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May 8, 2015 - Industry News

OEM-Provided Telematics Platforms Could 'Disrupt' Industry

Matthew Pfaffenback, director of telematics, Daimler Trucks North America, speaks at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit. (Photo courtesy of Able Communications)

OEM powertrain integration will ultimately positively disrupt the telematics industry, according to Matthew Pfaffenback, director of telematics, Daimler Trucks North America, speaking at the ALK Transportation Technology Summit.

Tags: OEM, ALK Transportation Technology Summit, Telematics, Daimler Trucks North America, Diagnostics

May 7, 2015 - Industry News

Chevron Oil Expert McGeehan to Retire

Chevron's Jim McGeehan Photo: Chevron

Jim McGeehan, Consulting Scientist for Delo engine oils, has elected to retire from Chevron effective June 30, 2015, according to Chevron Products Co.

Tags: Chevron Lubricants, Chevron Delo, PC-11

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Maintenance Inefficiencies Costing USPS $21.8M a Year

Photo of USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.

The U.S. Postal Service could reduce its maintenance costs by $21.8 million a year by improving oversight of its mechanics and right-sizing staffing at vehicle garages, according to finding by the U.S. Office of Inspector General.

Tags: USPS, Maintenance Costs

April 30, 2015 - Industry News

HDA Truck Pride Names Truck Service Expert of the Year

Photo left to right: Mark Willis – HDA Truck Pride, Bobby Willingham & Alan Davenport – owners of Davenport and Willingham, Edward Neeley – Truck Supply Company of South Carolina – sponsoring member. Photo: HDA Truck Pride

HDA Truck Pride named Davenport and Willingham the 2014 Truck Service expert of the year at the HDTA Truck Pride Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Awards, HDA Truck Pride, Technicians

April 29, 2015 - Industry News

Wabash National Signs Aurora Parts to Exclusive Deal

Wabash National announced a five-year agreement with Aurora Parts & Accessories to be the exclusive supplier of aftermarket parts the company's trailers and brands.

Tags: Trailers, Aftermarket Parts, Supplier, Wabash National

April 9, 2015 - Product News

Dossier Updated With Cloud Services

Dossier Systems has announced the release of Dossier v.6.4, the latest version of the software with cloud-based features.

Tags: Telematics, Zonar, Cloud-Based Technology, Dossier

April 8, 2015 - Industry News

Jim Winsor, Longtime Trucking Journalist, Passes Away

Jim Winsor in the mid-2000s.

Jim Winsor, a veteran trucking industry journalist and former executive editor of Heavy Duty Trucking, passed away Tuesday night from natural causes.

Tags: Obituary, Technology & Maintenance Council

April 7, 2015 - Industry News

Rihm Kenworth Expands to Twin Cities Region

The Rihm Parts and Service facility in St. Elmo, Minn. Photo: Rihm Kenworth

Rihm Kenworth has opened a new parts and service location in Lake Elmo, Minn., to provide expanded service support to customers and truck operators in the Twin Cities metro area.

Tags: Minnesota, Dealership, Rihm Kenworth, Parts and Service

April 6, 2015 - Industry News

Yokohama Unveils New Truck Tire Website

Looking to help fleet owners get the strongest return on their tire investment and boost their bottom lines, Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) launched a new, dedicated commercial tire website, YokohamaTruck.com.

Tags: Truck Tires, Yokohama Tire Corp., New Website

April 2, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt, Paccar Offer New Truck Warranties

Customers who purchase a new Peterbilt truck and finance through Paccar Financial will receive updated warranty coverage going forward, the company announced.

Tags: Peterbilt, Class 8, Truck Sales, Truck Warranty, Medium-Duty Trucks, Class 5

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Eaton Expands Advantage Product Line, Adds Coast Mode to AMTs

Eaton now offers is Advantage Series transmission in more configurations to broaden its appear to different long-haul, linehaul and regional markets. The Advantage Series automated models now come with a fuel-saving coast mode to decrease parasitic drag on the drive train when operating on hilly terrain.

Tags: Eaton, Automated Manual Transmissions, Eaton Advantage, UltraShift Plus

March 26, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Expands XE Powertrain Lineup

XE super direct drive improves fuel efficiency by lowering engine rpms at a given vehicle speed. Photo courtesy of Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks expanded the XE powertrain package lineup with a super direct drive version using the I-Shift transmission. The company also expanded its Remote Diagnostics service to monitor I-Shift components as well.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Fuel Efficiency, Powertrains, MATS, Downspeed

March 25, 2015 - Product News

Kenworth Launches Diagnostics and Productivity Tools

The Nav+ HD system. Photo via Kenworth

Kenworth will begin offering Trucktech+ and Nav+ HD technology products designed to improve vehicle diagnostics and productivity.

Tags: Telematics, Kenworth, Technology, Vehicle Diagnostics, Navigation System, MATS, Medium-Duty Trucks, Mid-America Trucking Show

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Eaton Enhances Roadranger Service Network

Eaton added a series of initiatives to the company’s Roadranger service network to better meet the needs of North American heavy-duty trucking fleets.

Tags: Eaton, Roadranger, Transmissions, Parts and Service, Customer Service

March 24, 2015 - Industry News

Chevrolet Silverado Design Simplifies Collision Repair

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of General Motors.

General Motors engineers incorporated several features that allow technicians to more efficiently repair collision damage.

Tags: Full-Size Pickups, General Motors, 2015-MY, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet, Collision Repair

March 23, 2015 - Industry News

Mack Increases Service Intervals

MackTrucks said it has extended service intervals for diesel particulate filters and diesel engine oil and filter changes on all model year 2011 and newer Mack diesel engines. Photo: Mack

Mack Trucks has announced extended service intervals for diesel particulate filters and diesel engine oil and filter changes on all model year 2011 and newer Mack trucks with an MP7, MP8 or MP10 engine.

Tags: Engine Oil, Mack Trucks, DPF, Filters, Parts and Service

March 17, 2015 - Industry News

Ryder Opens NGV Maintenance Facility in Calif.

Photo: Ryder

Ryder System has opened a natural gas and diesel vehicle maintenance facility in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., to provide vehicle maintenance for Ryder lease and rental customers, mobile maintenance, and a 20-minute rental service guarantee, along with on-site diesel fueling.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance Facility, Natural Gas Vehicles, Ryder System, CNG, LNG

March 16, 2015 - Industry News

Q&A: Yokohama's Rick Phillips Talks Truck Tires

Rick Phillips. Photo courtesy Yokohama.

How is the booming truck market affecting commercial tire sales? Yokohama's Rick Phillips answers this question and more in this Q&A.

Tags: Yokohama, Tires

March 16, 2015 - Product News

Mack's GuardDog Connect Monitors mDrive Transmissions

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks will be using its Mack GuardDog Connect integrated telematics system to monitor critical fault codes for trucks equipped with Mack mDrive automated manual transmissions.

Tags: Telematics, Technology, Mack Trucks, Automated Manual Transmissions, mDrive

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Rush Truck Centers Moves Northeast Ohio Facility

Photo: Rush Enterprises

Rush Enterprises, Inc., which operates a network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, has relocated Rush Truck Center – Cleveland to Parma, Ohio from Oakwood Village.

Tags: Navistar, Rush Enterprises, Commercial Vehicle Dealearships

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

TravelCenters Opens Two Petro Service Facilities

TravelCenters of America has opened Petro: Lube Truck Service facilities at Petro locations in Napoleon, Ohio and Wells, Nev.

Tags: Petro Stopping Centers, TravelCenters of America, Service Center

February 23, 2015 - Product News

Cummins Details Diagnostic Application

Cummins Connected Solutions is an innovative group of products that utilize the connection of a Cummins electronic engine to a vehicle's on-board telematics system.

Tags: Cummins, Diagnostics, Connected Diagnostics

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Halo Tire Inflator Wins TWNA Tech Achievement Award

From left, Jim Park, awards committee chairman, presents the award to Josh Carter, Aperia's CEO, and Brandon Richardson, chief technology officer.

The device was proved effective in track testing in Canada last year and is in use by numerous fleets, members of the awards committee found in pre-selection research.

Tags: TWNA Technical Achievement Award, Automatic Tire Inflation Systems, Technology & Maintenance Council, Tires, Aperia Technologies

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

TMC Elects New General Chairman

Kevin Tomlinson, TMC General Chairman and Treasurer. Photo: Jim Park

The Technology and Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations elected Kevin Tomlinson as its 2015-2016 general chairman and treasurer.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, TMC, People

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

New Shell Website Explains Upcoming Oil Category

Shell Rotella has a new website, WhatisPC11.com, to help educate people about the next generation of diesel engine oils known as API Proposed Category 11 (PC-11).

Tags: Shell Rotella, PC-11, Engine Oils, Low-Viscosity Oil

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