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September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Voice of Retreading Brodsky Passes Away

Brodsky

Harvey Brodsky, longtime managing director of the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) and then the Retread Tire Association (RTA), has died in Pacific Grove, Calif. He was 81.

Tags: Retreads, RTA, Obituary, In Memoriam

September 24, 2017 - Industry News

Eaton Cummins Unveils Endurant Automated Transmission

Company officials said the new Endurant 12-speed automated transmission is the lightest, most efficient 1,850 lb.-ft.-capable heavy-duty transmission. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies unveiled the first product from its joint venture, a lightweight, efficient automated transmission, at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Transmissions, NACV Show

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Shell's New Oil Works for Mixed Diesel and Gas Fleets

Photos: Shell Rotella

Shell Rotella's T6 Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 synthetic oil is designed for versatility, meeting the API CK-4 specification for Class 8 Trucks as well as API SN specification for gasoline trucks and vans.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Fuel Efficiency, Engine Oil, Shell Rotella, Gasoline Engines, Mixed Truck Fleet

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

USA Truck Appoints Maintenance VP

USA Truck announced that Jeff Harris will be the company's new VP of maintenance. Harris will oversee maintenance at all the company’s facilities.

Tags: Leadership, People, USA Truck

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Shell: New Engine Oil Categories Making the Grade

Since 2011 the company has amassed 60 million test miles on CK-4 formulations, and 50 million miles of tests involving the High Temperature High Shear (HTHS) formulas required by FA-4 specifications. Photo: Shell

A new generation of engine oils is in the North American market, passing a battery of tests developed for specific engine brands. But the work of convincing buyers about the related features and benefits of CK-4 and FA-4 oils continues.

Tags: Maintenance, Shell, Fuel Efficiency, Engine Oil, Shell Rotella, PC-11

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

FedEx Freight Dominates 2017 TMC SuperTech Competition

FedEx Freight technician Mark McLean said he hopes to one day move into fleet management and share his knowledge and experience with young, up-and-coming technicians.

FedEx Freight technician Mark McLean came away with an unprecedented third TMC SuperTech title at the 2017 competition held in Orlando, Florida.

Tags: Maintenance, TMC, Technician Training, Technicians, TMC SuperTech

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Denies ATA Petition Regarding Truck Tire Inflation Rules

Photo: Michelin

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration denied a petition filed by the American Trucking Associations that would remove a provision of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations regarding tire inflation.

Tags: TMC, Tires, CVSA, Enforcement, Technology & Maintenance Council, Tire Inflation

September 15, 2017 - Industry News

Love’s Acquires Speedco from Bridgestone Americas

Photo via Love's Travel Stops

Love’s Travel Stops and Bridgestone Americas reached an agreement for Love’s to purchase Speedco, a national network of service locations that provides quick lube and inspection services to the trucking industry.

Tags: Maintenance, Love's Travel Stops, Parts and Service, Truck Stops

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Vipar Heavy Duty, Meritor Establish Long-Term Alliance

Vipar Heavy Duty and Meritor announced a new long-term agreement to offer Meritor’s products through the Vipar Heavy Duty network and its family of companies.

Tags: Aftermarket Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, Meritor, Parts and Service, Maintenance, Parts

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Get Ready for Brake Safety Day on Sept. 7

Photo: J.J. Keller & Associates

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Brake Safety Day is set to take place on Thursday, Sept. 7 across North America.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Bendix, Brakes, Brake Safety Week, CVSA

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Will Future Tech Have a Domino Effect on Fleets?

Although the use of electric trucks will likely rise in the coming years, diesel will remain the fuel of choice for fleets, said analyst Rick Mihelic. Photo: Mercedes Benz

Transportation analyst Rick Mihelic says electric powertrains and autonomous vehicles will only be the beginning of the changes fleets will have to deal with in the near-term future.

Tags: Fleet Management, Technology, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Batteries, Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks

August 24, 2017 - Industry News

Love's Opens North Carolina and Texas Locations

Photo: Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores

New locations in Newton, North Carolina, and Beaumont, Texas, will add a combined 200 truck parking spaces.

Tags: Oil Change, Truckstops, Truck Parking, Love's Travel Stops

August 24, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Connected Diagnostics Available Through Zonar

Image courtesy of Cummins

Zonar and Cummins Inc. announced the availability of Cummins Connected Diagnostics to customers using Zonar's smart fleet management solution, delivering critical information to operations managers that can help optimize the performance of their fleets.

Tags: Telematics, Cummins, Vehicle Diagnostics, Zonar, Maintenance

August 22, 2017 - Product News

Paccar Unveils Automated Transmission for Medium-, Heavy-Duty Models

The new Paccar Automated Transmission was designed from the ground up as an automated transmission. Photo: Paccar

Paccar introduced the new Paccar Automated Transmission, giving it a complete proprietary and integrated powertrain. Developed with Eaton, it's the lightest heavy-duty transmission on the market for several of its medium-duty and heavy-duty models, according to the company.

Tags: Kenworth, Paccar, Peterbilt, Transmissions, Medium-Duty Trucks

August 18, 2017 - Product News

International Backs A26 Engine With Uptime Commitment

Photo: International

International has launched the A26 Customer Uptime Assurance Program, backing the recently launched A26 12.4L engine with the promise of reimbursement for extended downtime.

Tags: International, Warranty, Diesel Engines, Uptime

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

Love's Adds Oil Changes to Tire Care Facilities

Photo: Love's

Love’s Truck Tire Care has made diesel engine motor oil changes available at more than 130 locations.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Oil Change, Love's Travel Stops, Truckstops, Maintenance

August 16, 2017 - Industry News

Data Fuels TMW's Predictive Maintenance Software

The new TMT predictive maintenance system uses the PeopleNet Mobile Gateway. Photo: PeopleNet

TMT's new Predict.Fault Code is a maintenance application designed to predict engine and aftertreatment component failures up to three days in advance. HDT's Jim Beach digs deeper with this report from the TMW/PeopleNet user conference.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, TMW Systems, Predictive Analytics, Maintenance, Software

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

TMW Introduces TMT Predictive Maintenance Software

TMW Systems introduced a predictive maintenance application, TMT Predict.Fault Code, that helps fleets anticipate and address potential vehicle breakdowns and other unscheduled service needs before they occur.

Tags: Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Fleet Management Software, TMW Systems, Predictive Analytics

August 14, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Hit With $30.8 Million Judgment in ProStar/MaxxForce Lawsuit

A jury has awarded $30.8 million to Milan Supply Chain Solutions in its suit against Navistar Inc. Photo courtesy Milan Supply Chain Solutions

Navistar Inc. disputes allegations that it didn’t thoroughly test its MaxxForce EGR engines – allegations that surfaced in a lawsuit where a jury last week awarded $30.8 million in damages – including testimony about the engine program by former executive Jim Hebe that the company "did not test s**t".

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, Navistar, SCR, MaxxForce, EGR

August 11, 2017 - Industry News

Research Shows Promise for New Source of Rubber for Tires

Guayule is a shrub that grows in the Southwest and produces a rubber that can be used in tires.

It’s possible you could see truck tires in the future made from rubber from a domestic plant rather than the traditional rubber tree, as a five-year study led by Cooper Tire & Rubber showed good results for passenger tires.

Tags: Tires, Guayule, Cooper Tire

August 8, 2017 - Product News

Zonar V3 Features Cummins Connected Diagnostics

Image via Zonar

Cummins Connected Diagnostics is now available to customers using Zonar’s smart fleet management solution, offering critical information on engine maintenance and repair.

Tags: Cummins, Zonar, Diagnostics, Connected Diagnostics

July 31, 2017 - Industry News

Yokohama to Increase Prices on Commercial Tires

Photo: Yokohama Tire

Yokohama Tire Corp. announced a price increase of up to 4% on all of its commercial and off-the-road tires sold in the U.S., effective Sept. 1.

Tags: Yokohama, Tires

July 27, 2017 - Industry News

New Connectivity, Analytics Options Coming for Detroit-Powered Trucks

Daimler Trucks North America officials gathered in Yountvile, California, to update trucking reporters on the latest Detroit connectivity and analytics advances. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Fleets of all sizes that are running Detroit powertrains are about to get access to several new tools that will make it easier to analyze the vast amount of data available from the truck – including not only engine fault code data, but also fuel efficiency and safety data.

Tags: Telematics, Detroit, Big Data, Data Analysis, Freightliner Cascadia, Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner, Western Star

July 26, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Tire Supplier to Open North American Headquarters

Photo: TP Commercial Solutions

TP Commercial Solutions has announced that its new headquarters in San Diego, Calif., will be opened on Sept. 1 as part of the truck tire supplier's expansion in the North American market.

Tags: Headquarters, Tires, Pirelli

July 21, 2017 - Industry News

Double Coin Opens New Tire Plant

Photo: Double Coin/CMA

Double Coin and CMA has opened a new manufacturing facility in Thailand that will produce truck, bus, industrial, and off-road tires for the North American market.

Tags: Tires, Double Coin, Global

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