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April 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Is Cloud Computing Right For You?

By Jim Beach

Today, fleets have an alternative to on-site rooms full of computer servers – using a hosted environment for your computing needs, known as cloud computing. In the cloud computing environment, the servers are maintained by a third party (or maybe your enterprise software vendor) and fleets access applications and data via a web interface.

Tags: Information Technology, Telogis, NexTraq, Zonar, Sylectus, TMW Systems, Omnitracs, LinkeDrive

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Improving Your Trailer Appearance

Fontaine Renew can completely refurbish a standard flatbed trailer in about two and a half days on average.

By Kate Harlow

Tips for vinyl signage and images, plus refurbishing trailers.

Tags: Trailers, East Manufacturing, Mac Trailer, Vinyl Graphics, Refurbished trailers, VSP, Schneider Graphics, Fontaine Renew, Conway Manufacturing

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Auxiliary Power For Work Trucks

Bill Decker’s Miller welder, stashed against a tool box on the front wall of his Wilcox truck body, doubles as an APU and makes 220-volt power to run heavy tools. The genset at his feet produces 110 volts for work lights and smaller tools.

By Tom Berg

Any work truck with a serious electric welder also has an auxiliary power unit, because the engine-driven device doubles as an APU to run smaller welders, heaters and power tools. And soon, purpose-built APUs will report for duty on work trucks.

Tags: Work Trucks, Maxwell Technologies, APU, Thermo King, Idle Free, Medium-Duty Trucks, Idle Reduction

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: How Much do Your Technicians Know About Wheel Integrity?

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood discusses wheel integrity and the importance of technicians being well-versed in the rules of fastening wheels properly.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, Wheels, Wheel-offs, Technicians

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Avoiding Common Maintenance Mistakes

Drivers need to be trained to distinguish when a fault code means the truck needs to be brought in immediately and when it is okay to wait for the next scheduled maintenance appointment.

By Denise Rondini

Fleets try to do a good job of keeping their trucks in top operating condition, and most recognize that maintenance plays an important role in achieving that goal. Still there are some things that get overlooked by even the most seasoned fleet manager.

Tags: Maintenance, CSA, Aftermarket, Ryder Systems, Decisiv, Preventative Maintenance, VMRS, W.W. Williams

March 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Are Your Aftermarket Truck Parts the Real Deal?

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By Jane Clark, NationaLease

Phony designer handbags…fake Rolex watches…buy these without realizing it and you’ll undoubtedly overpay for inferior products. Your wallet and your ego will both take a hit, but you’ll survive. But if you purchase fake aftermarket truck parts, the results can be disastrous.

Tags: Maintenance, ATA, Aftermarket Parts, TMC, Aftermarket, NationaLease

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Dealing With a Lemon

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

There’s no shortage of readers who want me to intervene on their behalf because they’ve been victimized in some way. At least that’s how they describe their plight. Maybe it’s a “lemon” of a truck, possibly a contract dispute, sometimes a fight with an idiotic bureaucracy. For reasons I don’t always understand, they think I’m a consumer watchdog of some sort. I’m not.

Tags: Maintenance, Dealers

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Stay Ahead of Trouble on EGR Engines

EGR valves live in a very hostile environment.

By Jim Park

While most of the early problems have been engineered out of the exhaust gas recirculation systems on today’s clean diesel engines, corroded coolers, stuck valves and other problems still plague owners of older equipment.

Tags: Emissions, Volvo, Cummins, Navistar, Detroit Diesel, SCR, EGR, EPA, Mack, DPF

February 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Getting Ready For Discs

By Denise Rondini

Have you been avoiding spec’ing your vehicles with air disc brakes because you think they are not seeing widespread use or because you have concerns about the cost of maintaining them? Aftermarket Editor Denise Rondini says you may be surprised.

Tags: In the Shop, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, Air Disc Brake, Drum brakes, Meritor, Aftermarket, Brakes

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Keeping Your Wheels in the Game (updated)

Pictures are worth a thousand words, they say. What sort of a message do the wheels on this trailer convey about its owner?

By Jim Park

Back in 1984, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a regulation requiring that truck wheels be stripped of rust and debris before mounting a tire. Easier said than done, the industry moaned at the time. Labor was less costly then, but wire brushes and elbow grease weren’t going to cut it.

Tags: OSHA, Goodyear, CSA, TMC, Tires, Wheels, IMI, Wheel refinishing, Maxion Wheel

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Reman’s Place in Your Parts Strategy

Used compressors are disassembled and inspected at the Bendix remanufacturing facility in Huntington, Ind.

By Denise Rondini

While remanufactured components have been around for quite some time, not every one is clear on exactly what they are. Yet they could be a valuable component of your parts strategy.

Tags: Eaton, Volvo Trucks, Bendix, Meritor, Remanufactured Parts, TMD Friction, CTDI

January 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Once Around the Yard: How Salvation Army Won its P&D Battles

Henry Filoteo began buying new trucks to eliminate breakdowns.

By Tom Berg

Over the Christmas holidays, the Salvation Army’s bell ringers raise money to help fund its disaster and human-relief efforts. But considerable dollars also come from its daily pick-ups of donated household and office goods that are delivered to warehouses for sorting and refurbishment. These items are then resold in its Family Stores. For this, SA employs a fleet of medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Kenworth, Once Around the Yard, Salvation Army

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Going Mobile: The BYOD Debate

Verizon was named the official wireless provider for the XRS collaboration with Samsung Mobile to offer a new product that includes a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch tablet and a subscription to XRS&amp;rsquo;s fleet management software.

By Jim Beach

Mobile computing is quickly becoming the platform of choice. Tablets and smartphones are far outselling laptop or desktop computers in the consumer market, and a growing number of trucking operations are deploying these devices.

Tags: Technology, Information Technology, J.J. Keller, Telogis, PeopleNet, NexTraq, TMW Systems, XRS, Carrier Logistics, Omnitracs, Samsung

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Lifting Up Your Shop

There&amp;rsquo;s no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to shop lifts. This Skylift from Stertil-Koni is a heavy-duty platform lift that provides a clear floor concept for the user.

By Denise Rondini

Whether you have lifts in your shop or not, there are some factors to consider before purchasing a lift or when determining whether the lift you have is right for your needs.

Tags: Vehicle Lifts, Aftermarket, In the Shop

December 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Is Purchasing Parts Online Right For You?

Not many dealership or parts distributors are selling online. One exception is Allstate Peterbilt Group.

By Denise Rondini

The Internet is opening avenues for parts purchases that never existed before. But does it make sense for you to consider adding online parts purchasing to your parts buying strategy?

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket, Parts River, Information Technology

November 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Getting the Lead Out of Tire Weights

True rotation of a several-hundred-pound mass and high speeds requires balancing, not just of the tire, but the entire rotating mass, including the hub, brake drum, wheel and tire.

By Jim Park

Beware the lead tire weight cops. They are out there and working in six states, with several more states looking at banning lead weights. Here's a look at the alternatives to lead in weights -- and alternatives to weights themselves.

Tags: Tires, Wheels

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Aero Add-ons Put to the Test

Not all aero fitments produce the same results. SAE Type II test results from Performance Innovation Transport Group sheds some light on the differences.

By Jim Park

The Performance Innovation Transport Group recently tested trailer side skirts and undercarriage air deflectors.

Tags: SAE, Aerodynamics, PIT

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Keeping Your Wheels On

A calibrated torque wrench is required to set the recommended torque on wheel fasteners. Over-torqueing with an impact wrench can stretch and weaken the studs.

By Jim Park

There’s no mystery to why wheels come off trucks. The National Transportation Safety Board in 1992, and Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation in the late 1990s, both concluded after exhaustive studies that inadequate maintenance was the root cause of a series of fatal wheel separation incidents.

Tags: TMC, NTSB, Tires, Wheels, Accuride, Timken, Spicer, ConMet, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Wheel-offs

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Commentary: The Changing World of Choosing Parts and Service

By Denise Rondini

The relatively simple aftermarket of the ‘80s has become a rather complicated one. Fleets now have more choices than ever for their parts and service needs. Aftermarket Editor Denise Rondini explores these changes in her new HDT column.

Tags: Aftermarket, parts and service

October 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Beyond the API 'Donut:' Putting a Premium on Oil

Oil experts say there  area a number of factors that fleets need to consider in the oil selection process.

By Denise Rondini

Every fleet knows how important oil is to the proper operation of their vehicles, but how can they determine if upgrading to a premium oil makes sense for them?

Tags: OIl, Exxon Mobil, Shell Lubricants, Chevron Lubricants, Citgo, Grease, API, Maintenance

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The High-Tech Shop

Devices that allow drivers to conduct and record driver vehicle inspection reports electronically, such as those from Zonar, transmit maintenance issues directly to the fleet and maintenance manager for immediate action.

By Jim Beach

In some fleets, shop operations are completely integrated with the computer systems for dispatch, accounting, mobile communications and outside service providers. In other fleets, technology in the shop may be limited to automated systems for tracking work, labor, parts and inventory.

Tags: Technology, Arsenault Associates, Mitchell 1, Zonar, In the Shop, TMW, Omnitracs

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Retreading Wide-base Tires

Most fleets could get a good trailer tire out of a third-generation retreaded tire.

By Jim Park

Wide-base tires aren’t cheap. Not that duals are cheaper, but in a single wide-base tire you have an investment approaching the cost of a pair of standard tires. Minimizing the life-cycle cost of those big wide tires almost demands that they be retreaded.

Tags: Wheels, In the Shop, Retreads, Wide-Base Tires

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Biodiesel: A Drop-in Solution for Going Green

Florida Power &amp;amp; Light was the first utility to deploy a plug-in hybrid biodiesel electric bucket truck like the one on the left in 2008.

By Kate Harlow

While natural gas has pushed its way to center stage in the alternative fuels discussion, the investment in equipment and infrastructure make it less than appealing to many fleets. However, anyone who is currently running on diesel fuel can easily switch to a greener alternative without that type of up-front investment. They simply have to fill up their fuel tank with biodiesel.

Tags: Biodiesel, Florida Power & Light, National Biodiesel Board, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Diesel/Natural Gas Conversions Offers Owners a Choice

By Deborah Lockridge

A dual-fuel conversion system can offer some of the fuel- and emissions-saving benefits of a natural gas engine without going out and buying a brand-new truck. Read more in this story from the September issue of HDT.

Tags: EcoDual, APG, Omnitek, Dual Fuel, Clean Air Power, EPA, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Making Driver Scorecards Work

Easy-to-understand graphs and charts like this one from Vigillo helps both drivers and their managers see at a glance where they stand.

By Deborah Lockridge

A trucking company decided to give out an award for the best driver, so they asked employees to nominate and vote on the honor. The winner, however, turned out to have one of the worst safety records in the fleet.

Tags: Information Technology, CSA, Driver Scorecard, Vigillo

September 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Beware When Using Remanufactured Common Rail Injectors

By Deborah Lockridge

Diesel fuel injectors these days are incredibly complex, and that means remanufactured fuel injectors need extra scrutiny. Bosch, which supplies new and remanufactured diesel fuel injectors, recently tested remanufactured and rebuilt common rail injectors and found 70% failed the test.

Tags: Fuel Injection, Bosch, Remanufacturing, Engines

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Five Steps to Successful Outsourcing

When you are looking to outsource your maintenance, make sure to consider all the angles.

By Deborah Lockridge

When you are looking to outsource your maintenance, make sure to consider all the angles. Fleets have long wanted to outsource more maintenance, but have been frustrated by problems with the quality, cost and speed of the work. Today, there are more pressures on fleets to outsource than ever.

Tags: Ryder, CSA, Rush Enterprises, WheelTime, Maintenance outsourcing, NationaLease, Maintenance

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

What Happens When Your CNG Tanks Expire?

By Cheryl Knight

While the benefits of CNG vehicles are well documented, one issue looms over the industry that must be addressed: What happens when a dedicated CNG vehicle fuel tank reaches its expiration date? Industry experts continue to explore options for possible CNG tank recertification, as well as safer tank disposal, a federal CNG vehicle registration system, and government grant help.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

August 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Investing in Technician Training

Everyone has time and budget constraints these days, so your plan to create a useful training program have to be realistic.

By Rolf Lockwood and Deborah Lockridge

The nearly 200 technicians who work for Inland Truck Parts at its locations in 10 states across the central U.S. can now heading to the Kansas City area to train in a new, dedicated training facility, complete with classroom space for nearly 100 students, three service bays and nine rebuilding benches.

Tags: In the Shop, Technician Training

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Right To Repair Update

By Denise Rondini

The Massachusetts state legislature passed the nation's first "Right to Repair" law last summer, but it excluded vehicles over 10,000 pounds. However, in November, state voters overwhelmingly approved a different version of the law, which includes all motor vehicles sold in the state.

Tags: Diagnostics, Distributors, Right to Repair, Aftermarket, Aftermarket Parts

July 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Wheel-End Problems: Beyond the Obvious

Customers complaining that bad tires are suffering irregular wear? The problem may lie somewhere in the wheel-end. Photo by Jim Park.

By Jim Park

Wheel-ends function as a system: the spindle, hub, and rim (or wheel), as well as the bearings and the fasteners, all work in concert to keep the wheels in place and the tires running straight and true. If one part of the system is out of whack, the results will be seen and felt elsewhere in the system - usually at the tires themselves.

Tags: In the Shop, Tires, Wheels

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Ways Software Can Improve Your Bottom Line

By Jim Beach

It's a rare heavy-duty service shop or parts warehouse/distributor that doesn't use some kind of computer software in its operation. It might be as simple as an accounting package such as QuickBooks, or as complex as a full-featured industry-specific enterprise management package.

Tags: Information Technology, In the Shop, Distributors

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Inland Truck Parts Dedicated to Training Technicians

Inland&amp;rsquo;s new 15,000-square-foot training facility houses traditional classrooms and two drive-in service bays.

By Deborah Lockridge

Inland Truck Parts is an independent parts and service operation, but it says the quality of its technicians rival that of OE dealers. Its latest commitment to that is a new 15,000-square-foot training facility in Olathe, Kan., a Kansas City suburb.

Tags: Aftermarket, Technician Training, Technicians, Distributors, Inland Truck Parts

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

7 Steps to Safely Lifting Heavy-Duty Work Vehicles

Make certain that all lifts are subject to a regular program of scheduled maintenance.

By Truckinginfo Staff

Stertil-Koni recently announced what its research has shown to be seven key steps that fleets and transit authorities should observe prior to lifting heavy-duty work vehicles in commercial maintenance facilities.

Tags: Maintenance, Safety, In the Shop, Shop Tools, Stertil-Koni

June 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Independents Look to Service for Growth

As margins are squeezed on parts sales, independents may find adding service to the equation helps boost profits.

By Denise Rondini

Consolidation, more proprietary parts and increased competition are squeezing margins for those who sell heavy-duty truck parts. Industry experts are on the record saying that in the future, aftermarket parts distributors need to have service as part of their business if they want to remain profitable.

Tags: Maintenance, Aftermarket Parts, Aftermarket, Distributors

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Dealers Intensify Focus On Service

Southland International Trucks, based in the Birmingham, Ala., area, is just one of many dealers who are adding service bays. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

By Denise Rondini

It is an old trucking industry adage that while the sales department sells the first truck, the service department sells the second, third and fourth trucks. According to David Gerrard, senior vice president of distribution at Navistar, “Without an effective relationship on the service side of the house, it is very difficult to maintain the customer relationship.”

Tags: Dealers

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How Much Do You Know About Heavy-Duty Coolants?

The antifreeze/cooling system for a heavy duty engine must be maintained for the entire system to operate at optimum efficiency. Each component within the system relies on the other components for peak operation and performance.

By Colin Dilley, Prestone

n the emerging days of the heavy-duty industry, as liquid-cooled engines were being developed and heaters were added to allow winter driving, finding the right coolant could be as easy as taking a trip to your pantry. Coolant is a lot more complex today, and the more you know about it, the better you can help your customers.

Tags: Maintenance, Aftermarket, Prestone, Coolant, Cooling Systems

May 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

CSA: Aftermarket Profit Opportunity

Fleets don&#39;t have to be long-haul operations that go through weigh stations to be affected by the federal government&#39;s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, but your customers may not realize that.

By Denise Rondini

It is not too often in the trucking industry that regulation is seen as a good thing. Yet the recent Compliance, Safety, Accountability regulations may prove the exception to the rule, at least when it comes to the heavy-duty aftermarket.

Tags: Aftermarket, CSA, FMCSA

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What's New in Used Trucks?

By Tom Berg

Every day, thousands of used trucks change hands. Last year, 190,000 were sold, and though this year's tally might be lower, it's still a healthy business that sometimes mirrors new-truck sales. That this market is intrinsically tied to new trucks becomes more apparent at times like now, when supplies of late-model power units are growing scarce.

Tags: Schneider, Used Trucks, Arrow Truck Sales, NTP

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Selling and Servicing Modern Air Filters

Most air intake systems are underhood, and manufacturers design them for efficiency and to help meet exhaust emissions requirements.

By Tom Berg

As truck and engine makers continue to move toward vertical integration, fleet managers and owner-operators are less likely to be able to spec what air filter they want on their trucks, and that has implications for aftermarket parts sellers and shops.

Tags: Maintenance, Filters

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Keep Them Turning Wrenches

Before a shop can improve its efficiency, it needs to determine where the problems are. The best way to do that is to map the current process.

By Denise Rondini

Every shop wants its technicians to be as proficient and productive as they can. Yet most shops fail to see the things that are getting in the way of achieving this goal.

Tags: Aftermarket, Managing The Shop, Technicians

April 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Five Key Facts About Selling A Transportation Company

By Mark Dyer, Allegiance Capital Corp.

Today, succession planning is not just about having a plan in place for your eventual retirement, or in case you unexpectedly kick the bucket. You may end up selling your company. Here are five key things to keep in mind.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Business

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Managing Cores for Profitability

Returned cores are the starting point for any remanufacturing process. Manufacturers count on getting usable cores back from dealers, distributors and repair garages to use in their remanufacturing operations.

By Denise Rondini

Dealers, distributors and repair garages that take core management seriously do well, and those who don’t take it seriously don’t do as well. It is as simple as that, according to Dave Clark, manager of consulting at Karmak. Don't do it well, and a profit opportunity could turn into a profit drain.

Tags: Remanufacturing, Aftermarket, Meritor, Karmak

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Watch for Changing Powertrain Technology to Meet Fuel Economy Regs

Kaufman cited the SuperTruck, a project being done with the Department of Energy by Peterbilt, Cummins, Eaton and other partners, talking about powertrain technologies coming down the road.

By Deborah Lockridge

What type of engine systems and parts will you be dealing with in the future? From electric-drive turbos to waste heat regeneration, Derek Kaufman, president of C3 Network, examined powertrain trends during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week earlier this year.

Tags: DPF, Aftermarket, HDAW, Engines

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Not Much Clarity With New IRS FET Advice

By Denise Rondini

The trucking industry recently asked the Internal Revenue Service for clarification about how Federal Excise Tax applies to glider kits, seeking what Greg Althardt, partner of the dealership group at accountancy firm CliftonLarsonAllen, called some "bright line" results. It got some clarification, but not enough.

Tags: ATD, Dealers, FET, Glider Kits

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

HDT's '13 Top 20

By HDT Staff

Which are the best of the best new products and equipment from last year's introductions? We've gone through an extensive process to determine HDT's 2013 Top 20 Products.

March 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Aftermarket Suppliers Focus on Value Proposition, Reman as Parts, Components Get More Complex

By Deborah Lockridge

Increased complexity, more focus on remanufacturing, and the importance of selling the value proposition of premium brands were the themes of a recent panel discussion of aftermarket suppliers.

Tags: Marmon Highway Technologies, HDMA, Meritor, Aftermarket, Remanufacturing, HDAD, HDAW, SKF, Cummins Filtration

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Are You Pursuing Best Practices, or 'Next Practices'?

The best way to stay on the leading edge is to look and move toward the fringe of what we know and don&#39;t know. This is where the roots of innovation grow. Scientists call this area the &quot;event horizon,&quot; like the edge of a black hole.

By Bill Wade, Wade & Partners

A fundamental challenge to our industry is our historical over-reliance on each other for insight. We seem to celebrate regurgitating and repackaging what ‘everyone knows’, rather than challenging ourselves to think different.

Tags: Aftermarket, Distributors, Wade & Partners

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Slow Economy, Government Regs Will Help Drive Aftermarket Brake Business

By Deborah Lockridge

The slow economic recovery and the federal government's new Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program will help drive demand for aftermarket pads and shoes for Class 4-8 trucks, according to a new study by Frost & Sullivan, while increasing demand for disk brakes could prove a challenge to independent service providers.

Tags: Frost & Sullivan, Disc Brakes, Aftermarket, Brakes

February 2013, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

How to Use Outsourcing to Focus on What Makes Your Distributorship Unique

Michael Marks discusses how companies can differentiate themselves with the help of outsourcing.

By Deborah Lockridge

Do you think of outsourcing as something to be done because you simply can't get everything done you need to? If so, you may be missing an opportunity to think strategically and use outsourcing to help you focus on the "magic dust" that makes your business unique.

Tags: Outsourcing, Aftermarket, HDAW, Distributors

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