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October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Polk Research Highlights Demand For Engine Parts

R.L. Polk & Co. has released its new Diesel Engine Parts Replacement Analysis, designed to help engine manufacturers and parts suppliers as well as parts distributors in planning inventory strategies

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fontaine Unveils New Ultra Fifth Wheel Line

The Fontaine Ultra LT offers weight savings of up to 100 pounds.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Fontaine Fifth Wheel and its aftermarket parts group, Fontaine Parts Connection, unveiled a new family of fifth wheels Thursday, including a new lightweight fifth wheel slider system and a direct replacement for competitive standard-duty fifth wheel top plates

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Thermo King's New Temperature Control System For Small Trucks

Thermo King has released a new vehicle-powered temperature control system for small trucks

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Thermo King Updates Line of Air Management Systems

The new PrimAir Insulated Bulkhead

Thermo King has added several new products to its line of PrimAir air management systems, including Heavy Duty Return Air Bulkheads, Chute Systems, Insulated Bulkheads, Two-piece Return Air Bulkheads, and Split Air Chute System

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aljex Partners With Capital Associates For Factoring

Aljex Software will start offering transportation factoring and accounts receivable services, thanks to a new partnership with Capital Associate

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mobile On-Site Fueling

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

If you are exploring ways to improve your fuel management program, on-site fueling could be the right solution for your fuel planning process

Tags: The Bottom Line

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Daimer Industries Introduces Pressure Washers to Fleets

Daimer Industries, a vendor and overseas distributor of commercial cleaning equipment, has introduced five Super Max auto detailing pressure washers with its Super High-Temperature Optimized Technology wet steam feature to the fleet management industr

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Minimizer Releases Enhanced Poly Fenders

Minnesota-based Minimizer, a manufacturer of poly truck fenders, poly toolboxes, customized mud flaps, and bracket kits, has made enhancements to the MIN2400 "The Texas Double," and is changing the poly fenders' part number to MIN248

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cole Hersee's New Battery Disconnect Switch

Cole Hersee's new SureStart Low Voltage Disconnect Switch electronically senses battery voltage and disconnects non-critical loads to extend battery life

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Route1 Database Includes 3,200 Low Clearance Warnings

Lowclearances.com has rolled out a new database of more than 3,200 low clearances on major and minor roads in the U.S

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Freightliner's New On-highway Coronado Hits the Streets

Freightliner Trucks has made several improvements to its new on-highway Coronado, including enhanced aerodynamics, updated technology, and style and comfort

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Snap-on Tools Rolls Out New Battery Charger

Snap-on Tools has developed a new battery charger built to power the battery of any vehicl

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

LADD Offers New Deutsch Industrial Connector

LADD Industries has added the DRC22-40PA to the line of Deutsch Industrial DRC connector

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Continental's New Drive Tire For Regional Haulers

Continental Tire North America's new HDR1 drive tire, built for regional applications, is being unveiled to the North American market

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleet Fuel Price Negotiating: Details, Details

By Glen Sokolis, Sokolis Group

Many companies large and small have no idea how to negotiate fleet fuel prices and discounts.

Tags: The Bottom Line

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Paccar Parts Offers New Billing Services to Fleets

Paccar Parts offers convenient centralized billing through an enhanced fleet-service program.

Paccar Parts now offers guaranteed, national pricing, customized reporting and centralized billing for fleet customers through Kenworth PremierCare and Peterbilt TruckCare service

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Highway Products Unveils New Grille Guard

Highway Products, White City, Ore., has unveiled its new Heavy Duty Moose Bar, a grille guard, built from heavy wall aluminum T-6 alloy tubing and structural channel

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Isuzu Launches Preventive Maintenance Program

Through a new Priority Service Maintenance Program, customers of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America will be guaranteed preventive maintenance costs with fixed parts and labor expenses for three to six years, depending on the term, mileage and utilizatio

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ARI's New Consulting Services Focus on CARB Regulations

Automotive Resources International, a fleet solutions provider, now offers consulting services to diesel fleets to help them stay compliant with California Air Resources Board regulations

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Peterson Adds Accessory Light to Line of LEDs

Peterson Manufacturing's tunnel lights

Missouri-based Peterson Manufacturing has added the new 274 Series accessory light to its LED line of tunnel lights for trucks and trailer

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Giti Tire's New Model Made For Long Haulers

Giti Tire designed its new GT669+ for long haul applications, with long tread life, reliable performance and retreadability

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Coronado SD is Freightliner's New Vocational Heavy Truck

Coronado SD can be ordered as a tractor or straight truck, with forward- or setback steer axles and a variety of vocation-specific components. It will replace Freightliner's FLD-SD.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Freightliner Truck's next-generation heavy vocational model is the Coronado SD, which will replace the FLD-SD that goes out of production in a few month

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Prophesy Rolls Out Dispatch Software to LTL Market

Prophesy Transportation Solutions, an Accellos company, has added Prophesy Dispatch LTL, its truck dispatch software designed for less-than-truckload carriers and brokers, to its DispatchSeries product line

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Trion Offers New Health Care Programs For Fleets

Pennsylvania-based Trion, an employee benefits and administration provider, has introduced a suite of employee health care programs aimed at reducing the overall employee benefits spend for fleet owner

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Collective Data Debuts New Shop Management Tool

Collective Data has debuted its new shop management software solution, collectiveShop, to meet the growing demand in the fleet industry

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Tracer Rolls Out New LED Leak Detection Lamp

Tracer Products has rolled out the Tracerline Tritan 365, a multi-LED, broad-beam, UV leak detection lamp

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Navteq Transport Adds Canada to Coverage

Navteq has made changes to its Navteq Transport coverage to include the major highway network across the entire country of Canada

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PHH Arval's New Services to Manage Driver Violations

PHH Arval, a subsidiary of PHH Corporation, has added two new services to help fleets manage violations incurred by fleet drivers, including the PHH Violations Recovery program and the E*Toll Account Management

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Mahle ServiceLogiq Software Available to Heavy-duty Market

Mahle Test Systems' new ServiceLogiq diagnostic service tool software using Movimento's RP1210 compatible Puma 2 intelligent Vehicle Communication Interface i(VCI) is now available to the heavy-duty vehicle market

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMW Systems to Integrate With Navteq's Map Data

TMW Systems has signed a map data and content licensing agreement with Navteq for a development program that will enhance TMW's software portfolio with new geographic visualization and routing tools

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

CarrierWeb Enhances EOBR System

CarrierWeb has added new features to its LogsManager, an electronic on-board recording system for electronic logs that is compliant with the most current federal hours of service regulations

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Qualcomm Adds New Services to Mobile Computing Platform

Qualcomm has added two new services to its Mobile Computing Platform, including Circle of Service Workflow and Premium Wi-Fi Servic

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xata Launches New For-hire Tools, On-board Computer

Xata Corporation plans to introduce new Fleet Performance Management applications and a new on-board computer for the for-hire trucking market

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Making Short Work of Corrosion

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

One of the main concerns in front of the Technology and Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Association is corrosion caused by road chemicals. The problem has escalated in recent years with the adoption of magnesium and calcium chloride

Tags: Under The Hood

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Get Drivers Involved in Tire Maintenance

There are still a few drivers out there who care enough to help keep tire costs down.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Trying to get drivers actively involved in tire maintenance programs is like pushing rope uphill. If you're lucky, the good ones will kick or thump the tires during a pre-tri

Tags: Tires

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Spec'ing Your Trailer For Resale

Condition of floor, walls and ceiling, as in this reefer, are among the things a prospective buyer looks at. Solid specs and regular maintenance keep a trailer usable and resalable.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

What makes a semitrailer easy to sell at a good price? Structural soundness, with emphasis on the floor and roof, and good appearance that comes from regular maintenanc

Tags: Trailers

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ALK Upgrades PC*Miler Navigator

ALK Technologies has enhanced its PC*Miler Navigator portable navigation device with additional North American truck restrictions, enhanced digital map data, and three new models

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Allison Transmission Load-Based Shift Scheduling Standard on Kenworths

Kenworth Class 8 and medium-duty trucks are now available with Allison Transmission's Load-Based Shift Scheduling as a standard feature on select Allison transmissions

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Driving Impressions: Ford's Transit Connect is Bigger Than it Looks

Tall roof and near-6-foot-long cargo bed allow Transit Connect to carry a lot. Upfitters can add shelves, cabinets, racks and other equipment for carrying cargo and tools. It has a sporty feel but is a commercial truck from the ground up, Ford says.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

A Transit Connect is roughly 2 feet shorter and weighs about 1,500 pounds less than an E-150 van. The TC's high roof makes it roomier than it might look in a photograp

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Cargo Van Update: More Products, Costlier Diesels on the Way

Workhorse offers its MetroStar, with contemporary International-like nose styling and aluminum bodies.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The gasoline share will only increase, because Ford Motor Co., the market leader, is dropping the Navistar-built PowerStroke diesel following lawsuits over warranty claims and competitive issues, leaving its E-series vans with gasoline-only power in the new yea

Tags: Light & Medium

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

OSAS Develops New Sleep Apnea Software

Occupational Sleep Apnea Solutions has introduced a new web-based software to help companies manage the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea for its employees

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

A Mobile Industry: Cell Phones Useful to Stay Connected With Drivers

As an alternative to in-cab devices, cell phones can provide a way for fleets to track drivers, especially when they're doing work outside of the truck.

By Diana Britton, Managing Editor

Cell phones today are nearly second-nature. You can walk down the street and see almost everyone holding one. And it's almost impossible to imagine how the trucking industry did without the

Tags: Information Technology

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Federal Stimulus Includes Billions For Alternative-fuel and Electric Vehicles

Sterling and Kenworth drayage tractors fill up at a new liquified natural gas station opened by Clean Energy Fuels Corp. adjacent to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in southern California.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Kimberly Taylor of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute was almost ecstatic. "The whole world is watching their calendar, waiting for their grants to come out," she said of people in the business of producing and using cars, truck

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Air Disc Brakes: You Can't Inspect What You Can't See

The caliper is nearly impossible to see without removing the wheel, leaving CVSA inspectors at a loss on how to determine brake functionality.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Imagine having a brand new truck sidelined during a roadside inspection because the inspector didn't understand what he was looking a

Tags: Chassis & Brakes

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Maintaining Air Disc Brakes

Air disc brake systems (pictured) don't look anything like drum brake systems. Inspection standards and procedures are not the same either.

By Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

The new federal mandate requiring shorter stopping distances dictates more brake torque for the front axle of trucks and tractors. The regulation can be accommodated by bigger drums, but it may stimulate a faster acceptance of the air disc brake for steer axle brakes.

Tags: Chassis & Brakes

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Test Drives

Test Drive: Detroit Diesel's DD13 and DD15 - Driving With SCR

This 2011 Cascadia with EPA 2010 DD15 engine, above, is a customer demo unit already in revenue service. We drove it first. We liked it a lot.

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Call it pre-need planning. When Detroit Diesel rolled out its DD15 engine in October 2007, the company said it was a clean-sheet design, birthed EPA-'07-compliant and 100 percent ready for EPA-201

Tags: Test Drive

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

FleetMind's Management Solutions Focus on Safety

FleetMind Solutions, a Montreal-based fleet management solutions provider, has enhanced its system's capabilities to make it easier for fleets to manage safety initiative

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EGR Engines and Oil Control

By Commentary Steve Sturgess, Executive Editor

One of the planks in Caterpillar's argument for its Acert technology was that no particulate-heavy exhaust was recirculated into the inlet, as is the case with other exhaust gas recirculation technologies

Tags: Under The Hood

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Green Public Face of Private Fleets

Kraft recently bought a first-of-its-kind International Durastar hybrid delivery truck with cold-plate refrigeration technology.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor

Private fleets often have an extra incentive to be "green." Those trucks on the road may be the most publicly visible element of a parent company's "green" strategy, sending out a message to the public that the company is concerned about the environment.

Tags: Operations & Fuel Economy

October 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Get More Work Out of Your Work Trucks

By Bob Johnson, director of fleet relations, NTEA

Maximizing fleet productivity starts with getting the most out of your vehicles.

Tags: Light & Medium

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