HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

April 2017

Cover Story By David Cullen
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Features

Coolant Confusion Crisis Coolants are the least understood fluid in a heavy duty truck engine today. But a little attention to them can avert serious problems for your fleet. Photos: Prestone

By Jack Roberts

Many fleet managers today have no idea what coolants are in their trucks — or even what coolants are supposed to be in them. Here’s how suppliers are working to correct that problem.

In-Cab Cameras Are Out of Sight, Always in Mind Camera safety systems can now provide a host of information to fleets, including event-recording of daily driver performance. Photo: Netradyne

By Jack Roberts

They began as simple event recorders, but today’s in-cab camera systems are integrating with other systems to add power, depth and an unprecedented understanding to fleets.

The Big and Small of Last Mile Delivery Final-mile delivery, like this one by XPO Last Mile, requires not only getting the product there in a specific time window, but often can involve getting it into the customers’ home and even setting it up. Photo: XPO Logistics

By Deborah Lockridge

E-commerce is driving a last-mile delivery boom, with everyone from startup drone makers to big less-than-truckload operations getting in on the business. Part four of our Trucking in the 21st Century series.

Departments

Downspeeding Comes of Age The game-changer in the development of downsped drivetrains was the automated manual transmission, which offered new opportunities for fine-tuning and controlling powertrains at cruise speeds. Photo: Cummins

By Jack Roberts

The question of how downspeeding is helping fleets save on fuel – and what's in store for the future – was the topic at a recent session at the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting.

Q&A: Denso's Joe Mejaly Talks Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Joe Mejaly Photo: Denso

By Denise Rondini

Joseph Mejaly, senior vice president operations, sales, strategic planning, and marketing at Denso, defines what the company is and shares his thoughts on growing the company’s heavy-duty business, e-commerce, and the future

Editorials

Commentary: 3 Lessons Learned at TMC Denise Rondini

By Denise Rondini

The spring meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council usually is a place where ideas flow freely and best practices are shared, and things were no different in Nashville this year.

Commentary: Clean Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles: Are We There Yet? Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

How far away is truly clean hydrogen power? We're getting closer, thinks Contributing Executive Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Commentary: Driver is King at All-American MATS Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

At this year's MATS, Made in America was still a big selling point for many trucking suppliers, writes editor in chief Deborah Lockridge.

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