HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

December 2014

Cover Story By Deborah Lockridge and Oliver Patton
15 Things to Watch For in 2015 (And Beyond)

A lot is changing in the trucking industry right now – technology, demographics, manufacturing, regulations and more. How will these changes affect your business? We’ve come up with 15 trends you should watch next year and beyond.

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Features

Saving Amps & Money

By Stephane Babcock

Proper maintenance procedures for charging and storage will help extend the service life of heavy-duty batteries.

Big Data & Trucking

By Jim Beach

Trucking operations generate billions of pieces of information each day, and fleet managers are learning how to put it all to use.

Class 8 Update: As Economy Builds, Almost Everybody’s Buying

By Tom Berg

Builders report order upswings of 20% and more, along with gains for proprietary diesels and automated transmissions.

Departments

ZCube Trailers Are Back To the Future Low-floor vans are like the household goods trailers that Kentucky specializes in, but without the belly boxes and side doors. Freightliner single-rear-axle tractors are driven by teams.

By Tom Berg

Zenith Global Logistics, which hauls and delivers home and hotel furnishings across much of the nation, needed more capacity. So its managers looked around and rediscovered low-floor, high-cube van trailers that the fleet used 20 years ago.

Dry Van Specs: Lessons From A Leasing Company Penske Truck Leasing buys thousands of trailers every year to serve thousands of customers, so fleet managers might learn something from their spec’ing practices.

By Tom Berg

Penske considers application, customer desires and residual value in its orders.

CVS Uses Data To Conquer the Most Expensive Mile CVS’s fleet of Class 8 haulers use routing software to analyze the best routes for drivers to approach a location, pull into a parking lot, and maneuver into the loading dock.

By Chris Wolski

CVS used the routing software in the Telogis telematics system to analyze the best routes for drivers to approach a location, pull into a parking lot, and maneuver into the loading dock.

Navistar Outlines SuperTruck Progress A breakdown of how Navistar's SuperTruck will achieve its efficiency goal.

By Deborah Lockridge

Increasing brake thermal efficiency in the SuperTruck's diesel engines is proving more challenging than expected and the goal of 55% still seems a ways off.

Are You Putting Enough Air In Your Steer Tires? Pressures of 105 psi are fine with 12,000-pound steer-axle loads, but may be 10-20 psi underinflated in 13,200-pound steer-axle loads.

By Jim Park

If you are not running at least 105 psi in your steer tires, you’re running underinflated. In some cases, those tires may be in run-flat condition.

Test Drives

Test Drive: Caterpillar’s New CT681 The set-forward steer axle and plain front end mark the latest Cat Truck. The headlamps are halogen sealed beams and the bumper is flat to minimize overall length.

By Tom Berg

Business-like in appearance and set up for bridge-formula states, the latest Cat Truck will suit dump, mixer and snowplow applications.

Editorials

Commentary: We Need to Look Past Fossil Fuels Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor.

By Rolf Lockwood

Our current interest in natural gas may be keeping us from investing in more forward thinking technologies not based in fuel with a fixed supply.

Commentary: How the Public Feels About Driver Fatigue Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

The debate over driver fatigue and hours of service regulations may be decided by the public. But how questions are asked and facts are presented can sway opinion in opposite directions.

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