HeavyDuty Trucking – Issue

February 2018

Cover Story By Jim Park
What You Should Know About Aftertreatment System Maintenance

We appear to be learning from our mistakes in aftertreatment system maintenance, but we still have a way to go before we’re at peace with the things.

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HDT's Top 20 Products of 2018 The most significant trucking products for 2018 as chosen by Heavy Duty Trucking magazine's editors.

By HDT Staff

The most significant trucking products for 2018 as chosen by Heavy Duty Trucking magazine's editors.

With Driver Training, Talk is Not Cheap Studies by PIT Group show that providing refresher training and coaching via in-vehicle technology is needed to maintain and improve driver performance over time. Photo: Pit Group

By David Cullen

How you communicate with and train drivers can pay dividends in safe and efficient operations and in lower turnover.

Analysis: Moving Trends Could Shift Freight Patterns New to the 2017 top inbound list were Colorado and Alabama, while Massachusetts and Wisconsin were new to the outbound list. Source: United Van Lines’ 41st Annual National Movers Study

By Evan Lockridge

Shifting populations in the U.S. could mean a change where you deliver freight, finds Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge.

Electric Axle Offers Fuel Savings for Long-Haul Operations Mesilla Valley Transportation, PAM Transport, and Ryder conducted initial road testing on Hyliion’s 6X4HE hybrid-electric axle. Photo: Hyliion

By Deborah Lockridge

Hyliion says its 6X4HE hybrid-electric axle system technology can deliver fuel savings, lower emissions, instant telematics and a better driver experience.


How Drivers Can Make or Break Truck Aftertreatment System Maintenance A truck driver may not know when to address a DPF regen warning, which can costs fleets days of downtime if it requires advanced service. Photo: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Parked forced regenerations of diesel particulate filters continue to frustrate and confuse drivers. Drivers under time constraints often tempt fate and continue their journeys, ignoring regen requests.

Are Your Trucks Ready for Last-Mile Logistics? As companies such as XPO Logistics go after the booming final-mile business triggered by e-commerce, they’re finding that liftgates are an important part of a truck or trailer spec for this application. Photo: XPO Logistics

By Ronnie Garrett

A liftgate is key for deliveries. Consider construction, power supply, and safety when readying a fleet for the last mile.

Seattle Embraces Side Guards for Trucks The side-impact guard closes the gap ahead of Kenworth mixer truck’s rear tandem to keep people from falling under the chassis and being run over. Photo: Walker Blocker

By Tom Berg

Authorities believe side impact guards can protect pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists and Seattle's fleet has embraced the device.

Tire Telematics: Where the Rubber Meets the Road A new generation of wheel sensors may soon be transmitting surprising new types of operational information via tire telematics to fleet managers. Photo: Maxion

By Jack Roberts

Sensors in tires and other wheel-end components are ready to move beyond optimizing tire management programs in some very surprising ways.

Test Drive: Cummins X12 Diesel Engine Version 2.0 We tested our X12 in a Cascadia daycab on Interstate and two-lane highways in Western New York, near Cummins’ Jamestown plant. Photos: Jim Park

By Jim Park

Originally released in China as the ISG, the upcoming Cummins X12 diesel engine has been 90% re-engineered for North America. And it works like a charm.


Truck Parts Coming to a 3D Printer Near You Denise Rondini, HDT Contributing Aftermarket Editor, says 3D printing could affect how you buy parts and even freight patterns.

By Denise Rondini

3D-printed parts could be one of the biggest trends in 2018 and beyond. We could see a future where every supplier in some capacity will have an additive manufacturing program, says Aftermarket Contributing Editor Denise Rondini.

Commentary: Is There an Electric Truck In Your Near Future? Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

With all the talk about trucking's electric future, it's important to remember that trucks will be drinking diesel for a long time to come, says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

Commentary: The ELD Mandate's Unanswered Question Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Reactions to the long-delayed, long-debated, long-contested ELD mandate that took (partial) effect in December have been all over the map, finds Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge.


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