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December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems: No One-Trick Pony

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Okay, we know that optimized tire pressure improves tread and casing life (and value too) and can contribute to improved fuel economy.

Tags: Tires

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Hino 338 Dumper

This compact but tough Hino 338 is one of 175 ordered by West Virginia's Highway Department. The 2010 model has old wing-like grille bars; new 2011s have blockier styling. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

What's this foreign truck doing in the hands of an agency of one of these United States? Helping West Virginia's Department of Highways maintain roads and bridges, and plowing snow and spreading salt in the winter.

Tags: Test Drive

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

We Try Out Latest Electric, Hybrid Models at Hybrid Truck Users Forum

Ride and drive featured a Peterbilt 320 with Eaton's latest Hydraulic Launch Assist system (left), and all-electric walk-in van introduced by FCCC and Morgan Olson, right. (Photos by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The Hybrid Truck Users Forum's 10th annual meeting in late September in Dearborn, Mich., featured a ride and drive of electric and hybrid trucks

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HTUF's 10th Meeting a Big Draw

A parade of about 40 hybrid- and electric-drive trucks enters a parking lot at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn to start a ride-and-drive function at the Hybrid Truck Users Forum. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Hybrid Truck Users Forum's 10th annual meeting in late September in Dearborn, Mich., was its largest ever, with close to 700 attendees.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Happy New Year, Diesel Fuel Prices!

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

The good news about diesel fuel prices is they are only $3.294 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy's weekly report. Prices could be $4.854, like they were the summer of 2008. The bad news about diesel fuel prices is they are at the highest they've been all year

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

11 Trends to Watch for 2011

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor, and Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

1. CSA will demand better safety performance The federal truck safety program formerly known as CSA 2010, now simply CSA for Compliance, Safety and Accountability, is widely viewed as a game-changer for trucking. It kicked into gear this month and will get up to speed over the coming year.

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Unique Solenoid Valve Helps Heavy-Duty Trucks Meet Anti-Idling Restrictions

A new type of solenoid valve recently developed by Parker Fluid Control Division help eliminate engine idling for climate control. It's an on/off valve with terminations that plug into trucks' auxiliary equipment to regulate heating and cooling systems

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Eaton Hybrid Systems Achieve 100 Million Miles of Service, Save 4 Million Gallons of Fuel

Eaton Corporation says that customers of its hybrid systems have collectively accumulated more than 100 million miles of service, and have cumulatively saved 4 million gallons and 40,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Temper Axle Products Simplifies Wheel Bearing Measurement, Adjustment

The Temper EMT provides highly accurate and consistent wheel bearing endplay measurement.

A new wheel-end maintenance tool is available from Temper Axle Products that provides highly accurate and consistent wheel bearing endplay measurement

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New "Arctic Breeze" System Brings No-Idle Cab Comfort to Lighter Trucks

The Arctic Breeze split system Arctic BREEZE Truck AC offers no-idle comfort for vehicle operators in a wide range of utility and delivery applications.

Hammond Air Conditioning popular Arctic Breeze 12-volt truck AC system has been scaled down to fit into smaller commercial vehicles

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Heavy-Duty Torque and Angle Wrench from Snap-on

The Snap-on Heavy Duty TechAngle Torque and Angle Wrench eliminates the need for angle gauges and protractors, providing the most accurate and efficient way to achieve torque plus angle tightening sequences now specified by many manufacturers

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Detroit Diesel's Sintered Metal Filter Achieves CARB Level 3+ Certification

Detroit Diesel announced that Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls' LongMile diesel particulate filter containing Detroit Diesel's sintered metal filter technology has been verified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as Level 3+

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SAE International Publishes Book on Vehicle Vibration Theory & Analysis

Principles of Vibration Analysis with Applications in Automotive Engineering, is a complete guide to the science of automotive vibration theory and analysis, published by SAE International

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vedder Transport to Take 50 Westport HD LNG Trucks

Vedder Transport Ltd. of Abbotsford, British Columbia has issued a purchase order for 50 Peterbilt 386 liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks powered by Westport HD LNG-powered engines

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: Navistar's ProStar+ Cooling System Features Dimpled Radiator Vanes, Multi-Speed Fan

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

"We're experts in cooling. It's not that we wanted to become experts, but that is what it has taken," said Ramin Younessi, Navistar's vice president of powertrain and strategy. He was talking of the development of the cooling systems to support the 12.4-liter MaxxForce 1

Tags: Engine Smarts

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

BAE Systems Announces Development of HybriDrive Parallel Propulsion System for Trucks

BAE Systems is developing a parallel hybrid propulsion system designed for medium- and heavy-duty truck applications. The parallel system is the latest version of the company's HybriDrive green propulsion system

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GreenMan Technologies Gets EPA Exemption for Dual-Fuel Diesel Testing

GreenMan Technologies says its American Power Group Inc. subsidiary has received a Vehicular Memorandum of Exemption and eleven initial Test Exemptions from the U.S. EPA for the testing and verification of APG's unique non-invasive dual-fuel upgrade system for aftermarket diesel truck and tractor engines

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NMC CAT Becomes World-Wide Distributor for Powercube APU

Tridako Energy Systems of Alliance Neb, has named Nebraska Machinery Company of Omaha as a worldwide distributor of the PowerCube Auxiliary Power Units

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mentor Engineering Releases Web-based Mobile Workforce Management Solution

Mentor Engineering's latest fleet management release, Mentor Fleet, delivers automatic vehicle location (AVL), GPS, vehicle telematics, driver behavior monitoring, and reporting and maintenance capabilities

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Icom North America Wins EPA Approval for Bi-Fuel Propane Engines

Icom North America has attained U.S. EPA approval for its liquid injection propane bi-fuel systems for Ford 6.8-liter engines used in Econoline vans

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterson Rolls Out New White LED Interior and Dome Lights

Several new models of white LED interior and dome lights are the latest additions to Peterson's safety lighting line

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Networkfleet Simplifies Fuel Tax Reporting

Networkfleet's new online State Mileage Reports will simplify fuel tax reporting required by commercial fleets

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

IT Partners Team to Provide Streamlined Worldwide Container Shipping

Aljex Software and iContainers.com have partnered to offer one-stop international transportation service from within Aljex hosted software. Now Aljex brokers, carriers and 3PL's can quickly and easily price, schedule pickup, and arrange documentation of LCL shipments to anywhere in the world directly from their Aljex screens

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Carrier Logistics Inc. Offers Cheetah's Wireless Mobile Communication Service

Carrier Logistics Inc. now offers its customers Cheetah Express from Cheetah Software Systems, Inc. Cheetah Express offers menu-driven, automated wireless transfer of information between drivers on the road and the central CLI Facts transportation management system

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Nissan Announces Availability, Pricing for 2012 Commercial Vans

Nissan''s NV2500 Commercial Van is due on Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealer lots this spring.

Nissan is about to launch its first entry into the U.S. commercial vehicle market. When they arrive on Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealer lots in the spring of 2011, the Nissan Vans (NV) will be titled as 2012 models

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Low Cost Covert GPS Trailer and Tractor Tracking Security Bundle

Transport Security, Inc. announces the addition of the Enforcer Geo F1, a low-cost trailer and tractor covert GPS tracking solution

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Air-Ride Axle on the Road in a T660

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

In line with an emerging trend to migrate air suspensions up to the front of the truck, Kenworth has introduced the AG130 for T660, T800 and T2000

Tags: Test Drive

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Freightwatch Introduces Next Generation Embedded Tracking

FreightWatch International has introduced the FreightWatch Geo F2 Tracker. The F2 Tracker is an advanced, embeddable tracking device available to the market for tracking and monitoring cargo, identifying its whereabouts, preventing cargo theft or recovering shipments if a load is stolen

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Castrol Heavy Duty Announces Low-viscosity SAE 5W-30 Elixion Engine Oil

While trucks won't be required to meet new federal fuel efficiency standards until 2014, Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants brings improvements in fuel economy to fleets right now with new Elixion low-viscosity SAE 5W-30 engine oil

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hendrickson Puts a New Twist on End Bushings

Hendrickson Truck Suspension Systems announces the launch of a new rotating bar pin end bushing

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Solar Introduces the OS6150 6/12/24-Volt Octane Series Fleet Charger

Clore Automotive introduces the OS6150, a 6/12/24-volt fleet charger, from Solar

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pre-trip Inspections Simplified with Pocket Inspector

Unique Truck Equipment has teamed up with Justintime Tools to provide an effective way to check many of vehicle standards required in pre-trip inspection

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trojan Introduces High Performance AGM 31 Heavy Duty Starting Battery

Trojan Battery Company has introduced the TransPower ST1000 high-performance AGM 31 heavy duty starting battery

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Prime Lube Begins Production of BlueSky Diesel Exhaust Fluid

Prime Lube, Inc. has begun production of BlueSky brand Diesel Exhaust Fluid at a new 15,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Avenel, N.J

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CAT Scale Introduces Free iPhone App

CAT Scale Company is pleased to announce that a free CAT Scale Locator iPhone app is now available through iTunes

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wheeltime Rolls Out Customer Service Platform

WheelTime Network, L.L.C., today announced the rollout of the WheelTime Customer Service Platform

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Extended Warranty Program Available from Kenworth and Paccar Financial

The Kenworth Truck Company and Paccar Financial Extended Warranty Program is now available through March 31, 2011, for U.S. customers who purchase new Kenworth Class 8 factory trucks that meet eligibility requirements

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mitsubishi Fuso Unveils Advanced Powertrain for Class 3-5 Medium-Duty Work Trucks

New Mitsubishi Fuso 4P10 high-efficiency, turbocharged diesel engine.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. has unveiled a new, highly evolved powertrain for the next generation of Mitsubishi Fuso Class 3-5 trucks in North America.

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Continental Introduces HDR1 Eco Plus

Leading the SmartWay challenge, the Commercial Tire Division of Continental Tire the Americas, LLC has introduced the HDR1 Eco Plus

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting Beyond Hours Of Service - Model Fatigue Management Program Nears Readiness

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The hours of service rules are hot news right now, with possible changes pending in a rewrite that's due before the end of the year

Tags: Compliance

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Problems At The Wheel Ends Can Cause Irregular Tire Wear And Premature Failure

By Jim Park • Equipment Editor

From HDAJ's sister publication, Heavy Duty Trucking. We focus on tires here, mostly, but wheels and hubs, and the other gear that attaches tires to trucks, deserve attention too

Tags: Managing the Shop

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Balancing Act - Why Balance Just Tires? They Are Only One Part Of A Rotating Assembly.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

From HDAJ's sister publication, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine. Try starting a discussion about balancing truck wheels. You can just watch the eyeballs rolling backward in their sockets

Tags: Managing the Shop

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Report: Balancing Act - Why Balance Just Tires?

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Try starting a discussion about balancing truck wheels

Tags: Tires

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Balancing Act - Why Balance Just Tires? They Are Only One Part Of A Rotating Assembly.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Try starting a discussion about balancing truck wheels. You can just watch the eyeballs rolling backward in their sockets

Tags: Tires

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Taking Safety To A Higher Level: Fatigue Management Is About More Than Hours Of Service

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Back in 2001, Dupre Logistics had a problem. The Louisiana fleet was having too many accidents, some of them fatal

Tags: Drivers

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Graphic Success: This Fleet's Testing Helped it Choose Aero Devices

(Photo by John Ehlers, Quad Graphics)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Testing on regular runs showed Duplainville Transport which aerodynamic improvers to use on its 53-by-102 van trailers, and experience shows substantial fuel economy gains with a quick payback on the extra money invested

Tags: Trailers

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Power Of Integration

By Diana Britton, Contributing Editor

About a year ago, TMW Systems asked Epes Carriers to test an integration of the IDSC TripAlert exception monitoring system, its Innovative Software platform for operations/dispatch, and its TMT Fleet Maintenance software

Tags: Information Technology

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Filtering Out The Facts

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

One of the methods all diesel engine manufacturers have adopted to reduce emissions - especially particulate

Tags: Under The Hood

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 6 - 7 Roundup: Trucks & Trends in Mediums

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Retail sales of medium-duty trucks are generally climbing as the economy improves, and the time is right for a sales war, at least in the view of the market leader, Navistar International

Tags: Light & Medium

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Different Approach To Accident Litigation

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

A fatal accident caused by a truck driver starts a chain of events that are disruptive, dispiriting and hugely expensive

Tags: Compliance

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