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Curtainside Trailers Made for Alley Deliveries
Curtainside Trailers Made for Alley Deliveries

November 25, 2015
The concept came from Europe, where not many factories have loading docks, but they do have alleyways for trucks to make pickups and deliveries.

Some Aero Details Not So Obvious
Some Aero Details Not So Obvious

November 11, 2015
SmartTruck has posted a YouTube video depicting how its UnderTray and other devices work. One item alters air behavior at the "ICC bumper."

Reporter Delivers Good News to a Trailer Wrap Winner
Reporter Delivers Good News to a Trailer Wrap Winner

October 30, 2015
One way to liven up a business meeting is an interesting raffle, and the American Trucking Associations obliged at its recent Management Conference & Expo...

AeroKits for Tractors Now Offered for Flatbed, Tanker Trailers
AeroKits for Tractors Now Offered for Flatbed, Tanker Trailers

October 17, 2015
FlowBelow Aero Inc., the manufacturer of fairings and wheel covers that control air movement around a road tractor’s drive wheels, is now selling a version...

CO2, Bad as a GHG, Becomes Good as a Refrigerant
CO2, Bad as a GHG, Becomes Good as a Refrigerant

October 9, 2015
The same CO2 that government regulators work to control as a greenhouse gas responsible for global warming might be embraced as a more environmentally...

‘Platooning’ Tractor-Trailers Raise Questions at TMC Meeting
‘Platooning’ Tractor-Trailers Raise Questions at TMC Meeting

October 1, 2015
ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council just adopted a White Paper: Automated Driving and Platooning Issues and Opportunities discussing where development is...

Tri-Axle Trailers and Economics in the 'Market'
Tri-Axle Trailers and Economics in the 'Market'

September 21, 2015
The strongest argument against heavier rigs is the lack of payback due to low revenue from stingy shippers. That's the "market" at work.

Fairings Over Tractor's Tandem Save Fuel for Tanker Fleet
Fairings Over Tractor's Tandem Save Fuel for Tanker Fleet

September 9, 2015
Stainless steel tanker trailers look smooth enough to easily slip through the air, but they have characteristics that cause drag. One fleet has turned to an...

Replacing Rivets with Adhesives Yields Smoother Sides That Could Save Fuel
Replacing Rivets with Adhesives Yields Smoother Sides That Could Save Fuel

August 26, 2015
Lord Corp., which makes bonding adhesives, has done research that indicates eliminating rivets from a trailer’s walls might cut aerodynamic drag by about 1%.

Crash Argues for Better Impact Guards, and Better Driving
Crash Argues for Better Impact Guards, and Better Driving

August 14, 2015
Senior Editor Tom Berg ponders fatal rear-end crashes -- a type of crash that killed a college buddy many years ago.