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February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Keith Manufacturing Enhances Walking Floor System

Keith's Running Floor II ADX drive features an automated switching valve.

Keith Manufacturing Co. has made several improvements to its Running Floor II DX system, or horizontal unloader

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getloaded.com Integrates With PC*Miler's Mapping Data

Getloaded.com has integrated PC*Miler's mapping and travel data into its online freight matching service for carriers, brokers, shippers, and third party logistics providers

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cleanwaste Introduces New Personal Urine Bag

Cleanwaste, which supplies human waste management products, has introduced Pee-Wee, a personal unisex urine bag for travel

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Laydon Composites' New TrailerSkirts Are CARB-Certified

Laydon Composites' new trailer side skirts are built from automotive/tractor-grade plastic for a low coefficient of expansion and contraction.

Laydon Composites has unveiled its new Hybrid and seven-panel Classic version TrailerSkirts, which have been certified to comply with Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board requirements

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Western Star Offers Cummins ISX15

Western Star Trucks Sales announced the availability of the Cummins ISX15 EPA 2010 engine for the North American market

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xantrex Unveils New Line of Sine-Wave Inverter/Chargers

The Freedom SW 3000 is equipped with dual AC input/output with configuration for customized applications and is compatible with optional accessories.

Xantrex Technology, a subsidiary of Schneider Electric, has introduced a new line of pure sine-wave inverter/chargers designed for the recreational vehicle, commercial vehicle and marine markets

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Complete Innovations' Mobile Management System Keeps Drivers Connected

Complete Innovations' newest version of its Fleet Complete solution allows customers to communicate via free-form text and scripted messages delivered on GPS-enabled personal navigation devices, thanks to a partnership with Garmin International

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mudguard Unveils New V-Flap Mudflap

The new V-Flap is meant to reduce shock energy, while directing  direct water and road debris to the ground.

Mudguard Technologies, a woman-owned business, has unveiled its new patent pending V-Flap mudflap, designed to provide aerodynamics efficiency

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TCI Tire Centers Unveils Track My Tread

TCI Tire Centers has introduced Track My Tread, a new proprietary fleet asset management system

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Holland Changes Along With Trucking

SAF and Holland hope their synergy will produce demand for new 5-inch round trailer axles to go into the CBX40 (shown) and the UX40.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

There's a mighty transition going on at an old, established North American supplier to the trucking industry. Holland from Michigan is now a combined company with SAF of German

Tags: Trailers

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dart Goes Lightweight

This photo shows features of Dart Transit's Eco Trailer, a 53-by-102 van built by Hyundai in Tijuana, Baja Calif. Double-sheet sidewall was designed and patented by Dart's president, Dave Oren. (Photo courtesy of Dart Transit Co.)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Dart Transit, a pioneer in high-cube trailers for hauling low-density freight, is now seeking lower tare weight to serve customers who ship heavier cargoes

Tags: Trailers

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Freightliner's Coronados

Reshaping of some exterior trim and a 2010-legal engine are among features of the latest Coronado tractor (left), which debuted as a 2001 model but has re-emerged as Freightliner's premium road tractor. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Premium is as premium does, and at least for the driver, Freightliner's Coronado does things very well

Tags: Test Drive

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Western Star Offers Detroit Diesel Series 60 Tier III For Vocational Trucks

Western Star Trucks Sales is now offering the Detroit Diesel Series 60 Tier III engine package for off-road vocational applications

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

J.V.R. Safe-T-Signal Adds 7-Diode LED to Wide Turn Warning Signal

J.V.R. Safe-T-Signal has made its wide turn warning signal available in the new 7-diode Amber LED

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Truck-Lite's New LED Lights For Flexible Mounting

Manufactured with a specially engineered peel-and-stick adhesive backing, Flex-Lite lamps are affixed to the surface with a heavy-duty adhesive that's designed to hold up to weather, impact and much more while maintaining a strong hold.

Truck-Lite has released a new line of LED lighting products that allow for flexible mounting

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tire Report: Tire 'Myth'-perceptions

Tire casings are inspected and reconditioned before making two, three, or perhaps four journeys down the road of life. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Prominent Canadian journalist Allan Fotheringham offered the following bit of advice to aspiring journalists: "If your mother tells you her age, check it out." But the advantages of a little skepticism aren't limited to journalist

Tags: Tires

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Accuride's New Bostrom Pro Ride Seat

To design the most comfortable and ergonomic seat, Accuride performed pressure point mapping.

Accuride Corporation has designed the new Bostrom Pro Ride seat with driver comfort, durability, serviceability and style in mind

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TeleType's New WorldNav Software With Google Earth

TeleType has updated its WorldNav software to provide small to mid-sized fleets and owner-operators with the ability to create and view truck-friendly routes

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

McLeod Adds Vital Signs Reporting to Base System

McLeod Software has added significant reporting functionality to its LoadMaster IX base software system to help carriers better identify and manage their key operational metrics

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fontaine Expands Revolution Line with New Dropdeck Model

Fontaine Trailer is launching a 48-foot-by-102-inch dropdeck trailer that weighs only 9,300 pounds -- the new Fontaine Revolution Hybrid Dropdeck

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hybrid Yard Jockey Delivers

This trailer is loaded to gross 110,000 pounds to replicate the heaviest containers at the docks as they come off the ships. PHETT drives like a conventional yard jockey, but quieter.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

The terminal tractor - yard jockey, hostler, whatever you call it - has to be one of the most used, abused and under-regarded vehicles in any fleet

Tags: Equipment Issues

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hybrid Yard Jockey Delivers

This trailer is loaded to gross 110,000 pounds to replicate the heaviest containers at the docks as they come off the ships. PHETT drives like a conventional yard jockey, but quieter.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

The terminal tractor - yard jockey, hostler, whatever you call it - has to be one of the most used, abused and under-regarded vehicles in any fleet

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Panasonic Designs Handheld Computer For Mobile Workers

The Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field is built to withstand demanding working conditions.

Panasonic Computer Solutions Company has introduced the Panasonic Toughbook H1 Field, a rugged handheld tablet computer designed for truck drivers and other mobile workers

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dunlop's New Line SmartWay Spec'd Tires

Special compounding and an enhanced manufacturing process have been added to Dunlop's popular SP 384 to help make the tire roll with less resistance.

Dunlop's new line of "FM" steer, drive and trailer tires qualify as EPA SmartWay-verified technology

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cool Electric Spin: Driving a Ford/Eaton Plug-In Hybrid

Ford does not offer hybrids from the factory, but Eaton engineers installed an electric-drive system on this F-550 chassis to show that retrofits are entirely doable on this popular class of truck. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Eaton's electric-drive system is the one usually used by truck manufacturers who offer a medium-duty hybrid, including Freightliner, Freightliner Custom Chassis, Kenworth, Peterbilt and Navistar International. One builder that doesn't make hybrids is Ford Motor - but it does suppl

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Used Truck Volumes Up; Prices Still Lowest Ever

Many fleets that have never bought used before are looking at it as an option to replace older trucks. (Photo courtesy of Arrow Truck Sales)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

While the used truck market is seeing some strong improvement in demand and volumes, prices are at their lowest levels ever, according to Carl Heikel, president and CEO Arrow Truck Sale

Tags: Equipment Issues

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Autocar's New Xspotter Yard Tractor Series

Autocar has released a new line of products, the Xspotter yard tractor series. Autocar designed the new yard tractors to meet the harsh demands required by these vehicle

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Internet Truckstop Launches Per Load Cargo Insurance Program

Internet Truckstop, the Internet-based load board for the transportation industry, has launched CargoMate, a decision support offering that allows carriers, freight brokers and shippers to find affordable, per load cargo insurance

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Continental Adds Load Capacity to Drive Tire

Continental's Heavy Drive Long Haul, Deep Lug tire

Continental Tire the Americas has expanded its line of tires to include additional load capacity for its long mileage drive tir

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ford Designed New Transit Connect Electric For Fleets With Short Ranges

Ford Transit Connect Electric goes into production in late 2010.

Through a collaboration with Azure Dynamics Corporation and Johnson Controls-Saft, Ford has debuted the electric version of its Transit Connect cargo va

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dana's New Spicer Convertible Tag Axles, Kits

Dana Spicer tag axle

Dana Holding Corporation has developed new Spicer tag axles that enable owner-operators to convert a 6x2 arrangement into a 6x4 configuration. Dana has also unveiled new Spicer conversion kit

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Shell Introduces New Protection Oil For Natural Gas Engines

Shell Lubricants has introduced the Shell Rotella T3 Energized Protection oil for use in engines fueled by compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pursuing a Tank Rust Mystery

Rust forming inside steel saddle tanks might be caused by ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel, some maintenance people believe. This rusty tank was on a Ford truck operating in northern Georgia. (Photo by Chris Sands)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Is ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel causing rust in steel fuel tanks? A shop foreman in Georgia believes that the relatively new fuel, or perhaps biodiesel blends, are to blame for the damaged saddle tanks he's seen in the last yea

Tags: More Maintenance

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

All Aboard: Getting Drivers on Board With In-Cab Technology

If you don't get acceptance from drivers, the benefits of in-cab technology could go out the window. (Photo courtesy of J. J. Keller & Associates)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

In early December, two executives from Panther Expedited Services traded in their suits and ties to take up the job of Panther's owner-operators for a week, delivering freight in the Northeast

Tags: Information Technology

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Ford/Eaton Plug-In Hybrid

Ford does not offer hybrids from the factory, but Eaton engineers installed an electric-drive system on this F-550 chassis to show that retrofits are entirely doable on this popular class of truck. (Photo by Tom Berg)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Eaton's electric-drive system is the one usually used by truck manufacturers who offer a medium-duty hybrid, including Freightliner, Freightliner Custom Chassis, Kenworth, Peterbilt and Navistar International. One builder that doesn't make hybrids is Ford Motor - but it does suppl

Tags: Test Drive

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Make Supplemental Filters Pay

A supplemental filter must be carefully mounted so it works effectively and allows the engine's oil circulation system to continue its job.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Cleanliness is next to godliness, so some truck operators change motor oil religiously according to manufacturers' recommendations. Others extend drain intervals but use supplemental filtration and oil analysis to do it safely and make sure the oil stays clea

Tags: Under The Hood

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Grote Develops New Ultra-Link-Coil-Cords

Grote's new Ultra-Link-Coil-Cords are molded with an adhesive that bonds with the cable to eliminate the need for a spring.

Grote Indusrties has developed new Ultra-Link-Coil-Cords, which are manufactured using molded elastomeric material that resists crushing and acts as potting that seals terminals from moisture

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TRP Releases New Line of Clutches and Parts For Trucks

This angle spring clutch is made for older model vehicles.

TRP Aftermarket Parts has released a new line of clutches and clutch system parts for medium- and heavy-duty trucks

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Webb Wheel to Expand Vortex Drum Offerings

Webb Wheel plans to add drums for larger and wider S-cam drum brakes.

Webb Wheel Products has announced plans to expand the number of applications for the Vortex drum brake to include drums for larger and wider S-cam drum brakes over the next year

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mitchell 1's New Tool Shortens Repair Time

Mitchell 1, a Snap-on Company, has launched Repair-Connect, a new tool to shorten repair time and lower truck operating costs

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Doran Manufacturing Announces Enhancements to Doran 360

The DriverTech integration provides tire pressure data and low pressure warnings both in the cab of the truck and at the fleet's headquarters in real time.

Cincinnati-based Doran Manufacturing has announced several enhancements to its Doran 360 tire pressure monitoring systems, including the introduction of a new valve-stem mounted sensor and integration with DriverTech's TruckPC

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar Pens Deal With Clean Air Power to Build Natural Gas Engine

Navistar and Clean Air Power have penned a deal to develop Navistar's MaxxForce 13 big bore engine to run on natural gas and clean diesel fuel

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Intellitec Gears Up to Launch New Battery Guard System

Florida-based Intellitec is gearing up to launch its Battery Guard 3000+ system to the North American market in March

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lifelines: The Tools You Need to Prepare For CSA 2010

Is your safety program ready for CSA 2010? (Photo courtesy of Fleetmaster Express)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

In July, fleets across the country will be hit with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010, or CSA 2010, which will completely redefine the way motor carriers must comply with regulations

Tags: Information Technology

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions Introduces New Trailer Tire

Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions (BBTS), a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, has introduced a new Firestone brand trailer tire, which is approved for use on EPA SmartWay-certified equipment

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bridgestone Bandag's New Tire Tread For LTL Fleets

Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions (BBTS), a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, has developed a new Bandag brand tire tread for less-than-truckload fleet customers operating single-axle tractors

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterbilt Unveils New Stainless Steel Air Cleaner

Peterbilt has unveiled a new proprietary stainless steel, cowl mounted air cleaner and cap, with increased durability and serviceabilit

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Wabco Air Disc Brake Available at Hendrickson

Meritor Wabco has made its Single Piston PAN 22 Series Air Disc Brake available on selected Hendrickson International trailer axles and Intraax and Vantraax suspensions

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Panel: Electronic Logging Technology Addresses Fleet Priorities

From right: Allan Lowry of Central Refrigerated Service; Dustin England of C.R. England; John Pope of Cargo Transporters; and Kirby Sollom of Schneider National. (Photo courtesy of McGuire Photography)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

According to Allan Lowry, director of safety at Central Refrigerated Service, there are three main priorities for a fleet: safety, service and retention

Tags: Information Technology

February 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SPX Adds Several Products to OTC Line

OTC'c new 10-Ton Capacity Portable Multipurpose C-Frame Press

January was a busy month for OTC, a brand of SPX, which launched several new products, including a new 10-Ton Capacity Portable Multipurpose C-Frame Press, Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) Cleaner, new heavy-duty service jacks, and a Differential Mounting Adapter

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