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May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Hydraulic Hybrids: Ride-and-Drive Report From Work Truck Show

Built for New York City's sanitation department, American La France Condor has a Cummins ISM and Rexroth hydraulic hybrid system. It was smooth and quiet. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Well-attended educational sessions and an ever-larger trade display marked the National Truck Equipment Association's annual meeting and Work Truck Show, held in March at the St. Louis Convention Center

Tags: Test Drive

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hydraulic Hybrids: Ride-and-Drive Report From Work Truck Show

Built for New York City's sanitation department, American La France Condor has a Cummins ISM and Rexroth hydraulic hybrid system. It was smooth and quiet. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Well-attended educational sessions and an ever-larger trade display marked the National Truck Equipment Association's annual meeting and Work Truck Show, held in March at the St. Louis Convention Center

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spray and Splash and MPG

Fuel economy can be an added bonus for special anti-spray flaps. (Photo by Koneta Rubber)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Water spray kicked up by heavy tractor-trailers blinds motorists, something that got a lot of attention in the early 1980s from government and industry

Tags: Trailers

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Ford's New Power Stroke Diesel's a Smoothie

King Ranch seats have thick, soft leather like that on a quality baseball mitt, but they're part of a high-end trim package. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

There apparently was never any question whether Ford Motor Co.'s new Power Stroke diesel would be another V-8 because, as an engineer explained when it was announced last year, "V-8s are in Ford's DNA.

Tags: Test Drive

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SmartTruck Debuts Drag-Reducing UnderTray System

SmartTruck's new UnderTray system has been tested to cut drag by 12 percent.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

SmartTruck, a truck aerodynamic venture launched by Mitch Greenberg, the former head of SmartWay, has released its first product into the marketplace, a trailer UnderTray system, which has just recently been EPA SmartWay certified

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Miller's New Line of Wall-Mounted Fume Extractors

The SWX-series is available in either the self-cleaning SWX-S model or the disposable filter SWX-D model.

Miller Electric Manufacturing Co. has rolled out a new line of wall-mounted fume extractors, designed to maximize floor space while providing welding fume filtration

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ASA Electronics' New Blind Zone Camera System

The new system comes with a durable seven-inch heavy-duty LCD monitor, a right side high-performance camera, a monitor mount, and 25 feet of cabling.

ASA Electronics has introduced the Voyager OBS713RCM Heavy Duty Blind Zone Camera System to the heavy truck market

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC Releases Newest Edition of Recommended Practices Manual

The American Trucking Associations' Technology and Maintenance Council has released the newest version of its TMC Recommend Practices Manual for 2010-2011

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Safety Technologies & Lawsuits

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Widespread adoption of high-tech safety technologies, such as collision warning systems with adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning systems, stability control, fatigue warning devices and other technologies, could have a significant impact on litigation in the futur

Tags: Topics & Trends

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Protecting Yourself From Lawsuits

New safety regs will change accident litigation.

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

New safety initiatives under way at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will reshape the legal landscape for trucking, say industry lawyers

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

E-Logs: A New Era

FMCSA chooses strictest option in EOBR rule; industry reaction supportive with reservations. (Photo by Trackwell ADS)

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration opted for the strictest approach it could take in its new requirement for electronic onboard recorders, announced last month

Tags: Information Technology

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Grote's New Infrared LED Dome Lamp For Reefers

The 61F61 is made with a durable aluminum housing, a tough, replaceable, acrylic lens and a self-resetting internal cut-off switch.

Grote Industries has released its new 61F61 Infrared Motion-Activated LED Dome Lamp to the marketplace. The new lamp is aimed at the refrigerated transport market

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterbilt Offers Cummins ISX11.9 on Select Models

On the Cummins ISX11.9 engine, ratings range from 310-425 horsepower with a maximum 1,650 pounds-feet of peak torque.

Peterbilt has announced that the new Cummins ISX11.9 diesel engine will be available on Models 320, 365, 367, 384, 386 and 388

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Better Fuel Economy ... From Air?

International has made a major bet on its 11- and 13-liter MaxxForce engines to take the place of current 15- and 11/12-liter power units

Tags: Engine Smarts

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Fleet Innovators

2010 Truck Fleet Innovators on E-Logs: A New Era

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

This month, Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators offer their viewpoints on and experiences with electronic logs.

Tags: Fleet Innovators

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

E-Logs: 21st Century Timesheets

While drivers may be skeptical at first, most find that electric logging technology makes their lives easier, reducing paperwork and increasing their productivity. (Photo by Alamo Cement Co.)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Refrigerated carrier Pollywog Transportation underwent a safety audit in 2006 after someone made an accusation against the company

Tags: Information Technology

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pegasus Adds New Self-Service Scan Kiosks to Transflo Express

Pegasus TransTech has launched new Transflo Express self-service scan station kiosks in selected Pilot Travel Center locations

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

BBTS Introduces New Low Rolling Resistance Radial

The new R197 uses the Defense Groove design that helps create uniform pressure across the shoulder to minimize edge wear and cupping.

Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions, a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, has introduced the new Bridgestone-brand R197 low rolling resistance radial for superior fuel efficiency and long, even tread wear

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bully Dog Develops New Exhaust Manifolds

Bully Dog Technologies is developing new Premium Ceramic Coated Exhaust Manifolds to produce quicker spool and higher power output from the engine

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Pressure of Events

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

With limited opportunity to walk the Mid-America Trucking Show due to the number of press conferences and the vast number of exhibitors, it was gratifying indeed to turn up an innovative new technology that could transform a fleet's tire maintenance

Tags: More Maintenance

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

All That, And Fuel Economy Too

Fuel efficiency hasn't been a high priority for tire makers' medium-duty and regional service offerings - until now. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Talk tires with anyone in the long-haul truckload sector, and fuel economy won't be long percolating to the surface. Every mile they run is pure cost, and any savings are big savings

Tags: Tires

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Qualcomm, FleetRisk Advisors Introduce CSA 2010 Safety Performance Service

Qualcomm and FleetRisk Advisors have introduced the new CSA 2010 Safety Performance Service powered by FleetRisk Advisors' The Driving Cente

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mizco Designs New Bluetooth Headsets For Truck Drivers

The Pro Boom 747 features 10X noise canceling technology, DSP dual mic technology, background noise reduction and a 180-degree flex boom mic.

Mizco International has designed its Cellular Innovations "Tough Tested" Series of Bluetooth Headsets to meet the demands of professional truck drivers

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMW Systems Introduces Free CSA 2010 Tool For Fleet Customers

TMW Systems has introduced a free tool for its fleet customers to help them monitor and manage their Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) safety scores and data

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vigillo to Release PSP Driver Scorecards

Vigillo, which provides data mining software products designed to aggregate, organize and deliver complex fleet safety information, has announced it will release its PSP Driver Scorecards

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Rugged Mobile Computer From Panasonic

The new Toughbook 31 includes a 13.1-inch XGA LCD touchscreen display and a new hybrid cooling system to keep the internal temperature down.

Panasonic Solutions Company has introduced the new Toughbook 31 mobile computer, a rugged mobile computer designed for field workers in industries such as transportation, construction, mining, utilities and energy

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Truck-Lite Trailer Lamp Features Infrared Technology

The Super 80 will function at full brightness from seven to 16 volts, while the lamp's 10 LEDs will reach full brightness at 9.5 volts.

Truck-Lite has released the Super 80 LED Interior Trailer lamp, featuring infrared motion sensor technology, eliminating the need for a switch

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar's Electric Truck Named 'eStar,' Production Begun in Indiana RV Plant

(Photos by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Navistar International's electric truck is called "eStar." It's being assembled by its Monaco RV subsidiary in Wakarusa, Ind., and it's priced at $150,000, less various government monetary grants meant to encourage purchases of the non-polluting vehicle

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar's Electric Truck Named 'eStar,' Production Begun in Indiana RV Plant

Navistar's new eStar Class 3 truck will initially come only with a 14- or 16-foot fiberglass van body aimed at package delivery fleets, but utility bodies, shuttle buses and ambulances might be added later. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Navistar International's electric truck is called "eStar." It's being assembled by its Monaco RV subsidiary in Wakarusa, Ind., and it's priced at $150,000, less various government monetary grants meant to encourage purchases of the non-polluting vehicles. Those are among the pieces of information announced during a May 13 webinar hosted by Navistar executives followed by an open house in a town hungry for jobs

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PPG Updates DuraPrep Surface Solutions

PPG Industries has updated its offering of DuraPrep surface solutions to include a full line of paint- and coatings-related products for use in automotive, industrial, protective and marine, architectural, and other market

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Seats Inc. Unveils All-Makes Seat Cover

Seats Incorporated has unveiled a new seat cover, Coveralls, designed to fit all makes of seats

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Et Tu Greece? Makes For Crazy Ride on the Fleet Fuel Express

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Greece provided help last week to the fleet fuel markets helping drive down fuel costs by over $11 a barrel for crude oil and near 30 cents a gallon for diesel fuel

Tags: The Bottom Line

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Parker Hannifin's New Lift Axle Control Panels

The new modules can be used within truck cabs or externally mounted on dump trucks or trailers.

Parker Hannifin Corporation has developed a series of lift axle control panels for raising and lowering an auxiliary axle on vehicles to accommodate heavy loads

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Couplemate's New Durahub Bearing Protectors

Couplemate Trailer Parts of North America has rolled out its next generation of Durahub Bearing Protectors to the U.S. and Canadian market

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

International Transport Systems Adds Live Load Feature

International Transport Systems has added a new feature to its web site, allowing trucking companies to view available loads live and free-of-charge

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EIA Projects Greater Use of Renewables By 2035

Over the next 25 years, rising oil prices and worries about climate change will prompt more use of alternative fuels, such as biodiesel.

Over the next 25 years, energy consumption is expected to grow, but there will also be a greater use of renewable fuels within the transportation secto

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alliance Expands Line of Air Conditioning Compressors

Alliance Parts has expanded its line of air conditioning compressors, now serving all makes and models of Class 6-8 vehicles

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Prime Lube to Offer BlueSky DEF in Mid-Atlantic

Through a strategic partnership with Germany's Kruse Group, Prime Lube will manufacture BlueSky diesel exhaust fluid for distribution across 12 states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

McLeod Upgrades LoadMaster Software

McLeod Software has released the newest version of its LoadMaster software, with such features as an Inbound/Outbound Lane Analysis Tool, the Field Marshal tool, and Comprehensive Auxiliary Equipment Item Tracking System

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TransCore's New Truckload Rate Exchange For Spot Market Freight

TransCore's new Truckload Rate Exchange program is a consortium comprising truckload intermediaries that anonymously pool rate data based on actual invoiced spot market transactions to provide an accurate, timely barometer of spot market rates

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TeleNav, Sendum Introduce New Tracking Device

The new device is a portable, rugged tracking device that can easily be placed in packages, containers or mounted to assets such as machinery or vehicles.

TeleNav and Sendum have introduced a new tracking device for Sprint wireless enterprise customers using the TeleNav Asset Tracker platform

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

E-Logs: A Critical Strategy for Safety, Compliance and Productivity

By Jim Angel, PeopleNet

Electronic logs may be the workhorse of software for the trucking industry when it comes to helping firms meet safety, compliance and productivity goals

Tags: Information Technology

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

J.J. Keller's New Online Tool to Give Snapshot of CSA 2010 Ratings

On June 1, J.J. Keller & Associates will unveil its new CSA Management Suite, a tool to assist fleets prepare for and manage their safety compliance program under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's CSA 2010 initiative

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hendrickson Adds Aero Clad Bumper for Cascadia

Hendrickson Bumper and Trim announced the latest Aero Clad bumper for the Freightliner Cascadia

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hybrids Explained: HDAW Looks at the Technology

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Diesel-electric hybrids are increasingly popular in vocations such as utility trucks and pickup and delivery

Tags: Technology

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dealer Vs. Distributor: Panel Highlights Importance of Service Operations

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

OEM truck dealers and independent aftermarket distributors often have a love/hate relationship. So Stu MacKay, president of market research and consulting firm MacKay & Co., got a dealer and a distributor on stage at HDAW for a panel discussio

Tags: Business

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Four Ways to Find Cash in Your Business

Jason Bader tells distributors at HDAW how to find cash in their businesses.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

A fundamental understanding of what constitutes the cash in your business is key to making the most of it. That was the message from Jason Bader, consultant from The Business Team, in one of the best business sessions - Finding Cash in Your Busines

Tags: Business

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Vehicle From Oshkosh

Oshkosh Airport Products has released the new Striker Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle with a sleek and aero fiberglass body

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dana's New High-Temperature Exhaust Gasket Coating

Dana Holding Corporation has developed a high-temperature exhaust gasket coating designed to withstand temperatures as high as 1,000 degrees Celsius

May 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Meritor Trailer Suspension Aimed at Vocational Operators

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

ArvinMeritor on Wednesday unveiled a new series of durable air-ride trailer suspensions for North American vocational operators. The Meritor Trailing-Arm Air (MTA) suspension series was introduced at the company's U.S. trailer products manufacturing facility in Frankfort, Ky., to industry journalists and key OEM customers

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