Business, Technology, Equipment

Electrical Skills Are Critical

As an ever-increasing array of devices, motive power systems and technologies asserts itself into the trucking industry, cutting-edge electrical knowledge and skills will be absolute necessities for technicians to keep fleet equipment operating at peak efficiency.

Jack Legler | Technical Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
July 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

The Complexities of Truck Collision Repair

Chris Sterwerf and Dennnis Sterwerf Chris Sterwerf and his father, Dennis Sterwerf, founder of Fairfield Auto and Truck Service, stand next to their shop's repair-planning computer. (Fairfield Auto and Truck Service)

Heavy-duty collision repair is becoming increasingly complex due to a variety of factors, including the conversion from steel to aluminum bodies, the changing componentry and design of trucks and the proliferation of onboard sensors.

Susan L. Hodges | Special to Transport Topics
July 20, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Class 8 Commercial Rigs Should Do Away With Mirrors

MirrorEye camera monitor system MirrorEye camera monitor system (Stoneridge)

It’s time that Class 8 commercial trucks deployed high-tech cameras instead of the assortment of mirrors — rearview, down view and blind spot — found on today’s tractors.

Phil Romba | Contributing Writer
July 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

OEMs Mixed on Turbo Compounding

Volvo D13 engine with turbo compounding TruckTube via YouTube

Volvo Trucks North America says its D13TC engine’s turbo compounding unit will add 50 horsepower through waste heat recovery and will improve fuel efficiency by 7.5%. The com­pany believes the technology could reach the same level of market acceptance as its automated transmissions. But not every manufacturer believes turbo compounding is the best way to improve fuel efficiency.

Steve Brawner | Special to Transport Topics
July 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Taking a Look at Turbo Compounding

Much is being said and written about the role electric power will someday play in moving Class 8 vehicles down the road, but for the foreseeable future most trucks still will be powered by good old-fashioned internal combustion engines. And there is plenty going on to advance the technology that powers those engines.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
July 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Regular Realignment Is a Savings, Not a Cost

Maintenance technician Most alignment systems require setting bar-mount laser projections. (E-Z Red Co.)

Tire wear often is blamed on a number of things, and many times, on the brand of the tire. But aggressive tire wear is a symptom that something else is wrong with a truck.

Steve Sturgess | Contributing Writer
July 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Horton to Launch New Emissions-Cutting Fan Drives, Blades

Horton Holding Inc. headquarters in Roseville, Minn. Horton Holding Inc.

ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Horton Holding Inc. will launch in September new variable-speed fan drives and fan blades designed to improve commercial vehicle cooling system performance and help engine makers meet the increasingly stringent requirements in Phase 2 of the federal greenhouse-gas regulations.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
July 20, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Editorial

Editorial: Influx of Talent on the Horizon

It’s our hope that the executive order President Donald Trump signed last week to create the National Council for the American Worker will lead to an influx of new talent across the industry’s spectrum — from behind the wheel to behind the scenes.

Transport Topics
July 19, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Staffers for Key Transportation Lawmakers Consider Funding Solutions

Miles Chiotti and Jon Bosworth Miles Chiotti (left) and Jon Bosworth. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers will likely start seriously exploring a solution for the diminishing Highway Trust Fund next year, according to Miles Chiotti, legislative director for Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

How General Motors Became a Force in Autonomous Sector

Michigan Municipal League

GM Cruise is running neck-and-neck with Waymo, a subsidiary of Google, to be first to bring fully autonomous cars to market. The two companies are considered the leaders in a crowded field, and San Francisco is the proving grounds to refine the technology.

Jamie L. LaReau | Detroit Free Press
July 19, 2018