A soft-sided trailer can be loaded and unloaded through rear doors, but usually is worked over its sides.
The concept came from Europe, where not many factories have loading docks, but they do have alleyways for trucks to make pickups and deliveries. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, November 25, 2015 12:22 PM | »
Smoothing air flow saves fuel money, and every little bit adds up.
SmartTruck has posted a YouTube video depicting how its UnderTray and other devices work. One item alters air behavior at the "ICC bumper." READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, November 11, 2015 1:42 PM | »
The wraps for the sides and rears of 53-foot vans are part of ATA’s campaign to boost trucking’s image among the general public.
One way to liven up a business meeting is an interesting raffle, and the American Trucking Associations obliged at its recent Management Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, giving away two sets of colorful vinyl trailer wraps with pro-industry messages. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, October 30, 2015 7:00 AM | »
Like the kit for vans, the product need be applied only to a tractor, not the trailer, which saves money.
FlowBelow Aero Inc., the manufacturer of fairings and wheel covers that control air movement around a road tractor’s drive wheels, is now selling a version for tractors that pull flatbed and tank trailers. READ MORE
Posted @ Saturday, October 17, 2015 7:42 PM | »
The same CO2 that government regulators work to control as a greenhouse gas responsible for global warming might be embraced as a more environmentally friendly compound to keep our perishables at safe temperatures. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, October 9, 2015 12:00 AM | »
Productivity, safety and fuel economy could be increased by running trucks together. But is it practical?
ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council just adopted a White Paper: Automated Driving and Platooning Issues and Opportunities discussing where development is and what its prospects are. READ MORE
Posted @ Thursday, October 1, 2015 3:00 PM | »
Another trailer axle would add 11,000 pounds of gross weight, but does it make dollars and sense?
The strongest argument against heavier rigs is the lack of payback due to low revenue from stingy shippers. That's the "market" at work. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, September 21, 2015 8:00 AM | »
FlowBelow Aero devices control air flow and boost economy by 3%, says Indian River Transport.
Stainless steel tanker trailers look smooth enough to easily slip through the air, but they have characteristics that cause drag. One fleet has turned to an aero system for the tractor tandems to help smooth the air flow over the trailer. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, September 9, 2015 5:00 PM | »
Computational fluid analysis interpreted air flow over the trailer panels’ surfaces, finding some drag produced by rivet heads.
Lord Corp., which makes bonding adhesives, has done research that indicates eliminating rivets from a trailer’s walls might cut aerodynamic drag by about 1%. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, August 26, 2015 3:00 AM | »
You’d think the woman driving the van would’ve seen the rig sitting there with its tail and marker lights on, and its red-and-white reflectors aglow from her van’s headlights.
Senior Editor Tom Berg ponders fatal rear-end crashes -- a type of crash that killed a college buddy many years ago. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, August 14, 2015 2:00 PM | »
One-third of all food produced goes to waste. If it weren't, it's possible that nobody would go hungry.
“If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases behind China and the United States." Tom Berg's Trailer Talk blog looks at a new book on food waste whose authors are with the parent company of Carrier Transicold READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, August 5, 2015 9:00 AM | »
How many of these items are usable in your van trailers?
While poring through more than 1,300 pages of proposed regulations, staffers found themselves immersed in details of trailer design, including weight reduction. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:00 PM | »
These steel boxes are exceptionally strong, fire resistant and weatherproof, and deserve to be repurposed instead of going to scrap.
Containers are made of heavy gauge steel and make excellent structural components. And they’re far cheaper and “greener” than buying traditional materials like lumber for that purpose. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, July 17, 2015 12:00 AM | »
Armored vehicles can “road march” to battlefields, but suffer high rates of wear and tear when doing so. It’s far better to carry them.
The U.S. Army operates some of the more serious tractor-trailer combinations in the world, as Tom Berg explores in his Trailer Talk blog. The M1000 gooseneck trailer, for instance, weighs 50,000 pounds before it's even loaded. READ MORE
Posted @ Thursday, July 9, 2015 10:00 AM | »
Spread tandems sometimes generate extreme lateral forces, and drop-decks use smaller sizes that are especially vulnerable to damage.
Dropdeck trailers with spread-axle tandems are torture on tires. Tom Berg explores one tire maker's quest to design a product to stand up to the beating in his Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Thursday, July 2, 2015 1:00 PM | »
Ever get stuck behind a semi you want to pass? You'd appreciate the large-screen TV on its rear doors.
Many traffic accidents in Argentina happen when motorists try to pass slower vehicles on two-lane roads.Here's a fix. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, June 22, 2015 3:00 PM | »
At 20 feet in diameter and weighing 28,000 pounds, the load was big, heavy and priceless.
What transpired was a meticulously planned two-day journey involving Belyea Truck Co. and Pacific Crane & Rigging, plus support vehicles, California Highway Patrol motorcycle escorts, and cars bearing press reporters and photographers. READ MORE
Posted @ Wednesday, June 17, 2015 6:00 AM | »
New composite leaf springs should last longer than steel and ride almost as well as air-ride, SAF-Holland says.
Air-ride's more complex and requires more maintenance, so some fleets that watch costs very closely never got on the air-ride band wagon. READ MORE
Posted @ Friday, June 5, 2015 10:40 AM | »
Experts agree that wind drag on trailers is more significant than what the tractor faces.
ATDynamics, now part of Stemco, says 75% of wind drag at highway speeds comes from the trailer. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, June 1, 2015 5:19 AM | »
Trucks, on the road or on flatcars, are often part of model railroads, as Senior Editor Tom Berg found at the Toy Train Museum.
There was a time when railroads were in the motor transport business, as their parent companies recognized that freight was being grabbed by fast, flexible long-haul trucks and they might as well grab some of the revenue. READ MORE
Posted @ Thursday, May 7, 2015 8:29 AM | »
An arrow-shaped aero device diverts wind away from the tandem, while a covering of the frame rails and crossmembers reduces turbulence there.
Unlike most skirts that are stationary, the stinger moves with the tandem as it’s slid fore and aft, so it smooths air flow no matter where the tandem is set, said the system’s inventor. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, April 28, 2015 11:53 AM | »
Sometimes intermodal shipping works and sometimes it doesn’t.
Senior Editor Tom Berg explores why one intermodal refrigerated operation is expanding, in contrast to another that is suing railroads in blame for its demise, in his Trailer Talk blog. READ MORE
Posted @ Monday, April 20, 2015 12:00 AM | »
Claims made by Cold Train founders in their $41 million suit, announced on Tuesday, illustrate how the railroads, like truckers, can’t handle all the business being thrown at them. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, April 7, 2015 4:46 PM | »
Manac offered a quick look at the three trailer types in its booth at MATS.
Different buyers have different considerations, which is why trailer manufacturers offer the three different types. Manac offered a quick look at the three trailer types in its booth at MATS. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, March 31, 2015 11:09 AM | »
Refiners are buying trucks to fetch more desirable crude oil than what they’re getting through pipelines. READ MORE
Posted @ Tuesday, March 24, 2015 11:48 AM | »