HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

March 2015

Cover Story By Deborah Lockridge and David Cullen
The 2015 HDT Truck Fleet Innovators

For Heavy Duty Trucking’s annual Truck Fleet Innovator awards, we look for fleet executives who are willing to change up the way they do things and who have a track record of leading their industries into new and sometimes uncharted waters.

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Features

12 Ideas For Lightweighting Your Trucks

By Tom Berg

Over the years, manufacturers have designed vehicles and components to reduce weight, and fleets have tried many of them. From their wisdom, we offer a dozen lightweighting ideas for Class 8 trucks and tractors.

Online Load Boards Keep Freight Moving

By Jim Beach

Truckers, shippers, brokers and third-party logistics providers have more options than ever to find trucks or loads and to do so much quicker.

Explaining the World of Remanufactured Parts Assemblies are completely torn down and measured and qualified to see if they can be reused. Those that cannot be reused are replaced.

By Denise Rondini

Remanufactured parts are a $7 billion business at retail, which has been growing slowly over the past 30 years but even with this growth, there are some misconceptions about what remanufacturing means and about the quality of reman parts.

The Slippery Slope of Aerodynamic Testing Testing aerodynamic add-ons on a track allows testers to monitor and control for a number of variables such as wind, driver performance, equipment conditions and more. Photo: Richard Wood

By Jim Park

Is SmartWay verification enough to calculate the return on investing in add-on aerodynamic devices?

Expanding the Driver Pool Carlus Patterson is a former veteran who now drives a dedicated route for Ryder.

By Deborah Lockridge

In the face of a shrinking, aging driver population with high levels of driver turnover the trucking industry and individual carriers are looking for ways to expand the driver pool. Part 3 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Departments

What It's Like To Eliminate Paper Logs Langer Transport, headquartered in Jersey City, N.J., recently deployed Omnitracs’ MPC50 in-cab devices which include an electronic log applications, navigation and critical event reporting.

By Jim Beach

Tank carrier Langer Transport tossed aside paper driver logs for good this January, opting to switch over to an automated hours-of-service application from Omnitracs LLC.

Working With Your Tire Provider Larger dealers are often associated with a retreader. Keeping all the services under one roof makes for easier tracking, billing and record keeping.

By Jim Park

Anybody can change a tire, but does your dealer make yard calls and bring some inventory along so the necessary tires can be changed on site without delay?

Technology Drives Down CSA Scores Fleets have been able to improve their CSA scores with automated driver logs and electronic driver vehicle inspection reports.

By Jim Beach

When it comes to improving fleet operations, no matter the immediate issue at hand, technology, in all its forms, is becoming the “go-to” tool.

Optimizing Engines To Improve Fuel Efficiency Technicians can set various engine parameters with a laptop or a specialized reader, often dedicated to a particular engine maker. Generic tools are available as well. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

The engine is an often underused fuel-saving device. Optimizing the engine parameters of new trucks could improve fuel efficiency by 5 to 8%.

Editorials

Commentary: The More Things Change Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

2014 and 2015 might be the sweet spot for aftermarket parts and service, in large part due to the average age of the truck population.

Commentary: Good News Coming? Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

For the first time in recorded history, the EPA and NHTSA are sort of your friends.

Commentary: Would You Drive for Your Fleet? Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Are you treating your drivers like employees?That may sound like an odd question. Unless you use owner-operators, of course your drivers are employees. But … do you really treat them like the rest of your employees?

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