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January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Snap-on Device Picks Up Noise and Vibration

The new THEBIS Noise and Vibration Diagnostic Unit includes four inductive clamps that pick up vibrations and noise from the chassis and driveline and two vent transducers that pick up sounds from the vehicle's drivetrain.

Snap-on's Innovation Works has introduced a new device that pinpoints the source of noise and vibration in underhood, undercar and vehicle interiors

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PCS Software's New iPhone App Assists With Bills of Lading

PCS Software has released a new iPhone application that allows drivers to collect consignee signatures on their iPhones

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Purolator Filters Expands Line of Class 8 Filters; Updates Catalog

Purolator's expanded line of filters includes coverage for cabin air filters.

Purolator Filters, headquartered in Fayetteville, N.C., has expanded its line of heavy duty filters for Class 8 trucks and buses to include oil, air, cabin, fuel, air dryers, hydraulic and coolant filters

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

RAIR Releases CSA 2010 Solution

RAIR, which provides log auditing services as well as services to manage driver qualification files, to audit DVIR's and to verify logs with GPS data, has released a solution to help carriers fully comply with the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 201

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PressurePro Integrates With QAT's Fleet Management System

Advantage PressurePro has partnered with QA Technologies to integrate PressurePro's Tire Pressure Monitoring into QAT's AccutrAVL web-based fleet management system

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SkyBitz Rolls Out New Asset Management System

Compared to GPS-based tracking devices, SkyBitz's new GLS-based system is meant to extend the service life.

SkyBitz has rolled out a new asset management solution based on its patented Global Locating System technology

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

YRC Launches Refund Program

YRC Inc., a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide, has launched a new program that offers shippers a 100 percent refund if their shipments fail to deliver on the scheduled day of service

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Paccar Launches MX Engine

Paccar announced the introduction of the Paccar MX engine to be installed in Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks this summer

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Secondary Containment Available for DEF Tote Storage Enclosure System

Spatco DEF has added a secondary containment feature to its Diesel Exhaust Fluid Tote Storage Enclosure System, which it says is an industry first

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EBE Adds CSA 2010 Scorecard to Driver Management Solutions

EBE Technologies announces the addition of a web-based CSA 2010 scorecard and workflow application to its current driver management solution, SHIPS

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Additional Telescopic Cylinder Line for Hyva

Hyva Group launched the "BU" telescopic cylinder series, an additional range of product aimed at the cylinder aftermarket sales channel

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Big Iron Hub Covers Available on Iowa80.com

The Big Iron ABS Chrome Hub Cover Kits are available for front (shown) and rear hubs.

Iowa80.com is now offering Big Iron Hub Covers, which can be ordered through the web site

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Blackmer's CRL Pumps Designed to Handle Liquid CO2 Service

In response to demand from CO2 marketers, Blackmer designed its CRL pumps to be more durable.

Blackmer, which offers positive displacement pumps, has designed its CRL Series sliding vane pumps to handle the higher working pressures found in liquid CO2 service

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PCS Software's New iPhone Application Helps to Find Loads

PCS Software has introduced iLoadFinder, a new iPhone-based application that retrieves available loads within a certain radius of the iPhone

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ALK Introduces New Online Version of PC*Miler

ALK Technologies has launched PC*Miler|Web, an Internet-based version of ALK's PC*Miler software that provides accurate mileage for rate calculation and truck-specific driving directions and maps

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spare Parts

Help fleets prepare for unpredictable repairs on the road.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

For years, savvy fleet managers have been able to predict how long parts and components will last based on experience, and scheduled maintenance and replacement accordingly

Tags: Business

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Delivering Productivity

As parts distributors grow, so do their delivery fleets. there are technology solutions that can help make sure you're getting the most out of both trucks and drivers.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Pak West Paper & Packaging, Santa Ana, Calif., used to have a major problem with the amount of overtime hours its delivery fleet drivers were racking up

Tags: technology

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Firestone Industrial's Work-Rite Available For Certain Truck Models

The Work-Rite kit includes load assist springs, brackets, comprehensive instructions and all necessary mounting hardware.

Firestone Industrial Products Company has made its Work-Rite suspension solution available for certain models of Chevrolet, GMC, Dodge, Ford and Nissan pickup trucks, commercial vehicles and van

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Braking News: New Regulations Could Spell Parts & Service Opportunities

A technician repairs a Meritor air brake. With the new stopping rule, service providers can expect changes in 2011.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Changes in the works at the Department of Transportation could spell major opportunities for independent brake shops around the nation

Tags: Issues

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Some Things to Consider in Your Business Planning

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

In the heavy-duty distribution business, a long-term plan is about 18 months, according to a survey done in advance of Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week '09

Tags: Business

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Eight Steps to Success

By Gene Ely, Contributing Editor

It's the question on everyone's mind: "What's the best heavy-duty truck parts and service strategy for our company to take during these interesting times?

Tags: Business

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Great Customer Service

Being customer-focused helps win the pricing battle. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

What do your customers value? A survey of HDAW attendees said availability/delivery of a product was the top thing, followed by the product knowledge of your sales staff, and third by customer service/ease of doing business

Tags: Business

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

It's Time For Telematics

Telematics has moved beyond satellite solutions. (Photo by STF)

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

'Aftermarket companies will be the primary drivers of many all-new product and service opportunities for both the consumer and commercial-vehicle industries," predicted the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association in a detailed report published late last year

Tags: technology

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Turn Technology Into Profits

Don't adopt technology for technology's sake, but so you can better serve your customers. (Photo by Jim Park)

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

It's easy to get excited by all the possibilities technology offers us today. It's also easy to be intimidated and concerned about the challenges increasing technology in trucks poses to the independent distributor and service provider

Tags: Issues

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

MEMA Financial Services - Because no news isn't always good news

In this uncertain economic and financial environment, you may want to keep your company's finances and credit information to yourself

Tags: Business

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting To Know You - Everyone wants to know why fleets buy, but the reasons behind those decisions can be as individual as the people who make them

With slowing freight volumes and high fuel costs squeezing fleet profits, your customers may be looking to trim costs wherever they can, including in their parts purchases

Tags: Business

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Partnerships Key During Challenging Times

By Guest column Joe McAleese

Relationships - whether among family members, friends, colleagues, or business associates - enrich our life experiences. And they are never more needed, more appreciated, or more important than during challenging times

Tags: Business

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

DPF Maintenance

Diesel particulate filters may offer distributors a service opportunity. (Photo by STF)

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Every truck manufactured with a 2007 and later diesel engine is equipped with a diesel particulate filter. Many bus fleets started using them in 2005. There are something like 2 million DPFs, as they're called, in North America already

Tags: Managing the Shop

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Network Your Way To Success

By Guest column Marc Karon

I had a call recently from a young distributor looking for a part. I had met him at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week this year. After taking care of his part need, we discussed the upcoming HDAW '09 event

Tags: Business

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why Do Fleets Buy?

Every day, millions of replacement parts are purchased in North America for commercial trucks

Tags: Business

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDAW '08 Report - Aftermarket: Where it's been, where it's going

Heavy duty distributors and product specialists have lost market share over the last 15 years, especially to independent garages, but there are opportunities for growth in several areas

Tags: Issues

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Managing Shop Waste

Have you looked in your shop's trash lately? If it's like a lot of shops, you may find aerosol cans, mud flaps, truck batteries, rechargeable flashligh

Tags: Managing the Shop

January 2010, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Automatic Brake Adjusters: First Line Of Defense

Maintenance and repair of brakes has always been a vital, and sometimes overlooked, part of a heavy-duty PM program

Tags: Managing the Shop

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

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