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July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wow! My Fleet Fuel Card is Burning!

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Every day we deal with thousands of fleet fuel transactions. Some fleet fuel card companies are better than others for customer service, discount deals, acceptance and informatio

Tags: The Bottom Line

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Reference Paper Prepares Drivers For CSA 2010

Open Road Drivers Plan, a legal program established by Multi Service, has published a reference paper for drivers preparing for the revisions made by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to its Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PSI Adds Green Hoses to Meritor Tire Inflation Systems

Pressure Systems International has added new green Thru-T and green striped delivery hoses to its Meritor Tire Inflation Systems to illustrate the environmental benefits of the product

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Jasper Engines Offers Remanufactured Cummins ISB

Jasper Engines & Transmissions now offers the late-model Cummins ISB 6.7 liter Common Rail Front Gear Train Complete engine

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GCommerce Automates Parts Inventory Through the Cloud

GCommerce has launched its Virtual Inventory Cloud technology, which automates parts availability inquiries from wholesalers and retailers to manufacturer and suppliers through a cloud network

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Friction In Focus: Trends in Brake Friction Manufacturing

There's always activity in developing new brake friction material. But new legislation and new players are forcing the pace. (Photo by Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake)

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Brake manufacturers are continually working with their friction material suppliers on new materials that satisfy the market's demand for noise, cost and wear with no compromise in performance. But there are also external pressures for change

Tags: Chassis & Brakes

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Haldex's New Line of Pressure Protection Valves

Haldex Commercial Vehicle Systems has introduced a new line of Pressure Protection Valves for the North American market

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Innovators Talk Engine Tech

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

We spoke with several of Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators to get their thoughts, experiences and purchase plans regarding the new EPA 2010 engines

Tags: Engine Smarts

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Load Status Indicator From Trident Industries

Trident Industries in Farmingville, N.Y., has rolled out its new Load Status Indicator, LSI-55, a new pilot light that can be used for critical engine controls, navigational safety lights, HVAC controls, and train signaling lights

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retreads May Soon Be On SmartWay's Green List

What constitutes a fuel-efficient retreaded tire? An industry committee could soon have the answer. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Have a look at the list of U.S. EPA SmartWay approved low-rolling-resistance, fuel-efficient tires and you'll notice there are no retreads on the list

Tags: Tires

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TravelCenters Helps Drivers Prepare For CSA 2010

TravelCenters of America is helping drivers adapt to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 standards, with information, training and a new inspection service

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mitchell 1 Adds Photos to Online Repair Programs

Mitchell 1, a Snap-on Company, has recently added thousands of engine component and connector photos to its Tractor-Trailer.net and Medium-Truck.net online repair programs

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Graebel Launches Relocation App For Communications and Reporting

The Graebel Companies has introduced a new mobile communications and reporting option, the Graebel Relocation App

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TRP's New Foam, Innerspring Mattresses For Sleepers

The TRP Aftermarket Parts innerspring mattress is 7 inches thick and features a design that limits horizontal motion.

TRP Aftermarket Parts has introduced high-density foam and innerspring mattresses for sleeper bunks in a variety of sizes

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Compliance Company Processes IRP Transactions For California Truckers

The State of California has granted On The Go Transportation Services, Garden Grove, Calif., the authority to continue processing IRP transactions, including the issuance of apportioned plates and credentials

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ARI's New Truck Hazard Perception Program

Automotive Resources International, a fleet management solutions provider, has launched a Truck Hazard Perception program to help fleets identify and address exact driver behaviors that present the greatest risk

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EBE Adds Fraud Detection Capability

EBE Technologies has added a fraud detection capability to its Logistics Management software

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tenneco, Sturman to Create New Ride Control Damping Systems

Through a joint product development agreement, Tenneco Inc. and Sturman Industries will develop ride control damping systems that incorporate Sturman's digital values and Tenneco's adjustable damping technology

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Iowa80.com Releases New Truck Accessories Catalog

Iowa80.com will release a new catalog this week, including over 300 new items from stacks and lights to interior and exterior chrome and stainless accessories

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Telogis Adds Fleet Management Alerts to Fleet Platform

Here's a screen capture from the Telogis Fleet Platform with Management Alerts.

Telogis has added Fleet Management Alerts to its Telogis Fleet platform. The alerts are generated based on a variety of sensor data including odometer, engine hours and battery voltage

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ford to Offer Gas Engine For Medium-Duty Segment

Ford will offer its 6.8-liter V10 gas engine on medium-duty chassis cabs in 2012

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Compendium Software Adds Predictive Behavior Analysis to FuelClinic

Through a new partnership with Sonic E-Learning Inc., Compendium Software Systems will add predictive behavior analysis and online driver training program to its FuelClinic Fleet System

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Training Series on Improving Fuel Efficiency

Vertical Alliance Group has introduced a new series of training videos called "Fuel Efficiency for the Professional Driver," designed to keep drivers, dispatchers and maintenance personnel mindful of techniques and practices they can employ to boost fuel econom

July 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Continental Rolls Out New Version of Medium-Duty Steer Tire

While a typical long-haul steer tire has a five rib design, Continental's new HSR2 Eco Plus is made with four ribs.

Continental Tire the Americas says the newest version of its HSR2 Eco Plus medium-duty steer tire delivers a 15 percent improvement in rolling resistance over the current HSR2 regional steer tire

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Management When You Least Expect It

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

My guess is that most of you have a fuel management program. It is either real or it's in your head, but you believe you have an effective fuel program that is money saving when it comes to buying fleet fuel

Tags: The Bottom Line

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Palfinger Adds Nine New Crane Models

The PK 4200, new in the small knuckle boom class, includes a new extension system that allows up to 32 feet, 2 inches of hydraulic reach.

Palfinger recently rolled out nine new crane models in its "High Performance" range

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hunter Redesigns Company Website

Using Hunter's new site, visitors can more easily navigate through the company's different product offerings, including those for truck and bus.

Hunter Engineering, which designs, manufactures and sells a range of truck service equipment, has redesigned its website to make it more user-friendly

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

T3 Motion's New Vehicle Data Recording System

T3 Motion is launching a new product line with its MotionTrak 300 Series recording system, a compact, vehicle-mounted, "black box" unit that captures video and data to help optimize routes and fleet management

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GE Capital Fleet Services Enhances Online Vehicle Ordering

GE Capital Fleet Services has released a new version of its Online Vehicle Ordering product, which now includes automated notification, on-screen notification, and vehicle images on configuration screens

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cool Logic Fan Drives Standard on Mack Trucks

Auburn Hills, Mich.-based BorgWarner has announced that its Cool Logic variable speed fan drives are now standard on Mack Granite, Titan and Pinnacle trucks, used in dump truck, mixer and snow plow applications, as well as highway hauling

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PlastiKote's New Truck Bed Liner Coating With Trigger Mechanism

PlastiKote has enhanced its aerosol Truck Bed Liner coating, including adding a new trigger to keep hands clean

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FleetNet Unveils TMcare System Solution

FleetNet America has introduced its new TMcare System Solution, a software solution designed to accumulate and report the maintenance records of specific units enrolled in the progra

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reflexite Teams Up With Flexcon on Retroreflective Products

Reflexite and Flexcon have teamed up to create pressure-sensitive retroreflective products for trucks and trailers

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Case Study: The Fuel Efficiency Czar

At NFI, fuel efficiency is a company-wide effort; everyone pitches in.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

New Jersey-based NFI Industries has improved its year-over-year fuel efficiency by 3.5 percent. From 2008 to 2009, its drivers slashed idle time by almost 44 percent

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Case Study: Walmart's Efficiency Goals

Since 2005, Walmart has managed to improve fleet efficiency by 60 percent.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

In 2005, Walmart set a goal of doubling the fuel efficiency of its truck fleet to 13 mpg by 2015, according to widely published reports. By 2008, Walmart got its mpg up to 7.1 from 5.9 in 2005

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SuperTruck Program Aims to Improve Economy by 50 Percent

In 1981, the radical aerodynamics of Fruehauf's FEV (fuel-efficient van) 2000 got 7.4 mpg -- 72 percent better than a baseline tractor-trailer.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The Department of Energy is backing development of clean-burning, more fuel-efficient vehicles with cold cash, including $115 million for the Super Truck program. Announced earlier this year, the program is awarding grants to three teams, headed by Daimler Trucks North America, Navistar International and Cummins

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Future of Fuel Economy

Spec'ing for fuel economy used to be just good business. Soon, it'll be required.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Defining fuel economy for heavy trucks is like asking how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. The scope of your imagination would be the only constraint to the possibilities

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ford to Offer Alternative Fuel Conversion Package

Ford said it will introduce a new compressed natural gas and propane engine prep package for its 6.8-liter F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Grote Upgrades Trilliant 36 LED WhiteLight Conversion Bulb

All Trilliant 36 LED WhiteLight Conversion Bulbs are manufactured with rugged UV, hard-coated, polycarbonate lenses that can be replaced if damaged.

Grote Industries' new version of its Trilliant 36 LED WhiteLight Conversion Bulb is designed to operate in adverse conditions where sodium chloride, high humidity and other corrosive elements wreak havoc on most Parabolic Aluminized Reflector (PAR) 36 incandescent work lamps

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Haldex's New Rivet-Less Front and Rear Covers For S-ABA

Haldex Commercial Vehicle Systems has introduced rivet-less front and rear covers for Self Setting Automatic Brake Adjusters (S-ABA)

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

Truck Fleet Innovators on Spec'ing For Safety

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor, and Diana Britton, Managing Editor

This month, Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators offer their viewpoints on how equipment and technology can improve safety.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Protecting Yourself From Lawsuits Part 2: Employment Bombshells

Listen for the "tick-tick" and head off employment-related litigation early.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

In employment there are a number of litigation bombshells waiting to explode into your face if you don't hear - and respond to - the ticking you should be hearing

Tags: The Bottom Line

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EDI: Learning the Language

EDI allows carriers to monitor loads and respond quickly. Many say it's necessary to deal with shippers. (Photo by Aljex)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Oklahoma-based Melton Truck Lines used to handle its Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transactions in-house. The in-house process was expensive, and monitoring freight availability and finding loads was labor-intensive and time-consuming for the flatbed carrier

Tags: Information Technology

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ARI Partners With Pricelock For Fuel Management

Automotive Resources International, which provides fleet solutions, has joined forces with Pricelock Inc. to create a fuel management solution for ARI customers

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Heavier Front Axles: What do They Mean for Spec'ing Engines and Other Components?

When the International ProStar was first introduced, my colleague Jim Park and I drove one, with a loaded trailer, from Los Angeles to Tacoma, Wash., to evaluate the truck over a good run and to deliver it to Cascadia International.

Tags: Engine Smarts

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ConocoPhillips Offers New Low Ash Natural Gas Engine Oil

ConocoPhillips has introduced a new premium low ash natural gas engine oil, 76 Lubricants Triton 5005EXD, formulated to meet the increased performance demands of today's high-output natural gas engines

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FCCC Upgrades Company Website

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) has upgraded its company website, offering visitors an aesthetically pleasing and improved experience when visiting

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Solving Liftgate Charging Problems

The heavier the load, the greater the draw on the auxiliary batteries that power a liftgate's electric motor. State and municipal restrictions on engine idling often reduce time for recharging.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Liftgates take goods from a trailer or truck body to the ground, where drivers can roll the cargo into customers' establishments

Tags: Trailers

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Offers Front Drive Axles on Medium-Duty Models

Kenworth Truck Company has introduced new factory-installed, front drive axles, which will be available for the Kenworth T270 Class 6 and T370 Class 7 models

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Nitrogen Tire Inflation System From ISG

Inflation Solutions Group Fleet has developed a nitrogen tire inflation system, which claims annual savings of $5,000 in fuel and tire

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