HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

May 2015

Cover Story By Deborah Lockridge
Competing With the Big Guys

We spoke with the top executives of several successful fleets of between 50 and 100 vehicles to learn how they compete in an era where running a trucking company is becoming more expensive, more complex and more regulated.

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Features

The Challenge of Standardizing Aerodynamic Testing One of the new testing methods allowed for EPA SmartWay verification is wind tunnel testing. Here a scale model is prepped carefully before the test; small irregularities can make a big difference in the outcome.

By Jim Park

Aero device manufacturers now have a choice of test methods to prove the effectiveness of their devices. Are consumers any better off?

The Automated Revolution is Real Eaton AMTs come with a choice of a dash-mounted keypad shift control or the more driver-friendly cobra-head shift selector.

By Jim Park

After 20 years on the fringes of the heavy-duty transmission world, the switch from sticks to semiconductors may be reaching the tipping point.

Cameras in the Cab Fleets can see real improvement with in-cab video systems. Photo courtesy of Lytx

By Jim Beach

Truck fleets are increasingly deploying in-cab video systems as part of their technological arsenal to increase safety and security.

9 Best Practices for Recruiting and Retaining Technicians A well formulated mentor program assigns new technicians to more skilled technicians who can answer their questions and serve as an industry expert. Photo: Ryder

By Denise Rondini

For many fleets the diesel technician shortage is already a reality. Here are nine things that will help you in your technician recruiting and retention efforts.

Training for the Long Haul Maverick last year completed a $4 million expansion of its training center. Photo: Maverick Transportation

By David Cullen

Start with the basics when training drivers – but it may pay to look back to bring them ahead. Part 5 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Departments

Maintenance is Key To Retread Longevity Retreading gives a second or even third life to a casing, increasing the payback on the initial investment.

By Jim Park

TMC’s latest fleet tire survey shows retreaded tires are going longer and further than some may expect – but maintenance is the key.

Quick Spin: TRW's Smart Power Steering ReAx reduces the steering effort dramatically, making it possible to one-finger the wheel. Try that with regular power steering.

By Jim Park

TRW’s new ReAX electric/hydraulic power steering senses vehicle speed and proportionately assists the steering effort, which is great in tight spots.

Supplementing Dump Trucks with 'Slingers' A slinger places stone and other materials exactly where a customer wants it. The driver operates the conveyor from inside the cab or outside, with a remote control box.

By Tom Berg

Dump trucks can do a lot of hauling and delivery work, but there’s a limit to how precisely certain loads can be placed. One alternative is the “slinger,” which adds a high-capacity conveyor-belt mechanism to a hopper body.

The Future of Visibility While mirrors are here to stay, high-tech supplements are on the horizon.

By Stephane Babcock

While mirrors are here to stay, high-tech supplements are on the horizon.

Using Technology to Manage Trucks in Stormy Weather Transport America integrates severe weather alerts from ALK Maps with its internal alerting system to better manage its fleet during weather events. Photo via Transport America

By Jim Beach

Transport America is able to keep trucks moving in stormy weather using the Weather Alerts feature of ALK Maps.

Editorials

Commentary: We Can Do Better on Brakes Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.

By Denise Rondini

We've long been aware of the inadequacies of air disc brake training, particularly in the United States.

Commentary: The Powder Keg of Brake Slack Adjustment Rolf Lockwood, Executive Contributing Editor

By Rolf Lockwood

There’s an epidemic of ignorance out there regarding brake slack adjustment It just won’t go away, might even be getting worse.

Commentary: Trucks vs. Trains Déjà Vu Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

By Deborah Lockridge

Once again, we have the two sides fighting over which mode is safer and which mode is better for the environment. And not necessarily fighting fair.

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