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August 26, 2014

Phillips Introduces Liftgate Sockets With Swivel Technology

Phillips Industries has introduced new single and dual pole liftgate sockets with swivel and automatic disconnect features.

August 19, 2014

Phillips Announces Liftgate Dual Pole Kit

Philips Industries is now offering a liftgate dual pole installation and conversion kit to help fleets that are seeing an increasing need to have a ground return system versus a chassis ground system for the supplemental power requirements of liftgates.

August 18, 2014

ACOFAS to Hold Electrical Diagnostics Clinic

The American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists will be holding a clinic and educational program for technicians on understanding electricity.

July 29, 2014

Remy Has 215-Amp High-Efficiency Alternator

A new high-efficiency alternator from Remy is available for truck applications such as line-haul tractors with anti-idling equipment, emergency vehicles, refuse trucks and utility vehicles.

July 18, 2014

5 Tips to Keep Your Battery Running in the Summer Heat

While warmer temperatures help to increase battery capacity, making it easier to turn over the engine, they also cause an increase in the rate at which the battery deteriorates. When the temperature is warmer, the current conducting grids corrode faster, reducing the life of your battery.

July 16, 2014

Solar-brand Jump Starter Features Enhanced Automatic Charging System

The 12/24 Volt commercial jump starter provides jumps for numerous environments where heavy-duty jumpstarting is a regular occurrence.

July 9, 2014

Internal Fan Alternator Cuts Weight, Boosts Output

The AVi2800 internal fan alternator is ideal for high-performance aftermarket retrofit upgrades, particularly within older model school buses and heavy trucks, or in applications where weight reduction, higher temperature and higher power are target goals.

April 25, 2014

A Systems Approach to Start/Charge System Maintenance

We have to stop thinking of our start/charge systems as simply a handful of separate components, and start viewing them as a system. From alternators to batteries and starters, cables and regulators, and even add-on components like low-voltage cut-off switches and DC/AV inverters, each can impact the component next to it.

April 14, 2014

Trace Down Circuits Before Replacing Liftgate Parts

Proper methods of testing for voltage drop on the circuits that power trailer liftgates were discussed at TMC’s recent annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Senior Editor Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog.

March 31, 2014

Mitsubishi Electric Takes Aftermarket Alternator to 200 Amps (updated)

MATS, LOUISVILLE, KY -- Mitsubishi's new A200 alternator offers high efficiency in a lightweight package with a three-year unlimited mileage warranty.

March 10, 2014

You Don’t Need to Hammer on These Thin LEDs to Appreciate a Bright Idea

Ever hear of Innotec? Neither did senior editor Tom Berg. Now he sees what it does, and so will you.

March 9, 2014

Idle Smart's Battery Protect Ensures Engine Starts

TMC, NASHVILLE -- The new Battery Protect system from Idle Smart continuously monitors battery voltage levels, and will automatically start and run a vehicle’s engine to recharge batteries.

March 5, 2014

Maxwell Brings Ultracapacitor Start Module to Medium-duty Market

WORK TRUCK SHOW -- Maxwell Technologies is expanding its ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module product line to medium-duty Class 3-6 trucks. The ESM ULTRA 31/900 replaces traditional lead-acid starting batteries, virtually eliminating cranking problems that come from weak or discharged batteries.

September 5, 2013

7 Factors to Consider When Installing an Inverter

Power inverters – the devices that convert standard battery (DC) power to AC household power – are becoming more commonplace in the trucking industry. Depending upon whom you ask, that’s to the delight, or chagrin of fleet and maintenance managers, who often have a love/hate relationship with inverters.

November 1, 2008

Maintenance Report: Trailers

Attention to detail in spec'ing and maintaining trailers pays off in longer life and lower maintenance costs.

August 1, 2008

Smart Wireless Power

It's a fascinating technology with applications that are likely limited only by our imaginations.

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