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October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diagnostics: Beyond the Fault Code

Various hand-held diagnostic tools,  like these from OTC, offer different levels of diagnostic info.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

New EPA 2010 engine technology has made truck diagnostics even more complex

Tags: Information Technology

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CSA 2010: Maintenance Musts

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Vehicle maintenance is one of the top areas where fleets are at risk under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new CSA 2010 program

Tags: Managing the Shop

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 3-5 Update: Heavy Pickups and Chassis-Cab Trucks See Sometimes-Healthy Revival

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The economy's slowly improving, and so are the Class 3 to 5 segment's truck sales, up modestly to substantially since the 2009 trough, depending on who's citing the numbers.

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Changing Face of Trucking, Part 3: The Rise of Third-Party Logistics

Many 3PLs offer warehousing and other services along with various modes of transportation. (Photo courtesy Menlo Logistics)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Werner Enter­prises has grown from a single-truck owner-operator in 1956 to one of the top truckload carriers in the U.S., with more than 7,000 trucks - but it sees its major growth coming not in trucking, but in the third-party logistics business

Tags: The Bottom Line

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

All Pressured Up: Automatic Tire Inflation Systems Offer Protection from Underinflation Woes

Automatic tire inflation systems are now available for 19.5-inch wheels and wide-base single tires. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

As I write each month on the latest advancements in tire development and improvements in technology to prolong tire life and reduce operating costs, one single theme remains front and center: the need to keep tires properly inflated

Tags: Tires

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Test Drive: The Transit Connect Electric

Special lettering and lack of tailpipe are all that visually distinguish this Transit Connect Electric from Ford's gasoline-powered version. (Photo by Tom Berg)

We were stopped at a red light on 11 Mile Road, a broad, eight-lane boulevard in Oak Park, Mich., northwest of Detroit, and I eyed the cars and trucks alongside us.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Fleet Solution Features Rugged On-Board Computer

Innovative Software Engineering launched a new company, ISE Fleet Services, and its eFleetSuite solution

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: The Transit Connect Electric

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

We were stopped at a red light on 11 Mile Road, a broad, eight-lane boulevard in Oak Park, Mich., northwest of Detroit, and I eyed the cars and trucks alongside us.

Tags: Test Drive

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Quantum CNG Tanks Offer 500 Mile Range

Completed Integration with tank assembly and enclosed cover assembly with steps.

Quantum Technologies, Lake Forest, California, says it has an answer to achieving long range for heavy-duty trucks on compressed natural gas

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lanair Introduces Strainer Pan & Tank Gauge Combo Add On

Lanair is offering a new combo package of its strainer pan and tank gauge for its waste oil heaters

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

McLeod Moves Into LTL Market

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

McLeod Software is branching out from its traditional truckload market and will soon start offering a version of its LoadMaster operations management software for less-than-truckload carriers

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kinedyne Introduces Grip Link Tire Chains

Kinedyne is now offering the rugged Grip Link line of heavy-duty tire chains to trucking fleet operators and drivers throughout the United States

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wypall X90 Cloths

Kimberly-Clark Professional introduced its highest-performing wiper to date. New Wypall X90 Cloths provide 75 percent more oil absorption and 35 percent more water absorption than WypAll X80 Wipers

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PC*Miler Navigator 550

ALK's new PC*MILER Navigator 550 is the latest addition to its third generation x50 lineup of truck-specific professional GPS navigation devices

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GE Capital Fleet Services Launches Intelligent Ops Telematics Solution

GE Capital Fleet Services has launched Intelligent Ops, an integrated business intelligence solution for operations and sales leaders who manage mobile personnel

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

OTC Enhances DPF Cleaning Line

OTC, an SPX Brand, unveiled its new Diesel Particulate Filter Thermal Processing Unit (P/N 5281), designed to increase the efficiency of DPF cleaning by converting unburned hydrocarbons into ash prior to the air burst cleaning cycle

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rand McNally, DriverTech Announce Partnership

Rand McNally and DriverTech will team up offer a complete fleet management solution to the long-haul trucking market

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cummins Filtration Redesigns Diesel Pro

Cummins Filtration has released two new Diesel Pro fuel filtration systems: Fleetguard FH235 with a flow rate of 60 GPH(230 L/H,) and FH236 with a flow rate of 90 GPH(341L/H).

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleet Management and Fuel Savings

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Does anyone remember the days when the only time we thought about high diesel fuel prices was when OPEC decided to mess with us? Fuel cards use to be handed out and drivers would fuel at any place they wanted

Tags: The Bottom Line

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterbilt Announces Availability of Bendix Wingman

Peterbilt officially announced production availability of Bendix Wingman ACB - Active Cruise with Braking -- as an option for its heavy-duty truck models

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

J J. Keller Introduces Affordable E-Log Solution

J J. Keller & Associates announced $6 E-Logs. With CSA 2010 looming and a stricter EOBR mandate on the way from the FMCSA, Keller says, this E-Log solution will help carriers of all sizes manage hours-of-service compliance

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators on The Driver Shortage

By Deborah Lockridge Editor & Diana Britton Managing Editor

Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators offer their viewpoints on the coming capacity crunch and driver shortage.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sirius XM Radio's XM Snap!

Sirius XM Radio introduced XM Snap!, a satellite radio for the vehicle that the company says is an easy to install, set up and use

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Fenders from Fontaine

Fontaine Spray Suppression introduced several new fenders, including one for wide-based tires, a heavy-duty construction fender (pictured), and a fiberglass fender

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Telogis Introduces Fuel Card Reconciliation Report

Telogis introduces a new feature to its Telogis Fleet vehicle management application that compares fuel card use to actual location data: The Fuel Card Reconciliation Report.

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

All-Electric Walk-In Van Introduced by FCCC, Morgan-Olson, Enova

Aerodynamic styling is among the features of a new electric-drive WT-EV walk-in-van from FCCC, Morgan Olson and Enova Systems. It will go up to 100 miles before needed a recharge, the companies say. (Photo courtesy HTUF)

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., Morgan Olson and Enova Systems jointly introduced an all-electric-"new generation" drive walk-in van with new exterior and interior styling. Shown this week at the Hybrid Truck Users Forum meeting in Dearborn, Mich., the Class 4 MT-EV van boasts a purpose-built drive system and a lightweight, aerodynamic design for high efficiency

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Flexible Mudflap Hanger Allows Easy Changes

Fontaine Spray Suppression has taken the mudflap hanger to new heights with its new Flex Wedge, which allows a driver to easily change a mudflap himself and has features designed to prevent hanger damage

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Analyst: The State of the Heavy-Duty Aftermarket

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

We've just been through a brutal couple of years; 2008 and 2009 weren't kind to trucking or its suppliers. Trucking activity was down an estimated 15 percent during that period, and that took a lot of industry-related activity down with it. Fewer trucks ran fewer miles, so they required fewer repairs. The aging schedule of existing equipment changed too, and that will have some downstream implications. Where does that leave heavy-duty aftermarket parts and service suppliers

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xata Turnpike Offers RouteTracker to Canadian Customers

Xata Turnpike's flagship product, RouteTracker, is now available in Canada, exclusively on Rogers Communications Inc.'s nationwide network.

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth and Paccar Financial Offers Extended Warranty Program

Kenworth and Paccar Financial now offer an extended warranty program for U.S. customers who purchase new 2010 Kenworth Class 8 factory trucks that meet eligibility requirements

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Brenntag Announces DEF Pick up and Replace Program

Brenntag North America will offer users of diesel exhaust fluid a free service to pick up empty DEF totes (IBCs) from any previous supplier

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: A Carbon-Free Fuel?

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

On a recent visit to Woodland Park, Colo., -based Sturman Industries, I was privileged to view the first beginnings of Eddie Sturman's crank-free internal combustion engine

Tags: Engine Smarts

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Panasonic Launches Toughbook U1 Ultra

Panasonic Solutions Company has unveiled the newest addition to its Toughbook U1 family - the U1 Ultra. The U1 Ultra combines the portability of traditional handheld devices with the benefits of a full Windows operating system and it runs Windows 7

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Saturn Offers Two New Waste Oil Furnaces

Saturn waste oil furnaces make it possible for smaller garage and shop owners to realize the potential energy savings from recycling used motor oils, hydraulic fluids, and certain fuel oils

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rand McNally Enhances IntelliRoute Software Integration with TMW

Rand McNally announced significant enhancements to its IntelliRoute Software integration with TMWSuite and TruckMate operations software, both from TMW Systems

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TRP Introduces Windshield Glass Products

TRP Aftermarket Parts announced availability of a new line of high quality glass for all makes of Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks and tractors

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMW Systems to Sell Co-Branded Workflow/Imaging Product With Microdea

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

TMW Systems announced it's formed a strategic alliance with Microdea for TMW to resell a new co-branded version of Microdea's document management software solutions called TMW-Synergize

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet/TMW Integration Will Automate Inspection Tasks

PeopleNet says a new integration between its Fleet Manager program and TMT Fleet Maintenance software will save money and help fleets deal with new tougher federal safety enforcement by automating truck inspection-ticket workflow

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel Direct and Freightliner Trucks Develop Hybrid Fuel Truck

Diesel Direct and Freightliner Trucks together have developed what they say is the first-ever diesel electric hybrid fuel truck. The innovative Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid will be used to deliver fuel to fleets primarily in Massachusetts

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Phillips Sliding Axle Spring Kit

Phillips Industries has added sliding axle spring kits to their line of electrical and air brake interface products

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Air-Weigh Announces New Scale Display

Air-Weigh announced a new in-cab display option for its LoadMaxx series of truck and tractor scales

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bee Line Introduces a New Mobile Alignment System Package

Bee Line Company has added a mobile alignment system package to its heavy-duty alignment product line

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Introduces Front Engine Power Take-Off Option for T800

Kenworth introduced a new front engine power take-off (FEPTO) option for the Kenworth T800

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Landi Renzo Announces CNG Fuel System for E-Series Vans

Landi Renzo USA Corp. announced a 50-state CARB-certified dedicated CNG system that will be available on the 2011/12 gaseous prep 5.4L Ford E-Series Cargo and Passenger Van in the first quarter of 2011

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: Prognostic Failure Prediction Reduces Unplanned Downtime, Cuts Maintenance Costs

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

There is an upside to EPA's 2010 emissions regulations.

Tags: Engine Smarts

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Are Fuel Storage Tanks The Right Choice for Your Fleet?

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Every fleet manager is never really sure if it is good to have fuel tanks on site or a real pain in the neck

Tags: The Bottom Line

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ACS Partners with Vigillo

Affiliated Computer Services is teaming up with Vigillo to expand its capabilities to provide safety and compliance data for drivers and fleets as mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Comprehensive Safety Analysis program (CSA)

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rair Adds Drug and Alcohol Testing

Rair, a provider of safety and compliance services to the trucking industry, announced the launch of its drug and alcohol testing program

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

McLeod Working on CSA 2010 Tools, Announces Smartphone App

McLeod Software announced it's working on new tools to support compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Administration's new Comprehensive Safety Analysis program, and unveiled its first app for iPhone and Droid smartphones, during its annual user's conference in Birmingham, Ala

September 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Paccar Financials Offers Extended Warranty for Peterbilt Buyers

Operators and fleets financing new Class 8 Peterbilt trucks (with standard one-year highway warranty) can obtain two additional years of vehicle protection for their trucks if they finance through Paccar Financial Corp

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