HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

October 2014

Cover Story By Stephane Babcock
2015 Medium-Duty Truck Trends

We take a look at the latest medium-duty offerings and highlight the 2015 models while manufacturers weigh in on industry trends and issues.

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Features

The Reinvigorated Cargo Van Market Based on the high-selling Fiat Doblo, the Ram Promaster will offer an 1,833-pound payload, improved fuel economy and 4.5 feet of room between wheelwells.

By Tom Berg

Many product choices means there’s a roomy truck for every hauling and delivery need.

The Private Label Parts Equation Fleets need to do a risk-cost-benefit analysis when considering switching from branded to private label parts.

By Denise Rondini

With the growth of all-makes (often referred to as private label or value line) parts programs, fleets have more choices than ever for fulfilling their parts needs. But do these programs offer real choices or just muddy the parts purchasing landscape?

Automation: A Better Way to Recruit Drivers

By Jim Beach

Workflow management tools, analytics and behavioral assessment can make the hiring process easier and quicker.

Departments

Omnitracs Talks About Its XRS Acquisition Omnitrac’s acquisition of XRS will broaden the company’s portfolio of fleet management applications and augment its current lineup of products, such as the MCP 200 in-cab mobile computing device.

By Jim Beach

Omnitracs announced it had agreed to acquire XRS Corp., Minneapolis, in a deal valued at $178 million. Approved unanimously by XRS’ board of directors, the deal is expected to be finalized by the fourth quarter of this year.

Top Tools for the Tire Shop The one tool every tire shop needs is a tire inflation cage. It's designed to absorb the blast from a tire exploding during inflation.

By Jim Park

Moving tire care in-house can save time and money - if you have the right tools.

Full-length Skirts Add Fuel Savings for Nussbaum The newest in the long skirts run from nose to tail of Nussbaum’s 53-foot Wabash National vans. Skirts, TrailerTails and a few other modifications together save close to 1 mpg.

By Tom Berg

Nussbaum is streamlining its trailers looking to save money on fuel. Skirts, TrailerTails and a few other modifications together save close to 1 mpg.

Schilli Transportation Saves Time With Automated Map Lookups Schilli's Driver Daily Events tool gives its managers everything they need to know about their fleet shown either on their screen or one keystroke away.

By Jim Beach

Schilli integrated ALK Maps with its fleet management tools to track drivers and increase efficiency.

Electric Trucks Still Generate a Spark of Interest EVI assembled 100 electric-drive vans for UPS using FCCC glider kits, and 15 cab-chassis trucks for Frito-Lay from Freightliner M2 gliders.

By Tom Berg

Senior Editor Tom Berg looks at the state of the electric truck market as fleets struggle to balance benefits with economics.

Safety & Compliance: Preparing For a Crash Even if it doesn't appear to be a serious accident, the driver should get photos at the scene.

By Deborah Lockridge

Drivers and others at your company need to know what to do in the aftermath of a serious accident.

Test Drives

Test Drive: Kenworth T880 Heavy-Haul Smooth styling, roomy cab, projector-beam headlamps and five-piece hood with bolt-on fenders for easy repairs are among the T880’s features. The hood slopes low for good forward and sideward visibility.

By Tom Berg

Heavy haul is one of many tasks that the increasingly popular vocational model has been engineered for.

QuickSpin: LED Headlights vs. Halogen Truck-Lite's senior vice president and chief technology officer, Brad Van Riper, supervises the headlamp changeover between the test runs at the company's Falconer, N.Y., assembly plant.

By Jim Park

A comparison between a set of standard halogen headlamps and LED headlamps reveals, well, there is no comparison.

Editorials

Commentary: When Well-Intentioned Rules Have Unintended Consequences Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Keep up the good work on cutting fuel use, but make sure to do your homework.

Automation is Taking Over Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor.

By Rolf Lockwood

Why bother adding the ability to shift a crash box to the training required by a newbie driver?

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