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Natural Gas Fuel Loses Some of its Luster, But Not Going Away
<p>Ryder's natural gas fleet of more than 500 natural gas vehicles has travelled more than 20 million miles, but not every fleet has been so successful.</p> By Deborah Lockridge
The enthusiasm for natural gas fueled vehicles seems to be stuttering a bit. Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge offers insights from the Mid-America Trucking Show into the status of this alternative fuel for trucking.
Auxiliary Power For Work Trucks
<p>Bill Decker&rsquo;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.</p> 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.
MATS Focus: Integrated Drivetrains and Automated Transmissions
<p>The Cummins ISX 15 SmartAdvantage powertrain.</p> By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor
If there was an unspoken theme to this year's Mid-America Trucking Show, it was probably the focus on integrated drivetrains. And Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, had some interesting things to say about automated transmissions in general.
The Lowdown on the New Low-Viscosity Oils
TMC session examines what's going in to the new API engine oil standard and what engine makers are doing to prepare.
<p>Kinematic viscosity is what you might envision when thinking of viscosity &ndash; gravitational flow. But the new oils will meet viscosity standards measured at high temperatures/high shear conditions.</p> By Deborah Lockridge
Exactly what is this "high-temp, high-shear" viscosity engine oil standard in the works for the next round of EPA emissions standards, and what are engine makers doing to make sure engines will still be well protected?
Performance With a Purpose
Frito-Lay’s Mike O’Connell leads a team that focuses on adapting the best leading-edge technologies for its specific needs.
<p><strong>Mike O&rsquo;Connell</strong><br /><em>Senior Director, Supply Chain</em><br /><em>Friot-Lay</em><br />Plano, Texas</p> By Deborah Lockridge
Frito-Lay’s Mike O’Connell leads a team that focuses on adapting the best leading-edge technologies for its specific needs.

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Landi Renzo’s Ford Bi-Fuel System Gets EPA Certification Landi Renzo USA says it has secured EPA certification for its bi-fuel gasoline-compressed natural gas system as applied to certain 2015 Ford F-250 and 350 SuperDuty pickups.
Semler Industries Releases Modular Mini-Bulk System for DEF Semler Industries has introduced a Diesel Exhaust Fluid modular mini-bulk above-ground storage system for use at fleets, commercial locations and retail facilities.
IdleAir Integrates Convoy Points, Announces App IdleAir will be rolling out the recently established integration of the company's Convoy Points loyalty program with Pilot Flying J's MyRewards program.
Vusion Launches MPG Analytics Dashboard TCA, GRAPEVINE, TX – Vusion, a division of PeopleNet and Trimble, announced the launch of an analytics tool designed to give fleet managers a better view of how their vehicles and drivers are performing mpg-wise.
<p>Kentucky Trailer is installing tall&nbsp;versions of the Trailer Tail at its plant in Louisville.</p> Kentucky Trailer to Offer Trailer Tail DropFrame Aero Fairings MATS, LOUISVILLE -- ATDynamics and Kentucky Trailer say they’ve formed a partnership to offer the DropFrame version of the TrailerTail as a standard order option on new trailer orders.

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