HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

October 2012

Cover Story
Building a Culture of Safety
By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief & Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

In 1986, the Chernobyl-4 nuclear reactor exploded, spewing molten core fragments and radiation. It killed more than 30 people and contaminated 400 square miles around the Ukrainian plant. A "poor safety culture" was identified as a major factor. That was one of the first uses of the term

Features

Trucking 'Fracking' Water

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

The Uinta Basin in northeastern Utah is among the places in the U.S. where natural gas is being recovered in the ongoing energy boom. As in other areas, great quantities of specially treated water are being used to liberate the ga

5 things you should know about cloud computing

By Jim Beach, Contributing Editor

Cloud computing has been getting a lot of attention in the information technology space. Before you put your head in the cloud, though, there are some things you should understand about the concept of cloud computing

Keep Tires Running Straight and True

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

In tire and wheel mounting, the line between right and wrong is a thin one. A few thousandths of an inch on either side of correct can throw tires and wheels into a mean wobble or cause them to bounce up and down like pistons

Are your batteries up to the challenge?

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Uptime and utilization are everything, so you don't want a truck sitting on the shop floor during basic battery maintenance. Most fleets pull the batteries at the first sign of trouble and replace them with fresh batteries to get the truck moving again, planning to deal with the bad batteries later. But what killed the batteries in the first place

Cargo Vans Update: Business thriving, though some casualties

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Like most commercial truck sectors, sales of full-size cargo vans and walk-in vans are thriving and even booming - but there are casualties. The electric truck business, while still viable, is taking a hit, with two suppliers in financial straits

Natural Gas: What Fleets Need to Know, Part 3 - What's the payback? Dart Transit launched a small fleet of CNG-powered tractors dedicated to Andersen Window Corp. While CNG-fueled trucks cost about $45,000 more, Dart projects that fuel cost savings $25,000-$35,000 per year, per truck.

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

The environmental and image benefits of being "green" and reducing dependence on foreign oil are among the reasons fleets are looking at natural gas fuel for trucks, but even the most diehard "green" fleet is still looking for a return on its investment

Propane's Cheap and Ready This 2009 F-250 looks like any other SuperDuty work truck except for its stout propane tank, mounted in the bed behind the cab.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Propane is no longer just for your backyard barbeque or the furnace and water heater in your rural home. It's an efficient and economical fuel that powers millions of vehicles overseas, and proponents in the United States say it deserves to catch on in a big way here

Weather Guard Cab Protectors for 2012 Models

Knaack LLC announced that Weather Guard Truck Equipment has reduced the overall height of Protect-A-Rail Cab Protectors to make them more compatible with current full-size truck model year designs

Diagnosing Your Aftermarket Sales Force

By Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

What are some of the most common weaknesses of aftermarket parts sales staff, and how can you work to correct them? Find out in this Q&A with Chuck Udell, senior partner of Essential Action Design Group, Leawood, Kan., management consultants specializing in heavy-duty and automotive aftermarket operations

TomTom Enables Predefined Routes for Fleet Navigation

TomTom Business Solutions announced that its Software Alliance Program is now allowing over-the-air delivery of predefined routes into its Pro series of connected navigation devices.

Webb Wheel Introduces 'Right For You' Brake Drum Technologies

The Aftermarket Business Unit of Webb Wheel Products is introducing a new brake drum selection program, Right for You, which it says offers end users the best value proposition for their fleet when purchasing replacement drums

Zonar Introduces 3G Telematics Platform

Zonar, a provider of electronic fleet inspection, tracking and operations systems, introduces the V3 telematics platform

Cummins Gets 2014 Emissions Certification

Cummins Inc. has received certification for its ISX15 engine from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, meeting both the EPA 2013 regulations and the new greenhouse gas and fuel-efficiency rules that will take effect in 2014

Mack Trucks Offers Advanced Collision Avoidance Technology

Mack Trucks expanded its safety offer for on-highway customers with the addition of a collision mitigation technology, which can help avoid rear-end collisions

Hino Trucks Partners With Morgan on Quick-Delivery Program

Hino Trucks has partnered with Morgan Corp. on a quick-delivery, dry freight van body program for its conventional trucks

Departments

Test Drive: Mack's SuperEconodyne Can Lug Down Low for Fuel Savings

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Cruising down the Interstate, you glance at the tachometer and gasp as you see the needle hovering at under 1,200 rpm. Yet the engine isn't vibrating or straining, and the rig continues to move steadily forward

Test Drives

Test Drive: Mack's SuperEconodyne Can Lug Down Low for Fuel Savings

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Cruising down the Interstate, you glance at the tachometer and gasp as you see the needle hovering at under 1,200 rpm. Yet the engine isn't vibrating or straining, and the rig continues to move steadily forward

News

House Committee Hears CSA Complaints

September 13, 2012

A congressional hearing yesterday on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's CSA safety enforcement program gave critics a chance to vent, but the committee appears content for the time being to let the agency and its constituents work things out

Small Brokers Take Issue with New $75,000 Bond Requirement

September 6, 2012

The ink on the new highway bill is hardly dry, yet one transportation group already is pushing for an amendment. The Association of Independent Property Brokers & Agents is lobbying to repeal the $75,000 bond requirement for brokers and freight forwarders that's in the law Congress passed in June

New Highway Law a Big Work Order for FMCSA

August 28, 2012

The new highway law sets an ambitious agenda for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the next couple of years. Most of the requirements in MAP-21 came from the agency's strategic plan, said administrator Anne Ferro as she introduced a presentation Monday on the agency's plans to implement the law.

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