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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: 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: 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

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Safety Vision Adds SafeDrive MiniDVR to Line of Camera Products

Safety Vision has added its new SafeDrive MiniDVR mobile digital video recorder system to its on-board camera solutions lin

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hammar Lift's New Sidelifter System For Transporting Containers

Hammar Lift, Laguna Niguel, Calif., has introduced its new Sidelifter system, a driver-operated tool for loading, transporting, off-loading and transferring ISO standard intermodal containers and flat

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Recruiting.com Launches Prospect Relationship Management Software

Recruiting.com has launched a new software system to help recruiters find qualified hires

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Prophesy Rolls Out New TaxTally GPS

Prophesy Transportation Solutions, an Accellos company, has rolled out its new TaxTally GPS, a GPS tracking solution that's integrated with the company's TaxTally Fuel Tax Reporting softwar

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

OTC Rolls Out New GripLock Pullers

Minnesota-based OTC, an SPX Brand, has developed two-ton and five-ton GripLock Pullers, which can provide a fast pulling solution for medium- and heavy-duty truck technician

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Optronics New Line of LED Trailer Lights

Optronics, an Oklahoma-based provider of trailer lighting, has introduced a new line of low diode count lights called Fleet Coun

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Do You Audit Your Fleet Fuel Invoices?

By Glen Sokolis, The Sokolis Group

The Sokolis Group performs a lot of audits of fleet fuel invoices, reviewing hundreds of thousands of fuel transactions a month

Tags: The Bottom Line

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ford Announces 2011 F-SuperDuty Models With New Diesel, Gas Engines

Ford's 2011 SuperDuty

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Ford has given its 2011-model F-SuperDuty trucks an extensive mechanical makeover with two new engines and a 6-speed TorqShift automatic transmission with a live-drive power take-off.

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

SleepDog Memory Foam Mattresses For Sleeper Cabs

SleepDogMattress.com, a division of BedinaBox.com, has added a full line of memory foam mattresses to fit sleeper cabs

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xtra Lease Adds Tracking Service to Reefers, Flatbeds

Trailer rental and leasing company Xtra Lease will now provide its solar-sustained trailer tracking service on reefers and flatbeds as part of a trailer lease packag

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Corcentric's New Video Looks at Going Paperless

Corcentric, a Virginia-based company that aims to reduce the costs associated with processing business-to-business transactions, has produced a new video that discusses the benefits of going paperles

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Pig Unveils Blue Absorbent Mat

New Pig Corp. has unveiled the Pig Blue Absorbent Mat, designed to absorb and disperse liquid evenl

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Superior Signals Adds to Suite of Vehicle Safety Lighting

Superior Signals has developed new halogen rotator mini bars.

Superior Signals, which manufactures vehicle safety lighting and traffic control products, has several new offerings, including two new surface mount LED modules and halogen rotator mini bars

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

MicroGreen Filter Ups Oil Change Periods to 30,000 Miles

The period between oil changes can be as high as 30,000 miles with SOMS Technologies' new microGreen Extended Performance Oil Filte

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New 3000 Watt Power Inverter From Clore

Clore Automotive, Lenexa, Kansas, has introduced the new 3000 Watt Power Inverter, featuring Solar Sonic Compression technology, which uses a proprietary modified sine wave design to provide stable, clean and reliable powe

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Teletrac Unveils New Version of Fleet Director

Teletrac, Garden Grove, Calif., has released a new version of its Fleet Director vehicle fleet management softwar

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Get More Work Out of Your Work Trucks

Trade shows like The Work Truck Show provide the opportunity to research new bodies, equipment and components from a number of manufacturers in a single location.

By Bob Johnson, director of fleet relations, NTEA

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

Tags: The Bottom Line

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