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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, Equipment

Phillips Industries Cites 600% Growth in Electrical Harness Unit After Mexican Expansion

Phillips Industries’ electrical harness division, which expanded into Coahuila, Mexico, 10 years ago, has experienced 600% growth since expanding production of electrical harnesses into Mexico in 2008, according to the Santa Fe Springs, Calif., company.

Transport Topics
November 13, 2018
Business, Equipment

October Trailer Orders Rocket to 55,250

Reefer truck on highway October's reefer volume was the highest recorded. (Sharp Transportation)

U.S. trailer orders reached the second-highest point ever in October, 55,250 units, on surging demand for dry van and refrigerated units, according to ACT Research Co.

Transport Topics
November 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Don't Skirt Proper Maintenance on Trailer Aero Devices, Experts Say

Truck Skirt Strehl LLC

Trailer side skirts and various types of air deflectors, which are intended to boost a tractor-trailer’s aerodynamic efficiency, will save motor carriers more fuel with frequent inspections and proper repairs.

John Baxter | Contributing Writer
November 9, 2018
Government, Technology, Equipment

Seeking Alternative Solutions to Salt

Snow Plow Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

A huge swath of the United States lies ­within the “salt belt,” which is the states that use large amounts of salt during the winter to control snow and ice on roadways. These states primarily are located in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest portions of the country.

Katie Pyzyk | Contributing Writer
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Tire Monitoring and Inflation Systems Can Lead to Fuel Savings, Longer Tire Life

Tire Monitoring A technician installs a tire pressure inflation unit on both tractor drive axles. (Aperia Technologies)

Tire failures remain the No. 1 reason for roadside assistance calls. And most tire-related problems come from underinflation as a result of leaks, punctures or just poor maintenance programs.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Preventive Maintenance Helps Stop Rust Due to Road Salt

Snowy Truck A truck owner clears off snow from his truck. Snow speeds corrosion of a truck, experts say. (John Sommers II/Transport Topics)

Winter weather brings one of the trucking industry’s greatest simultaneous friends and foes: road salt. Salt prevents and melts ice, making road surfaces safer for travel, but it also significantly speeds corrosion of a truck.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Tinkering Toward Improved Truck Safety Technology

Advances in technology are happening everyday and trucking is staying on top of the developments, Fran Matso Lysiak writes.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Investigating Thermal Event Causes Is Crucial, Experts Say

No fleet or truck driver wants to experience a thermal event, but if a fire occurs, those in the industry said it is crucial to find out why it happened.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Top 100

Here Comes the Sun

eNow solar charging A demonstration of eNow's solar charging. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

As truck makers prepare to test and introduce Class 8 battery-electric and hydrogen-electric trucks in the next 12 to 24 months, one must wonder why only a very small number of truck operators have adopted clean solar technology.

Phil Romba | Contributing Writer
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

Thwarting Thermal Events

Thermal Events The aftermath of a truck fire. (Washington State Department of Transportation/Flickr)

Fires in tractor-trailers, often referred to as thermal events, can result in significant damage to equipment as well as cargo, but despite an ongoing focus on preventing them, the number of incidents doesn’t appear to be dropping.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
November 9, 2018

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