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Daseke Continues to Seek Additions to Flatbed Enterprise
3/2/2016 10:30:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Flatbed entrepreneur Don Daseke continues to build his rapidly growing company by hunting for merger candidates, even though the current business environment does not favor an initial public offering for what is now the second-largest company in his sector of trucking.

Kalmar Ottawa Offers Bose Seats
3/1/2016 4:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kalmar Ottawa has partnered with Bose to offer fatigue-reducing seat suspension technology in its terminal tractors.

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New Oils for Engines Set to Arrive in December
3/1/2016 3:30:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Work on improving engine oils to assist in fuel efficiency is complete, and the two new oils, CK-4 and FA-4, will be available in December, said Dan Arcy, global OEM technical manager of Shell Global Solutions.

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Peterbilt Introduces New Chassis Routings
3/1/2016 11:45:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Peterbilt Motors Co. introduced new chassis routings for Models 579 and 567, which run the length of the truck and organize air, electrical and fuel lines into individual bundles to allow quick identification and servicing of the systems.

TMC Announces 5 Winners of Silver Spark Plug
3/1/2016 11:30:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Technology & Maintenance Council honored five people with the Silver Spark Plug, its highest honor, at the start of its annual meeting here Feb. 29.

Wabash Turns to Structural Composites for Next-Gen Trailer, Truck Bodies
3/1/2016 11:00:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Wabash National Corp. has begun to roll out its newest designs based on molded structural composites, starting with final-mile and refrigerated truck bodies that are available now. 

TMC Elects New Officers
3/1/2016 11:00:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Technology & Maintenance Council elected a new slate of officers for the coming 12 months, the group said here Feb. 29, headed by Glen McDonald of Ozark Motor Lines as vice chairman.

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Bridgestone Shows New Steer Tire at TMC
3/1/2016 10:00:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas displayed its R283A Ecopia steer tire here at the Technology & Maintance Council annual meeting.

Advancement of Active Systems, Onboard Video Can Improve Safety, Suppliers Say
3/1/2016 10:00:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The next stage in the evolution of active safety technology for trucks could bring increased automation to the vehicle, but the human operator will continue to play a central role in fleet safety, technology suppliers said.

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Truck Makers Face Decreasing Brand Loyalty, Retired Exec Hebe Says
2/29/2016 8:20:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Even after a decade of rapid change, the world of trucking and truck makers is hurtling into a world of diminishing brand loyalty and decreasing lengths of haul because of intermodal shipping, said retired manufacturing executive James Hebe.

V2V Communication Projects Advancing, NHTSA Official Says
2/29/2016 8:18:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An engineer with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said advances in vehicle-to-vehicle communications continue to accelerate and that new studies are under way to address several critical and complex issues.

Execs Weigh Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing
2/29/2016 8:15:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Cloud computing can make it easier to deploy software and access data, but fleets must weigh the pros and cons of this approach as they decide which functions are a good fit for the cloud and which are better to keep on their in-house infrastructure.

International Debuts Over-The-Air Reprogramming of ECMs
2/29/2016 8:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — International Truck announced that over-the-air reprogramming of engine control modules for all International Truck models powered by its N9, N10 and N13 engines is available for no charge.

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Failing to Prepare Disaster Plan Can Be Biggest Disaster, Experts Say
2/29/2016 7:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — To recover from a disaster and ensure your fleet or manufacturing facility remains resilient afterward takes planning, then testing the plan, revising the plan, and testing it again and again, experts said.

Great Dane Expands AdvantEdge Program, Shows Latest Trailer Enhancements
2/29/2016 6:15:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Great Dane Trailers has expanded its AdvantEdge national accounts parts and service program by partnering with Love’s Travel Stops.

EBE Offers New Vehicle-Maintenance Software
2/29/2016 6:10:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — EBE Technologies announced the launch of SHIPS vehicle maintenance solution (VMS), which allows carriers to optimize their internal or outsourced maintenance operations.

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Michelin Launches Higher Mileage Linehaul Steer Tire
2/29/2016 12:15:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Michelin Americas Truck Tires, a division of Michelin North America Inc., said it launched a new premium linehaul steer tire, the X Line Energy Z, that the company guarantees will deliver 20% more mileage than leading competitor linehaul steer tires and 5% better rolling resistance than the XZA3+ tire it replaces.

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Alcoa Expands Portfolio of Lightweight Truck Wheels
2/29/2016 12:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Alcoa Inc. expanded what it said was the industry’s lightest heavy-duty truck wheel, Ultra ONE Wheel with MagnaForce alloy, by launching wheel sizes 24.5 inches x 8.25 inches, 22.5 x 14 and 22.5 x 9.

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Halo Tire Inflator Growing in Adoption
2/29/2016 11:45:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Aperia Technologies Inc. said its Halo brand of tire inflator, introduced two years ago, is in use on thousands of vehicles operated by more than 100 fleets and offered at more than 100 dealer locations. 

TrackPoint, Stemco Partner on Trailer Monitoring
2/29/2016 11:30:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — TrackPoint Systems and Stemco have partnered to provide tire pressure and mileage monitoring for untethered trailers.

Truck-Lite Introduces Light-Out Detection System
2/29/2016 11:00:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Truck-Lite Co. has introduced its Light-Out Detection System, which alerts drivers when there is a problem with the trailer’s LED safety lighting.

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Shippers' Desire for Data Offers Fleets Opportunities
2/29/2016 11:00:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Shippers remain more data-driven than ever, and that can present opportunities for carriers, a panel of experts said.

Rush Launches Truck-Service Technology Platform, Expands CNG Fuel Systems
2/29/2016 10:30:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Truck dealership network Rush Enterprises has launched a technology platform that provides fleets with an online view of the service process for their vehicles.

TMW Introduces Products to Streamline Maintenance
2/29/2016 10:00:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — TMW Systems showcased several new software products designed to improve fleet maintenance operations during the annual Technology & Maintenance Council meeting here, including automated management of driver vehicle inspection reports, a mobile app for technicians and new business intelligence tools.

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Eaton, Cummins Further Expand Powertrain Options
2/28/2016 7:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Eaton and Cummins Inc. announced new features to their growing integrated powertrain offerings to provide additional downspeeding options.

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Fleets Boost Investments in Trailer Aerodynamics, NACFE Report Finds
2/28/2016 6:40:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Fleets have ramped up their investments in trailer aerodynamics systems in recent years to improve fuel economy, and federal regulations are expected to drive further adoption, a new report found.

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FlowBelow Wheel Covers to Be Offered on Cascadia Evolution
2/28/2016 6:25:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — FlowBelow Aero Inc. announced that Daimler Trucks North America will offer FlowBelow’s fuel-saving “quick-release” wheel covers as an option on the Freightliner Cascadia Evolution.

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Vnomics Launches True Fuel
2/28/2016 6:15:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vnomics Corp. launched True Fuel, a new fuel optimization offering, based on its existing technology system.

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Kenworth Expands Availability of TruckTech+, Engine Auto Start and Stop System
2/28/2016 5:30:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kenworth Truck Co. made a series of announcements here, including the expansion of TruckTech+ to new Class 8 trucks with Paccar MX-11 engines.

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Haldex Unveils New Air Disc Brake Line for US
2/28/2016 5:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Haldex introduced its ModulT air disc brake line here for the United States. Haldex made the announcement Feb. 28 at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting.

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Dana Rolls Out New Axles, Driveshaft
2/28/2016 4:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dana Holding Corp. announced improvements to its truck axles and driveshafts to help truck makers meet tighter federal standards on greenhouse-gas emissions.

Meritor Launches New Steer Axle
2/28/2016 3:30:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Meritor Inc. has launched a lighter-weight, front-steer axle that is part of the MFS series, which the company announced is easier to maintain.

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Mitchell 1 Updates Interface Between RepairConnect, Noregon Software
2/28/2016 3:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Maintenance information provider Mitchell 1 announced an update to the interface between its RepairConnect diagnostic troubleshooting tool and Noregon’s JPRO Professional commercial fleet diagnostics software.

TMC 2016 Live Blog
2/24/2016 5:00:00 PM
Transport Topics' live coverage of the 2016 Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition in Nashville Feb. 29-March 3, 2016.




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