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Q&A: Phillips Industries, From Signal Arms to Autonomous Trucks

Q&A: Phillips Industries, From Signal Arms to Autonomous Trucks

Phillips Industries is celebrating 90 years in business. We talk to its third- and fourth-generation leadership to learn more about the history of the company and how it's looking ahead to wireless technology, autonomous trucks and more.

January 23, 2018

Q&A: Bendix's Bracht on the Changing Truck Industry

Q&A: Bendix's Bracht on the Changing Truck Industry

We recently caught up with Berend Bracht, president and CEO of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, at an industry event to talk about his first two years on the job in a rapidly changing industry, from electrification to connectivity to automation.

December 6, 2017

Diesel/Natural Gas Conversions Offers Owners a Choice

Diesel/Natural Gas Conversions Offers Owners a Choice

A dual-fuel conversion system can offer some of the fuel- and emissions-saving benefits of a natural gas engine without going out and buying a brand-new truck. Read more in this story from the September issue of HDT.

October 2, 2013

Making Driver Scorecards Work

Making Driver Scorecards Work

A trucking company decided to give out an award for the best driver, so they asked employees to nominate and vote on the honor. The winner, however, turned out to have one of the worst safety records in the fleet.

September 30, 2013

Beware When Using Remanufactured Common Rail Injectors

Beware When Using Remanufactured Common Rail Injectors

Diesel fuel injectors these days are incredibly complex, and that means remanufactured fuel injectors need extra scrutiny. Bosch, which supplies new and remanufactured diesel fuel injectors, recently tested remanufactured and rebuilt common rail injectors and found 70% failed the test.

September 10, 2013

Five Steps to Successful Outsourcing

Five Steps to Successful Outsourcing

When you are looking to outsource your maintenance, make sure to consider all the angles. Fleets have long wanted to outsource more maintenance, but have been frustrated by problems with the quality, cost and speed of the work. Today, there are more pressures on fleets to outsource than ever.

August 19, 2013

Inland Truck Parts Dedicated to Training Technicians

Inland Truck Parts Dedicated to Training Technicians

Inland Truck Parts is an independent parts and service operation, but it says the quality of its technicians rival that of OE dealers. Its latest commitment to that is a new 15,000-square-foot training facility in Olathe, Kan., a Kansas City suburb.

June 4, 2013

Watch for Changing Powertrain Technology to Meet Fuel Economy Regs

Watch for Changing Powertrain Technology to Meet Fuel Economy Regs

What type of engine systems and parts will you be dealing with in the future? From electric-drive turbos to waste heat regeneration, Derek Kaufman, president of C3 Network, examined powertrain trends during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week earlier this year.

March 19, 2013

How to Use Outsourcing to Focus on What Makes Your Distributorship Unique
Slow Economy, Government Regs Will Help Drive Aftermarket Brake Business

Slow Economy, Government Regs Will Help Drive Aftermarket Brake Business

The slow economic recovery and the federal government's new Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program will help drive demand for aftermarket pads and shoes for Class 4-8 trucks, according to a new study by Frost & Sullivan, while increasing demand for disk brakes could prove a challenge to independent service providers.

February 19, 2013

Fleets Offer Aftermarket Insights During HDAW Dialogue Event

Fleets Offer Aftermarket Insights During HDAW Dialogue Event

Attendees at the first Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue in Las Vegas recently got some anecdotal insights into fleet parts and service buying trends via a panel discussion with three fleet representatives, including thoughts on OE vs. aftermarket parts, training, new vs. reman, and price.

February 6, 2013

Aftermarket Outlook: Near-Term Spotty; Consolidation, Reman Among Long-Term Trends
Meritor Aftermarket Launches Meritor AllFit and Meritor Green Series
Accuride Says it's Nearly Done Fixing; Ready to Grow

Accuride Says it's Nearly Done Fixing; Ready to Grow

LAS VEGAS -- Rick Dauch, president and CEO of Accuride, has fielded a lot of questions -- or perhaps accusations would be a better word -- from distributors who want to know why his promises to support the aftermarket are any different from those of a string of executives befor

January 21, 2013