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Inside the Numbers Driving the Heavy-Duty Trucking Industry
By Staff
There are many ways to tell a story – through words in books and magazines, pictures, videos, song, and more. With the inaugural issue of the HDT Fact Book, we are telling trucking’s story through facts, numbers, statistics, charts, and graphs.
5 Keys to Best Parts-Buying Practices
Price is just one factor in the purchasing equation.
By Denise Rondini
Trucks are on the road much longer than they used to be, and that translates into a greater demand and investment in parts, service, and ongoing maintenance. Which means parts purchasing decisions more important than ever.
How to Find a Service Provider
Vehicle sophistication, the technician shortage and the cost of diagnostic tools are making outsourcing more attractive to many fleets.
<p>Select a service provider who has certified technicians and who has invested in the latest tools and diagnostic equipment.</p> By Denise Rondini
Finding and training technicians, purchasing tools and equipment, maintaining a parts inventory, dealing with OSHA and the EPA. These are just a few of the headaches fleets that maintain their own trucks face.
Inside Meritor’s Parts Distribution Center
<p>Meritor offers a wide variety of undercarriage and drivetrain components. The company says it is seeing an increase in private label requests from both OEMs and heavy-duty marketing groups.</p> By Denise Rondini
Ever wonder exactly how the parts you order get to you when you need them where you need them? Meritor recently invited Heavy Duty Trucking to its Florence, Ky., Parts Distribution Center.
Commentary: Remanufacturing Redux
<p><strong>Denise Rondini</strong></p> By Denise Rondini
Remanufacturing has been in the news quite a bit lately. I recently wrote about the need to include remanufactured parts as an integral part of your fleet’s overall parts strategy.

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Stemco Launches CentriFuse HD Line of Brake Drums Stemco says its new CentriFuse HD brake drums designed for severe service applications provide up to double the service life of full-cast brake drums.
Optronics Redesigns, Cuts Costs of GloLight Lamps Optronics International announced that its newest GloLight LED stop/tail/turn lamps will be smaller and less expensive.
<p><strong>As payload increases, bolster springs compress and engage the progressive load spring.</strong> <em>Photo via Hendrickson</em></p> Hendrickson Introduces Progressive Load Spring Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems introduced the Progressive Load Spring for Haulmaax vocational rear suspension system.
Internal Fan Alternator Cuts Weight, Boosts Output The AVi2800 internal fan alternator is ideal for high-performance aftermarket retrofit upgrades, particularly within older model school buses and heavy trucks, or in applications where weight reduction, higher temperature and higher power are target goals.
Phillips Industries Expands Air Hose Product Line A new family of color-coded SAE J1402 compliant air hose assemblies from Phillips Industries are resistant to abrasion cracking, kinking and weathering.

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