HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

November 2016

Cover Story By Deborah Lockridge
2016 Top 50 Green Fleets

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Features

The Quest for Peace and Quiet Driveline vibration can be felt in the cab and it can result from incorrect driveline angles, damaged U-joints or an unbalanced condition.

By Jim Park

Noise, Vibration & Harshness is something manufacturers try very hard to engineer out of their products, but it’s often like a game of whack-a-mole. Once you solve one problem, another shows up.

Answers to 3 Key Questions on the 2 New Oil Categories Oil companies have done extensive testing of CK-4 and FA-4 engine oils to help give engine makers and fleets confidence in the ability of these oils to protect engines and even extend drain intervals. Photos: Shell

By David Cullen

With engine oils meeting new CK-4 and FA-4 category specs on the market, fleets need to know how best to make use of them.

Departments

Oak Harbor Maximizes Asset Utility With A Decking System Loading cargo in a traditional fashion would elave trailers half empty. Cargo loaded with the Kaptive Beam adjustable decking system improves trailer utility without the risk of damaging customers’ freight. Photos: Kinedyne

By Jim Park

Oak Harbor Freight Lines avoids wasting trailer space and damaging its customer's freight by using Kinedyne's decking system to maximize its asset utility.

Proper Inflation is Elementary Bendix SmarTire monitoring system’s sensors are installed on the wheel, inside the tire, where they’re protected from road damage – something appreciated at Boyle Transportation. Photo: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems

By Tom Berg

Keeping tires properly inflated is elementary to good maintenance, and products that aid in that quest can be valuable.

The Future of Refrigerated Trailers Wabash National’s prototype composite reefer trailer uses fiberglass, carbon fiber and resin in its panels, including the floor and supporting structure. It’s said to weigh and perform about 20% better than conventional temperature-controlled trailers. Photo: Wabash National

By Tom Berg

What will the refrigerated trailer of the future be made of? Strong, lightweight and corrosion-proof composites? Very possibly. Economical, efficient aluminum sheet-and-post design, like now? Yes, for a number of years yet.

Volvo's SuperTruck Demonstrates the Art of the Possible Volvo Trucks North America’s SuperTruck project boasts a freight efficiency improvement of 88%, a 40% reduction in aerodynamic drag and 12-13 mpg. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Volvo Group’s SuperTruck demonstrates where energy-saving technology could take us – and in some cases, already has.

ELD Exemption Fever Photo: J.J. Keller

By Rick Malchow, J.J. Keller & Associates

The initial compliance date for the FMCSA’s final rule known as the ELD mandate is December 18, 2017. Are any of your drivers exempt from the electronic logging device mandate?

Test Drives

Test Drive: Freightliner’s ‘New’ Cascadia The 2018 “new” Cascadia is worthy of the name and will, I think, be widely embraced by drivers.

By Jim Park

From the November Issue of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, equipment editor Jim Park test drives the new Freightliner Cascadia. Daimler loaded up this truck with some amazing technology and created an environment drivers will love.

Editorials

Commentary: Clearing up Confusion About Reman Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

Without a common definition of remanufactured products, products with different quality levels could be grouped together, causing confusion in the marketplace.

Commentary: Women in the Shop? Yes! Vania Agostinh, apprentice mechanic at Carrier Centres.

By Rolf Lockwood

Women have a bigger role to play in trucking than they get to play, and there’s one spot in particular where executive contributing editor Rolf Lockwood thinks they’re badly overlooked. The shop.

Commentary: 3 Things to Be Thankful For Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

You don’t have to be a driver to know there are plenty of things we can complain about in trucking. In the Nov. editorial, editor-in-chief Deborah Lockridge suggests three things trucking can be thankful for.

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