HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

February 2016

Cover Story By Deborah Lockridge
The Modern Maintenance Manager: Managing Today's Technicians

With trucks turning into sophisticated equipment resembling computers on wheels, plus increasing emphasis on uptime, controlling costs, and safety and compliance, today’s technicians need to know how to do much more than turn a wrench.

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Features

Should You Own Your Software? The majority of software products offered in the telematics, mobile communication and GPS tracking space are SaaS models. Photo: NetworkFleet

By Jim Beach

Most trucking software in daily use is provided by Software-as-a-Service subscription-based delivery model.

HDT Top 20 Products of 2016

By HDT Staff

These are the top 20 products from the past year which demonstrated innovation, significance to the industry and potential to improve a trucking operations bottom line.

Departments

How to Reduce the Burden of Tire Maintenance When it comes to tire maintenance, many chores can now be automated.

By Jim Park

Tire maintenance needn’t be a mind-numbing inconvenience. These tools can reduce the workload and improve efficiency.

6 Steps to Better Work Truck Body Upfits Upfitters will assemble exactly what’s spec’d, but need an advance warning of any special materials required. And, do the specs account for how the truck will be used and include input from the workers who’ll use it? Are the chassis’ wheelbase and cab-to-axle dimensions, among other things, correct for the body? Photos: Auto Truck Group

By Mike Antich

Upfitting a truck chassis to perform a specific task requires planning and coordination among suppliers, fleet managers and end users.

Catching Hours-Of-Service Cheaters Drivers may falsify paper logs for various reasons. The best way to identify a false log is by comparing the log with related documents to verify whether the driver’s entires are indeed true and correct. Photos: Jim Park

By Tom Bray

A false log was No. 10 in the list of top 20 driver violations in 2015. As a motor carrier, you’re liable for false logs filled out by your drivers if you should have had the means to detect the violations.

Erb Group Takes Safety to a New Level Input from the maintenance staff resulted in this custom-designed and manufactured mobile work platform. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

To improve the safety of its reefer technicians, Erb asked its maintenance staff what would be the best solution. Input from the staff resulted in a custom-designed and manufactured mobile work platform.

UPS Goes Green With Workhorse The new Workhorse walk-in van is a 16,000- to 19,500-pound GVWR hybrid-electric delivery vehicle. It features a choice of wheelbases from 157 to 208 inches and includes the truckmaker’s new narrow-track W-88 chassis with E-GEN drivetrain. Photo: UPS

By Lauren Fletcher

UPS purchased 125 new technology hybrid-electric delivery trucks manufactured by Workhorse Group Inc., as part of a broader program to deploy electric-powered vehicles with greater range and performance.

Test Drives

QuickSpin: Transpower's Electric Heavy-Duty Tractor TransPower’s ElecTruck could change the way we view electric trucks.

By Jim Park

The totally electric ElecTruck could change the way we view electric vehicles in the Class 8 space.

Test Drive: Making Low-Speed Maneuvers Easier With UltraShift Plus Using the Urge to Move feature, the UltraShift Plus and Detroit DD16 diesel repeatedly started this 125,000-pound rig on a 15% upgrade, though it stalled on the first try. The demo driver said, “This engine’s been acting up.” Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

For years Eaton has been improving its UltraShift Plus series to make the heavy-duty automated manual transmissions do more things and do them better. Blended Pedal, Urge to Move features make Eaton automated gearboxes more useful.

Editorials

Commentary: Keeping DPFs Clean Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Exhaust gas circulation valves and coolers and DPFs have been around since 2007, but not all fleets have a good understanding of the proper cleaning cycle.

Commentary: Bridging the Extremes Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

How do we make the latest technologies attractive to folks who don’t pull white vans down smooth highways?

Commentary: A Crude Awakening Source: EIA

By Evan Lockridge

With all the hoopla lately over the plummeting crude oil prices, you may not have noticed a recent change in U.S. policy that could send prices in the other direction.

Commentary: Driving Into the Future Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Autonomous vehicles, platooning, 3D printing, drones and more could change the equipment you buy and how you serve customers.

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