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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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