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October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Going Green: Canadian Fleet Investing in Natural Gas

Groupe Robert plans to be the first true for-hire, long-haul fleet to be powered by natural gas in North America.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

What prompts a very successful and highly visible carrier to wade deeply into uncharted territory and invest millions in yet-to-be proven technology? "It's the right thing to do and the right time to do it," says Claude Robert, president of privately held Groupe Robert in Boucherville, Quebec

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar Defense Adds Tractor, Ambulance Kit to MaxxPro Series

Like armored MRAP trucks, the new MaxxPro tractor is based on International’s WorkStar civilian vocational series.

Navistar Defense says it has developed a tractor version of its MaxxPro armored truck and added an ambulance kit for existing units

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alliance Offers Customizable Bumpers

Alliance Parts now markets a variety of customizable aftermarket bumpers for a dozen major truck makes, says Daimler Trucks North America, the operation's parent

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sectional Sanding Upgrade for VIS-Polish Machines

Vehicle Inspection Systems has new, Version 3.0 software for its VIS-Polish automated wheel polishing machine

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

National Truck Protection Announces New VIP Breakdown Assistance Program

National Truck Protection, which offer used-truck warranties, has launched a new, enhanced breakdown assistance program

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Jack Roush Venture, CleanTech, Drives Propane Vehicle Power

Motorsport legend Jack Roush is bringing his trackside know-how to the alternative fuels market with a new venture called Roush CleanTech, that will develop and market liquid propane injection powered vehicles

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Premium Blue GEO 15W-40 Available in 1-Gallon Jug

Valvoline Premium Blue GEO 15W-40 oil for natural gas engines is now available in a 1-gallon jug

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Internet Truckstop, ITI Team up to Offer Pro-Tread Training

The Internet Truckstop freight matching service and Instructional Technologies Inc., which offers interactive, computer-based driver training, are collaborating to provide the Pro-Tread Training Series through www.truckstop.com to owner0operators and small trucking companies

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Version 6.2 of Prophesy Dispatch

Prophesy Transportation Solutions released Prophesy Dispatch 6.2, the newest version of its transportation management system

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Polk Enhances Aftermarket Parts Demand Modules

Polk has incorporated new resources and additional functionality to its Commercial Aftermarket Parts Demand Modules

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CoPilot Live Truck GPS Launches iPhone App

ALK Technologies has released CoPilot Live Truck for iPhone, the first voice-guided GPS navigation app designed specifically for professional truck drivers

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TripPak Mobile Smart Phone App Now on Android Platform

Affiliated Computer Services announced the TripPak Mobile smart phone application is now available for drivers to download to their Android phones

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Z-Con Brings Telematics to the Fuel Island

TCH and Zonar have developed a new system, Z-Con, which uses a series of sensors, radios and computers to identify a truck when it enters and exits a diesel fuel lane and authorize fuel pump transactions

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Telogis Scalable Fleet Management Platform

Telogis Fleet 8 is scalable, software-as-a-service GPS fleet management software. Fleet 8 now incorporates dynamic traffic and weather data to allow fleet managers to make informed real-time routing and allocation decisions based on current conditions in the field.

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Citgard 700 Synthetic Blend 10W-30

Citgo says its Citgard 700 Synthetic Blend 10W-30 CJ-4/SM Heavy Duty Engine Oil can help fleets wanting to reduce overall operating costs while upgrading their engine oil program

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet Multi-Bus Adapter Expands Data Collection

PeopleNet's new Vehicle Management Multi-bus Adapter expands the amount of vehicle data fleets can access while upgrading to the J1939 connector found on new engines

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Seagrave Chassis Refurb Meets Performance and Budget Demands

Seagrave Fire Apparatus can refurbish and refit existing tandem-axle, 75-foot Aerialscope Tower Platform

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Qualcomm Media Manager Service

Qualcomm's new Media Manager Service gives fleets an easy and inexpensive way to deliver detailed information to drivers remotely through a variety of media types, including audio, video and PDF files

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Qualcomm, Rair Team Up For Enhanced Log Analysis

Qualcomm and Rair Technologies announced a collaboration to enhance the value of Qualcomm Hours of Service by offering more robust auditing and analysis of HOS data, which can be captured electronically or on paper

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New uShip App Gives Truckers 'Push' on the Road

Transporters that locate moving jobs through online marketplace uShip can now download the 'uShip Mobile App' on their iPhone, Android or WebOS smartphones

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Offers Advice on Specs for Dump Trucks

Anyone who knows anything about dump trucks understands that specifications are very regionalized.

Tags: Equipment Issues

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Book Features White-Freightliners

A new book takes a pictorial look at White-Freightliner Trucks

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

StormMQ Helps Create 1st Telemetry System for Production EVs

New Smith Telemetry will allow fleet managers of Smith electric vehicles to monitor battery status and other on-board information.

Information technology developed for banks and telecoms companies is playing a key role in the world's first telematics system for production electric vehicles

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Do Truckers Use Their Mobile Phones?

Owner-operator truckers are using their cell phones to not only help them manage their business, but to help them find new business as well, according to a recent survey

Tags: Information Technology

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TeleType New 7-Inch Truck GPS

TeleType's new WorldNav 7300 Truck GPS features a high-resolution 7-inch touch screen for a larger map viewing area and crisp graphics

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: An Injector Discovery in Germany

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

At the recent bi-annual Hannover, Germany, trucking show -- more specifically, the 63rd IAA -- there were so many show exhibits that a dedicated journalist could spend the entire 10 days hunting for meaningful news

Tags: Engine Smarts

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Phillips Industries Swinger Gladhands Improved to Protect Against Corrosion

Phillips Industries' Swinger Gladhands are now fully anodized to protect against magnesium chloride, road salt and chemicals which cause corrosion

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Federal-Mogul Magnum Monosteel Piston

Federal-Mogul announced that it has developed the next generation of the Monosteel piston, called Magnum Monosteel. The new design reduces piston mass by up to 7 percent and includes design features that reduce friction for improved fuel economy and lower emissions

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ahern and Associates Launches New Trucking Company Crisis Hotline

Transportation management firm Ahern and Associates has set up a free crisis hotline where owners of trucking companies hit hard by the economy can receive a complimentary one-hour consultation

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New App Calculates Fuel Surcharges

Trucking Advantage announced it will release the PocketFuelCal app for iPhone, offering a quick method to calculate fuel surcharges

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Study: Mandatory Alcohol Testing Cuts Risk of Alcohol Involvement in Fatal Crashes

A study by scientists at Columbia University found that mandatory alcohol testing programs for commercial truck drivers may have contributed to a significant reduction in alcohol involvement in fatal motor carrier crashes

Tags: Compliance

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Diesel-Natural Gas Fuel Gets Patent

The refining process for a new fuel that combines ultra-low-sulfur diesel with natural has been granted a U.S. patent

October 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Report: Hauling Wind Turbines

Last spring, SkyBitz tracked the movement of this 131-foot-long wind turbine blade from South Dakota to Texas. A Landstar contractor did the hauling.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Wind is free, but harnessing it to perform work can be very expensive. That's the case with today's wind turbines that are built to generate electricity.

Tags: Trailers

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

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