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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: 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: 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

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

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