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July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Michelin Unveils New Refuse Tire

Michelin Americas Truck Tires introduced a new tire and a new retread size offering for refuse applications

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Eaton Enhances Access to Reman Transmissions

Eaton has increased the availability and coverage of its Reman transmissions through the addition of a new Flex Reman line

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Embracing the Age of the Air Disc Brake

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

A while ago I was sitting on a bench in downtown St. Louis with a grande bold coffee in my paw and a reflective mood infusing me with big thoughts. Or maybe just regular-sized thoughts, but definitely about big things

Tags: Brakes

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Reefer Tech Unveiled at MATS Saves Money

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Big and tall rigs aren't the only things that hit low overpasses. Medium-duty trucks can hit really low bridges, or at least one of them did in Westwood, Mass

Tags: Trailers

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

All You Need to Know About 'B Numbers'

By "Engine Smarts" Tom Berg, Senior Editor

To many customers, reliability and durability are as important as pulling ability. They should look at an engine's "B" rating

Tags: Engine Smarts

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Paccar 12.9-Liter MX -- When 13 Liters Are Enough

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Proof of performance is on the road. So Las Vegas Peterbilt set up a demonstration rig promoting Paccar's 12.9-liter MX

Tags: Test Drive

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

When a 13-Liter Diesel Engine is Right for You

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

One of the smartest ways to cut weight and cost out of a new truck is to specify an engine that's smaller than what's always been used. But it's smart only if it works the way the operator wants. Some want million-mile life as well as good pulling power

Tags: Equipment Issues

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HVAC: Environmentally Friendly Refrigerants of the Future

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

There may be a new refrigerant in your future. This year, the first stage of a European Union ban goes into effect on mobile refrigerants with a global warming potential greater than 150 in new car and light-truck platforms

Tags: Under The Hood

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Freightliner SD114 SFA

Freightliner SD114 SFA

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Freightliner has long been a sales leader in on-highway tractors, and now it wants to dominate the vocational truck business. Its recently designed Severe Duty products are meant to do that, and a big marketing campaign will support them. Will they be up to the task

Tags: Test Drive

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wheel Balance From the Inside Out

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The next time you're driving alongside a truck at highway speed, have a look at the wheels. They should be running straight and true without any wobble or vibration

Tags: Tires

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Goin' with Gas: Driving Natural Gas Trucks

Freightliner M2-112 with an 8.9-liter Cummins Westport ISL-G

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Use of natural gas to propel vehicles seems to be gaining momentum as various advocates continue their efforts to promote it, and manufacturers prepare more products that use the clean-burning fuel

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Roadability Regulations and Drayage Truck Inspections: What to Know

Ten-character alpha-numeric code painted on ocean-container chassis can establish vehicle ownership -- and therefore who should get any ticket for equipment infractions -- if it is in a global registry.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

New federal "roadability" regulations that clear up who's supposed to be responsible for intermodal equipment infractions - basically, the owner of the chassis in question - have been in effect since December 17

Tags: Trailers

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trucks Talk Back: Advanced Onboard Telematics

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

As a truck driver guides his rig along an interstate highway hundreds of miles from home, he might have a tendency to feel lonely. Yet in many cases, a multi-voiced conversation is going on inside the rig that he isn't even aware of it

Tags: Information Technology

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

2010 Engine Scorecard: Updated

By Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

There are several themes that run through almost any conversation about 2010 engines these days. Mostly they represent good news, we found as we talked to a variety of fleets in a follow-up to last October's "EPA 2010 Engine Scorecard.

Tags: Under The Hood

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ATA Releases Driver Compensation Study

The American Trucking Associations released the ATA Driver Compensation Study with the first look at the state of the trucking labor market since the end of the Great Recession

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Yara DEF Mobile App

Yara, a diesel exhaust fluid producer, launched a DEF locator mobile app that uses GPS technology to identify the DEF retail outlets closest to a driver's location

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sangar Opens Secure Parking Facility in Laredo, Texas

Sangar Cargo Security opened a new secure, high-value parking facility in Laredo, Texas

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Roadranger Tools to Service Eaton Dana Components

Roadranger Marketing announced a license agreement with K-Line Industries to manufacture and market special tools to service Eaton and Dana drivetrain components

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is There a Glider Kit in Your Future?

By jim Park, Equipment Editor

Remember the glider kit? You buy a brand-new cab with a steer axle and frame rails, and install your own drivetrain - usually pulled from a wrecked truck or an older truck that has seen better days. Well, it seems they are making a bit of a comeback

Tags: Equipment Issues

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pushing Out Trade Cycles Can Save Money, But It Isn't for the Ill Informed

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Many fleets have discovered in recent months that you can't put 10 pounds of rocks into a 5-pound bag. Pushing trade cycles for highway trucks to squeeze a few more months or a year out of an asset may seem feasible, but the unplanned costs can eat you alive

Tags: Maintenance

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pushing Out Trade Cycles Can Save Money, But It Isn't for the Ill Informed

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Many fleets have discovered in recent months that you can't put 10 pounds of rocks into a 5-pound bag. Pushing trade cycles for highway trucks to squeeze a few more months or a year out of an asset may seem feasible, but the unplanned costs can eat you alive

Tags: Equipment Issues

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Western Star 4900FA with Allison 2nd Reverse

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Steep hills can be tough on trucks, even if their manual transmissions have sufficiently low gearing and drivers are adept with the clutch

Tags: Test Drive

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Under-inflated Tires Are No Longer Just an Efficiency Issue: They Can Affect Your Safety Profile

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Need another reason to sweat your tire pressure? How about CSA? It would be hell explaining to your grandkids that you used to run a trucking company until the DOT put you out of business because of poor tire maintenance

Tags: Tires

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

More about methane

By "Engine Smarts" Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Just over a week ago I 'penned' a brief column on the European launch of Volvo's new 'MethaneDiesel' FM tractor. It needs a little expansion

Tags: Engine Smarts

July 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ritchie Bros. Launches Financing, Warranty, Insurance Services

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers launched a bundle of new valued-added services for its customers in the U.S., Canada and around the world

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Jacobs Launches Engine Brake for Cummins ISX 11.9

Jacobs Vehicle Systems has launched a new engine brake for the Cummins ISX 11.9 diesel engine

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Features for GreenRoad 360

GreenRoad has added new functionality to GreenRoad 360, its fleet driver performance and safety management solution

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fair Credit Reporting Act Affects Driver Hiring

By Rob Moseley, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

Last May, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admini­stration began its pre-employment screening program service, or PSP. The PSP service compiles information regarding driving records of commercial drivers for use by motor carriers in making employment decisions

Tags: drivers

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New York City Ready-Mix Company, Ferrara Bros., Goes Green with CNG Mixers

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

Ferrara Bros., a New York City ready-mix company, is helping to lead the concrete industry with compressed-natural gas-powered mixer chassis

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wix EcoLast Oil Filters Now Available on Five Engines

Wix Filters released five ecoLast oil filter part numbers for the following engines: Cummins ISX, Cummins M11, Mack MP8, Detroit DD60 and Caterpillar C13 and C15

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Prophesy Dispatch Compatible with New Version of PC*Miler


Prophesy Transportation Solutions announced its Prophesy Dispatch transportation management system is fully compatible with ALK Technologies' newly released PC*Miler Version 25

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SmartTruck Improves Trailer Aerodynamics System, Adds Distribution

SmartTruck, which makes aerodynamic products for the trucking industry, has introduced the second generation of its UT-6 Trailer UnderTray System

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CSA's Cargo BASIC Demands More from Flatbed and Open Deck Carriers

Carriers want fair and consistent enforcement of regulations that are  understandable and teachable.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Open-deck carriers will have a lot on their minds going forward

Tags: Compliance

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hutch 440 Suspension for Dump Applications

Hutch 440 Single Point Suspensions are built to meet the demands of numerous dump trailer hauling needs, such as for construction materials, solid waste, bulk commodities, and other similar types of loads

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Federal-Mogul Brushless Fuel Pump

Federal-Mogul developed an electrical brushless diesel fuel pump for on- and off-highway engines to help keep heavy-duty vehicles working longer

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Volvo Launching MethaneDiesel Truck in Europe

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Volvo Trucks in Sweden is about to be the first to market a methane-powered truck for long-haul operations in Europe

Tags: Engine Smarts

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ALK Releases PC*Miler 25 with Free Traffic Data

ALK Technologies released the PC*Miler 25 product line, which now includes time-based features and other enhancement

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hegemon Electronics Introduces Multi-Voltage Gateway EOBR Bluetooth Module

Hegemon Electronics has developed a "Plug and Play" device that connects to the J1708 bus and transmits the data from the ECM to an app on a SmartPhone/Tablet so a driver can carry his data with him

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cleaire Verification Extends to Caterpillar ACERT Engines

The California Air Resources Board has approved an extension to the Cleaire LongMile diesel particulate filter verification

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Groups Offer Information on Cargo Theft

As we report in the July 2012 issue of Heavy Duty Trucking, cargo theft is on the increase. One way to combat it is by using the resources below

Tags: Safety & Compliance

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Landoll Selects Double Coin Tires as Standard

Double Coin Tires and China Manufacturers Alliance is partnering with Landoll Corp. to supply tires for all Landoll trailer models

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Western Star Offers Bluetooth-Enabled Radio for Full Product Line

A Bluetooth-enabled radio is now available as an option for Western Star's full product line, including the Western Star 4700, 4800, 4900 and 6900 truck models

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Roadranger Automated Transmission Extended Protection Plan Available to Owner-Operators

Roadranger Marketing is now offering its automated transmission extender protection plan to owner-operators in the United States and Canada

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Comdata Now Offers Sleep Healthcare Solutions for Truck Drivers

Comdata's new Sleep Apnea Disease Management and Fatigue Prevention Solutions include companywide screenings, nationwide scheduling, single-night testing, immediate diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, as well as driver compliance reporting

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Dozen Ways to Drive MPG

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Years ago I won a fuel-economy competition driving 150 easy miles or so along a major highway. And I beat a bunch of pros in the process

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Goodyear Wide-Base Trailer Tires With DuraSeal Flat Protection

Goodyear_G392 SSD

Goodyear introduces G392 SSD drive and G394 SST trailer wide-base tires for long-haul and regional-haul applications

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

BorgWarner Offering Visctronic Fan Drives for First Time in North America

A first for Class 8 commercial trucks in North America, BorgWarner Thermal Systems now supplies its electronic Visctronic viscous fan drives as optional equipment for Freightliner Cascadia trucks powered by DD13 and DD15 engines

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Western Star Introduces Two New Suspension Options

Western Star has two new suspension options available, a high-capacity air suspension and a an all-wheel-drive vocational suspension

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Another company developing fuel-efficient, opposed-piston engine

By "Engine Smarts" Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Earlier this year, we wrote about the OPOC engine from EcoMotors. Since then, we've discovered another opposed-piston engine, from Achates Power in San Diego

Tags: Engine Smarts

June 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rair Enhances CSA Solution

Rair introduced two enhancements to its CSA solution, with more user control

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