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Shippers of perishable foods are supposed to tell carriers what they expect in cleanliness as new FDA rules phase in beginning this summer. 
Are You Ready for the New Food Safety Rules?
By Tom Berg
Under FDA dictates, shippers must specify in writing the sanitary requirements for vehicles carrying perishable foods.
Retreading gives a second or even third life to a casing, increasing the payback on the initial investment.
Maintenance is Key To Retread Longevity
By Jim Park
TMC’s latest fleet tire survey shows retreaded tires are going longer and further than some may expect – but maintenance is the key.
ReAx reduces the steering effort dramatically, making it possible to one-finger the wheel. Try that with regular power steering.
Quick Spin: TRW's Smart Power Steering
By Jim Park
TRW’s new ReAX electric/hydraulic power steering senses vehicle speed and proportionately assists the steering effort, which is great in tight spots.
One of the new testing methods allowed for EPA SmartWay verification is wind tunnel testing. Here a scale model is prepped carefully before the test; small irregularities can make a big difference in the outcome.
The Challenge of Standardizing Aerodynamic Testing
By Jim Park
Aero device manufacturers now have a choice of test methods to prove the effectiveness of their devices. Are consumers any better off?
A slinger places stone and other materials exactly where a customer wants it. The driver operates the conveyor from inside the cab or outside, with a remote control box.
Supplementing Dump Trucks with 'Slingers'
By Tom Berg
Dump trucks can do a lot of hauling and delivery work, but there’s a limit to how precisely certain loads can be placed. One alternative is the “slinger,” which adds a high-capacity conveyor-belt mechanism to a hopper body.

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A far-out future truck project for the LA Auto Show
Peterbilt Highlights Technology Transformation
By Deborah Lockridge
Two decades ago, Peterbilt was primarily known for its classic truck designs that appealed to owner-operators and small fleets. But as it showed reporters during its Technology Showcase Thursday at its plant in Denton, Texas, it has reinvented itself as a company on top of the latest technology and fuel economy.
Goodyear Expands Sales and Service at 3 Retread Plants
Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Center has opened sales and service departments at retread plants in three high-traffic areas in an effort to better service fleets.
April Trailer Orders Down Big From Year Ago Levels
Trailer orders saw a large decrease in April with just 17,700 units, dropping 19% compared to March and down 30% year-over-year, according to the latest numbers from FTR.
Cooper Tire Plant Recognized for Environmental Initiatives
The Cooper Tire plant in Tupelo, Miss., has earned the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s enHance Partnership Award for 2015.
The Giti Tire display for the Malaysia International Bus, Truck and Components Expo. Photo via Giti Tire
Giti Tire Expands Into Southeast Asia
Giti Tire launched its Giti Brand commercial tire products in Southeast Asia at the Malaysia International Bus, Truck and Components Expo.
Class 8 Orders Hit 17-Month Low
Net orders for Class 8 trucks fell to just over 22,400 units in April, the lowest amount since November 2013, according to ACT Research.
Used Truck Sales Flat in April
The total reported volume of Class 8 truck sales in April remained nearly unchanged month to month but were up 1% to 2,806 units, according the latest report by ACT Research.
Photo: Deborah Lockridge
Continental Tire Sponsors Truck Racing Series
Continental Tire the Americas has been named the tire sponsor of the ChampTruck truck racing series in 2015.
Takata Airbag Recall May Include Some Commercial Trucks
By Deborah Lockridge
Some commercial trucks may be among the vehicles in a massive recall of dangerously defective airbags, expected to be the largest recall in U.S. history.
Douglas Kenney. Photo courtesy East.
East Names New National Platform Sales Manager
East Manufacturing appointed Douglas Kenney as its National Platform Sales Manager, responsible for fleet sales in North America.


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Opti-Cast Brake Drum Made for Light and Medium Duty The Meritor Opti-Cast 16.5-by-7 inch brake drum is designed for light- and medium-duty, on-highway applications.
Dump Body Designed for Corrosion Protection The Crysteel Manufacturing S-Tipper dump body is designed for contractors that need corrosion protection from harsh environments and corrosive materials.
XL 80 Gooseneck Trailer Is Designed to Be Lightweight XL Specialized Trailers is set to introduce the lightweight XL 80 Low-Profile Hydraulic Detachable Gooseneck trailer, designed for contractors that need to move lighter-duty equipment.
GT Radial Tire Made for High-Mileage, High-Scrub Use The GT Radial GT639 is a non-directional regional drive tire designed for better traction and mileage performance in regional fleet use.
Truck-Lite Releases 4x6 LED Headlight System Truck-Lite announced its 4x6-inch rectangular LED headlight system as a drop-in replacement for 1A1 and 2A1 sealed beams in most applications.
Barriers to the Increased Adoption of Fuel Efficiency Technologies
A new fleet survey and research conducted by The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has identified what stands between fleets and better fuel economy.


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