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March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spring is in the Air.....and There's Water in my Tank!

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

April showers bring May flowers ... but you might already have water in your fuel tank

Tags: The Bottom Line

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Snap-on Tools' New Heavy Duty Mobile Workstation

The new workstation is equipped with two 30.25-inch by 24-inch InPulse drawers, both with a secure round key locking system.

Snap-on Tools has built its new Heavy Duty Mobile Workstation to provide the nearly indestructible strength of a stationary workstation with the portability of a shop cart

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maxi-Seal's New Harness/Lighting System Has Corrosion-Protection Technology

The Defender harness/lighting system is sealed against moisture and corrosion through Maxi-Seal's exclusive Power-Seal Technology.

Maxi-Seal Harness Systems, a subsidiary of Peterson Manufacturing, has introduced a modular harness/lighting system with moisture/corrosion protection technology

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Miller's New Line of Arc Armor Titanium Series Welding Helmets

Battery powered with solar assist for long life, the Titanium 9400 (shown) features auto-on/auto-off, grind mode, adjustable sensitivity, delay and shade.

Miller Electric Manufacturing Co. has introduced its line of Arc Armor Titanium Series welding helmets

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fifth Wheel Maintenance

No-lube fifth wheels are gaining acceptance, but they still require periodic inspection, and perhaps adjustment. (Photo by Jost International)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

While the calendar says we've just about made it through another winter, as these words materialize on my screen, the Northeast is digging out from three days of record snowfall

Tags: Maintenance

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

OEMs Gather For Truck of the Year Judging

(Photo by Tom Berg)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Contenders for the title of best medium-duty and heavy-duty truck gathered at the St. Louis Regional Airport last week to strut their stuff to the panel of judges made up of eight magazine editor

Tags: Light & Medium

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Computer In Your Pocket: What Smartphones Can Do For Your Business

Smartphone technology can keep drivers connected to the back office.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Florida-based Peninsula Trucking, a dedicated less-than-truckload carrier, is keeping up with its drivers, not through satellite tracking, but through their phones. Peninsula is using TeleNav Track, a web-based workforce management software with GPS tracking and navigation

Tags: Information Technology

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Superior Signals Introduces New LED Work Lights

Superior Signals' new lights are thermal shock resistant, reverse polarity protected, spike protected and have rugged stainless steel mounting hardware.

Superior Signals has introduced its Illuminator SY2L and SY4L Series LED Work Lights.

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GE Capital Fleet Services Rolls Out Regulatory Compliance Service

GE Capital Fleet Services has rolled out a new regulatory compliance service for truck customers

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar Parts' New DPF Cleaning System

Navistar Parts has added the FSX Cleaning System to its line of products, which cleans diesel particulate filters installed to meet 2007 emissions requirements

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Omaha Standard Palfinger's New Line Trucks, Cranes and Air Compressors

Omaha Standard Palfinger has announced the formal launch of a new line of mechanics trucks, service cranes and air compressors

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TRP Introduces CleanBlue DEF

TRP's CleanBlue is available in 2.5-gallon jugs, 55-gallon drums, 275-gallon totes and 300-gallon totes.

TRP Aftermarket Parts has developed the new CleanBlue diesel exhaust fluid, which can be used in all diesel-powered vehicles that rely on selective catalytic reduction technology

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Qualcomm, GreenRoad Team Up For MRM/Driving Behavior Solution

Qualcomm and GreenRoad have teamed up to offer an integrated solution for addressing mobile resource management (MRM), safety and driving behavior

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cobra's New CB Radio With Bluetooth Technology

Cobra Electronics has introduced the new 29 LTD BT CB radio with Bluetooth wireless technology

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NuStar's New Battery-Powered Lift Cart

NuStar, Shakopee, Minn., has debuted a new pedestrian-operated, battery-powered cart for safely lifting and transporting 55-gallon drums

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ArvinMeritor Unveils MPG Series of Products

ArvinMeritor has unveiled a new product lineup of eight components

March 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Adds Bendix ESP Option on Select Models

Bendix ESP will be available on select Kenworth medium-duty models, such as T370 Fire Tankers.

Customers of select Kenworth medium-duty tractors and full truck applications with air brake systems now have the option of selecting Bendix's Electronic Stability program

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

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