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January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Luber-finer Phone App Helps Cross-reference and Find Filters

Luber-finer, a Champion Laboratories, Inc. filter brand, has released its latest filter change productivity enhancement tool, the new Luber-finer "phone app" for Android smartphones

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fontaine Fifth Wheel Video Shows How to get the Ultra Connection

Fontaine Fifth Wheel has released a video and document outlining the proper coupling, sliding and uncoupling procedures for its newest fifth wheels

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Proposed Accounting Changes Would Affect Truck Leasing

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Reforms put in motion after the financial scandals of Enron, WorldCom and others nearly a decade ago will likely soon have an effect on fleets that lease their trucks rather than buying

Tags: The Bottom Line

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Transcend Sleep Apnea System Offers Truckers New Therapy Alternative

A smaller, less intrusive obstructive sleep apnea therapy system will soon be available from Somnetics, LLC. Called Transcend, the device offers patients an innovative replacement to their old-fashion, cumbersome CPAP machines

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Timken 454-Series Set-Right Hub Rebuild Kits

The Timken Company has launched an expanded line of Set-Right Heavy Duty Hub Rebuild Kits in an ongoing effort to offer the most complete line of wheel bearings to the heavy-duty aftermarket

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck-Lite's LED Snowplow Kits Improve Visibility

Truck-Lite's LED Snow Plow kit (p/n 80863) is composed of a right & left hand LED headlamp assembly, pedestal turn signal lamp, as well as the brackets and harness.

Truck-Lite has released its new LED Snow Plow Kit. The LED kit is said to improve overall visibility for plowing vehicles and oncoming traffic, improving safety all around

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Shurhold Premium Buffing Pads Promise a Professional Finish

Shurhold Industries has introduced its Buff Magic Compounding Pad and Pro Polish Foam Pad to the automotive aftermarket

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maxon Tuk-Away Lifts Available with Bolt-On Extension Plate, Steps

Maxon Lift Corp. has launched of the next generation of its Tuk-A-Way liftgate, the GPT (Grand Prix Tuk-A-Way), featuring a bolt-on extension plate and bolt-on step options

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Resources Canada Releases LNG Deployment Roadmap

LNG has the potential to serve as an important niche in the trucking marketplace, but it won't be suitable for every type of operation given the limitations on its distribution and the costs of purchasing LNG tractors.

A report recently released by Canada's federal department of Natural Resources, entitled Natural Gas Use in Transportation Deployment Roadmap assesses of the potential benefits and the obstacles to liquefied natural gas as a fuel for trucking

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: No Answers Yet

By Commentary Rolf Lockwood, Editor at Large

By way of a brief introduction to this first of several Engine Smarts columns to come, let me start by admitting to a lifelong fascination with the hardware of trucking

Tags: Engine Smarts

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Voice Assist Introduces Handsfree Two-Way Texting

Voice Assist, Inc. announces the commercial release of Voice Assist Standard complete with two-way texting. Voice Assist empowers consumers to text by voice from any phone or device to any phone or wireless connected device, even mobile phones without a text plan

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Herd Brings XL Sport Bars to Ford Trucks

Known for its line up of heavy truck front-end guards, Herd now brings the same rugged design and build standards to Ford's F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup trucks

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Pig Introduces Heavy-Duty Form-A-Funnel

New Pig Corporation has introduced the Heavy Duty Form-A-Funnel Draining Tool -- a flexible tool for guiding oil from large vehicles and heavy equipment into oil drains for easy, no-mess oil changes

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Technology in the Next Decade: Safety and Productivity to Drive Advancements

The new CSA enforcement program prompted many providers to offer their customers scorecards or other means of reviewing where a carrier stands in the new safety rating system.

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

At its core, information technology is about managing data: the schedules, locations, miles, hours, fuel prices, rates, lanes, speeds, bills, invoices, settlements, etc., that trucking companies compile every day

Tags: Information Technology

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are Fuel Prices Going To Break Your Budget?

By Commentary Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

What is going on with diesel fuel prices? Let me try to give you my 2 cents - but please don't shoot the messenger

Tags: The Bottom Line

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bumper To Bumper's Easy CDL iPhone App Debuts on iTunes

A new CDL teaching tool app for the iPhone from Bumper To Bumper has debuted in the Apple iTunes store

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xata Announces Reseller Agreement With Barcoding, Inc.

Xata Corporation has announced that Barcoding, Inc. has become an authorized reseller of Xata 's fleet management solutions

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pegasus TransTech Upgrades Transflo Express Location Finder

Pegasus TransTech has updated its searchable online directory of locations offering Transflo Express truck stop scanning. The upgraded service is now available on a redesigned web page

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DuraClass Introduces New Aluminum Dump Body

DuraClass has introduced an aluminum dump body to its line of Class 5-8 truck bodies

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A With a Medium-Duty Giant: Rush Enterprises

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Rush Enterprises is probably best known as North America's largest Peterbilt dealer. But realizing they could only go so far with their franchises from the Paccar manufacturer, leaders saw midrange trucks as a way to grow and to diversify in products and operations

Tags: Light & Medium

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are You Greasing Right?

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

The best grease in the world won't do the job if it doesn't get to where it's needed. That's why it's important to train technicians on proper greasing procedures

Tags: Managing the Shop

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Don't Take Grease for Granted

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Grease has been called the "Rodney Dangerfield of lubricants." The late comedian was often known to lament, "I just don't get no respect." Likewise, grease is often an afterthought when it comes to truck maintenance

Tags: Under The Hood

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Garmin Introduces Dezl for Over-the-Road Truck Navigation

Garmin International Inc. unveiled the dezl series of navigators designed exclusively for the over-the-road trucking industry

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

inthinc Adds Touchscreen to Commercial Driving Safety Solution

inthinc Technology Solutions Inc. has introduced a touchscreen driver interface that works in conjunction with the company's waySmart commercial driving safety solution

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

High-Capacity Refrigerant Scale

Tracer Products has unveiled the TP-9366 PRO-DigiScale, a durable, high-capacity refrigerant scale that can accommodate cylinders up to 220 lb. With the PRO-DigiScale, you can weigh and charge from the same platform

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rugby Introduces New Aluminum Dump Body

The Rugby aluminum fold-down side body features a reliable stainless steel Ez-Latch upper tailgate mechanism and is available with a crossmember-free understructure.

Rugby Manufacturing recently added a new aluminum dump body to its line of Class 3-5 truck bodies

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Running Reefers Right

The newer the reefer, the more efficient its engine, compressor and other components. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

People who operate refrigerated trailers know a lot about their businesses, but even the most experienced would tell you that they don't know it all.

Tags: Trailers

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Eliminating Contaminants from Truck and Trailer Air Systems

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A heavy truck's air system is a basic and important set of components that should be spec'd correctly and then maintained properly.

Tags: More Maintenance

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using Technology to Combat Distracted Driving

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Distracted driving has been the subject of two national DOT summits in the past two years, and new Federal Motor Carrier rules that became effective in October prohibit commercial drivers from texting while driving

Tags: Information Technology

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Using Technology to Combat Distracted Driving

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Distracted driving has been the subject of two national DOT summits in the past two years, and new Federal Motor Carrier rules that became effective in October prohibit commercial drivers from texting while driving

Tags: Equipment & Technology

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Something New: Gassy Fuel

GDiesel's maker sells directly to users, and to truckstops and fueling stations in northern Nevada. Customers say the gas-diesel blend burns cleaner than standard ULSD fuel.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A refiner in Nevada has formulated still another alternative fuel, a mixture of natural gas and petroleum it calls GDiesel

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's Up With Alternative Fuels?

Culver City, Calif., is replacing its original CNG trash collection trucks with new Autocars powered by Cummins Westport ISL-G engines.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Although some researchers predict fuel prices won't spike again as they did in 2008, it's still likely that fuel prices will go up over time

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Early Reaction to Fuel Economy Proposal Generally Positive

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

At first read, a new proposal to establish national standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions appears to offer a workable approach for the trucking industry, said Glen Kedzie, vice president and environmental counsel for the American Trucking Associations

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

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

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