HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

April 2016

Cover Story By Jim Park
Living With ELDs: Getting Ahead of the Electronic Logs Mandate

Fleets prepared to make the necessary changes to every facet of their operation will be more successful transitioning to e-logs.

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Features

The Trend to Self Shifting Continues Elvin Knollman began buying Mack mDrives for his tanker fleet in 2011. Fuel economy improved by 0.25-0.5 mpg, and he noticed that his drivers weren’t as tired at the end of a long day. Photo: Trans Mark Logistics

By Tom Berg

Fuel economy and ease of driving push customers into buying automatic or automated products.

The Modern Maintenance Manager: Safety Matters More than ever, maintenance is as much about safety as anything else.

By David Cullen

The twin forces of increasing safety regulation and a burgeoning driver shortage are compelling the modern maintenance manager to do nothing less than think, live, and breathe truck safety.

Departments

Reefer Technology's Becoming More Important Carrier’s next refrigerant will be carbon dioxide, which is very safe as a cooling compound even if environmental authorities blame CO2 for helping cause Climate Change. Photo: Carrier Transicold

By Tom Berg

Maintenance and monitoring of temps, real-time tracking of trailers and loads, and clean-burning diesels are already here. More new refrigerants are next.

Choosing Tires for 6x2s Putting all the engine torque through the tires on a single drive axle stresses the tires and can cause rapid tire wear. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

6x2 axle configurations offer undisputable weight and fuel savings, but they take their toll on tires. Does it have to be that way?

Mesilla Valley Streamlined Billing Boosts Working Capital Mesilla Valley is known for fuel efficiency, but it wanted to improve back-office efficiencies as well. Photo: Mesilla Valley Transportation

By David Cullen

Long known for working diligently to squeeze every mile possible out of a gallon of fuel, Mesilla Valley Transportation also aims to wring costs out of every facet of its operation, including its back office.

The Time-Crunched Safety Manager As a time-crunched manager, focus is difficult.

By Laura McMillan

Managing safety and training in a fleet means rushing from one brushfire to another. Everyone feels the time crunch. How do you make a difference when you’re juggling priorities, switching tasks, and trying to extinguish that daily brushfire?

What You Should Know About Today's CNG Fuel Systems Suppliers are finding ways to hold more CNG in on-board tanks, making it viable for trucks to accomplish longer highway runs. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Natural-gas-powered truck sales have leveled off since the drop in diesel prices, but fleets already using the fuel continue to buy them, especially CNG. What are some of the basics involved in the latest CNG tanks and fuel systems?

Test Drives

Quick Spin: Sneak Peak of the Cummins 2017 X15 We drove all the trucks except the Volvo. The ProStar had the Fuel Efficient version of the new X15, and the Peterbilt had the Performance version. The Kenworth has a current engine for comparison. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

We get behind the wheel of the newest fuel-efficient version of the Cummins ISX and find there’s much to look forward to.

Editorials

Commentary: Time to Focus on Parts Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

It doesn’t matter how quickly a technician diagnoses a problem; the repair will be put on hold without the right parts.

Commentary: Take a Load Off Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

These days most of the innovations we see have to do with saving a buck, and we don’t often see one aimed at making drivers more comfortable. How about a custom-fitted truck seat that can be adjusted remotely by a medical professional?

Commentary: Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Technicians and Drivers Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Do we have a technician shortage, or are we not taking care of the resources we are provided? Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge looks at this question in this editorial.

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