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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

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Xantrex Rolls Out New Line of Inverters

Xantrex is rolling out a new line of inverters for commercial and utility vehicle

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Phillips' New Trailer Dome Lamp Boasts Brighter Design

Phillips Industries' new Permalite XB Trailer Dome Lamp boasts a brighter light and more lit area inside the traile

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lease vs. Own: Re-thinking Truck Ownership As Technology Changes

By leasing trucks, Mims Meat could update its fleet immediately without straining the corporate credit line. Dan Mims says buying 16 trucks would have been tough financially.

Several years ago, many fleets thought owning their own trucks made the most financial sense

Tags: The Bottom Line

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleet Fuel Margins: Are You Paying Too Much?

Fleet fuel suppliers for over-the-road, bulk, retail, and mobile fleet fuel are no different than any other business. They are in business to make a profit, just like you

Tags: The Bottom Line

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Shell Rolls Out Revamped Line of Engine Oils

Shell Lubricants has revamped, revitalized and simplified its line of heavy-duty engine oils, including adding a fuel-efficient oil, dropping CI-4 Plus oils, and dropping brand names other than Rotella

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Thermo King Adds Programmable Controller to TriPac

Thermo King has added a programmable controller feature to its TriPac Hybrid Auxiliary Idle Reduction and Temperature Management Syste

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMW Rolls Out Freight Analyst Application

TMW Systems' new TMW Freight Analyst application provides strategic decision support in truckload businesses, allowing users to identify top and bottom lanes and shippers along with "low-hanging fruit.

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

New Line of Abex Brake Pads For Air Brake Systems

Federal-Mogul, Southfield, Mich., has expanded its line of Abex commercial vehicle brake pads to include pads specifically designed for air brake systems

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMW's The Dawg Now Available in Native IBM i Version

TMW Systems' exception alerting system, The Dawg, now includes a native AS/400/IBM i version for the TL2000 enterprise transportation software and TMT Fleet Maintenance-IBM I solution

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

EBI Launches New Xtreme Brake System

Express Brake International has launched the new Xtreme Brake System, which features increased surface contact, better lining wear, improved stopping power, and less rust jackin

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

InteliTrailer Develops InteliGuard Locking System

InteliTrailer Inc., an advanced cargo security technology company, has developed the InteliGuard Locking System, a tamperproof security system that goes inside trailers, containers and railcars where it is virtually inaccessible

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMW Systems Reveals Data Warehouse Capability

TMW Systems has added Data Warehousing technology to its ResultsNow by TMW business intelligence too

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

PeopleNet Rolls Out New BLU Workflow Utility

Through PeopleNet's new BLU Workflow service, customers can get a customized solution for meeting their workflow need

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Hammerhead Unveils Retractable Mic Keeper

Hammerhead Industries unveiled the Gear Keeper CB Mic Keeper RT2 Designer Series, a retractable device designed to keep drivers safe while communicating on a mic

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

TMW Introduces Managed Services

TMW Systems introduced TMW Managed Services, a new service to help companies reduce IT infrastructure investments, ensure scalability and optimize scarce resource

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Multi Service Interfaces to Karmak's Business Systems

Multi Service Corp. has formed an agreement with Karmak to integrate OEM national account programs with Karmak business systems through Service Gate

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ryder Enhances Used Trucks Web Site

Ryder System has made improvements to its used vehicles web site, with more vehicle information and a quick-search featur

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Snap-on's New Digital Borescope Reaches Hard Places

Snap-on Tools has developed a new Digital Image Capturing Borescope, designed to inspect in hard to reach places and diagnose problems more accurately and quickly

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Everlube Introduces Engine Oil Reservoirs

Everlube Reservoirs, a division of Fabtron Corporation, has introduced engine oil reservoirs to ensure drivers stay on the road and don't cause permanent engine damage due to low engine oil

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Thermo King Rolls Out Cellular Temperature Management

Thermo King has rolled out a cellular, web-enabled temperature management system called TracKing, which was designed to provide real-time monitoring and trackin

September 2009, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Decisiv FleetPlus Integrates with TMW's Fleet Maintenance Software

Decisiv has integrated its FleetPlus service management software with TMW Systems' TMT Fleet Maintenance softwar

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