trailers

Business, Technology

E-Smart Targets Better Tractor-Trailer Connectivity

E-Smart CEO Mathieu Boivin E-Smart CEO Mathieu Boivin at an industry show in early 2020. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

Trucking technology supplier E-Smart, which offers capabilities such as adaptive speed control and load-based power management, also is pursuing opportunities to connect truck and trailer data.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
November 30, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Trailer-Sharing Startup vHub Expands Marketplace

U.S. Xpress trailer U.S. Xpress, which has a fleet of about 15,500 trailers, has joined vHub's collaborative trailer-sharing platform. (U.S. Xpress)

Digital trailer-sharing company vHub has been expanding its collaborative marketplace since introducing the service in the United States earlier this year.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
November 30, 2020
Business, Equipment

September Trailer Orders Surge Past 50,000

Great Dane trailer plant A trailer body in production at a Great Dane manufacturing plant. (Great Dane via YouTube)

U.S. trailer orders in September went through the roof — preliminarily clearing 50,000 — to reach the third-highest monthly total ever, analysts said.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 15, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Technology Used to Strengthen Truck and Trailer Inspection Procedures

Trailer inspection at Boyle Transportation Updating truck repair status is a big part of performance bonuses for fleets, creating an incentive for drivers to take the initiative on maintenance. (Boyle Transportation)

Given the importance of pre- and post-trip inspections, many fleets have implemented technology to guarantee drivers are conducting them properly and to transmit the findings early.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
October 9, 2020
Business, Equipment

August Trailer Orders Trumpet Better Days, Rise 150%

Great Dane trailer A trailer body in production at a Great Dane manufacturing plant. In 2021, Great Dane said it will focus on its new smart trailer telematics system, FleetPulse, which it unveiled in 2019. (Great Dane via YouTube)

U.S. trailer orders in August topped 27,000 as they rose 150% year-over-year, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
September 17, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Intelligent Trailer Technology Advances

Schneider truck Schneider

Imagine that a half-loaded trailer sitting in a yard for five days could tell you that its right front outside tire had low air pressure. For a trailer equipped with telematics technology capable of powering itself untethered to a tractor, such a scenario is not only possible, but doable.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
August 31, 2020
Business, Equipment

July Trailer Orders Keep Rising From COVID Bottom

Wabash trailers Trailers on an assembly line at a Wabash manufacturing plant. (Wabash National Corp.)

U.S. trailer orders climbed again in July, reaching 19,300, the most this year, FTR reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
August 18, 2020
Business, Equipment

Wabash Records Net Loss, Sharply Lower Revenue in Q2

Wabash workers Workers at a Wabash manufacturing plant. (Wabash National Corp.)

Wabash National Corp. reported a second-quarter net loss and a drop in revenue amid COVID-19’s harsh effect on the trucking industry.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
July 29, 2020
Business, Equipment

June Trailer Orders Hit 13,441

Trailers A trailer door moves through the production process at a Utility Trailer plant. (Utility Trailer)

U.S. trailer orders in June improved by more than 100% from a year earlier as they pushed past 13,000 to reach the second-highest level for the year, ACT Research reported.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
July 23, 2020
Business, Equipment

Fontaine Offers Lowbed Trailer With 60-Ton Capability

Fontaine Heavy-Haul unveiled Fontaine Magnitude 60LCC, a lowbed trailer intended for customers operating in regions where spread-axle configurations are not required to maximize their trailer loads.

July 20, 2020

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