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December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Analyst: Natural Gas Makes Sense For Trucking Industry

Woodburn says natural gas-powered vehicles, such as this one, make sense for the trucking industry. This Kenworth is equipped with the Westport LNG Fuel System.

While passenger cars may be well-suited to hybrid and electric technology, natural gas makes more sense for the trucking industry, and would be taking off among fleets, were it not for the economy, according to David Woodbur

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Get Ready For Onslaught of New Rules From OSHA

Photo courtesy of MTS Driver Recruiters

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has made it clear that it's back in the rulemaking business, with a sling of new labor rules in the pipeline for 2010 that trucking companies ought to be aware of

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TRP Rolls Out New Spring Brake Chamber

TRP's new spring brakes are built with epoxy-coated steel power springs.

TRP Aftermarket Parts has rolled out the new spring brake chamber, which was designed for Class 6, 7 and 8 trucks, trailers and buses

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

10 Ways Fleet Maintenance Software Can Help Manage Costs and Boost Profitability

A robust maintenance software system can help a shop be more efficient and productive.

Kenworth offers this information to help truck fleet operators with their own maintenance facilities reduce parts inventory, decrease operating costs and increase productivity

Tags: Managing the Shop

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alliant Power Adds to Line of Power Stroke, International Parts

Alliant Power now carries this Fuel Injection Control Module for the 6.0L Ford Power Stroke.

Alliant Power has rolled out new products for Ford Power Stroke and International DT466 owners

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Voyager Camera System For Blind Zone Viewing

Voyager has introduced a suite of Blind Zone Side Camera Systems to make those blind spots easier for truck drivers to see

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Transport Product Solutions Launches The Griffin Tool

Transport Product Solutions has developed The Griffin Tool, a system that replaces manual crank handles and uses the truck's air supply to raise and lower landing gear

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Shell Rotella Releases 2010 SuperRigs Calendar

Shell Rotella has released the 27th anniversary edition of its Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar, which includes many of the winners from this year's event held in June at the Oak Grove Petro truckstop just outside of Kansas City, Mo

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Canadian Interest in EOBRs Remains Strong Despite Delays and Official Apathy

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Even as the U.S. trucking industry awaits the final rule on EOBRs from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canada's trucking industry has been battling with some of the same questions

Tags: Information Technology

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Safe Step Develops Portable Step Ladder For Trucking Industry

Safe Step can accommodate up to 400 pounds, according to tests.

Safe Step has developed a portable truck step utility ladder, designed for heavy-duty flatbeds or truck deck carrier

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Releases Body Builder Manual For T440, T470 Models

Kenworth Truck Company has published a new Body Builder Manual to help support installations on the new T440 and T470 truck models

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FleetMentor's New Roadside Inspection Tracking For CSA 2010

J. J. Keller & Associates' FleetMentor has introduced a new Roadside Inspection Tracking tool, which tracks the progress from inspection to completion of corrections

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Put Your Fleet Fueling Policy in Place For 2010, Part II

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

In last week's Friday Fuel, we talked about how to put your fleet fueling policy in place. Today, we have eight tips that will make your fuel management program more effectiv

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Expect More Tech Company Consolidation

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Acquisitions of transportation technology companies seem to be commonplace these days, as the economic environment leaves some companies with no choice, while others want to keep up with the advancing of technology.

Tags: Information Technology

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Arsenault Releases 2010 Fleet Maintenance Wall Calendar

Arsenault Associates has released its 2010 Dossier fleet maintenance wall calendar, featuring photos of the winning fleets from the third Dossier Fleet Photo Contest

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Chevron Completes Testing on 2010 Engine Oil

Chevron says engines have accumulated between 130,000 to 190,000 miles of operations using the oil.

Chevron has found that its Delo 400 LE SAE 15W-40 engine oil is ready to help meet 2010 emissions standards

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cat Releases 10th Series of Super Trucks Collector Cards

Cat Scale Company has released its tenth series of Super Trucks Limited Edition collector cards at Cat Scale locations

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

South African Publisher Creates Freight Chart

Chart Technica, a Johannesburg, South Africa-based chart publisher, has introduced a new freight chart, a visual representation of the freight industry

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sonnax Develops New Power Train Savers

Power Train Savers feature patented Torque Fuses that shear if harmful over-torque occurs.

Sonnax Industries has introduced new Power Train Savers, devices that protect the drivetrain against over-torque damage that can ruin differentials, gears, axles and driveshafts

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Continental Adds New Sizes to Drive and Steer Tire Lineup

The new HSL2 Eco Plus (Heavy Steer Long-Haul) has 1,215 more pounds of additional carrying capacity.

Continental Tire North America has added new drive and steer tires in ultra low profile sizes to its lineup

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mistaken Identity: Do Light Loads Really Cause Excessive Tire Wear?

Normally loaded, tires have a flat, even footprint. When empty at highway speed, the only center of the tread makes contact with the pavement.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Empty miles can chew up more than your balance sheet. Running empty one way may be good for fuel consumption, but it's hell on tires

Tags: Tires

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Snap-on's New Epiq WorkCenters Provide Increased Storage Space

Snap-on Tools' new WorkCenters for Epiq are designed to fit on top of the roll cabs to significantly increase the technicians' working space and provide more secured storage in the service bays

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Put Your Fleet Fueling Policy in Place For 2010, Part I

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

As a new year quickly approaches, it's an ideal time to review current policies that your company has in place

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ATA, Codega Release New Safety Videos

Through a partnership with Codega, the American Trucking Associations has released three new safety videos along with accompanying educational materials

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rhodes Trailer Adds New Aluminum Service Body

Rhodes Trailers' new aluminum service body is lightweight, for fuel savings and less corrosion.

Rhodes Trailers & Truck Bodies, a Parkersburg, W.V-based manufacturer of custom trailers, truck bodies and related transportation equipment, has added a new all-aluminum service and mechanics body line

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Mirror Mitts Protect Workers From Head Injuries

The bright yellow Mirror Mitts fit snugly over fender spot mirrors for added safety in the service bay.

Diversified Specialties, Worcester, Mass., has introduced padded safety mirror covers that slide over truck spot mirrors to protect workers from head injuries during service

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Eaton Rolls Out New Sustainable Web Site

Eaton has rolled out a new web site that provides information on the company's range of sustainable products

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Interior Lighting? Think LEDs

Neither incandescents nor fluorescents can hold a candle(power) to light-emitting diodes, which make good white light and last a lifetime. The LED lighting pictured here is from Grote Industries.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Daylight's great for as long as it lasts, and then we switch on electric lights. But for lighting up the insides of trailers, forget old-fashioned incandescent and even late-model fluorescent types

Tags: Trailers

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reclaim Your File Cabinets With Document Management

Software companies have developed ways to convert documents into electronic format as close to delivery as possible. Above is a TripPak scanning station at a truckstop.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

George Van Dyke Trucking, Tangent, Ore., used to allocate a 100-square-foot storage room, a large in-office filing area, and a team of two to handle the same amount of paperwork controlled by one employee and a computer today

Tags: Information Technology

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

GpsGate Releases Newest Version of VehicleTracker

The newest version of GpsGate's VehicleTracker web-based application includes a redesigned user interface, configurable system alerts for e-mail and SMS notifications and a mobile application interface for those working in the field

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tracer's New UV Leak Detection Flashlight With LED Technology

Tracer's new leak detection flashlight features LED technology.

Tracer Products has developed a new UV leak detection flashlight with ultra-high-flux LED technology

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CEI's New Training Focuses on Winter Driving

The CEI Group has released a new DriverCare Web-Based Training lesson that provides techniques for coping safely with the hazards of winter driving

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

More Fleet Hybrids Will Be on the Road By 2015

The use of hybrid electric vehicles is expected to catch on with fleets over the next five years, with sales increasing from 300,000 units in 2009 to more than 830,000 in 201

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Don't Let Technology Hurt You in Court

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

High on the list of carrier concerns about electronic onboard recorders is how to guard the data these devices collect. The information can work both ways: It can protect a carrier, but it also can be used as weapo

Tags: Information Technology

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Shippers Look for More Than Freight Rates: An Interview With NITL President Bruce Carlton

HDT interviewed NIT League President Bruce Carlton.

By Oliver B. Patton, Washington Editor

Bruce Carlton is president and CEO of the National Industrial Transportation League, which represents shipper interests in Washington, D.C. Here's an edited version of an interview with Carlto

Tags: The Bottom Line

December 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

LeanLogistics Launches Freight Optimization Tool

LeanLogistics has launched GreenLanes, a transportation and freight optimization program meant to improve sustainability and reduce empty mile

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maintaining APUs

APUs have come a long way in the past five years, but you can't ignore the maintenance. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

The auxiliary power unit has come a long way since the first commercially available units hit the streets in the late 1980s

Tags: More Maintenance

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Class 3-5 Update: Model Year Mash-up

2010 engines push debut of some 2011 trucks well into the new year. Shown is Hino's model 145.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Look for altered model years from many builders after Jan. 1 as they prepare to begin installing EPA 2010-legal diesels in their commercial trucks at various points next year

Tags: Light & Medium

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

7 Strategies For Better Customer Relations

To intelligently negotiate rates, you need to know your direct and indirect costs, for each customer and even for each lane. (Photo by Paul Hartley)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Coastal Pacific Xpress is bigger now than it was three years ago - and it's done so while being choosy about its customers, even through the recession

Tags: The Bottom Line

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

1st Guard Launches New iPhone Application

1st Guard Corporation, a truck insurer based out of Venice, Fla., has launched AheadofMe, an iPhone application that determines future destination by analyzing current location, speed and direction of travel

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PulseTech Releases Solar Battery Charger to Commercial Market

PulseTech's SP25 SolarPulse battery charger can charge, condition and maintain vehicle batteries.

PulseTech Products has released the commercial version of its SP25 SolarPulse solar battery charger, a 25-Watt charger that has been tested and used by military forces

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Phillips Introduces I-Box to Aftermarket

Phillips Industries, Santa Fe Springs, Calif., has introduced the I-Box, a nosebox designed to handle the electronic requirements of trailers, to the aftermarket

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Worth the Weight

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

With 2010 almost upon us, we have now had the opportunity to touch, feel and drive both technologies to meet the upcoming emissions limits, set for Jan.

Tags: Engine Smarts

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Stability Control Technology Can Lead to More Conservative Drivers

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

While the use of stability control systems could mean the difference between a collision and the avoidance of a crash, it also could help you create safer, more conservative drivers

Tags: Safety & Compliance

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NATSO Offers NATSN VIPs Discounts on Check-Link Program

Members of the North American Truck Stop Network VIP Program will receive a discount on NATSO's Check-Link program through Feb. 24, 201

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FairTran Offers Free Service For Calculating Rates

FairTran, Oklahoma City, Okla., is offering a new free service that calculates rates and pricing on a per mile basis for trucking companies

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMW Pens Deals With IBM For Modernization Capabilities

TMW Systems has signed a deal with IBM to implement modernization capabilities into TMW's software, including IBM's Rational Software Delivery Platform and the EGL programming language

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tenstreet's New Offering to Help With CSA 2010 Prep

Oklahoma-based Tenstreet, a supplier of software solutions that help truck fleets recruit, hire and retain drivers, has introduced a new service to automate and streamline the driver management process

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Rand McNally Takes MileMaker Global

Rand McNally is taking its MileMaker software global, with a new offering that allows for route and mile calculation in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Four Seasons Releases New Parts Organizer For AC Repairs

Four Seasons, Long Island City, N.Y., has unveiled its new Heavy Duty & Off Road Air Conditioning Service Parts Organizer

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