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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: 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

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

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