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January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMC: Not Just For Fleets

How well do you know your customers? Do you know the superficial stuff, like their birthday or which sports team they follow

Tags: Managing the Shop

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ordering Parts Online

Most parts distribution and warehouse operations use sophisticated management and inventory control software

Tags: Technology

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Automate & Save

Controlling inventory is perhaps the most important aspect of a parts warehouse/distributor operation. How well inventory is managed can often mean the difference between success and failure in the heavy duty parts business

Tags: Technology

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Improving The Technology Connection

As trucks, engines and components become ever more technologically sophisticated and complex, people who work on trucks for a living are facing increasing difficulties in getting access to some of the information they need to diagnose and repair those trucks

Tags: Technology

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cadec Teams Up With Velociti to Expand Field Support

With the help of Velociti, Cadec Global has launched a nationwide field service and support program for customers

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ArvinMeritor's New Coating For Disc Brake Rotors

The aftermarket business of ArvinMeritor has released hydraulic disc brake rotors with a new, patented coating called ZXP3, which is designed to protect against oxidation and corrosion

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bendix Spicer Introduces New Tool Kits For Air Disc Brakes

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake has introduced three new service tool kits for fleet and repair facilities serving trucks equipped with Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Version of Virtual Dispatch's Excelerate Live

Virtual Dispatch has released the newest version of its Excelerate Live, a web-based broker, third party logistics and carrier transportation management system

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Engine of Opportunity

Opportunities abound in fixing gremlins on engines from previous emissions mandates. (Photo by STF)

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

There have been an unprecedented number of changes and new technologies over the last few years as engine manufacturers struggled to meet the mandates of the Environmental Protection Agency's emission regulation

Tags: Managing the Shop

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Smart Shop: The Latest in Shop Management Software

Shop management software can be a valuable tool to bring your repair center into the 21st century. (Photo by Collective Data)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

When Eric Adkins, president of Nationwide Truck Service, goes on vacation to Cancun, Mexico, he'll certainly be at peace sitting on the white beaches, watching the sunset and the waves

Tags: Technology

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Putting a Price on Value

You get product into your customers' hands faster than your competitors. Is that what the customer really wants? For some, that will add value. For others, it won't. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Contributing Editor

Twenty-eight bucks for a windshield wiper? I was driving through Maine on one of those oppressive gray days when moisture permeated the air

Tags: Business

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Building a Better Salesperson

Most sales reps are stuck in a sales model that emphasizes features and benefits, but leaves the customer guessing about the bottom-line impact of products on their business.

By Steve Rose, Guest Contributor

The commercial vehicle industry is facing one of its most difficult periods in decades, thanks to economic and EPA regulatory issues

Tags: Business

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Battle Over Access to Repair Information

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor, and Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Have you ever had a longtime customer buy new trucks and tell you he can't give you his parts and service business anymore

Tags: Issues

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Parts By Number: VMRS Codes

TMC's VMRS codes provide 'universal translator' for parts and maintenance. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor, and Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Back in the late '60s, some people in the trucking business got together and decided to come up with a system that used numbers to describe parts and maintenance activitie

Tags: Technology

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Leveling the Playing Field: Latest in Diagnostics

The pro-link iQ from Nexiq presents information in a highly intuitive fashion, using a graphic user interface and an easy-to-use touch screen.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

If the heavy-duty independent repair community is going to hold its own against original equipment franchised dealers, it is going to need two thing

Tags: Managing the Shop

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Graying of the Aftermarket

Offer younger employees assignments outside their normal sphere to keep them challenged. Here, a part sales representative sells a part to a walk-in customer at Mascot Truck Parts. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

While distributors aren't exactly going on hiring sprees these days, there is a major issue within the industry that is being overshadowed by the current economic situation

Tags: Issues

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Weather Guard's Storage Options For Transit Connect

Weather Guard's storage options are designed with custom bulkhead for protection against shifting loads and minimum rattling.

Weather Guard has unveiled new van storage options for the Ford Transit Connect van

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FCCC Offers Discount on RV Parts and Service

Starting now through Feb. 26, customers of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation can receive a 10 percent discount on all parts, sales and service labor for any motorhome riding on a FCCC chassis

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ARI Unveils New Toll Management Program

Automotive Resources International, which provides global fleet solutions, has launched a new Toll Management Program to help fleets eliminate Electronic Toll Collection violations and reduce associated penalties and administration

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

OTC Rolls Out New Differential Mounting Adapter

The new Differential Mounting Adapter has a rated capacity of 1,000 pounds.

OTC, an SPX Brand, has introduced the new Differential Mounting Adapter, designed to facilitate the removal and installation of differentials in heavy-duty trucks

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Barriers to Commercialization Still Exist For Hybrid Truck Industry

(Photo courtesy of Peterbilt)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Hybrid drivetrain technology has the potential to improve fuel economy by 20 to 50 percent on medium- and heavy-duty trucks

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Controlling Fuel Efficiency When Fuel Prices Are Unpredictable

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

&newsThere have been so many discussions on oil and fuel prices these last few weeks, especially with prices soaring up to $84 in early January to taking a dramatic hit back down to $80 only three days later

Tags: The Bottom Line

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Bendix CVS Offers Discount on SmarTire TPMS

SmarTire reads pressure and temperature information from inside the tire and communicates wirelessly to an on-board receiver, which forwards the information to a two-inch display installed on the vehicle dash.

Aftermarket distributors can purchase Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems' SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems at a discounted price when buying multiple kit

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cummins Filtration Debuts Online Learning Program

Cummins Filtration has released Fleetschool, a new web-based eLearning program offering a portfolio of product and market training for employees, dealers and distributors

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

RM Michaelides, PressurePro Team Up to Add TPMS to Telematics

RM Michaelides has teamed up with Advantage PressurePro to release a Can-Bus Telematics system built with PressurePro's tire pressure monitoring capabilities

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Transportation Attorney Launches New Web Site

Larry Necheles, a Chicago-based attorney that specializes in Illinois transportation-related businesses, trucking companies and commercial drivers, has launched a new web site, www.amend6.com

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ventech Develops Tire Pressure Sensor System

Pneuscan uses sensor technology to read the footprint of each tire that contains information about the load, profile and pattern of the tire.

Ventech USA has developed Pneuscan, a system for reading tire pressure and tread wear by driving over a sensor plate

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Vader Washing System Recycles Water

The Vader unit uses a shielded brush action to remove the road film, soot and chemical deposits that collect on trucks.

JIM Mfg, Inc. has introduced the Vader I 5000 Series, a self-contained, mobile brush wash system that captures, reclaims and recycles water

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why Oil Does What It Does When It Comes to Prices

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Last week's Friday Fuel included a discussion on some factors that drive oil prices such as current weather conditions and stockpiles, or inventory, around the worl

Tags: The Bottom Line

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Prophesy Adds Cross-Docking to DispatchSeries

Prophesy Transportation Solutions, an Accellos company, has added a cross-docking and reconsolidation functionality to its DispatchSeries trucking software

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Racor's New Bypass Oil Filtration System

Racor's new bypass oil filter system removes participles, absorbs water and eliminates resins and oxidation products.

The Racor division of Parker Hannifin has unveiled a new line of bypass oil filters, designed to remove up to 99 percent of all solid contaminates and lengthen the life of engine components

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lite-Check Offers Upgrade on Trailer Testers

Lite-Check will replace or refurbish switches, gauges, lights, and all other electrical and mechanical elements as necessary.

Lite-Check has launched a new refurbishment and upgrade program for all 910B and Inspector 910B trailer testers sold since introduction

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Releases 2010 Calendars

The 2010 Kenworth Wall Calendar features the T660 Studio AeroCab, among others.

Kenworth has released its 2010 Calendar in wall and appointment formats

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PSI Releases Volume III of Commercial Fleet Tire Digest

Volume III covers January 2009 through November 2009.

Pressure Systems International is now offering a full set of Volume III Commercial Fleet Tire Digest issues as a printed spiral bound book

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

U.S. DOE Shells Out $115 Million to Build 'Super Truck'

The funding for Class 8 projects will go toward the development of such technologies as aerodynamics. Here, DTNA tests aerodynamics at its Wind Tunnel in Portland, Ore. (Photo by DTNA)

A new initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy includes $115 million in funding to develop a Class 8 "Super Truck," aimed at achieving a 50 percent improvement in fuel efficiency

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Snap-on Adds to Line of Welding Helmets

Snap-on's new helmets are built to handle different welding processes.

Snap-on Tools has added three new welding helmets to its line of helmets, including an Adjustable High Definition Auto Darkening Welding Helmet, Adjustable Auto Darkening Welding Helmet and Auto Darkening Welding Helmet

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Grote Rolls Out New LED Hook-Up Lamp

Grote's new SuperNova Hook-Up Lamp with optimized hook-up pattern

Grote Industries has introduced the new SuperNova LED Hook-Up Lamp, designed to focus LED WhiteLight in areas not commonly well lit by traditional hook-up lamps

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Commercial Truck Trader Unveils iPhone App For Finding Trucks

Commercial Truck Trader's new application is GPS-sensitive.

Commercial Truck Trader, which provides advertising and marketing services for commercial truck dealers, has unveiled a free iPhone application that lets truck shoppers search more than 65,000 new and used commercial trucks and trailers

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navistar Launches Parts Recovery Program

Navistar has launched a Customer Parts Recovery program, which allows customers to return new, unused parts from the stock to receive cash or credit for future purchases

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

UPS' Eaton Delivery Hybrids Get Nod From the Feds For Fuel Economy

(Photo courtesy of UPS)

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

A year-long evaluation of the hybrid-electric step delivery vans used by UPS yielded about a 29 percent improvement in fuel economy, which averaged about 13 miles per gallo

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NTEA Adds Market Data and Stats to Web Site

The National Truck Equipment Association has added a Market Data and Industry Statistics section to the association's web site, NTEA.com

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Thermo King Extends Rebate on Espar Heaters

Thermo King has extended its rebate program for customers buying select Espar heaters. While the promotion was set to end Dec. 31, it has now been extended through Jan. 31

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cat Scale Locations Can Be Downloaded to GPS

Drivers can now download Cat Scale locations as point of interest files into their GPS navigation devices

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

IES Develops New Wheel Wash Solution

The Tracinator is a compact, portable wheel wash solution.

Innovative Equipment Solutions has developed The Tracinator, a one-tire dirt removal system for light conditions

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SMC3 to Release Updated CzarLite Data

SMC3, a provider of transportation data services, technology tools and educational forums, said it plans to update the data within its CzarLite family of products, effective Feb. 1, 2010

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oil's Ups and Downs

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Oh, the commodity of oil, how its price changes and bends at the drop of a hat. Since December, when prices were at the $70 mark, oil has taken a ride all the way up to $82 earlier this week

Tags: The Bottom Line

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fram Develops Reporting System For Rebates

The Fram brand, owned by the Honeywell Consumer Products Group, has teamed up with Datalliance to develop a new electronic system for reporting fleet and installer rebates in the heavy-duty market

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pick It Up and Run With It: Intermodal 'Trailer' Comes to U.S.

Lifting the demonstration load from the deck of the

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Lars Frantzich refers to his container carriers as "machines," not trailers. This gives a hint of the capability and versatility of the Hammar Lift self-loading container-hauling trailer, new to the U.S. market

Tags: Trailers

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Under Lock and Key: Protecting Your Data

These days, almost every trucking company relies on data. Is yours safe?

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

You probably anticipate problems such as missing paperwork, a driver getting lost, or an unexpected breakdown. But have you thought about the possibility of losing your data to terrorists, extremists

Tags: Information Technology

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mentor Engineering Releases New Fleet Monitoring

Mentor Engineering has released the new Mentor Fleet Monitor, a comprehensive service that provides vehicle monitoring capabilities

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