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Bob Phillips (center), chairman of Phillips Industries, celebrating the company's 90th anniversary at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week.

Phillips 90th Anniversary Celebration [Photos]

At a press conference during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week Rob Phillips, president and COO of Phillips Industries, detailed historical milestones in the formation and development of the company into an innovative commercial vehicle electrical and air brake components and global supplier. Photos: Phillips Industries

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Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week. Photo: Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week 2018 in Photos

Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week was held Jan. 22-25, 2018, at The Mirage in Las Vegas. There were a number of new aftermarket product announcements, educational and motivational sessions, and a trade show.

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HDT's Day At The Races [Photos]

The Bandit Series is looking to bring big rig racing back to America. One of the series' permier sponsors, Minimizer, invited HDT to attend the thrid race on the circuit at the Montgomery Motor Speedway, just outside Mongomery, Alabama. Minimizer chief Craig Kruckeburg likes to take his turn behind the wheel, and provided fans with some excitement when a mix-up in turn four put his Ford tractor into the wall. But no one was hurt and a good time was had by all. Photos: Jack Roberts

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Todd Hershberger, Alcoa VP of sales and marketing for wheel products, accepts the HDT Top 20 Products award from Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge for the Alcoa Dura-Bright EVO.

Photos: 2016 HDT Top 20 Product Awards

Heavy Duty Trucking's editors presented the Top 20 Products awards at the recent Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting. Read more about the winning products here.

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Techs could wander the exhibit hall after completing their events and talk with suppliers about the latest technology.<br />Photo by Jim Park

Rush Truck Centers 10th Annual Tech Skills Rodeo

Day 1 of the Rush Truck Centers' 10th Annual Technician Skills competition featured 160 technicians and parts specialists from across the company's dealer network trying to diagnose staged bugs on trucks before the clock ran out. Most of the staged problems are electronic in nature, which requires technicans to run the appropriate troubleshooting steps and processes. More often than not, the problem has several trick dead ends that can mislead all but the best of them. Only 25 techs advanced to the finals.

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The distributorship still has a traditional parts counter where customers can talked to experience parts countermen.

Photos:Truck Parts Retail Experience of the Future

Action Truck Parts in Bolingbrook, Ill.,  is paying attention to its customers and helping them get in and out quickly with the parts they need. It recently moved to a more visual customer experience offering more of a retail approach to parts purchasing. Photos: Denise Rondini

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Martin starts the training session by reviewing the various parts of the braking system.

Meritor’s Mobile Training Van

Meritor launched its mobile training program in 2014 with two training vans designed to deliver onsite product and systems education to warehouse distributors, independent service garages, dealers and fleets in the United States and Canada. Today there are two vans in the US and one in Canada. Photos by Denise Rondini

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San Antonio is home to the Alamo and Pressure Systems International, makers of the Meritor Tire Inflation System. Photo by Jim Park

PSI Behind the Scenes

Pressure Systems International held its annual Fleet Technology Event May 12-13 at its San Antonio, Texas, facility, where it makes the Meritor Tire Inflation System by PSI. HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park was there and got a first-hand look at how the systems are made.

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