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April 21, 2017 - Industry News

U.S. Xpress Technicians Vie for Spot at TMC SuperTech

James Teglas, the top tractor winner, takes a closer look. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

After a two-day competition at U.S. Xpress’ Tunnel Hill, Georgia, facility, five tractor technicians and two trailer technicians will be heading to the national SuperTech competition held by the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council — and the truckload carrier will have more insight into where its techs need more training.

Tags: U.S. Xpress, Technicians

April 20, 2017 - Industry News

Stertil-Koni Uses Drone Videography for Lift Demo

In the latest installment of “We Care,” the customer under the spotlight is Long Beach Container Terminal Corporation (LBCT), a leading provider of transportation and logistics services in and around Long Beach, Calif., the second busiest port in the United States.  (Image courtesy of Steril-Koni)

Steril-Koni's new video takes the viewer on a behind-the-scenes look at LBCT and its utilization of Stertil-Koni’s latest super heavy-duty mobile column lifts – the ST 1130 – which have a lifting capacity of 29,000 pounds per column, or 116,000 pounds for a set of four.

Tags: Mobile Lift, Video Series, Steril-Koni, Drones, ST 1130

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Penske Launches Device-Neutral Connected Fleet Platform

Photo: Penske Truck Leasing

Penske Truck Leasing has announced the rollout of its new connected fleet data platform, which allows it to connect its systems with virtually any truck and engine configuration or telematics service provider.

Tags: Telematics, Vehicle Diagnostics, Penske Truck Leasing, Remote Diagnostics, Full-Service Leasing

April 17, 2017 - Industry News

Tread Rubber and Repair Group Puts Recommended Practices Online

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The Tread Rubber and Tire Repair Materials Manufacturers Group has completed additional recommended practices for retreading and repairing tires and is making them available online through the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau.

Tags: Tires, Rubber, Retreads, Tire Maintenance

April 11, 2017 - Industry News

Snider Fleet Solutions Opens Major Tire Retread Facility

The new facility features all-new Michelin Retread Technologies equipment housed in 455,000 square feet of floor space. Photo courtesy Snider

Snider Fleet Solutions' new North Carolina retread facility is one of the largest in the Michelin retread network and is capable of producing 600 finished retreads daily.

Tags: North Carolina, Michelin Americas Truck Tires, Retreads, Tires, Snider Fleet Solutions

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Enhances Connectivity Support For Older Truck Models

Owners of legacy Volvo trucks can purchase Geotab telematics devices and sign up for Remote Diagnostics subscriptions through the Volvo Trucks dealer network beginning May 1. Photo: Jack Roberts

A new partnership with telematics supplier Geotab will allow owners of Volvo vehicles with EPA 2010 or newer Volvo engines to access the same suite of uptime services available for newer Volvo trucks.

Tags: Telematics, Volvo Trucks, Retrofit, Geotab, Uptime, Remote Diagnostics

March 31, 2017 - Industry News

CK-4 and FA-4 Engine Oils on Store Shelves Now, API Says

The organization has licensed about 400 CK-4 oils and more than 60 FA-4 oils submitted by marketers, making the robust new classifications available to operators of new and older diesels.

Tags: Maintenance, Diesel Engines, Engine Oil, API

March 24, 2017 - Industry News

Peterbilt’s Chassis Routings Improve Serviceability

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Peterbilt has implemented newly engineered routings in all configurations of the Models 579 and 567 as well as in the Model 389 to enhance serviceability across product lines.

Tags: Peterbilt, Model 579, Parts and Service, Model 567

March 24, 2017 - Product News

Pirelli Showcases U.S. Commercial Tire Lineup

Photo: Pirelli

Following its announcement last year that it would enter the commercial truck tire market here, Pirelli is showing its commercial tire product lineup at this year’s Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: Tires, MATS, Pirelli

March 20, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Offers CK-4 Alternative Oil for Super Duty Diesels

Screenshot via Ford.

Ford is recommending the use of a new Motorcraft diesel engine oil for its Super Duty trucks and warning fleet and commercial customers to avoid using most new CK-4 or FA-4 oils because they may cause damage to the engine, the company told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Motor Oil, Ford, Motorcraft, Ford Super Duty, CK-4

March 15, 2017 - Product News

Mack Brings Uptime Solutions to Legacy Vehicles

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Mack Trucks is bringing its telematics-driven uptime solutions to customers with older Mack vehicles, the company announced at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Geotab, Mack Trucks, Uptime, GuardDog Connect, Telematics, Work Truck Show

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

Summit Truck Group Locations Become Diamond Edge Certified

Summit Truck Group announced that 12 of its dealership locations have been recognized by International Truck as Diamond Edge certified dealers.

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, Summit Truck Group, Truck Dealers, Repairs, Uptime

March 13, 2017 - Industry News

Truck-Lite Partners with NanoMech on Corrosion Resistant Products

Truck-Lite announced an exclusive partnership with nanotechnology company NanoMech Industries to produce a line of corrosion and oxidation resistant products.

Tags: Corrosion, Truck-Lite, LED Lighting, Electrical System

March 10, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor Selects Vonic Fleet Services as Service Point Partner

Photo via Vonic Fleet Services

Vonic Fleet Services of Anaheim, California, is now an approved service partner of the Meritor Service Point program.

Tags: Meritor, Parts and Service, Repair Shops

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

PeopleNet and Noregon Partner on Predictive Remote Diagnostics

PeopleNet and Noregon are extending a partnership to deliver a new, real-time vehicle-performance and safety monitoring solution for all heavy-duty truck makes and models.

Tags: PeopleNet, Noregon Systems, Remote Diagnostics, Predictive Analytics

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

Hendrickson Academy Offers Online Maintenance Training

Image via Hendrickson

Hendrickson has launched an interactive online education portal called the Hendrickson Academy that provides video-based maintenance and repair procedures for many of the company’s suspensions and components.

Tags: Online Training, Technicians, Hendrickson

February 28, 2017 - Product News

Volvo Trucks Increases Uptime, Efficiency with Remote Programming

Volvo says software updates can be done while the driver is having lunch.

Volvo Trucks North America is expanding its connected vehicle services with new Remote Programming over-the-air updates for powertrain software and parameters.

Tags: Telematics, Volvo Trucks, Remote Diagnostics, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Extends Oil Drain Intervals to 80,000 Miles

Cummins says X15 Efficiency Series and X15 Performance Series engine owners can extend their oil drain intervals up to 80,000 miles using the free Cummins OilGuard program, which uses engine performance data and oil analysis to safely optimize oil drain intervals.

Tags: Cummins, Valvoline, Engine Oils, Oil Drain Intervals, Cummins X15

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Rising: A26 Engine Signals New Chapter

Navistar's new A26 diesel engine, unveiled at TMC in Nashville, is the product of a radically new approach to engine design by the company.

International's all-new A26 diesel engine is the product of a radically new engineering philosophy designed to return the company to its position as a technology leader in the trucking industry, says the company.

Tags: International, Diesel Engines, Navistar, Fuel Economy, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins to Offer Engine Maintenance Notifications

Cummins' new Guidanz telematics system features a 9-pin J1939 interface that downloads engine fault codes directly to a smartphone or similar mobile device.

Cummins announced its new Connected Adviser telematics system at TMC's Annual Meeting in Nashville, which allows customers to receive information analyzed by engine experts at Cummins, making it easier for fleet managers to make service decisions about the vehicles in their fleets.

Tags: Telematics, Cummins, Downtime, Technology & Maintenance Council, Diesel Engines

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

HDT Announces 2017 Top 20 Products

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine announced its 2017 Top 20 Products, highlighting the most innovative, significant and useful new product announcements from the previous year.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Commission Ends Tariffs on Truck Tires From China

Photo: Jim Park

The International Trade Commission upended the Chinese tire tariff investigation by voting against imposing tariffs on the products.

Tags: China, Tires, Tariffs, Tires and Wheels

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

Goodyear's Raw Material Costs Increase $300M in 3 Weeks

Tire makers worldwide are citing rising raw material costs as the driver of their price increases. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. painted a picture of just how extreme the increases have been so far — using words like “volatile” and “unpredictable."

Tags: Goodyear, Global, Tires, Economic Conditions

February 9, 2017 - Industry News

FTR, CKCVR Issue Maintenance Benchmarking Study

FTR and CK Commercial Vehicle Research have released a comprehensive benchmarking study that examines fleet maintenance practices in heavy- and medium-duty fleets.

Tags: Maintenance Management, Survey, FTR, CKCVR

February 7, 2017 - Product News

Mack CK-4 Engine Oil Offers Extended Drain Intervals

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks has announced that its newly formulated genuine Mack Engine Oil EOS-4.5 will extend engine oil drain intervals for customers.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Engine Oil, Maintenance Costs, Mack Trucks

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