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January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel Hits New High of $3.40 a Gallon on 7.4-cent Jump

Diesel fuel hit a new two-year high on Tuesday, jumping 7.4 cents a gallon from last week, the Department of Energy reported Tuesday

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wix Says New EcoLast filter can double life of oil

Wix Filters says its new EcoLast line of heavy-duty spin-on oil filters can double oil life by trapping damaging acids, saving fleets $100 to $200 a year

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bendix EverSure Spring Brake Offers Lighter Weight, Corrosion Resistance

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake announced a new double-diaphragm spring brake for drum brakes it says offers the lightest weight in the industry while delivering best-in-class durability and performance

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Donaldson Expands Fuel Filter Product Line

Donaldson Company has expanded its fuel filter offering to provide customers with even more options to protect engine components and to extend equipment life

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Accellos Announces Version 2.3 of Accellos One Optimize

Accellos announced the release of Accellos One Optimize Version 2.3, its load building and route optimization software

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Comdata Offers Online Permit Ordering

Comdata's new NextGen Connection for Permits is an online platform for the trucking industry that provides robust capabilities for ordering, tracking, and managing permits

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Voyager Rear Mount Cameras

ASA Electronics announced the next generation of Voyager cameras to the commercial vehicle and heavy duty markets

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Freightliner Launches SD Vocational Line with Heavy Duty 114SD Mixer Chassis

Severe-duty 114SD-FSA has a forward-set steer axle for bridge-formula states and lightweight aluminum cab from Freightliner’s M2 series. Hood and nose are unique to this new model.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Freightliner Trucks announced a new heavy-duty mixer chassis, the 114SD with forward-set steer axle, and representatives said it is among a new line of severe-duty trucks that they will use to seek more sales in vocational market

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Shell Initiates Market Tests of Nitrogen Enriched Diesel

Shell Oil Products U.S. is launching a market test of Shell Nitrogen Enriched Diesel, extending the company's exclusive "Nitrogen Enriched" advanced cleaning system to diesel fuel

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sprint Connectivity to Be Option on Paccar In-Dash Systems

Kenworth's NavPlus in-dash system offers navigation, hands-free phoning and other features.

Sprint connectivity will be available as an option on the Kenworth NavPlus and the Peterbilt SmartNav, Paccar proprietary navigation and business technology systems for Kenworth and Peterbilt Class 5-8 trucks

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

More Brands Join ShowMeTheParts.com

AP Performance, Autolite/Fram (Honeywell), Leacree, Performance Radiator, Precision Parts Australia, Prime Guard, Rainy Day Wipers, and Security Filters lines have been added to ShowMeTheParts.com

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Intermec Launches Suite of Ultra-Rugged Handheld Computers

Intermec's new 70 Series is its next-generation portfolio of ultra-rugged mobile computers

January 2011, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New LTL Software

Ahern and Associates introduced the new LTL version of its Financial I.Q. software, which quickly calculates profit and loss statements throughout all business segments

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

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