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Commercial freight transportation is a machine-based business. Highly technical equipment and advanced engineering are at the center of supply chain and require constant innovation. Transport Topics equipment coverage focuses on the machines and other physical assets that make delivery possible. It looks closely at available truck, trailer, and chassis models, developments in the engineering space, and maintenance innovations and best practices. 

Business, Technology, Equipment

Meritor Announces Launch of 2019 Aftermarket Training Series

Meritor Inc. announced a 2019 aftermarket training series. The global aftermarket supplier will host more than 12 regional training events in the United States and Canada, offering support for parts, sales and service employees.

Transport Topics
December 13, 2018
Business, Equipment

Class 8 Truck Sales Rise 21.8% in November

New trucks on the lot at Kentuckiana's Premier Truck Center in Clarksville, Ind. New rigs at Kentuckiana's Premier Truck Center in Clarksville, Ind. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

U.S. retail sales of Class 8 trucks in November were 21,302, up 21.8% compared with a year earlier, WardsAuto.com reported.

Transport Topics
December 13, 2018
Business, Equipment, Safety

Drivers, Carriers Have Different Concerns Regarding Driver Shortage, Retention

Driver Shortage A digital sign indicates available truck parking. (U.S. Department of Transportation)

The nation’s motor carriers and their drivers see different priorities when it comes to issues facing the trucking industry, a new study found.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Rush Enterprises Showcases Employees at Tech Skills Rodeo

W.M. Rush, Steven Brain, Clint Bowyer W.M. Rush (left), Steven Brain and NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer. Rush Truck Centers is the lead sponsor for the No. 14 Ford Fusion driven by Stewart-Haas Racing team member Bowyer. (Eric Fossum)

SAN ANTONIO — They came for a share of $280,000 in cash and prizes and to compete and celebrate like family. In all, 232 technicians, and truck and parts sales personnel selected from across Rush Enterprises’ national network, vied in skills tests to prove they were the champions of what they do for the truck dealership.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Fuel, Maintenance Among Many Variables for Total Cost of Ownership Calculations

A Freightliner Cascadia sleeper A Freightliner Cascadia equipped with a sleeper berth on display this year. Driver experience has become as important as any element of TCO, company officials say. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Carriers aiming to answer this question — how much did that truck truly cost? — must weigh a range of factors to arrive at a “total cost of ownership.” The factors considered might differ from one operator to the next, but the basic considerations tend to be the same, fleet managers and truck manufacturers said.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
December 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Tech Air Acquires Scully Welding Supply, Propane Service Companies

Industrial gas and equipment supplier Tech Air has acquired Scully Welding Supply Corp. and Scully Propane Service Corp. according to a Dec. 4 press release. This is the 27th acquisition for Tech Air under CI Capital ownership.

Transport Topics
December 11, 2018
Business, Equipment

Bridgestone Introduces Bandag BRSS All-Position Retread Tire

Bridgestone Americas Inc. announced its new Bandag BRSS all-position retread designed for fleets that work in on- and off-road environments.

Transport Topics
December 10, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Dec. 10: Just in Time for the Holidays

Missouri Rep. Sam Graves Missouri Rep. Sam Graves (AAAEDelivers via YouTube)

Ahead of the Dec. 11 announcement of the next BUILD grant recipients, a few members of Congress have alerted the public about extra funds headed to their districts to help alleviate the cost of infrastructure projects.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2018
Business, Equipment

Meritor Extends Relationship With Wabash

Meritor Inc. announced products that have been selected as standard position as well as preferred options on all Wabash National Corp. dry and refrigerated van trailer products. Meritor has been a supplier to Wabash for 30 years.

Transport Topics
December 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Sunsetting of Older Wireless Networks Will Force Fleets to Replace Hardware

in-cab communication Fleets soon will need to replace in-cab communications and tracking systems that rely on 2G and 3G (Trimble Transportation Mobility)

Wireless service is changing, and so the trucking technologies that rely on it must change, too, vendors of communications and tracking systems said.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
December 7, 2018

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