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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

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mismatched Duals

Small differences in circumference, diameter, or tread depth in a dual assembly, or a pressure differential of only 10-15 psi across the two, can wreck a tire - or both tires - in a matter of weeks. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Running two tires of different circumference, diameter, or tread depth in a dual assembly is a sure-fire way to kill two tires for the price of one

Tags: Tires

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aero Clad Bumper Available on ProStar

The Aero Clad bumper is produced by bonding high strength, corrosion-resistant stainless steel to lightweight aluminum.

Hendrickson Bumper and Trim's lightweight Aero Clad bumper is now available as a production option on the International ProStar

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Snap-on Releases Attachments For Epiq Storage Units

Snap-on's new attachments provide a load capacity of 4,000 pounds.

Snap-on Tools has released new right side and left side attachments to accompany its Epiq tool storage units, providing shops with a wall of storage lockers

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Blackmer Offers TLGLF Pumps For LPG Bobtails, Transports

The new LGLF flange-mounted pumps are available in two different models.

Blackmer, which provides displacement pumps and reciprocating gas compressors, has made its TLGLF flange-mounted pumps available for LPG bobtail and transport trucks

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TRP Launches Line of Truck Batteries

TRP AGM batteries have no free acid inside; it's absorbed by the separator material between the lead plates.

TRP Aftermarket Parts has launched a new line of batteries for commercial truck applications

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why the U.S. Military Went to LEDs

Military patrols and supply convoys face increased danger at night, and better headlamps have been helping soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo: convoy at Ft.Irwin; Credit: AM General Corp.)

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Humans have been cursing the darkness and the real and imagined horrors it hides since before recorded tim

Tags: Equipment Issues

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Path to Parts Savings: Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Budget

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Times are tough. Fleets are scrambling for freight to fill trucks, shippers are beating up carriers on rates, and truckers are keeping their equipment longer because they can't afford to buy new

Tags: Managing the Shop

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

BorgSolutions Caters to Canadian Fleets With New Edition

BorgSolutions has introduced a version of its Borg Fleet maintenance management software designed for the Canadian fleet owner-operator

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Expiration of Biodiesel Credit Creates Uncertainty

A B20 biodiesel and E85 pump in Alabama along I-65.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

The biodiesel tax credit expired at the end of last week, leaving biodiesel producers and truckstops in uncertainty over what the next few months may hold, and truckers concerned about possible price increases

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aljex Upgrades TIN Software With Non-Map View

Aljex Software has updated its Aljex TIN Software with a new non-map view aimed at users with smaller screens such as netbooks, iPhones, Blackberrys, and other 3G wireless devices

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Delivering Green: One Energy Provider Sets a Green Example

Bourne's Energy chose to lease two hybrids from Ryder, including this propane-hauling truck, displayed next to President Peter Bourne.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Vermont-based Bourne's Energy, a family-owned company that delivers fuel and propane to households and businesses, has a long-term goal of producing a usable biofuel in Vermont

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Horton Arctis Two-Speed Fan Drives Offer Efficiency, Torque, Quiet

Horton has introduced Arctis Two-Speed Fan Drives, which it says offer better, more efficient engine cooling for medium-duty trucks, buses, severe-service vehicles, rear-engine cement mixers and other on- and off-highway equipment with little to no ram air

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

RealWheels Expands Line of Aerodynamic Wheel Covers

RealWheels Corp., Chicago, has expanded its line of Aero wheel covers, offering both appearance and aerodynamic fuel efficiency benefits

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Data Critical to Transportation Productivity

Brian McLaughlin

By Guest Commentary Brian McLaughlin, PeopleNet

Knowledge is always power, and in the trucking industry, access to driver and vehicle performance data helps management make decisions that squeeze every ounce of profit out of their fleets

Tags: Information Technology

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Auburn University Test Track Offers Fuel Economy Testing Opportunities

Auburn University has developed a conceptual heavy truck fuel economy rating system at its pavement-testing facility.

The trucking industry needs a rational methodology for determining expected fuel economy for new tractors, says representatives for The Labs at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Where Does Underhood Heat Go? Into the Cab

By Gary Hansen, Vice President, Red Dot Corp.

As engineers, one of our biggest challenges is how to deal with underhood heat. Because of aerodynamics and other styling changes, the engine box on trucks is smaller and more densely packed than it ever has been

Tags: Under The Hood

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daimler to Outfit Trucks With Meritor Wabco Air Dryer in 2010

Starting in January 2010, Daimler Trucks North America will make the Meritor Wabco System Saver 1200 Plus air dryer standard on all truck models

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

L&S Safety Adds Drop and Hook Capability to TPMS

L&S Safety Solutions has introduced a new PressurePro Tire Pressure Monitoring System that includes an automated drop and hook capability for these types of applications

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Telemetry System Available on Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks

Through a partnership with International Telematics, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America will make the company's ibright vehicle telemetry system available on its medium-duty trucks

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rush Technicians Compete For Top Spots in Skills Rodeo

(Photos by Steve Sturgess)

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

In the by-now familiar holidays ritual, Rush Enterprises held its fourth Technician Skills Rodeo, drawing techs from across its far-flung 62-facility truck center empire

Tags: More Maintenance

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Natural Gas Engine Available on Kenworth Vocational Models

The Cummins Westport ISL G runs on either compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas.

Kenworth is making the Cummins Westport ISL G natural gas engine available on the Kenworth T800 short hood and W900S models

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Stemco Duroline Rolls Out New Shoe, Brake Hardware Kits

Stemco Duroline has rolled out new shoe kits and brake hardware kits, which are available with the company's new high performance friction material with "Wave Process" technology

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Electronic Logs: The End of the Comic Book?

Dart contractor Perry Famularo was skeptical, but fell in love with electronic logs during the company's pilot program. (Photo by Kristin Ries)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Perry Famularo, a longtime independent contractor for Dart Transit, was "one of those die-hards who said I would retire before I would use a computer for log purposes.

Tags: Information Technology

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 6-7 Update: Changing Faces

Ford's F-750 conventional, shown here, continues as a product of the Ford-Navistar Blue Diamond joint venture that builds the trucks in Escabedo, Mexico, basically using Ford cabs on International chassis.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Some manufacturers have enough existing trucks to last well into the new year, so are delaying the start of their 2011 model years, while others will begin them as soon as January

Tags: Light & Medium

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ACS, Sleep Pointe to Offer Sleep Apnea Compliance Reporting

Sleep Pointe is teaming up with ACS Expedited Solutions to use the TripPak Truck Stop Scanning network to offer carriers a sleep apnea safety compliance reporting syste

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Cummins Previews 2010 ISX

On the road with the ISX15 showed there's little for a driver to feel different from what went before. But there are new responsibilities with the need to keep the diesel exhaust fluid topped up. Photo by STF

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

If it hadn't been for the development of copper zeolite as a catalyst to use in reducing nitrogen oxides (NOx), Cummins might have been right alongside Navistar in using increased levels of exhaust gas circulatio

Tags: Test Drive

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Suspension Maintenance

Keep everything pointing in the right direction: retorque your fasteners.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The key to keeping suspensions working for you rather than against you is to keep everything tight. When suspension components work themselves loose, tires wear badly, springs break, fuel economy suffers, and drivers complain

Tags: Chassis & Brakes

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Piggyback Pointers: Spec'ing For Intermodal

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

For much of the history of trailer-on-flatcar operations, semitrailers had to be beefed up to take the beating of rail service

Tags: Trailers

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Yard Management: The Virtual Clipboard

While the yard is usually the last place to automate, now might be the time to consider yard management solutions.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

When fleets look to automate operations, one of the last places they look is the yard. For most carriers, yard management is still a manual process, with a fleet manager walking around performing yard checks, keeping track on a clipboar

Tags: Information Technology

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Looking Back: 2009 Fuel Management in Review

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

In 2009, things started off like a lamb and at times felt like a lion, but we certainly didn't see the scary lions in fleet fuel buying, as we did in 2008

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TransCore Adds Dispatch Control Screen to Logistics Software

TransCore has added a new Dispatch Control Screen to its Logistics Software, a tool for brokers, 3PLs and agents to manage the freight life cycle

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's Killing Your Tires?

Look after your tires; your tires will look after you. Photo by Jim Park

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Tires are under constant attack, from the normal dynamic forces acting on the tread rubber, to a barrage of scrubbing and scraping actions caused by misaligned axles, unbalanced rotation, loose wheel bearings, and more

Tags: Tires

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth's T470 Serious Baby 8

This Kenworth T470, set up with a dump bed and plow mount, aims at municipal and construction customers. Photo by Tom Berg

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Municipal trucks have to work all year round, and they work especially hard when heavy snow falls. "Plow trucks" keep motorized civilization moving, and for this task and others that demand strong specifications, Kenworth has the T470

Tags: Test Drive

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Be Safe, Not Sorry With Fuel Management During the Holidays

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

We are less than a week away from the full-blown holiday season. As part of your company's fleet management program, are your trucks ready to be sitting still for several days during the back-to-back holiday weeks

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oil Viscosity and Fuel Economy

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

For 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy expects diesel prices to average nearly $3 a gallon. As diesel prices head back up, it may be time to look at the possibility of switching to a more fuel-efficient engine oil

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Japanese Truck Market: Takeaways for the North American Trucking Industry

By Sandeep Kar, Frost & Sullivan

The Japanese economy has remained in a state of recession for the better part of this current decade. The Japanese truck industry therefore has come to rely on export sales to not only remain stable but also to grow

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mitchell 1 Improves Navigation in Online Repair Programs

Mitchell 1, a Snap-on Company, has made improvements to its online repair programs, Tractor-Trailer.net and Medium-Truck.net, including enhancements to the sites' navigation tools

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smith Throws Switch on All-Electric Trucks

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor and Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Kansas City-based Smith Electric Vehicles is making the first deliveries of its Newton Class 5 through 7 all-electric truck

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SmartDrive's New Event Player For Improving Safety

The SmartDrive Event Player streams multiple high-resolution images of critical road events and provides an easy way for managers to coach drivers to improve safety.

SmartDrive Systems has unveiled its new SmartDrive Event Player, a tool to help fleet managers screen and understand events and coach drivers to improve safety

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Web Site Streamlines Shipper-Carrier Negotiations

Easy Load Board has introduced a new web site to help coordinate negotiations between shippers and carriers

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Dispatchers and Overtime: Forty Miles of Bad Road

By Guest Commentary Mark E. Tabakman, Esq., Fox Rothschild

The latest threat to the transportation industry is not rising fuel costs or clogged highways, but rather, the inevitable wave of lawsuits by dispatchers claiming that they are entitled to overtime pay

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Grote Debuts New WhiteLight Conversion Bulb

Grote's Trilliant 36 LED WhiteLight Conversion Bulb is rated for a service life of 40,000 hours.

Grote Industries has introduced its Trilliant 36 LED WhiteLight Conversion Bulb, which turns any Parabolic Aluminized Reflector (PAR) 36 incandescent lamp into an LED WhiteLight Lamp

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterbilt Offers Aerodynamic Options on 348

Peterbilt Motors Company has added aerodynamic options to its new Model 348, designed to improve the fuel economy and lower emissions

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Roush Liquid Propane Injected E-Series Vans

Production on the E-Series, propane-fueled vans should begin in the first quarter of 2010.

Building off of the success of its propane-fuel pickups, Roush has launched a line of E-Series vans that are fueled by liquid propane

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Carrier Logistics Unveils New Version of Facts Software

Carrier Logistics Inc. has upgraded its Facts transportation software, which includes a new graphical user interface as well as several other enhancements

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