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March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Enhances Hybrid Packaging for 2010, Adds New Inverter Design

Kenworth Truck Company has enhanced its parts packaging for its diesel-electric hybrid models and added a new inverter design for 2010

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tracking Tire Performance

So many brands of tires, so many wheel positions, so many options. Data tracking can help evaluate tire performance. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

If you were serious about getting the best odds on a pro basketball bet, you'd research the heck out of the starting lineups, and know in advance that Kobe Bryant's sprained ankle doesn't seem to be much of a liabilit

Tags: Information Technology

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tracking Tire Performance

So many brands of tires, so many wheel positions, so many options. Data tracking can help evaluate tire performance. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

If you were serious about getting the best odds on a pro basketball bet, you'd research the heck out of the starting lineups, and know in advance that Kobe Bryant's sprained ankle doesn't seem to be much of a liabilit

Tags: Tires

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tracking Tire Performance

So many brands of tires, so many wheel positions, so many options. Data tracking can help evaluate tire performance. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

If you were serious about getting the best odds on a pro basketball bet, you'd research the heck out of the starting lineups, and know in advance that Kobe Bryant's sprained ankle doesn't seem to be much of a liabilit

Tags: Tires

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC Sessions: Designing and Installing Trailer Aero Devices

Belly fairings, like the ribbed aluminum panels made by Fleet Engineers, have been proven to reduce wind drag and save fuel. (Photo by Fleet Engineers)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

It would be a good idea if fleets and truckers had some way to judge how good trailer aerodynamic products are, and to properly install what's available

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC Sessions: Designing and Installing Trailer Aero Devices

Belly fairings, like the ribbed aluminum panels made by Fleet Engineers, have been proven to reduce wind drag and save fuel. (Photo by Fleet Engineers)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

It would be a good idea if fleets and truckers had some way to judge how good trailer aerodynamic products are, and to properly install what's available

Tags: Trailers

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Nissan Commercial Vans Claim High Volume, Versatility and Driver Comfort

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Nissan Commercial Vehicles' new cargo van will be unique to North America with a high-volume, body-on-frame configuration powered by proven gasoline engines and a 5-speed automatic transmission, executives said after unveiling a mock-up at the National Truck Equipment Association'

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NTEA Releases Online Resource For Work Truck Industry

The National Truck Equipment Association has introduced a new online resource, The Work Truck Marketplace, at the Work Truck Show last week

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Dodge's Heavy Duty Pickups

Along with sharp styling and fresh interiors, Dodge has bestowed a smooth ride to its revised Ram Heavy Duty pickups. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

One of the things we expect from 3/4- and 1-ton pickup trucks is a stiff ride. Strong springs are needed to haul heavy loads, so when the truck's empty it's got to ride a little rough

Tags: Test Drive

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Best Solutions For Locking Up Tools

The Master Locking System from Knapheide Manufacturing includes a bar that runs the interior of each side of the body. (Photo by Knapheide)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

New York City is famous for horror stories about crime in general and theft in particular. Here's one we just heard: A tradesman had all his expensive power tools stolen from his locked van by someone who was destructively determined

Tags: Safety & Compliance

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Paccar PX-6, PX-8 Available on Kenworth Medium-Duties

Kenworth's 2010 lineup of Medium-duty trucks will be equipped with Paccar PX-6 (left) and Paccar PX-8 (right) engines.

Kenworth announced its new engine lineup for its medium-duty trucks. The 2010 Paccar PX-6 and Paccar PX-8 engines are both available for the Kenworth T270 Class 6 and T370 Class 7 models

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Changing Face of Trucking: Part I

Supply chain pressures and other factors have meant big changes at many large transportation companies, such as Schneider, which now has a growing regional operation.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Once upon a time, you had truckload companies, less-than-truckload companies, warehousing/logistics companies, rail intermodal companies, port drayage companies, and brokers. But today, the lines are blurring

Tags: The Bottom Line

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Upfits Medium-Duty Models with Multiplex Instrumentation, Driver Information Center

The standard medium-duty dash panels (shown) are a high quality, gray cross-weave, vinyl with silver and black accents. Dash panels can also be ordered with a Trust Walnut colored woodgrain.

Kenworth has added enhanced multiplex instrumentation, Driver Information Center and modern dash styling to its medium-duty model

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Yokohama's New Tire For Waste Pick-Up Operations

Yokohama's new MY627W was built to handle waste haul operations.

Yokohama Tire Corporation's new waste and sanitation tire, the MY627W, was designed for vehicle operations that require a high load-carrying capacity per tire

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Offers New Front Axle For T370

Kenworth Truck Company has introduced a new 16,000-pound rated front axle for its T370 medium-duty product

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Workhorse Custom Chassis Upgrades W62 Chassis For Walk-In Trucks

Workhorse Custom Chassis, an affiliate of Navistar International, has upgraded its W62 chassis for walk-in trucks

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FreightWatch Adds Consulting Services

FreightWatch International has added Consulting Services to its offerings, thanks to a partnership with Clareo Incorporated, a supply chain security consultancy

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Waltco Launches New Work Truck Gates Series

Waltco Lift Corp. has partnered with Ultron to launch a new line of liftgates. The new Work Truck Gates Series includes six liftgates that handle different capacities

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Parker's New CNG Natural Gas Valve

The CNG Natural Gas Valve allows a high flow in single and multi-tank systems, and it can withstand high pressures.

Parker Hannifin's Fluid Control Division, manufacturers of the Skinner and Gold Ring lines of solenoid valves and the Sinclair Collins line of process control valves, has developed the CNG Natural Gas Valv

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oils For Natural Gas Engines

Border Valley Trading, a Brawley, Calif.-based alfalfa, sudan and klein grass hay producer and exporter, last year replaced its fleet of trucks with 15 liquefied natural gas-powered Kenworth T800s.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Recent announcements illustrate the growing interest in natural gas engines for medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SkyBitz, Iridium to Develop Two-Way Asset Tracking Solution

SkyBitz has formed a strategic partnership with Iridium, which will provide two-way global mobile satellite services for SkyBitz

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Western Star to Offer Allison Optimized Package

Western Star Truck Sales has partnered with Allison Transmission to offer the Allison Optimized package for Western Star trucks

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Freightliner's Business Class M2 106V Ready For EPA 2010

Freightliner Trucks has made enhancements to its Business Class M2 106V, including upfitting the vehicle with 2010 emissions technology

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Western Star Updates 109-Inch BBC Models With Allisons and DD13 Engine

Western Star Truck Sales has updated its 4900 FA and SA 109-inch bumper-to-back-of-cab models to now include Allison 3000RDS transmission and Detroit Diesel DD13 engine

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ford's New Diesel and Gasoline V-8s for Super Duties Claim More Power, High Fuel Economy

When they go into production this year, Ford's heavy pickup trucks will be available with the optional 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel and standard 6.2-liter gasoline engine, both V-8s. (Photo courtesy of Ford)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Ford Motor Co.'s new diesel and gasoline engines for its revamped 2011 Super Duty pickups are cleaner, quieter and more economical than current products, executives said at a presentation at the National Truck Equipment Association's annual meeting in St. Louis

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar Unveils Class 4-5 TerraStar, Re-engineered MaxxForce 7 Diesel

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Navistar International has unveiled its new Class 4 and 5 TerraStar model, calling it a "powerful, rugged and reliable work truck" and, during a press conference at the National Truck Equipment Association's Work Truck Sho

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New All-Wheel Drive Models From Peterbilt

Peterbilt Motors Company's Models 337 and 348 are now available in All-Wheel Drive versions in an effort to provide vocational customers with off-road versatility and maneuverability

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Isuzu Announces New 2011 NPR Eco-Max Truck

The new NPR Eco-Max is powered by Isuzu's 4JJ1-TC diesel engine, which is both EPA and CARB compliant.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America says its new 2011 NPR Eco-Max low cab forward truck can improve fuel economy by up to 20 percent, while also boosting payload capacity from previous NPR models

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Haweka Debuts New Truck Alignment System

To develop the new Axis 4000, Haweka has taken the advanced digital measuring technologies used for cars and adapted them for heavy-duty vehicles.

Haweka, which develops wheel balancing technology, has launched a new heavy-duty truck alignment system, the Axis 4000

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Collective Data Adds New Modules to Fleet Management Software

Collective Data has added three new modules to its fleet management software. The new modules include Object Revolution, an application configuration module; Exception Reporting; and Fleet Service Management

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vertical Integration: Friend or Foe?

As truck manufacturing gets increasingly global and the costs for new components spiral, chassis like this Freightliner being assembled in Saltillo, Mexico, carry an increasing number of in-house components. (Photo by STF)

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

There is a creeping vertical integration in North American truck manufacturing

Tags: Managing the Shop

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ken-Tool's New Twist Socket For Removing Fasteners

Ken-Tool's Twist Sockets are available individually or in sets.

Ken-Tool, Akron, Ohio, has introduced the new Twist Socket, which grips positively into the surface of a damaged bolt head or nut to allow it to be removed by using a counterclockwise spiral grip surface integrated into the socket

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SelecTrucks Relaunches Down Payment Match Promotion

SelecTrucks, a network of used truck retailers in the U.S. and Canada, has brought back its Down Payment Match promotion, an incentive that matches a small fleet's or owner-operator's down payment

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar Introduces New E-Commerce Web Site For Parts Ordering

Navistar International has introduced a new e-commerce web site to sell parts online to customers

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Gasoline-Diesel Cocktail: A Potent Recipe for Cleaner, More Efficient Engines

Rolf Reitz, center, and his team of graduate students in the engine research group.

By Brian Mattmiller, University of Wisconsin

Diesel and gasoline fuel sources both bring unique assets and liabilities to powering internal combustion engines

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DP&C Unveils New Fleet Management System

DP&C Enterprises, a provider of supply chain solutions, has debuted DP&C SmartFleet, a web-based fleet management system that enables transportation and service providers to more effectively manage their mobile resource

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ShowMeTheParts Adds New Where-to-Buy Feature

ShowMeTheParts, an online parts catalog, has implemented a new "Where-to-Buy" feature to help users find resellers of specific products within 50 miles of their location

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Management Lost at Sea

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Fuel Management might be lost at sea, but it hasn't gained any demand on land either. What are we talking about?

Tags: The Bottom Line

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleet One's New Fuel Card Allows Drivers to Support U.S. Troops

Fleet One is now offering the Operation Homefront fuel card to customers looking for a way to support U.S. troops while saving money on their fuel expenses

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mohr's SuperBumper Absorbs Rear-End Crash Energy

The SuperBumper can lessen damage caused by rear-end collisions.

Mohr Manufacturing has introduced the SuperBumper, a receiver hitch product for SUVs and pickup trucks that absorbs crash energy

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Four Ways to Make Onsite Product Training More Effective

When you spec a component, often training is part of the package. Training helps established suppliers set themselves apart from those selling cheap parts without any customer support, and generally there's no out-of-pocket expense to the fleet or dealer

Tags: Managing the Shop

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SAF-Holland's Air-Ride Suspension For Vocational Trucks

SAF-Holland has introduced a new air-ride suspension engineered for vocational applications

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

MMI Adds CSR Module to Contract Management Portal

Managed Maintenance, Inc., which provides contract management process optimization solutions, has added a Customer Service Request management module to its ONEview contract management web portal

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Drive Performance Using Key Indicators

By Tom Flies, Xata Corp.

We've all heard the old saying: you can't improve what you don't measure. Yet that is exactly what fleets are trying to do these days

Tags: Information Technology

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Innovation in the Execution: Three Ways Suppliers May Distinguish Their Products and Services in the Aftermarket

By Terry Livingston, General Manager - Americas, Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket, ArvinMeritor

The heavy-duty aftermarket is hardly known as a bastion of innovation. By its very nature, the business is reactive: when a component breaks down it must be repaired or replaced

Tags: Issues

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Networkfleet Launches Fleet Utilization Reports

Networkfleet has added new fleet utilization reports for users of its wireless fleet management system

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ACS Launches Smart Phone Mobile Imaging

Affiliated Computer Services now enables commercial drivers to image and process paperwork from any location that has cell phone coverage by using a first-of-its-kind smart phone application

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Qualcomm Debuts Analytics Manager Service

Qualcomm has added an Analytics Manager service to the Qualcomm Transportation Services suite, which will provide fleets with a critical-event reporting dashboard, driver safety reports and scorecards, as well as key industry benchmarking

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Snap-On's New Micro Cordless Impact Wrench

Snapon''s new wrench is built with a glass-filled nylon housing for durable high impact strength and comes with a 7.2-volt battery.

Snap-on Tools' new 3/8-inch Mirco Cordless Impact Wrench is small enough to fit into tight spaces and powerful enough to get the job don

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

J.J. Keller Offers Tools For CSA 2010 Preparation

J.J. Keller & Associates has launched several tools to help fleets prepare for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010, including public workshops, seminars and educational articles

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