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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

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Watlow's New Thermocouple Exhaust Gas Temperature Sensor

Watlow, which designs and manufactures electric heaters, controllers and temperature sensors, has unveiled its ExactSense thermocouple for high temperature exhaust gas temperature sensing

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Thermo King's New Hybrid Electric Truck Refrigeration System

Thermo King has introduced a new hybrid electric-powered truck refrigeration system. A prototype of the system is being tested by Dean Foods, dairy processor and owner of one of the largest refrigerated direct-store delivery distribution networks

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Device For Diagnosing Light Problems

Washington-based A-1 Truck Repair has launched its new A-1 Quick Check to help diagnose light problems without having to remove the junction box cover and testing wires

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Wabco Air Disc Brake Available on Meritor Trailer Suspensions

Meritor Wabco Vehicle Control Systems has made its single piston Pan 22 Series air disc brake available on three Meritor trailer suspensions

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

First Impressions of New Kenworth T700

(Photo by STF)

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Last week's ride 'n drive at the Mount Vernon, Wash., Paccar Tech Center was set up to experience over a day both the new Kenworth T700 and the Paccar MX along with other Kenworth models and optional Cummins engines

Tags: Test Drive

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Waterless Coolant Shows Savings and Economy Payback

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor, and Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Evans Coolants says its unique waterless engine coolant has shown fuel savings of 3 percent to 7 percent in fleet testing

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EGR Cooler Maintenance

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

The Technology and Maintenance Council has a Task Force looking in to EGR cooler maintenance

Tags: Under The Hood

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Stillen Introduces Urethane Body Kits For Chevy Silverado

The new Stillen body kits are made of high quality urethane.

Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Stillen, a manufacturer and distributor, has introduced new urethane body kits for the 2007 to 2010 Chevy Silverado pickup truck

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Integrated Unit With GPS, TPMS, Weighing Features

Safety Vision, Advantage PressurePro and Rice Lake Weighing Systems have come together to launch a solution that integrates GPS, tire pressure monitoring, and weighing features into one

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

First Impressions of New Kenworth T700

(Photo by STF)

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Last week's ride 'n drive at the Mount Vernon, Wash., Paccar Tech Center was set up to experience over a day both the new Kenworth T700 and the Paccar MX along with other Kenworth models and optional Cummins engines. Several hours with Kenworth's redo of the T2000 show the new T700's way better

Tags: Test Drive

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet Upgrades Website With More Educational Resources

PeopleNet has redesigned its website to include new educational resources for fleets looking to use technology in their operation

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Running Cool: Maintaining Your Cooling System

Your coolant/antifreeze is the heart of your cooling system - and there are more choices to keep on top of than there used to be. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Twenty years ago, putting coolant in a heavy truck could be a bit like a kid's chemistry experiment. You started out with silicate-based coolant/antifreeze designed for cars and light trucks

Tags: Under The Hood

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving With the Wingman Collision Avoidance System

An arc of red lights along the top of the speedometer and an audible beeping alert the driver when something's too close up ahead. (Photo by Volvo)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Think of any rear-end accident you've ever seen or heard of, where a truck slams into a stopped or slower-moving vehicle. What was its cost in injuries, lives and property damage

Tags: Equipment & Technology

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Safety Specs: A Crash Course

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Spec'ing truck components for the safest possible operation is the right thing to do, but it comes at a cost. But it may be a cost you cannot afford to avoid

Tags: Equipment & Technology

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EBE's Updated CSA 2010 Dashboard Includes Carrier Percentiles

EBE Technologies has added new workflow capabilities to its Web-based CSA 2010 carrier and driver dashboard. The dashboard, launched earlier this year, now includes carrier percentiles based on peer group

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cummins Filtration Launches Crankcase Ventilation Technology

Cummins Filtration has announced that it will supply Crankcase Ventilation solutions for Navistar, to support its 2010 MaxxForce 7 V-8 engine platform

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daycab A/C Units Offer Quick Payback

Because daycabs idle so much, payback can be quick on an auxiliary A/C unit.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Dump trucks sit in a line waiting to load or unload, and the line moves every few minutes, trucks idling all the while

Tags: Equipment Issues

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Driving Navistar's eStar Van

The eStar's turning circle is only 36 feet. Electric propulsion is so quiet that Navistar is thinking of broadcasting music from an external speaker to avoid sneaking up on pedestrians. (Photo by Navistar)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Primitive batteries and limited range caused electric cars and trucks to lose a technology battle with the internal combustion engine in the early 20th century. But electrics have come a long way, buddy

Tags: Test Drive

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving Navistar's eStar Van

The eStar's turning circle is only 36 feet. Electric propulsion is so quiet that Navistar is thinking of broadcasting music from an external speaker to avoid sneaking up on pedestrians. (Photo by Navistar)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Primitive batteries and limited range caused electric cars and trucks to lose a technology battle with the internal combustion engine in the early 20th century. But electrics have come a long way, buddy

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Win-Win on MPG

By Editorial Deborah Lockridge, Editor

The folks in Washington should take a page from last month's Obama administration announcement that two federal agencies would be working together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Changing Face of Trucking Part 2: Riding the Rails

Rail intermodal gives trucking companies another option to sell to customers interested in saving money and being 'green.'

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

In late 1989, truckload pioneer J.B. Hunt ventured into the intermodal business, moving truck trailers "piggyback" on flatbed railcars. The company moved 20 loads that first year. In 2009, it moved more than 900,000

Tags: The Bottom Line

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wide-Base Singles: What You Need to Know

Their track record is firmly established and the efficiency gains are well documented, but they are not for every operation. Will they work for you? (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Many who have switched from duals to wide-base single tires have an almost evangelical enthusiasm for the things. They report better fuel mileage, longer tread life, better handling and stability, higher payload potential, and reduced maintenance costs

Tags: Tires

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ken-Tool Adds Valve Breaker to Tire Service Line

Ken-Tool has introduced its new Valve Breaker, a tool to help quickly remove valve stems from demounted wheels

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ConocoPhillips' New Low Ash Natural Gas Engine Oils

ConocoPhillips has developed two new low ash natural gas engine oils to meet the performance demands of high-output natural gas engines

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Con-way Multimodal Launches Load Tool on Twitter

Con-way Multimodal, a division of Con-way Inc., has launched a new tool to help carriers find freight loads using Twitter, the social media platform

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PHH Arval Partners With Driving Dynamics For Fleet Safety Training

PHH Arval has formed a strategic partnership with Driving Dynamics for enhanced fleet safety training

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Michelin's New Military Tire For Soft-Soil Conditions

Michelin's next generation military tire was designed specifically for heavy trucks that work off-road in soft-soil conditions

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Phillips' Push-to-Connect Composite Air Fittings

Phillips' new composite fittings are available in union, tee and elbow configurations.

Phillips Industries has added a line of compact, lightweight, high-performance Push-to-Connect Composite Air Fittings to its line of air and electrical connection products

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Magellan Offers New Navigation Device For Large Vehicles

Magellan has introduced a new navigation device, the RoadMate 1700, designed for large vehicles

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

In-Cab Navigation: How Did We Go So Long Without It?

By Guest commentary Christian Schenk, Xata Corp.

Today, navigation capabilities using GPS technology are everywhere. Many new cars have built-in navigation units. You can find the nearest gas station or ATM on your smart phone

Tags: The Bottom Line

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

European Company Launches Technology for Tire Retailers

Ireland-based TyreCheck, which provides business automation, CRM and fleet and tire management solutions, has launched InContact, developed to accommodate customer contact management and sales lead generation for tire retailers

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hyva's New Clean Cylinder Technology

Hyva USA Corporation has introduced its Clean Cylinder Technology, designed to control and maintain hydraulic oil operating under high pressure

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mohr's New Truck Attenuators For Impact Protection

Mohr Manufacturing has introduced its truck attenuators, safety devices that fit on the back of a vehicle to prevent people from getting injured if they run in back

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Life Is Like Fuel Management: You Never Know What You're Going to Get

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

I had a pretty moving experience last week, and it has led me to think about a lot of things in life

Tags: The Bottom Line

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Yokohama's New OTR Tires For Dump Trucks

The RL42 has deep, wide grooves to help expel mud and dirt.

Yokohama Tire Corporation's new off-the-road tires are designed for dump trucks but have two different applications

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Miller Electric's New Wire Feeders

The XR-S (shown) provides the option of using or not using a 0.2 second pre-flow shielding gas coverage and 3.5 second post-flow coverage.

Miller Electric Manufacturing Co. has introduced its new XR-S Control and XR-D Control wire feeders

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

AIOD Launches New Fluid Analysis Program

The Association of Independent Oil Distributors (AIOD) has launched the Purus Assurance System, a fluid analysis program administered by Polaris Laboratories to support AIOD's newest brand, Puru

June 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Landing Gear Product Lines From SAF-Holland

The new product lines include features and technologies from former Binkley, Austin-Westran and Holland products.

SAF-Holland has streamlined its North American landing gear offering with the introduction of the Atlas and Classic Series

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