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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.
Eaton AMTs come with a choice of a dash-mounted keypad shift control or the more driver-friendly cobra-head shift selector.
The Automated Revolution is Real
By Jim Park
After 20 years on the fringes of the heavy-duty transmission world, the switch from sticks to semiconductors may be reaching the tipping point.
The diesel and original manual transmission are replaced by a Power Control and Accessory Subsystem and a pair of inverter-charger units. They convert 220-volt AC power during charging to 360 volts DC for storage in the batteries, and back to AC to power two electric motors (green in the illustration) that run through an Eaton UltraShift 10-speed automated transmission. Motors use as much as 150 kilowatts to make up to 400 peak hp and 880 lb-ft.
Driving on Kilowatts
By Tom Berg
From a distance, this green tractor looks pretty much like any other International ProStar daycab. But the powerplant is very different. Senior Editor Tom Berg drives the TransPower battery-electric tractor.
Photo: Kenworth
Q&A: Kenworth Truck Co. GM Preston Feight
By David Cullen
On the Floor of MATS, HDT had a few minutes to talk trucking with Preston Feight, who in January was named the General Manager of Kenworth Truck Co. and a Paccar Vice President.
The Inspiration Truck held its first demonstration on the Hoover Dam. Photo: Daimler
The Freightliner Inspiration Event
By HDT Staff
Daimler unveiled the Freightliner Inspiration Autonomous Truck to much fanfare and HDT was there to cover it all in the Nevada desert.

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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.
Photo by Tom Berg
Navistar to Use Indiana Proving Grounds For Extensive Testing
By Tom Berg
The former Bosch, Bendix and Studebaker proving grounds near New Carlisle in northern Indiana is open for business under new ownership: Navistar Inc., which took it over as of April 1.
Chart courtesy of NTEA.
High-Roof Vans Closing Ground on Standard-Roof Models
As fleets begin embracing a new wave of Euro-style full-size vans, high-roof vans appear to be gaining favor over their standard-roof siblings, according to the NTEA.
Orders for the Icon 900 have vastly exceeded Kenworth's expectations. Photo by Jim Park
Swihart: Kenworth Looks for Best Year Since 2006
By Jim Park
Kenworth gained market share in 2014 and has made additional gains in the first quarter of 2015. Kenworth expects 2015 to be a banner year for truck makers with numbers not seen since the pre-buy year of 2006.

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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.
Equal W Balances Wide-Base Tires IMI has introduced Equal W, a new size of the Equal wheel balancer and vibration dampener specifically designed for wide-base tires.
Kenworth Offers Meritor Permalube RPL Drivelines Kenworth has added Meritor Permalube RPL Series Drivelines as an option on selected, new Class 8 trucks.
Meritor Front Steer Axles Increase Maneuverability Kenworth is offering the Meritor Front Steer non-drive axle family for selected Class 8 trucks and the Class 7 Kenworth T370.
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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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