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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.
Commentary: How Much do Your Technicians Know About Wheel Integrity?
In spite of endless service bulletins and instructional videos and even mandatory training programs, the worst still happens.
By Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor
Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood discusses wheel integrity and the importance of technicians being well-versed in the rules of fastening wheels properly.
Do We Worry Too Much About Inflation Pressure?
Maintaining tire pressure is like herding cats. They never stay where you want them.
<p>Tires exposed to direct sunlight will hear up, causing pressure differentials between shaded tires, like inside duals.<em> Illustration courtesy of Aperia Technologies</em></p> By Jim Park
Tire pressure monitoring systems have allowed us a peek into the secret life of tires, and revealed some astonishing details.

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Oil Analyzers Introduces Oil Analysis Kit Oil Analyzers has expanded its oil analysis kit offerings by adding a new Value Kit as a low-cost option when a full fluid analysis is not required. Oil analysis is a beneficial tool that allows consumers to gauge the current condition of the oil and whether it’s suitable for continued use.
Eaton Enhances Authorized Rebuilder Program Eaton has added several new transmission model families to its Eaton Authorized Rebuilder program and extended the warranty period for covered transmissions.
Tracer Says New Kit Pinpoints Refrigerant and Fluid Leaks Tracer Products has announced a new heavy duty kit that it says easily pinpoints all refrigerant and fluid leaks using a true UV leak detection flashlight.
New Release from Collective Data Collective Data announced the release of collectiveFleet 6, a fleet and asset management software system. The software is designed to be adaptable to many types of fleets without needing custom programming.
Omnitracs Adds Tire Pressure Monitoring and Navigation Capabilities to Mobile Platforms Omnitracs, the fleet mobile communications provider, announced the availability of tire pressure monitoring, trailer tire inflation alerts and fuel applications to its MPC 50 line of in-cab devices.

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