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Equipment, Business, Government, Autonomous

Low Material, Commodity Prices Not Translating Into Discounts for Truck, Component Buyers

Alcoa

If fleets were expecting to see lower prices for trucks, trailers and components as the cost of raw materials continued their downward trajectory, they may be waiting for some time if comments from industry executives are accurate.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
April 17, 2016
Equipment, Business, Government

11-,12-Liter Engines Growing Up

John Sommers II for TT

Not that long ago, the mindset of many fleet operators was to get as much muscle power in engines as they wanted or could afford. That often meant 15-liter engines that could deliver a whole lot of horsepower. But times have changed.

Evan Lockridge | Special to Transport Topics
April 15, 2016
Equipment, Business, Autonomous

Introducing New Vehicle Specs Hinges on Successful Pilot Review

Truck equipment and technology continue to become more complex with every model change. That’s why smart fleet managers involved in buying trucks find it critical to build one truck to a particular specification and perform a pilot review of the new equipment to verify it is built as ordered and to confirm its quality.

Todd Cotier | Chairman of Study Groups, Technology & Maintenance Council
April 15, 2016
Equipment, Business, Autonomous

Staying Safe While Inflating Truck Tires

Tire Industry Association

Safety guidelines for inflating truck tires have been in place for decades, but fleets, service providers and tire makers say those best practices are no less important today for keeping technicians and drivers out of harm’s way.

Equipment & Maintenance Update Staff
April 15, 2016
Equipment, Business

Some Question Resale Value, Durability of Smaller Engines

Navistar International Corp.

Not everyone thinks 11- and 12-liter engines are right for their fleets and operations.

Evan Lockridge | Special to Transport Topics
April 15, 2016
Equipment, Business, Government, Autonomous

Winter Conditions Are Crucial to Truck Spec'ing for Canada

Bison Transport Inc.

As they seek to expand, many carriers eye opportunities in new markets. One potential and unexplored area for U.S.-domiciled carriers could be north of the border in Canada, but carriers must consider truck spec’ing factors to make the most of those opportunities.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
April 15, 2016
Equipment, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tech Training, No-Water Batteries, Portable Lift Systems Among New Products

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The recent annual meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council included a spacious exhibit hall filled with vendors hoping to lure truck maintenance directors into making purchases for their shops back home.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
April 15, 2016
Equipment, Business, Government, Fuel

Fuel Efficiency Driving Greater Use of Smaller Engines

John Sommers II for TT

With more regulations on greenhouse-gas emissions and fuel economy coming soon, smaller engines are one of the latest equipment trends, according to one of the cover stories in this issue of Equipment & Maintenance Update.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
April 15, 2016
Equipment, Business, Fuel, Government, Technology, Safety

Leaf Spring Vs. Air Ride: Opinions Differ on Suspensions

Xtra Lease

Maryland-based Ramar Moving Systems hauls specialty items such as art, satellites and, once, a moon buggy.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
April 15, 2016