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November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fuel Management or Fuel Inventory? That is the Question

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

As we approach the Thanksgiving season and Black Friday, it's time for us to look at where the fuel market is and how it could affect your fuel management program. There are clearly mixed signs in the fuel marketplac

Tags: The Bottom Line

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Sleep HealthCenters Launch Nationwide Network of Sleep Centers

Sleep HealthCenters has launched a nationwide network of accredited sleep centers focusing on sleep disorder car

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Stemco, Tramec Join Forces to Offer Automatic Brake Adjusters

Stemco, an EnPro Industries company, has formed a joint venture with Tramec to develop automatic brake adjusters for the commercial vehicle market

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FleetMind Unveils New Green Fleet Solution

FleetMind Solutions' new green fleet solution is designed to help waste, recycling and less-than-truckload fleets reduce fuel consumption, mileage and emissions and develop more efficient driver behavior

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

RCI Unveils Portable Fuel Transfer/Filtration Unit

California-based fuel purifier manufacturer RCI Technologies introduces its newly redesigned Emergency Fuel Transfer and Filtration Unit

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Offers PriMaax EX Air Suspension For Vocational Applications

Kenworth now offers the Hendrickson PriMaax EX suspension for vocational applications with the Kenworth T800, W900 and C500 models

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Michelin X One Retread for Refuse, Urban Applications

Michelin Retread Technologies expanded its retread offering for its X One wide single truck tires by introducing the Michelin X One XZU S Pre-Mold Retread

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ALK Technologies Offers Graphical User Interface for PC*Miler Web Services

ALK Technologies has designed a new tool to visualize the interface to PC*Miler Web Services. Through the new Graphical User Interface, users can easily access PC*Miler mileage, toll costs, map data, driving directions, and reporting functionality

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Talbert's New Dampening System For Spread Axle Trailers

Talbert says The Equalizer provides equal weight distribution for a smoother ride.

Heavy-haul trailer maker Talbert Manufacturing, Rensselaer, Ind., has introduced The Equalizer, a nitrogen-assisted dampening system that hydraulically transfers loads in all terrains

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Continental Adds Scuff Rib Feature to HSR1

Continental has updated its HSR1 tire for P&D service.

On customer demand, Continental Tire North America has made improvements to its HSR1, Heavy Steer Regional, for pick-up and delivery applications, including adding a curb/scuff rib feature in the 245/70R19.5 size

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Horton Unveils New Arctis Two-Speed Fan Drives

Horton's new Arctis Two-Speed Fan Drives are powered by eddy current most of the time.

Horton, Roseville, Minn., has unveiled a new engine cooling system 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

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Don't Let the Weather Freeze Your Deliveries

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Preventive maintenance prior to the onset of the cold weather is an important factor in keeping your fleet on the roa

Tags: The Bottom Line

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FleetMentor Introduces Maintenance Scheduling Tool

FleetMentor has developed a new maintenance tool, PM Service Schedule, to help create and maintain preventative maintenance schedule

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aljex Adds Driver Texting to Dispatch Application

Aljex has added a driver texting capability to its hosted broker and dispatch application, which allows brokers or dispatchers to send text messages to the driver's cell phone from the Aljex dispatch screen

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

BorgSolutions Adds Dealer Module to Fleet Management System

BorgSolutions, which provides fleet management systems, has launched a fleet maintenance management system for the dealer/supplie

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailmobile "UltraPlate" Composite Dry Van is Back

Canadian-based Manac Inc., a trailer manufacturer, is reintroducing the Trailmobile "UltraPlate" composite dry van into the marketplace, after purchasing the design from the Trailmobile Corporation in Septembe

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Pickups Update: Engine Advances Up Fuel Economy

The all-American vehicle gets engine advances as the Great Recession begins to end. Pictured is the new Dodge Ram 2500.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Advances in gasoline and diesel engines for pickup trucks are just in time to catch the beginning of the end of the recession, the worst downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930

Tags: Light & Medium

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SKF Develops Wheel End Monitor

SKF, a global supplier in the areas of bearings, seals, mechatronics, services and lubrication systems, has developed the SKF Wheel End Monitor, which detects early stage wheel bearing damage in heavy-duty trucks, trailers, buses and other commercial vehicles

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TransCore's New Service Provides Credit Visibility

TransCore, Harrisburg, Pa., has launched a new credit monitoring service designed for freight brokers and carrier

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vigillo Releases CSA 2010 Scorecard

Oregon-based Vigillo, which provides a web-based risk management platform, has released its new CSA 2010 Preview Scorecard, a tool to provide trucking companies with an advance look at their fleet safety dat

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Outlook 2010: Slow Turn Ahead

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor, and Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Skim the economic news headlines online, and they'll likely leave you scratching your head. What do all these numbers really mean

Tags: The Bottom Line

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Idle Reduction: What's Right for Your Fleet?

Fewer long-haul drivers idle to keep cool at night, but there's room for improvement.

By Jim Park

More than half of all the states in the Union plus the District of Columbia now enforce idling restrictions at either the state, county or municipal leve

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Eaton's New UltraShift Plus Has Brains and Brawn

Shifts on uphill grades under heavy load are lightning-fast, thanks to the inertia brake and outstanding shifting logic.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

Eaton's UltraShift has been updated and upgraded with a new, two-plate, electronically activated clutch and revised logic for the electronic controller that makes it a much sweeter transmission that will learn - or coach - according to driver deman

Tags: Test Drive

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet Partners With CLI to Offer PeopleNet Link

PeopleNet has partnered with Carrier Logistics to use PeopleNet Link as a way to retrieve and populate data into CLI's Facts software, according to Ken Weinberg, vice president of CL

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Firestone Releases New Load Adaptive Shocks

The new Ride-Rite LS  shocks are designed as an upgrade to its Ride-Rite air helper springs.

Firestone Industrial Products has introduced Ride-Rite LS, new load adaptive shocks designed as an upgrade to its Ride-Rite air helper spring

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cheetah Introduces New Customer Visibility Add-on

Cheetah Software Systems, Westlake Village, Calif., has added the Customer Visibility System to its solution, a tool that provides customers with real-time order status information

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Kenworth Unveils 2010 Heavy Duty Body Builder Manual

Kenworth Truck Company has unveiled its 2010 Heavy Duty Body Builder Manual, which provides information and guidelines for truck specification and design during the body planning and installation processe

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Turn Rubber into Gold: Tire Management

Carrying excessive inventory makes little sense. If you can accurately predict replacement cycles, your money stays where it belongs.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Here's a quick quiz: What's your tire cost per mile? How many miles per 32nd do you get out of a steer or drive tire? How many miles do you expect from a steer tire

Tags: Tires

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Safety: Easy On, Off and Walking for Drivers With These Products

Air cylinders raise the railing along the top of this dry-bulk tanker for safe use by a driver or worker. They drop back down when loading or maintenance is complete.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Falling from a tall trailer will almost certainly result in broken bones or worse for a driver or maintenance person, and will cost thousands of dollars in medical and worker's compensation claims

Tags: Safety & Compliance

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trailer Safety: Easy On, Off and Walking for Drivers With These Products

Air cylinders raise the railing along the top of this dry-bulk tanker for safe use by a driver or worker. They drop back down when loading or maintenance is complete.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Falling from a tall trailer will almost certainly result in broken bones or worse for a driver or maintenance person, and will cost thousands of dollars in medical and worker's compensation claims

Tags: Trailers

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Meritor Wabco Releases New Version of Diagnostics Software

Meritor Wabco has enhanced its Toolbox PC-based diagnostics software, which is available for its pneumatic and hydraulic anti-lock braking systems, electronic leveling modules, and electronically-controlled air suspensions

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Valvoline, Tiwi Launch Fuel Proof Guarantee Program

Valvoline's Premium Blue Extreme SAE 5W-40 full synthetic engine oil.

Valvoline and tiwi are launching a joint initiative to provide customers with a Fuel Proof Guarantee to test fuel economy improvement

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

NATSO Foundation Develops Truckstop Toolkit on H1N1

The NATSO Foundation has created an online toolkit designed to help truckstop and travel plaza owners as well as the public prepare for an H1N1 outbreak

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hiring Technology: Automated Recruiting

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

Wayne Cedarholm told a story 20 years ago about his employer C.R. England, the major refrigerated carrier based in Salt Lake City

Tags: Information Technology

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Future of Fuel Prices

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

"Forecasting anything beyond 90 days makes witchcraft look like some sort of exact science." That was the caveat of Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service, when we asked him about his oil and diesel price prediction

Tags: The Bottom Line

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is Your Fuel Management Ready for Winter?

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Every year the transportation industry faces new challenges during the winter months, and this year is no different

Tags: The Bottom Line

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Gateway Safety Enhances Line of Protection Eyewear

Gateway Safety has introduced its StarLite Mag and Scorpion Mag biofocal eye protection for use in the shop

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vanguard Outfits Trailers With Phillips' QBox and Sta-Dry

Vanguard National Trailer Corporation, Monon, Ind., has chosen to make the Phillips QBox nosebox and Sta-Dry Slim-7 wiring harnesses standard on its trailers

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Alliance Parts Redesigns Web Site

Alliance Parts has recently redesigned its web site to include a comprehensive search function for its on-site catalog as well as a new customized page for its 1,000-plus retail location

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PrePass Rolls Out New Suite of Products

The new Ground Traffic Control product, powered by Zonar

PrePass has rolled out a new suite of products that target fleet efficiency and an improvement in air quality and highway safety

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New iPhone App Documents Hours of Service

iCooper, a software publisher based in Southwest Washington, has launched iDDL, an iPhone application to help truck drivers document their hours of service and other activitie

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mahle Clevite Rebrands North American Aftermarket Parts

Mahle Clevite has implemented a new brand strategy for its North American aftermarket products, including transitioning some of its product lines to the Mahle Original brand and making changes to the Original logo and packagin

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Karmak Introduces New Scheduling Tool

Karmak recently introduced its new ProfitMaster Scheduling product, which helps shops manage service schedules and dispatching appointments

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Helm Launches Service Bay Marketplace Unit

Helm Incorporated, a specialty fulfillment and brand support solutions provider based in Highland Park, Mich., has launched a new Service Bay Marketplace business unit, an online centralized purchasing and supply chain management solutio

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Delmar Releases Two New Online Technician Courses

Delmar, part of Cengage Learning, has released two new online courses in its Professional Truck Technician Training Series, including courses covering Diesel Engines and Drive Train

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TransCore Adds Three New Modules to Logistics Software

TransCore has upgraded its Logistics Software with three new modules, including the Carrier Pay Rate Calculator and other business analytics tools

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Smart Truck, Smart Business: Former SmartWay Head Launches Aerodynamic Venture

Photo courtesy of Navistar

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

There have been many contributions to the improvement of truck and trailer aerodynamics - and therefore fuel efficiency - over the last few years, both from truck manufacturers and from add-on device

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Vortex Reveals Aerodynamic Splash Guards

Vortex Splash Guards Technologies has introduced a new aerodynamic air flow mud flap, which performs like an air routing system that also helps facilitate cooler running brakes and tires

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mohawk Introduces New Weight Gauge

Mohawk Lifts, Amsterdam, N.Y., has introduced a new weight gauge, a scale on the lift that shows the weight being lifted by each column or the entire load

November 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tele Atlas Maps, Content to Power Cobra's Truck GPS

Under a new agreement, Tele Atlas will provide digital maps and location content to power Cobra Electronics' 7700 Pro, its GPS navigation and routing tool designed for the professional truck driver

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