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Transmission Trends
The swing continues toward heavy automated products, but manuals still dominate. Light and medium trucks are almost all ‘shiftless.’
<p>Most automated manual transmissions go into highway tractors, but Eaton offers three vocational versions of the UltraShift Plus for on/off-road trucks such as dumps and mixers.</p> By Tom Berg
The swing continues toward heavy automated products, but manuals still dominate. Light and medium trucks are almost all ‘shiftless.’
Commentary: Engines to Watch
<p><strong>Rolf Lockwood</strong></p> By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor
Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood discusses the potential of the interesting opposed-piston/opposed-cylinder engine.
Improving Your Trailer Appearance
Tips for vinyl signage and images, plus refurbishing trailers.
<p>Fontaine Renew can completely refurbish a standard flatbed trailer in about two and a half days on average.</p> By Kate Harlow
Tips for vinyl signage and images, plus refurbishing trailers.
Once Around the Yard: Tracking Helps Close the Doors
K&J’s reefer-off solution saves money, protects perishables.
<p>A sensor-switch in the door header can be tricked with a magnet, telling a reefer&rsquo;s electronic controls the doors are closed and allowing the unit to run. So K&amp;J managers use tracking to determine what the rig&rsquo;s really doing.</p> By Tom Berg
Common sense suggests that if a trailer’s doors are open, its refrigeration unit ought to be shut down. But many customers disagree, thinking the products will be better protected if cooled air continues to circulate as freight is being unloaded.
LEDs Light the Way
Though still not cheap, fans say LED headlamps eclipse halogens.
<p>Freightliner&rsquo;s Cascadia is standard with custom-fit LED lamps.&nbsp; Truck-Lite is also making LEDs for International&rsquo;s ProStar and Volvo&rsquo;s VNL.</p> By Tom Berg
If you were in trucking about 30 years ago, you might remember the switch from incandescent sealed-beam headlamps to halogens, which were so much better that some truck operators stopped using auxiliary fog and driving lights. A more recent step up was projector-beam lamps, whose optics better aim the lumens from halogen bulbs and even more effectively light the way for drivers.

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<p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;"><br /></span></p> Start-Up Builder to Concentrate on Custom Midrange COE Trucks The medium-duty cab-over-engine market abandoned several years ago by General Motors and more recently by UD Trucks will get new products from a small company in Washington state.
SAF-Holland Introduces Integrated Yoke Mount Air Suspension Axle System SAF-Holland introduced what it says is the industry's first integrated yoke mount air suspension axle system, the CBXy Series, designed for lowboy and dropdeck trailers.
SAF Integral Air Disc Brake Axle System SAF Holland introduced its new SAF Integral Air Disc Brake Axle System with P89 Wheel End Package.
Omnitracs Introduces Real-Time MPG Performance Feedback Omnitracs announced the upcoming availability of mpg performance information on the its Mobile Computing Platform 110 (MCP110) and 200 (MCP200) user interface.
Talbert Introduces New E3Nitro Talbert Manufacturing introduces its new E3Nitro. The nitrogen-assisted equalizing system provides the versatility haulers with East Coast trailers need to run in 3+1, 3+2 or 3+3 spread-axle configurations.

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