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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

Paccar Reports Fourth-Quarter, Full-Year Revenue Records

Paccar A Kenworth dealership in Windsor, Wis. (Truck PR)

Paccar Inc. reported record revenue in the fourth quarter and, excluding one-time benefits, higher net income. Annual revenue and net income set records, too, as it delivered 189,100 vehicles worldwide in 2018.

January 29, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Aftermarket Seeks to Keep Up as Truck Makers Broaden Approach

Ken Davis, Roger Nielsen and Dean Engelage Ken Davis (from left), Roger Nielsen and Dean Engelage. (Roger Gilroy/Transport Topics)

LAS VEGAS — Truck makers are wrestling with how to invest in automation, electrification and traditional powertrains — all at once. Additionally, more trailers will use telematics to relay diagnostic information and secure parts while new relationships will form between suppliers and technology startups, according to experts at the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
January 29, 2019
Business, Equipment

Used Class 8s Cost More in December; Sales Flat

Used International trucks on a Philadelphia lot Truck Center via YouTube

The average used Class 8 in December was slightly older, had more mileage and sold for 9% more compared with a year earlier, as sales were flat, according to ACT Research Co.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
January 29, 2019
Business, Equipment

Trey Mytty of Truck Center Cos. Named Dealer of the Year at ATD

ATD ATD recognizes the six nominees for the 2019 Truck Dealer of the Year award. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

SAN FRANCISCO — Trey Mytty, CEO of Truck Center Cos. in Omaha, Neb., received top honors as the winner of the 2019 Truck Dealer of the Year award here Jan. 26 at the American Truck Dealers Show.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 28, 2019
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Straightening the Sheet Metal

Semi Wreck Getty Images

So, you just got the call that your brand-new “was-­supposed-to-last-for-a-decade” Class 8 tractor slid off into the ditch. The decisions that you make during the repair cycle for that truck may be just as important as those you made in buying it.

Jack Legler | Technical Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
January 25, 2019
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Diesel Engine, Drivetrain Spec’ing Prove Crucial

Careful attention to diesel engine and drivetrain spec’ing is essential to ensure that Class 8 trucks have the highest productivity and lowest cost per mile for their specific applications.

John Baxter | Special to Transport Topics
January 25, 2019
Technology, Equipment, Safety

The Savings of Truck Safety Technology

The rising cost of maintenance for Class 8 trucks needs to be weighed against safety and operational benefits, according to a recent study by the American Transportation Research Institute.

Phil Romba | Contributing Writer
January 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Testing Fuel-Saving Technologies

Fuel-Saving Technologies Ron Hall, vice president of equipment and fuel at C.R. England, says he assigns little weight to fuel-savings claims by manufacturers and suppliers. (C.R. England)

As fleets know, many variables can affect test results for truck fuel-saving technologies and practices.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
January 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Keeping an Eye on Truck Parts and Safety

The new year has arrived, and so has this first-quarter 2019 issue of Equipment & Maintenance Update. The two cover stories of this E&MU reflect in-depth features on timely issues and news developments that likely are to be of interest to those operating in the realm of trucking equipment and maintenance.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
January 25, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

Fleets Eye Camera Systems to Replace Mirrors

Interior cab with MirrorEye The cab shows the MirrorEye side-view displays and its look-down display above the windshield. (Stoneridge Inc.)

Camera monitor systems designed to replace a truck’s conventional side mirrors are getting favor­able reviews from drivers, according to exec­utives at fleets that are testing the new technology, which also recently received a nod of approval from federal regulators.

Bruce Lilly | Contributing Writer
January 25, 2019