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May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

OTC DEF Refractometer

OTC released the 5025 DEF Refractometer, which optically measures the quality of DEF fluid

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A New Twist on the Brake Board

By Rolf Lockwood, Editor at at Large

A new electronic, portable version of a brake board is aimed at instructors teaching advanced air-brake service technicians in component operation and system diagnostics

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

AAA Cooper Turns to Low- and High-Tech Fuel Economy Strategies

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

AAA Cooper puts a high premium on fuel saving technologies, so is experimenting with a range of fuel saving devices, from side skirts on trailers to aftermarket computer devices, says Terry Clouser, director of maintenance

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cardinal Logistics Looks Under Every Rock for Fuel Economy

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

"Managing fuel is really a proxy for how well you manage your overall business," said Vin McLoughlin, chairman of Cardinal Logistics. "But it's not that easy.

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

C.R. England Employs Bag of Tricks to Improve Fuel Economy

By Tom Nunlist, Associate Editor

"Fuel economy is one of our top priorities," says Chad England, president of C.R. England

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Freightliner Introduces AMT3 Automated-Manual for M2

Freightliner Trucks introduced its AMT3 automated-manual transmission for Business Class M2 vehicles

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

IPA Introduces Tractor-Trailer Connections Maintenance Tools

Innovative Products of America launched two products designed to reduce guesswork and extend harness life in tractor-trailer maintenance

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting Ready for More Volatile Fuel Prices with Fuel Purchasing Strategies

By Guest commentary Ryan Mossman, FuelQuest Fuel Services

Rising and volatile fuel prices are applying significant pressure to commercial fleet operational plans and budgets

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel Fuel Prices Are Falling, But Why?

By Commentary Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

&newsIt's hard to believe that fuel prices are falling, especially if your local gas station has not yet crested the hill at the pump. In fact, most of us have yet to see this. This is because most retail locations are taking their time lowering their prices (and your costs)

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Continental Introduces Two New Truck Tires

Continental HDC1

Continental Tire the Americas launched two new medium radial truck tires to complete its suite of products for construction and severe-duty trucking applications, such as coal or waste hauling, logging, and other on/off highway service

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

MAHA USA Introduces Heavy Duty Scissor Lift

MAHA USA announced the addition of the new KAR 250/350 Heavy Duty Scissor Lift to its Heavy Duty Equipment Line

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Schneider Tackles Summer Tire Problems

Excessive heat, road construction, impending safety regulations and other factors created a tire shortage within the trucking industry last summer, sidelining a record number of tractors and trailers

Tags: Tires

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Velvac 2020XG Mirrors Available on F-650 and F-750

Velvac's 2020XG mirrors are now available as a factory option on all 2011 Ford medium-duty F-650 and F-750 trucks

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dialight Introduces 4"x 6" LED Low Beam Headlamp

Dialight announced the addition of the new LED Low Beam 4"x6" Headlamp to its growing line of SAE/DOT approved LED lighting products for mass transit buses and commercial vehicles

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PAR Logistics Introduces Dry Van, Flatbed Management Solutions

PAR Logistics Management Systems introduced its new dry van and flatbed trailer management solutions

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lightweight Kysor On/Off Fan Drives

Over 1-1/2 pounds lighter than the previous model, BorgWarner's new Kysor K30 on/off fan drive features an aluminum housing designed to help boost fuel economy and performance

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Risks of Hydrocarbon Refrigerant Blends

When the temperatures warm up, it's a good time to bone up on the dangers associated with hydrocarbon refrigerants being sold as cheap substitutes for R-134a and R-12

Tags: Managing the Shop

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Risks of Hydrocarbon Refrigerant Blends

When the temperatures warm up, it's a good time to remind technicians and drivers about the dangers associated with hydrocarbon refrigerants being sold as cheap substitutes for R-134a and R-12

Tags: Under The Hood

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

An Eastern Star?

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

Amidst endless chatter about electric power and even fuel cells, the good old internal combustion engine clearly isn't going away any time soon

Tags: Engine Smarts

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fontaine Modification, Fyda Freightliner Produce Collection Vehicle

A partnership between Fontaine Modification Company, Fyda Freightliner and GSP Marketing has produced a new, flexible refuse collection vehicle

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Umbian Announces Pilot Program for Monitoring Sleep Apnea

Umbian has begun a three-month pilot program for U-Sleep, which can monitor individual drivers who have been diagnosed with and are undergoing treatment for sleep apnea

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ancra Silverline Elite EPDM Tarp Strap Made in U.S.

Ancra International's new Silverline Elite EPDM Tarp Strap is a high-quality, American-made EPDM product at a competitive price

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Firestone Introduces Fuel Efficient, Long-Wearing Drive Tire

Bridgestone Commercial Solutions Group, a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, introduced the new Firestone FD695 PLUS drive tire

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fewer than Half of Fleets Use Fleet-Specific Software for Maintenance

Fewer than 44 percent of fleets maintain their vehicles using software designed for that specific purpose, and one in three still uses paper and pencil or nothing at all, according to a survey by a maintenance software supplier

Tags: Managing the Shop

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Latest McLeod Software Versions Include CSA Analytics

McLeod Software announced the release of LoadMaster and PowerBroker Version 10.2, which help companies collect and manage information from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for the CSA program

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mack Announces Product Enhancements at Waste Expo

Mack Trucks is rolling out several new product enhancements for the refuse market during Waste Expo 2011 in Dallas this week

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Titan Trailers Introduces Paramax Suspension System

The new-high lift ParaMax Suspension System, now available on all Titan Trailers, offers a more comfortable ride and a longer tire and trailer life for haulers who operate on rough roads and off-road sites

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SpaceKap Compak Slip-In Utility Body

Truck cap and tonneau cover manufacturer A.R.E. introduced the SpaceKap Compak slip-in utility body as part of its commercial fleet product line

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELDs and EOBRs - What's the Difference?

Dave Kraft

By Commentary Dave Kraft, Director, Business Development, Qualcomm Enterprise Services

Part of the fun of technology is getting a new vocabulary of acronyms. The latest for automated driver logs is ELDs - or electronic logging devices. According to some reports, ELDs are not only better than Electronic On-board Recorders (EOBRs), but they cost less. That's progress

Tags: Information Technology

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Goodyear Super Single for Severe-Duty Applications

The G278 MSD replaces Goodyear's G178 Super Single and provides enhanced mileage with a 1-inch larger footprint, deeper tread depth and special compounding

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Compli Inks Two Partnership Agreements

Compli, a provider of on-demand human resource and compliance management software, recently completed partnership agreements with two trucking industry providers

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Nine Must-Dos for a Successful Social Media Strategy

By Kimberly Pupillo, Contributor

The marketing model of simply blasting out company messages and hoping that someone will listen is outdated

Tags: Information Technology

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Radio-CD Player Offers Hands-Free Capability to Answer Cell Phone Calls

TRP Aftermarket Parts has introduced an AM/FM CD player with front-panel auxiliary input jack and matching coaxial speakers that offer operators a crystal-clear, hands-free way to answer calls on their cell phones

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Freightliner Offers Natural Gas Option for Freightliner 114 Severe Duty Trucks

Freightliner Trucks has announced that its new 114 Severe Duty (SD) set-back axle (SBA) truck will be available with natural gas technology. Designed for severe duty segments such as construction and other markets, the new 114SD SBA is a lightweight yet durable truck ideal for heavy-duty vocational applications

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterson LED Light Meets California Title 13 Requirements

Peterson's Model 354 Series of LED Mid-Turn Lights meets Title 13 compliance for use on long trailers in the state of California

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xata Teams up with ZoomSafer to Address Distracted Driving

Xata Corp. announced is integrating and reselling ZoomSafer's software, FleetSafer Mobile and FleetSafer Vision, both of which can be customized to a fleet's specific mobile phone policies

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Window Crimp & Seal Connectors Offer Visibility

Phillips Industries has applied its Clear-Vu and Sta-Dry technologies to new Window Crimp & Seal Connectors, providing optimal visual assurance that wires are sealed and crimped properly and that corrosion build-up is prevented.

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Clore High-Capacity Jump Starter

Clore Automotive introduces the ES6000, a high-capacity 12-volt jump starter from Truck PAC

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dana Launches Aftermarket Drivetrain Product Line

Dana announced a new line of SVL drivetrain components for the automotive, commercial-vehicle, and off-highway aftermarkets. Designed specifically for older (post-warranty) vehicles, SVL products offer quality replacement parts for vehicles with lower usage cycles

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC reefer task force: Timely trailer repairs important

It's not enough to write the correct specs for trailer insulation values when you order. Proper maintenance and repairs are vital. The Technology & Maintenance Council of ATA has a task force on preserving reefer insulation values

Tags: Trailers

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Baby It's Cold Inside: Spec'ing Reefer Trailers

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Transport refrigeration units - TRUs - are the main thing separating temperature-controlled trailers from dry freight vans. But insulation is just as important.

Tags: Trailers

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ready for Reman

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The average age of a truck in the U.S. fleet is now about 6.7 years. That's about 11 months older than the historical average and the oldest it has ever been, according to ACT data going back to 1979

Tags: Managing the Shop

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Industry Trends Prompting More Fleets to Look at Leasing Equipment

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

As trucking companies cautiously poke their heads out of their shells after struggling to survive the recession, they're finding higher prices for new equipment

Tags: Topics & Trends

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Government Cracks Down on Distracted Driving; What's a Fleet to Do?

By Guest commentary Christian Schenk, vice president, product marketing, Xata

It's a fact: Fleets with the highest safety performance records also have stringent policies on in-cab cell phone use, according to the recent Strength in Numbers Fleet Benchmarking Study sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety

Tags: Equipment & Technology

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Batteries Key to Hybrid and Electric Truck Growth

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

For years, builders of hybrid-electric systems have been saying that prices for lithium ion batteries they need would be coming down, which would make these fuel-saving vehicles more affordable

Tags: Alternative Fuels

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Charged Up: Battery Advances

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Lead acid batteries - the most common type of battery found in trucking and automotive applications - were developed in the mid-1800s. After more than 160 years, the technology still delivers, because lead acid batteries are relatively inexpensive when compared with other types of batteries

Tags: Under The Hood

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Coming Driver Shortage, Part 2: Who Will Be Driving Your Trucks?

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

That trucking is about to experience its worst labor shortage ever should as come no surprise. Our fate was cast years ago, though a few cruel twists have conspired to make it worse than it otherwise would have been.

Tags: Drivers

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: TerraStar Ready to Work

International TerraStar is a downsized heavier truck, and looks it, with its big cab nestled onto the low-slung frame.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Does the world need another Class 4 and 5 vehicle in a market already crawling with trucks

Tags: Test Drive

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Isuzu, Teletrac Partner on GPS for Isuzu N-Series

Teletrac's Fleet Director has been selected by Isuzu Commercial Truck of America for its 2011 and 2012 model year N-Series customers

May 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PG&E: Practicing What They Preach

By Jim Romeo, Contributor

Public utilities are in a precarious position. They must advise customers to be more prudent with their energy consumption; they also must set an example that their business operations are doing the same.

Tags: Alternative Fuels

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