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August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TireMaax Pro Adjusts Air Pressure Up- or Downward

Hendrickson says its TireMaax Pro is the first automatic tire inflation system in the trailer industry capable of active tire deflation and balancing.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

TireMaax Pro, a new system that continuously monitors and adjusts trailer tire pressure by inflating or deflating them based on changing conditions, is among three products announced by Hendrickson Internationa

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hendrickson Aero Guard bumper

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The culmination of an intensive four-year development program, Hendrickson's Aero Guard bumper combines state-of-the-art resin technology, proprietary injection molding processes and a patented design to create the industry's first heavy-duty, aerodynamic, lightweight, non-metal bumper

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hendrickson Offering Stronger Lift Axle

The new 20,000-pound-capacity version of Hendrickson's ComposiLite SC steerable lift axle for vocational trucks and trailers.

In September, Hendrickson International will release a 20,000-pound-capacity version of its ComposiLite SC steerable lift axle for vocational trucks and trailers

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Qube Includes Tamper Detection, Backup Battery, Motion Sensor

Navman Wireless has enhanced its Qube GPS unit with advanced tamper detection, eight-day backup battery, built-in motion sensor and related alerts

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Qualcomm Unveils Next Generation On-Board System

Qualcomm has unveiled the next generation of its on-board fleet management system, the Mobile Computing Platform 110, which will be commercially available in fall 2010

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dana Enhances Spicer Life Series Driveshafts

Dana Holding Corporation has enhanced its Spicer Life Series Model 250 universal joint assembly with more than a 40 percent improvement in dynamic bearing capacit

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Solutions for a New Driver Era

With Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) about to become a reality, more and more fleets may soon have to face the consequences of hiring drivers with dubious credential

Tags: Information Technology

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ArvinMeritor's New ProTec High Mobility Independent Suspensions Series

ArvinMeritor has rolled out its Meritor ProTec High Mobility Independent Suspensions Series, developed in response to customer demands

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Safety Ladder For Van Trailers

Canton, Ohio-based CDL Safety Resources has developed the new Safe-T-Step Van ladder series, based on the company's portable ladder for truck trailers

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PressurePro Introduces New Interface For Mining Fleets

Advantage PressurePro, which provides tire pressure monitoring systems and modular mining systems, has added a new ModularReady interface, which will link its tire pressure monitoring solutions to the MineCare and Dispatch applications

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cobra's Newest Truck-Specific Navigation Unit

The new Junction View with Lane Assist provides drivers with 3D images of upcoming highway junctions as well as lane guidance and enhanced turn-by-turn directions.

Cobra Electronics' new 7-inch navigation unit was specifically designed for the professional truck driver

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Decisiv Integrates With TMT Fleet Maintenance

Decisiv has integrated its Decisiv Service Management Platform with TMT Fleet Maintenance - SQL, a fleet equipment and shop management software product from TMW Systems

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Teletrac's New Driver e-Log Web Site

Teletrac Inc. has rolled out a new Driver e-Log Web Site for its Fleet Director customers

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PHH Arval Enhances Driver-Facing Technology

PHH Arval has added new functionality to its PHH InterActive for Drivers, its website, and PHH Connect, its mobile application

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xata RouteTracker Available For Verizon Wireless Customers

Xata Corporation's RouteTracker fleet performance management solution is now available for Verizon Wireless enterprise customers

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bose Ride System Available for Individual Purchase

The Bose Ride system can now be purchased by individual owner-operators and small fleets, as the company has opened the first five Bose Ride system installation sites across the country

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Waterless Wash and Shine Product From Combustion Technologies

Combustion Technologies USA has introduced a new eco-friendly, waterless wash and shine product called CleanBoost Nano-Sheen

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maxon Brings European-Designed Cantilever Liftgate to North American Market

Maxon Lift Corp.'s new cantilever liftgate is European designed but North American manufactured

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

OTC's New Diagnostics Kit

OTC, an SPX brand, has unveiled its new Pegisys PC Scan with Netbook Master Kit, a complete solution for technicians who prefer a Windows-based diagnostic system

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navman Wireless' Newest M-Nav Unit Includes Bluetooth Technology

The new M-Nav 760 is equipped with ruggedized housing and touch screen.

Navman Wireless has released the newest version of its in-vehicle dispatch, messaging and GPS navigation unit, which is designed for use with its Online AVL2 fleet tracking system

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EBE Adds Pre-Employment Screening Modules to SHIPS, CSA Dashboard

EBE Technologies has added Pre-Employment Screening interfaces to its SHIPS Recruiting Software and CSA 2010 Dashboard

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Synthetic Oils & Lubes: Made to Measure

Synthetic engine lubricants are not new, but their cost has made them unattractive. That may be changing.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Synthetic oils make up only a small part of the lubricant market, but they are set to take on a more significant role

Tags: Under The Hood

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

No Muss, No Fuss: The Latest in Trailer Tracking

The Slap & Track device from TransCore (shown) provides integrated, two-way satellite communications to monitor location, speed, heading and temperature of trailers.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

About a year and a half ago, Kraft Foods' private fleet was experiencing considerable trailer detention and needed to get more control of its trailers

Tags: Information Technology

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ZoomSafer, SkyGuard Team Up on Combating Distracted Driving

ZoomSafer, which provides policy management software to prevent distracted driving, has partnered with SkyGuard, provider of fleet management systems, to develop technology to help companies monitor and manage risks involving employee use of mobile phones while driving.

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Huttig Building Products Is Seeing Green

Huttig monitors drivers' mpg, idling and rpm using the PacTrac telematics system, available on the Peterbilt trucks it leases. (Photo by Huttig)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

"Go Green" is a program Huttig Building Products uses to motivate its drivers to improve performance and increase fuel efficiency

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Nitrogen Tire Inflation

Nitrogen tire filling helps maintain proper inflation pressure longer. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Nitrogen is not some magic gas with mystical properties, nor is it some philosopher's stone capable of changing the properties of tire rubber

Tags: Tires

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Where Old Tires Go to Die

You have a lot more trailer tires in your fleet than steer or drive tires. Don't treat them as disposable. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Prevailing thinking has it that trailers are a good place to squeeze the last few miles of tread life out of used steer and drive tires prior to retreading or disposing of them

Tags: Tires

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Van Update: Alternatives Spark Interest, But Diesel's Not Dead

European Sprinters are now sold by a growing network of Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner dealers.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The recovering economy is resuscitating the business of building cargo vans, along with every other kind of commercial vehicle. Conversations with the major players in this business reveal trends in buyers' engine choices and in weight categories

Tags: Light & Medium

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators on CSA 2010

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

Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators offer their viewpoints on the FMCSA's new enforcement program.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth's T440

Loud yellow paint belies the quiet ride of this T440 regional tractor. Its smooth styling resembles that of the heavier T660, but at 35,000 pounds GVW, it's just barely a Class 8 vehicle.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

So there I was, westbound on Bow Hill Road in Skagit County, a few hours north of Seattle, wondering if I'd ever find a place to turn around

Tags: Test Drive

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Offers Takata SafeTraK As Option on Certain Models

Kenworth's T700 is among the models available with the Takata SafeTraK system.

The Takata SafeTraK 3 lane departure warning system is now available as an option on the Kenworth T700, T660 and T800

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine Smarts: SuperTurbo Project Could Increase Fuel Economy 5-7%

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

An easily-missed announcement of a joint development program between Cummins and a start-up, VanDyne SuperTurbo, points the way to a future technology that could result in as much as 7 percent fuel savings for heavy trucks

Tags: Engine Smarts

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet Redesigns Fleet Manager With End User In Mind

PeopleNet, a provider of Internet-based and integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems, has redesigned the PeopleNet Fleet Manager, its web-based carrier fleet management system, with the end user in mind

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

21st Century Technicians

By Gordon Botts, Guest Columnist

My 15-year-old daughter's life goal, since she was 6 years old, has been to be a pediatrician. This year, she was able to attend a National Youth Leadership Internship in Medicine

Tags: Issues

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fighting Back: Regaining Market Share

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

In undercarriage components, independents have seen their share drop from 46 percent to 35 percent, while dealers have risen from 32 percent to 43 percent

Tags: Issues, Aftermarket, Distributors

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Talking to the Competition

By Editorial Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Bob Nuss has truck parts in his blood. His dad was a truck mechanic in Rockford, Ill., while he was growing up, and eventually became a Mack distributor in 1959

Tags: Business

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wired For Profit: Today's Electrical Systems

A cut here, a splice there: Today's complex electrical systems won't tolerate jury-rigged repair jobs. There are fewer and fewer user-serviceable systems on trucks. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Nowhere better does that expression resonate than with heavy truck electrical systems

Tags: Managing the Shop

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Five Tips For High-Tech Communication

Technology can be used to streamline communications and make customers happy. (Photo by W. W. Williams)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Before W.W. Williams adopted a customized version of the Decisiv Service Management Platform, the Detroit Diesel and Allison Transmission distributor would keep repair quotes in an Excel file or on a Post-it note

Tags: technology

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Make Training and Education Pay

By Chuck Udell, Guest Contributor

To be successful in today's heavy-duty aftermarket, you must have a clear competitive edge over your competitors

Tags: Business

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SkyBitz Joins Forces With QinetiQ For New Terrestrial Tracking Solution

SkyBitz has partnered with QinetiQ's GPS-enabled telematics business, a high sensitivity business which delivers tracking solutions in difficult operational environments

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

F-150s to Get New V-6, V-8 Engines, 6-speed Automatic Transmissions For 2011

Truck version of Ford’s EcoBoost 3.5-liter double-turbocharged V-6 joins the F-150 lineup for 2011. It and three other new engines will replace current 4.6- and 5.4-liter Triton V-8s by year’s end.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Ford's F-150 pickups will soon get an entirely new lineup of V-6 and V-8 gasoline engines that will deliver high power and torque but deliver up to 20 percent better fuel economy than current engines, company executives said on a webcast Wednesday

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Safeguard Now Offers Direct Gritting

Safeguard Technology, which provides anti-slip solutions, offers Direct Gritting to prefabricated truck parts, including truck steps, bus ramps, trim assemblies and all vehicle access areas that pose a potential risk for slips and falls

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Anti-idling ZzzBox Connects to Reefer

PacWest Global, a Portland, Ore.-based marketing company, is marketing zzzBox, a new auxiliary power unit technology

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ametek's New Universal Instrument Panel

Ametek Vehicular Instruments Systems has added the UIP-S Universal Instrument Panel-Specialized to its UIP family of dashboard displays

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Safety Vision, PressurePro and Rice Lake Collaborate

Safety Vision, Advantage PressurePro and Rice Lake Weighing Systems have teamed up to offer an integrated fleet monitoring system

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators on Being a Good Fleet to Drive For

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

Last month, we introduced you to our 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators. Throughout the year, we'll be sharing their insights on various issues important to the industry. This month, our innovators talk about how they make their companies a good fleet to drive for.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Heavy Duty Kit Featuring Compact Leak Detection Flashlight

Tracer Products has introduced a special leak detection kit that makes it easy for heavy duty technicians to find all air conditioning and fluid leaks the first time - and avoid costly comebacks

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Field Management Co-Location Report For Telogis Fleet

Telogis introduced the newest feature for its Telogis Fleet vehicle management application: the Field Management Co-Location Report. This new report breaks down the daily routine of field supervisors, including time spent at a jobsite, time spent driving, vehicle miles and time spent at other locations

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Partnership Brings Trailer Management to PeopleNet

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Onboard computing and mobile communications systems provider PeopleNet has partnered with Par Logistics Management Systems to offer Par's suite of trailer management products through an integrated user interface, both in the cab and back office

August 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Paccar Parts Offers TRP All-Makes Replacement Fuel Tanks

Paccar Parts introduced TRP all-makes fuel tanks, offering heavy-duty truck operators and truck fleets a cost-effective alternative to repairing aged or damaged fuel tanks

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