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December 11, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor Launches First Products Through Mach Brand

Image via Mach

Meritor has announced the availability of the first products under its new Mach value brand that includes approximately 2,000 part numbers for the company's driveline, drive axle and transmission offerings.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Meritor, Parts and Service

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks to Deliver 3D Printed Parts in Test Program

Mercedes-Benz Trucks already successfully produces 30 spare parts with the latest 3D SLS printing processes. Photo: Daimler

Daimler Trucks North America has announced will make its first delivery of plastic parts produced using 3D printing technology in the coming weeks as part of a pilot program.

Tags: Pilot Program, Daimler Trucks North America, Parts and Service, 3D Printing

December 4, 2017 - Product News

ExxonMobil Launches New Line of Synthetic Diesel Engine Oils

Photo: ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil has introduced a new lineup of Mobil Delvac 1 synthetic heavy-duty diesel engine oils, that includes three products that meet either API CK-4 or FA-4 specifications.

Tags: Synthetic Oil, Oils, Engine Oils, CK-4, FA-4, ExxonMobil

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Bridgestone Names New Bandag Marketing Director

LaTres Jarrett Photo: Bridgestone

Bridgestone Americas has named LaTres Jarrett as director, marketing for Bandag, the Bridgestone business dedicated to the research, development, and manufacturing of retreads.

Tags: Bridgestone, People, Retreads, Marketing, Bandag, New Hire

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

Nikola Partners With Nel ASA to Supply Hydrogen Stations

Photo: Nikola Motor Company

Nel ASA is anticipated to provide engineering, electrolysis, and fueling equipment, while Nikola will provide the balance of plant, construction, dispensers and other station equipment.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogen Fueling Stations, Suppliers, Nikola Motor Company

November 9, 2017 - Industry News

Goodyear Acquires German Automated Tire Inspection System Provider

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has agreed to acquire Ventech Systems of Dorsten, Germany, from Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH. Photo: Goodyear Tire & Rubber

Goodyear Tire & Rubber has completed the acquisition of Ventech Systems GmbH, a provider of automated tire inspection technology.

Tags: Goodyear, Tires, Mergers & Acquisitions, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

Pressure Systems International Promotes Gravell to VP of Business Development

Jonathan Gravell Photo: P.S.I.

Pressure Systems International has promoted Jonathan Gravell to the new position of vice president/ business development.

Tags: Leadership, People, Promotions, P.S.I.

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

TA Truck Service Turns Attention to Smaller Fleets

Photo courtesy of TA Truck Service

While TA Truck Service has historically focused on large, national fleets, the company is now going after vocational fleets and multi-use construction companies.

Tags: TravelCenters of America, Construction Fleets, Vocational Fleets, TA Truck Service

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

TechForce Creates Campaign to Increase Qualified Tech Pool

Photo: Steven Martinez

TechForce Foundation has launched the FutureTech Success campaign to provide an ongoing stream of qualified technicians to the North American vehicle repair business.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Recruiting, Technician Training, Technicians

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

Technician Shortage Worse Than Previously Thought

Photo: Steven Martinez

In a new report, the TechForce Foundation is predicting that demand for new vehicle technicians over the next ten years will be three times higher than was previously expected.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Department of Labor, Technicians

October 23, 2017 - Product News

Detroit Connect Virtual Technician Adds Support for DT12

Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission. Photo: Detroit

ORLANDO – The Detroit Connect Virtual Technician remote diagnostic system can now deliver remote event diagnostics for Detroit DT12 automated manual transmissions, the company announced during ATA's annual meeting. The Detroit Connect mobile app is also now available for download for Freightliner and Western Star customers with active Detroit Connection subscriptions.

Tags: Detroit Diesel, Virtual Technician, Detroit DT12, Detroit Connect

October 22, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Reveals 24/7 Uptime Command Center

Navistar's Michael Cancelliere. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO - In kicking off the Navistar presser here at the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition, Michael Cancelliere, president, Truck and Parts, presented the continuing growth of the economy and the rise in truck orders year over year as the backdrop for the OEM announcing it would increase prices on 2009 model year trucks “by up to 2%.”

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, Uptime

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

Automotive Lift Institute Moves, Opens LiftLab

Photo of LiftLab courtesy of ALI

The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) officially opened its new headquarters and LiftLab

Tags: Automotive Lift Institute, ALI, Truck Lifts, LiftLab

October 17, 2017 - Industry News

Gerry Mead Joins Phillips Industries

Gerry Mead Photo: Phillips Industries

Gerald "Gerry" Mead, formerly executive vice president of maintenance at U.S. Xpress and a recent HDT Truck Fleet Innovator, has joined Phillips Industries as the executive director of innovations.

Tags: Leadership, Phillips Industries, Awards, People, U.S. Xpress, Truck Fleet Innovators

October 16, 2017 - Industry News

Teletrac Navman, Noregon Integrate Vehicle Health, Safety Management Solution

Combining the intelligent fleet management capabilities of Teletrac Navman Director and the advanced vehicle health and safety diagnostics of Noregon TripVision, this integration gives carriers a holistic view of vehicle fitness in real time.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Noregon Systems, Intelligent Transportation, Teletrac Navman, Uptime, Maintenance, Telematics, Diagnostics

October 5, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Approves Trio of Shell Oils for Diesel Trucks

Shell's T5 10W-30 Synthetic Blend is one of the three Shell oils approved for Ford's Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification. Photo: Shell Rotella

Ford Motor Co. has approved three Shell Rotella heavy-duty engine oils for its diesel-powered Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification, Shell has announced.

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

October 4, 2017 - Industry News

Ryder Equips Rental Fleet With Aperia's Automatic Tire Inflators

Photo: Ryder System

Ryder System has signed an exclusive partnership with Aperia Technologies to equip the Halo Tire Inflator solution on the company’s heavy-duty commercial rental fleet.

Tags: Truck Rental, Ryder System, Tire Inflation, Aperia Technologies

October 2, 2017 - Industry News

Fyda Freightliner Invests in Cascadia Simulator

Technicians check out the new Cascadia Simulator (image courtesy of Fyda Freightliner)

The simulator was supplied by Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and includes a fully-functioning dashboard which can be connected to and run the Detroit Diesel GHG17 training engine, allowing the technician in training to see the interaction between the tractor and the engine.

Tags: Technician Training, Freightliner Cascadia, Fyda Freightliner

October 2, 2017 - Product News

Continental Launches ContiConnect Tire Monitoring Platform

Image: Continental

Continental launched the ContiConnect digital tire monitoring platform, allowing fleet managers to see tire pressure and temperature data for an entire fleet from a single web portal.

Tags: Telematics, Continental, Tires, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, NACV Show, Maintenance, Data Analysis

September 28, 2017 - Industry News

Data-Driven Intelligence from Thermo King Refrigeration Units

Thermo King is making it easier for fleets to make use of the data from their refrigeration units by shipping its Precedent reefers already equipped with its TracKing asset management system.

Tags: Asset Management, Thermo King, Reefers, Refrigerated Trailers, NACV Show

September 27, 2017 - Industry News

Digital Supply Chain Offers Greater Potential Than Electric, Autonomous Trucks

Persio Lisboa talks to suppliers about the need to be leaders in technology to improve trucking productivity.

Amidst a show where major topics of conversation included electrification of commercial vehicles and the path to autonomous trucks, one industry exec said the digital supply chain will be the next big breakthrough in trucking productivity.

Tags: Navistar, Supply Chain Management, NACV Show, Disruptive Technology, Connected Vehicle Technology

September 27, 2017 - Product News

Mitchell 1 Enhances RepairConnect Diagnostic Software for Truck Repairs

Scott DeGiorgio, general manager at Mitchell 1. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Mitchell 1 announced at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta it's rolling out enhancements to its RepairConnect diagnostic truck repair software for all makes and models of Class 4-8 trucks.

Tags: Mitchell 1, Diagnostics, Technicians, Repairs, NACV Show

September 26, 2017 - Product News

Meritor Offers Improved Version of Air Disc Brake

Meritor's optimized EX+ air disc brake

Meritor announced an optimized version of its EX+ air disc brakes, shaving off 10 pounds of weight and improving performance.

Tags: Meritor, Brakes, NACV Show, Air Disc Brakes

September 26, 2017 - Product News

Meritor Launches Mach Aftermarket Line

Rob Speed, president – aftermarket and trailer, talks about Meritor's new lower-cost aftermarket brand.

Meritor has introduced a value-priced product line for the aftermarket that will be branded as Mach.

Tags: Meritor, Aftermarket, NACV Show

September 26, 2017 - Product News

Navistar OnCommand to Offer Parts Failure Prediction Feature

Navistar has announced a number of updates to its OnCommand Connection platform, showing a new feature called Live Action Plans, which predicts when a part is going to fail before it does.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Navistar, Parts and Service, Predictive Analytics, Navistar OnCommand, NACV Show

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