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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

Utility Trailer Chooses Grote to Supply All-LED Lighting

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. is switching to 100% light-emitting diode lighting on all of its refrigerated and dry van trailers and tandem- and tridem-axle flatbeds, the company said March 24.

April 4, 2011
Letters to the Editor, Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Letters: EOBRs and Waiting, Load Securement

To improve our scores with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, many of us have worked diligently to put electronic onboard recorders in our trucks.

April 4, 2011
Business, Equipment

Cummins to Remain Profitable Through Technology, Execs Say

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Executives of Cummins Inc. said that despite the trend by truck manufacturers toward vertical integration of engines and trucks, the sole remaining independent manufacturer of heavy-duty truck engines will be able to offer unique technology and service that will keep their company profitable.

April 4, 2011
Business, Equipment

MATS Equipment Vendors See Stronger Truck Market

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Vendors at the Mid-America Trucking Show said that the growing U.S. economy will support a stronger truck equipment market this year and for the next few years, at least.

March 31, 2011
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Xata Corp. Becomes a SkyBitz Reseller

Telematics and mobile communications provider Xata Corp., Eden Prairie, Minn., now resells trailer-tracking systems made by SkyBitz, the companies announced March 9.

March 22, 2011
Government, Business, Safety, Technology, Equipment

Washington State Supreme Court Ruling Locks in Lower Tax Rate for OmniTracs

Purchasers of Qualcomm Inc.’s OmniTracs system in Washington state dodged a tax hit following a March 10 decision about the legal classification of that system by the Washington Supreme Court.

March 21, 2011
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Letters to the Editor

Letters: EOBR Bombshell, Megaloads, Detention Times

Just so I can get this straight, now: We are allowing Mexican trucks to come into the United States as cross-border operations — almost a done deal. Then, FMCSA is going to pay for EOBRs to be placed in those Mexican trucks to do business in the United States, while requiring U.S. fleets to purchase EOBRs with company money?

March 21, 2011
Business, Equipment

Philadelphia Manufacturing Index Hits Highest Level Since 1984

Manufacturing activity in the Philadelphia region rose to its highest level in 27 years, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said.

March 17, 2011
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Truckload Carriers Back Electronic Logging for HOS

The Truckload Carriers Association has voted to support the mandated use of “electronic logging devices” to ensure compliance with hours-of-service regulations.

March 15, 2011
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

U.S. to Require EOBRs on Trucks From Mexico and Plans to Pay for Them With Federal Money

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will require all Mexican trucks entering the United States to be equipped with electronic onboard recorders — and will pay for them — an agency spokeswoman said last week.

March 14, 2011