsy gasoline V-8 saves upfront money and really goes.

Tags: Isuzu, Test Drive, Isuzu N-Series, Cabovers

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Rough Seas Ahead: How Changes to a Maritime Treaty May Affect Trucking

Photo: Jaxer at English Wikipedia

By John Padgett, Brian Jackson and Benjamin Abel

A storm brewing at the waterfront over containerized cargo may have a substantial impact on trucking interests further inland. The debate centers around who, exactly, is responsible for weighing cargo containers.

Tags: Ports, Shippers, Port Trucking, Legal, Intermodal

March 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Information Is King for Aftermarket Service Providers

Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

The size of the truck parts and service aftermarket has grown to $107 billion and independent parts and service providers are stepping up their game to ensure they have the necessary skills, tools and technology to meet fleets’ needs.

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Aftermarket

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