HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

October 2016

Cover Story By Tom Berg
Class 8 Update: Downturn, But Far From Bad Times

Production cutbacks should reduce heavy truck inventories, but are fleets waiting for new, more fuel-efficient models to appear? From our October issue.

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Features

Does Clean Equal Green? Thanks to automation advances, modern drive-through truck washes can clean and wax a vehicle in 10 minutes or even less.  Photo: Whiting Systems

By Jack Roberts

Colorful, clean trucks can offer a gleaming, positive image of a fleet and the services it provides but can a regular wash program pay for itself, or is it just money down the drain?

The Vanishing Paper Trail

By Jim Beach

A paperless trucking operation is technologically possible, but don’t expect paper to go away anytime soon.

Vans Update: Surging Sales, Growing Choices Photo of Transit full-size van courtesy of Ford.

By David Cullen

Sales of commercial vans may set a record this year and helping drive that traffic is a wider array of offerings in three distinct size categories.

Medium-Duty Update: Growing Sales, Diesel Developments, Vertical Integration

By Tom Berg

The Class 3-7 medium-duty truck market has been stable and healthy so far in 2016 and it is expected that all segments will show consistent growth going forward.

Departments

How A. Duie Pyle Manages Warehouse Information A. Duie Pyle’s dock management system, or DMS, in use. It works hand in hand with Route Planning Solutions to get freight where it needs to be faster.

By Deborah Lockridge

A. Duie Pyle manages warehouse information for more efficient operations, happier drivers and, most importantly, happier customers.

What Smart Tanker Fleets Are Spec'ing Bulkmatic Transport is retrofitting all 1,300 trailers with LED GloLight tail lamps for better visibility and reliability. Photo: Optronics

By Deborah Lockridge

Owners of tank trailers keep them a long time. All the more reason to make sure when you buy a new one, you’re getting the best possible trailer for your operations for the price.

Maximizing Truck Tire Tread Life Proper spec’ing will keep tires in service longer. Highway tires are no match for the mean city streets. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Excessive friction or uneven contact between the pavement and the tire will cause tread to wear away faster than you should. It’s important that you do all you can to keep your tires running straight and true.

Engine Stop-Start System Saves Fuel for New York's Trash Trucks DSNY’s dyno-equipped evaluation facility in Queens, N.Y., proved the engine stop-start system’s concept was sound, and it’s saving substantial fuel in real operations.  Photos: Effenco

By Tom Berg

New York City’s Department of Sanitation has been testing an engine stop-start system with impressive fuel savings.

How Carbon Express Did a 180 on Safety Controller Sean McAllister and Director of Safety John Bowlby hold the National Tank Truck Council Outstanding Safety Performance Trophy at the entrance to Carbon Express headquarters.

By Deborah Lockridge

When Steve Rush was an owner-operator, he would have laughed at the notion that one day he would be running a tanker fleet that would be recognized as the safest carrier by the National Tank Truck Council in the 15 million miles and under category.

Test Drives

Hill Climbing's Easy for mDrive and 'Downsped' MP8 Diesel Engine cruised at 1,300 rpm at 60 and 65 mph in 11th-direct and 12th-overdrive gears, respectively. Photo: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

The Pinnacle-pulled rig weighed close to 80,000 pounds. So how did it pull the hills at such low engine speeds? With 1,860 lb-ft of torque, and with no more speed loss than one would find with higher revving engines.

Editorials

Commentary: Online Parts Sales Growing Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Every industry is transitioning to online sales as the world is becoming more digitized and people are getting more accustomed to online purchases in their personal lives.

Commentary: VW Does More Than You Think Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Now that the initial brouhaha has died down after the news broke of the Volkswagen Truck & Bus investment in Navistar last month, there is probably one big question that still needs an answer in a lot of North American minds: Like, who the heck is Volkswagen?

Commentary: The Heady Pace of Technology Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Drones, self-driving trucks, so-called “Uber” for freight transportation as well as the Internet of Things and Big Data all have the power to disrupt today’s ways of moving freight.

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