Business, Technology, Equipment

The Trailer’s Turn in the Tech Spotlight

Trailers Trailer tracking is expanding through the use of more onboard sensors and analytics. (Shutterstock)

It’s long been the case in our industry that trailers play second fiddle to the increasingly high-tech tractors that pull them. But times are changing.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
May 24, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Competition Heats Up in Trailer-Tracking Market

Truck-Lite trailer technology Several industry suppliers, including Truck-Lite, have jumped into the increasingly crowded trailer-technology business in recent years. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

As the capabilities of onboard sensors and trailer-tracking systems have expanded, so has the level of competition in this segment of the trucking technology market.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
May 24, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Shaping the Future of Asset Management

Trailer tracking Trailer tracking is expanding beyond basic location reporting. The latest systems can report a broad array of information on the status and condition of the equipment and the cargo inside. (Spireon)

Technology adoption in the trucking industry typically focuses first on the back office and in the cab of the truck, but the proliferation of internet-connected devices and onboard sensors in recent years has increasingly pulled the trailer into the forefront of the conversation.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
May 24, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Heil Adds 5-Axle Petroleum Trailer

Heil The Heil booth at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Heil Trailer International Co. has announced the availability of a 5-axle, 12,000-gallon petroleum trailer intended to enable customers in the Western United States to haul more in fewer runs.

March 29, 2019
Business, Equipment

Trailer Orders Hit Record for November

Trailers Axles and wheels being attached to a Strick trailer at a plant in Monroe, Ind. (Roger Gilroy/Transport Topics)

Trailer orders surged to 45,002 in November, an all-time record for the month according to ACT Research Co., citing preliminary data.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 14, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

The Analytical Dilemma

Does “old school” detective work still have a part in fleet maintenance programs today? TMC Technical Director Jack Legler gives his answer.

Jack Legler | Technical Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
November 9, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

DOJ, Trailer Manufacturers Argue Over Regulations

Trailer Manufacturers A C.R. England Inc. trailer. (Stemco)

Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice and trailer manufacturers are sparring in court over just how much information the government should provide in a lawsuit about whether truck trailers should for the first time be subject to federal emissions requirements.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 30, 2018
Business, Equipment

Trailer Orders Break Record in July Amid Fleet Demand

Trailer Orders Workers put the finishing touches on new trailers at Utility Trailer’s Clearfield, Utah, factory. (Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co.)

U.S. trailer orders broke past 29,000 to set a record for July, shattering the previous high of 28,058 for the month that had stood for 24 years, ACT Research Co. reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2018

Mckinney Trailer Rentals Enters Market in Colorado

Mckinney truck and trailer McKinney Trailer Rentals

Mckinney Trailer Rentals has purchased assets of Fleet Trailer in Denver, adding a new market for the Pico Rivera, Calif.-based firm.

Transport Topics
August 7, 2018
Business, Equipment

May Trailer Orders Boom Amid Jammed Up Supply Chain

UPS trailers David Guo/Flickr

ACT Research Co. reported trailer orders in May climbed 30% to 23,300, based on its preliminary estimate. Trailer makers called the ongoing surge unprecedented.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
June 12, 2018