HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

December 2012

Cover Story
Class 8 Update: The latest models and trends
By Tom Berg

"Uncertainty" is the word people at most truck builders used to describe this year's business mood. Sales started strong, then slacked off in the summer as many buyers seemed to be waiting to see what would happen in the general economy and the presidential election

Features

The Business Case for Synthetic Lubes

By Jim Park

For years, some fleets have turned to synthetic engine oils for easier starts in cold-weather climates and to help them extend oil drain intervals. But if that's the only selling point you're using for synthetic lubes, it may be time for some consumer education

The business case for synthetic lubes goes beyond extended drain intervals

By Jim Park, Equipment Editor

For years, some fleets have turned to synthetic engine oils for easier starts in cold-weather climates and to help them extend oil drain intervals

Goodyear Highway Hero Makes Healthy Living a Priority Mike Schiotis, Goodyear's Highway Hero last year, is a proponent of eating healthy on the road.

By HDT

You might recognize Mike Schiotis's name from the harrowing tale of how he saved a woman from her gun-wielding boyfriend and was named Goodyear's Highway Hero. What you probably don't know about Schiotis is that he can

DeKalb County in Georgia is converting landfill gas to CNG to run its fleet

By Kate Harlow, Associate Editor

The old saying goes, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Life, or in this case, a landfill, gave DeKalb County, Ga., methane gas - so the Sanitation Department decided to make vehicle fuel. In 2009, DeKalb County, located just east of Atlanta, was experiencing the same economic frustrations and high fuel prices as the rest of the country

3 Steps to a Better Culture: Improve CSA Compliance by Valuing Your Drivers

By John Hill, Contributor

In my 38 years of involvement with highway safety, and even more recently as a safety consultant, I have observed a unique situation distinctive to safe and compliant companies: They value their employees by creating a safety culture

TireStamp Offers TPMS Servicing App for Tire Dealers

TireStamp Inc. released its upgraded, cloud based TireVigil Servicing app with features specifically designed for commercial tire dealers who provide services to fleets using the TireVigil tire pressure monitoring system

Phillips 66 Adds Natural Gas Engine Oils

Phillips 66 Lubricants launched two natural gas engine oils, Guardol NG and Kendall Super-D NG

Meritor Expects 6x2 Acceptance to Grow, Readies Faster Axle Ratios Use of 6x2 tandems with only one powered axle, like Meritor's FueLite, could grow to six times the current rate, the company thinks.

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Managers at Meritor Inc. think many more truck operators will choose 6x2 axle configurations and will begin asking for faster axle ratios to save fuel and cut greenhouse gas emissions

Hendrickson Launches Parts Look Up System

Hendrickson introduced PLUS, a Parts Look Up System. Hendrickson's new PLUS is designed to provide the fleet, repair center, or distributor with serviceable parts information for Hendrickson Truck and Trailer suspension systems.

Pegasus TransTech Launches Transflo DMS

Pegasus TransTech has introduced Transflo DMS, a cloud-based version of its industry-leading Transflo document management and workflow solution.

Ford Super Duty to Get Natural Gas Engines

Westport Innovations Inc. announced that it will expand its product offerings with the introduction of natural gas powered versions of the Ford F-450 and F-550 Super Duty trucks in mid-2013

Jost Offers Powder Coating and Fabrication Services

Jost International has announced that powder coating and fabrication services are now available from its TS6949/ISO14001/ISO9001 certified Greeneville, Tenn., facility to other manufacturer

PSI's 2012 Commercial Fleet Tire Digest Now Available

By HDT Staff

Pressure Systems International is now offering a full set of Volume VI (Jan-Nov/Dec 2012) Commercial Fleet Tire Digest issues, as a printed spiral bound book.

Departments

Technology: What if Cars and Trucks Could Talk to Each Other?

By Oliver B. Patton

Imagine: A truck driver gets a signal on his dash, warning him that a car ahead that he cannot see has slammed on the brakes. Or that he's going too fast for the curve ahead/

Future Reefers

By Tom Berg, Senior Editor

Carbon dioxide, condemned for being a greenhouse gas and the target of diesel emissions regulations about to go into effect, is actually good when used as a refrigerant

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