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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

Michelin Offers Aerodynamic Trailer Kit

Mesilla Valley Transportation truck Mesilla Valley Transportation

Michelin North America Inc. has launched Michelin Energy Guard, an aerodynamic trailer kit for use on 53-foot dry-van or refrigerated trailers.

March 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Bendix Launches Program to Retrofit Safety Systems

Bendix logo on tanker Bendix

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announced that several of its safety technologies are for the first time available through retrofits.

March 25, 2019
Business, Equipment

Kenworth Offers More Engine Ratings, New Fan Clutch

Kenworth Kenworth T680 (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Kenworth Truck Co. announced the addition of two new power ratings for the 12.9-liter Paccar MX-13 engine that is available in the truck maker’s T680, T880 and W990 models.

March 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

New TMC Chairman Kenneth Calhoun Aims to Bolster Technician Recruiting, Training

Kenneth Calhoun Calhoun has about 30 years of experience in the trucking industry. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Advancing the Technology & Maintenance Council’s efforts to address the trucking industry’s technician shortage and enhancing education and training for entry-level workers are among the top priorities for Kenneth Calhoun, the council’s new general chairman and treasurer.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
March 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Mining Data to Cover More Miles

The importance of mining repair data for information that can help improve the performance of motor carriers’ equipment was a continuous message during presentations at the annual meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations recently from companies across the spectrum of industry suppliers. They either introduced or updated products designed to wring more efficiencies out of freight operations.

Transport Topics
March 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Thousands More Trailer Orders in February Amid Jammed Backlog

Trailers Finished trailers at one of Stoughton Trailers' production facilities. (Stoughton Trailers)

U.S. trailer orders keep on coming and hit the mid-20,000s in February, contending for positions in an already lengthy backlog, analysts reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
March 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, TCA

Lytx Posts Record Level of Contract Value in 2018, CEO Brandon Nixon Says

Lytx Lytx CEO Brandon Nixon (TT File Photo)

Lytx, the maker of the DriveCam video system for commercial truck fleets, posted a 30% increase in the number of vehicles using its technology in 2018 as more companies adopt in-cab cameras to reduce risk.

Mike Freeman | The San Diego Union-Tribune
March 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

New TMC Chairman Kenneth Calhoun Takes Reins, Thanks Predecessor

Kenneth Calhoun Calhoun (left) and Harris. (John Sommers for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Kenneth Calhoun is the new chairman of American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council, taking over the one-year leadership position at TMC’s closing banquet dinner during its annual meeting on March 20.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 20, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

TMC Honors Technicians, Executives as Industry Leaders

TMC The TMC of Tomorrow Leadership Development Program class. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Several trucking industry leaders were honored at American Trucking Associations’ 2019 Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting awards lunch on March 20.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 20, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Wabash Commercial Trailer Segment Uses Technology and Dealers to Remain Vital

Wabash Smith (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Wabash National Corp. is diversifying from the dry van business, a recent Investors Day presentation made clear. But at the same time, the company’s commercial trailer products segment is gaining dealers and pushing ahead with new designs.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
March 20, 2019

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