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Eatons extreme performance transmission

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 in Equipment

    Eaton’s UltraShift Plus automated transmission lineup now includes an A-Ratio model designed for extreme performance applications such as steep grades and extra-heavy payloads. The MXP (Multipurpose Extreme Performance) transmission has higher torque ratings, lower overall numerical ratios and even steps to help improve shift performance and grade shifting while allowing for higher payloads when designed into the appropriate driveline. The A-Ratio transmissions use an electronic clutch actuator to facilitate faster shifting and smoother engagement; at idle, the clutch fully engages for added control. Shift selection software is programmed to use changes in grade, weight and throttle control to calculate the most efficient and effective shift points. Read...

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An entertaining option to truck driver retention

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 in Career, Equipment

  As more carriers seek solutions to solve the driver shortage crisis, which is now pegged at about 30,000, a new alternative is popping up. Raising pay and more home time are among the common solutions put forth, but now some fleets are turning to satellite TV. Boyd Bros. Transportation is the latest carrier to try the entertainment approach. “At Boyd Bros., we take pride in offering the best benefits to drivers, including the highest flatbed driver pay in the industry, retirement savings plans, schedules that bring drivers home weekly, late model trucks, and the latest communications technology,” said James Watkins, manager of mobile communications at Boyd Bros. “With EpicVue in a sample group of 150 vehicles, driver retention more than doubled over non-equipped vehicles. Our goal is not just to attract drivers but also to keep them, and...

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Truck-Lites expanded LED line

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 in Equipment

  Truck-Lite has added 18 Signal-Stat LED products in the form of two additional lines – integral flange and low diode – with offerings in the Marker and Clearance, Stop/Turn/Tail, Front/Park/Turn and Back-Up lighting categories. The integral flange expansion includes 10 part numbers that bring additional housing and mounting options, adding a molded polycarbonate flange and housing to existing designs. The low-diode expansion includes eight products engineered with fewer LEDs. Both lines feature full epoxy potting to help protect the circuit board. The low-diode expansion includes eight products engineered with fewer LEDs. Both lines feature full epoxy potting to help protect the circuit board. Read...

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Green Fleet Conference Offers Ride & Drive Event

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 in Equipment, Safety

  This year’s Green Fleet Conference in Schaumburg, Ill., features the Ride & Drive event where attendees will have the chance to get behind the wheel of alternative-fueled vehicles from major automotive manufacturers. There will be smaller fleet vehicles as well as heavy duty trucks that will show off some of the latest efficient technologies. Taking place on Oct. 29, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., the event is open to everybody at the Green Fleet Conference including those with the free exhibit hall pass. Participants will get the unique opportunity to drive some of the latest alternative fuel vehicles back-to-back on an open course. There will be a street-fair atmosphere with available food and drinks, music, contests and kart races. Last year there were popcorn and snow cones available to attendees and a contest where people were given prizes...

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October container traffic to set record despite port labor concerns, congestion

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 in Equipment, Finance

  Even as labor issues remain unresolved, import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to see a final surge and set a new monthly record in October as the holiday season approaches, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Increasing congestion at the nation’s ports as well as the ongoing West Coast labor negotiations are ongoing concerns and retailers are making one last push to make sure they’re stocked up for the holidays,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold says. “Retailers are working hard to make sure customers can find what they’re looking for regardless of what happens at the ports.” Import volume at U.S. ports covered by the Global Port Tracker report is expected to total 1.53 million containers...

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Fleet success depends on smarts, not the number of trucks

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 in Career, Equipment

  Smaller, over-the-road truck fleets can successfully compete against larger— not to mention mega-sized— motor carriers if their owners think and act big by fully leveraging the reduced footprint of their operations. It’s well known that persons of small stature who use what they’ve learned to earn black belts in martial arts can easily take down bigger, stronger assailants. Just like that, managers of smaller carriers can not only keep a toehold in today’s freight marketplace, but gain the upper hand when they’re smart enough to recognize opportunities they can exploit to their advantage. Here, then, are profiles of a dynamic trio of smaller fleets whose recent experiences amply demonstrate that what matters isn’t the number of trucks you run, but how smart you run with them. According to Sergio Casas Silva Jr., operations manager for TILI Logistics, the...

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