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Navistar’s Clarke Urges Open Minds, Preparedness as a Potentially Tumultuous Future Approaches
3/1/2017 10:30:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The business world could evolve in an orderly, incremental fashion over the next dozen or so years, or it could bound off unexpectedly in a way that startles and flummoxes most people.

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Volvo Offers Over-the-Air Programming
3/1/2017 9:00:00 PM
Volvo Trucks North America is using telematics via cellular communications to update the trucks, engines and transmissions of its customers’ vehicles without having to come into a maintenance shop.

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Navistar's Stumpp, Jost's Carroll Receive Silver Spark Plug Honors
3/1/2017 3:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council honored two industry professionals with its highest honor — the Silver Spark Plug — at TMC's annual meeting.

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Truck Cabs Are Home to Drivers and Sea of Information
2/28/2017 11:20:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Expectations of improvements in comfort, safety and convenience underpin truck cab design, but a surge in digital information also must be accommodated in a driver’s home away from home, experts said.

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VMRS Adoption Seen as Critical to Solving Parts Inefficiencies
2/28/2017 11:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Getting manufacturers in the trucking industry to adopt Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards, or VMRS, is currently under way and would go a long way toward greatly improving efficiencies in the parts supply chain, industry experts say.

Cooper Manages to Juggle Goals
2/28/2017 10:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Cooper Tires increased commercial vehicle tire sales by 13% in 2016 over the previous year, largely by selling trailer tires to trailer makers and replacement units in the aftermarket, a company executive said.

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Noregon, PeopleNet Offer Health, Safety Monitoring Technology
2/28/2017 9:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Noregon and PeopleNet announced they are teaming up to deliver a new, real-time health and safety monitoring technology for all heavy-duty truck makes and models.

Denso to Launch Replacement Aftertreatment Devices in March
2/28/2017 8:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Denso Products and Services Americas Inc., an affiliate of Denso Corp., will begin accepting orders for its new diesel particulate filter and diesel oxidation catalyst replacement products for heavy-duty trucks in March, the company said.

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Stoughton Standardizes Components, Plans New Refrigerated Trailer for 2018
2/28/2017 7:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Stoughton Trailers announced it redesigned both its sheet-and-post and composite trailers with some standardized components to improve operational aspects. Also, it offers a retrofit kit of its redesigned rear impact guard that is standard on all of its new trailers.

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Mack Offers Free Trial of Telematics, Launches Real-Time Updates
2/28/2017 3:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mack Trucks announced a free 30-day trial of its fleet management services provided in conjunction with Telogis, and, separately, launched a series of performance-related over-the-air updates.

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Auction of Donated Truck Will Raise Funds to Fight Sex Trafficking
2/27/2017 11:59:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Phoenix truck dealer has organized a campaign to build a special “Everyday Heroes” tractor that will be sold at a June 20 Ritchie Bros. auction, with the proceeds being donated to a group fighting sex trafficking.

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Navistar Debuts International A26 at TMC, 12.4-Liter Engine for Highway Tractors
2/27/2017 11:50:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Navistar Inc. moved to re-establish its standing in the engine business by unveiling a new 12.4-liter power plant, the International A26, designed for usage in the company’s two newest over-the-road trucks, LT and RH.

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Michelin Expands Tire Maintenance Program
2/27/2017 11:50:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Upgrades to its tire maintenance program and adding RFID, or Radio Frequency Identification Technology, to its truck tires and retreads represent a continued expansion of Michelin Americas Truck Tires’ products and services and are intended to put its emergency road service “out of business,” an executive with the company said.

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Cummins Offers New Drain Intervals, More Mobile Information
2/27/2017 11:40:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Engine maker Cummins Inc. introduced a handful of new diagnostic and service-related options for customers, including extended drain intervals through a free oil-sampling program, a real-time engine-monitoring service, remote software updates and a mobile app that provides access to information on fault codes.

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Wabash Displays Composite Refrigerated Trailer Ahead of Initial In-Service Testing
2/27/2017 11:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Wabash National Corp. displayed a prototype refrigerated trailer made with molded composite structural foam and carbon elements that is significantly lighter and more thermally efficient — compared with the standard industry versions — plus has a stronger floor that expands the kinds of loads that can be hauled.

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Phillips Launches Technology Division
2/27/2017 10:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Phillips Industries has started Phillips Connect Technologies division to consolidate its offerings of connected technologies for trailers.

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Wabco Introduces Tails That Automatically Deploy, Retract
2/27/2017 9:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Wabco introduced what it calls a breakthrough in the industry — the first aerodynamic trailer tail in the U.S. that features automatic deployment and retraction, and which can deliver greater than 4% in fuel savings.

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Brakes Just as Vital to Company Success as Axles, Meritor Says
2/27/2017 1:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Brakes are “absolutely key” to Meritor’s growth and performance going forward, according to an executive with the company.

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Meritor Prepares for Growing Off-Highway Market
2/27/2017 1:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Meritor Inc. said it has a range of products in its development pipeline destined for various areas of the globe and that these products are mostly aimed at the off-highway or specialty segments.

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FlowBelow Adds New Products, Cooperates With Aperia
2/26/2017 11:50:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — FlowBelow Aero rolled out new products for tractors and trailers and announced cooperation with Aperia Technologies for mix-and-match hardware.

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Velociti, Meritor Team on Tire Inflation for Trailers
2/26/2017 11:40:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Technology design and deployment firm Velociti Inc. has reached an agreement with manufacturer Meritor Inc. to offer installation of Meritor’s Tire Inflation System for trailers by PSI.

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Meritor Launches New Tandem Drive Axle
2/26/2017 11:30:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In a downtown bar here on Broadway, Meritor Inc. dropped a curtain and literally unveiled its new 14X HE tandem drive axle for linehaul applications.

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NACFE Report Addresses Engine-Driven Accessories
2/26/2017 11:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The North American Council for Freight Efficiency released a confidence report on variable engine-driven accessories, some of which have yet to be developed. It was the group’s second report on emerging technologies and 15th overall.

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Mitchell 1 Software Tackles Shop Management
2/26/2017 10:30:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mitchell 1 released new shop management software to assist independent repair shops with improving key aspects of their business, according to the company.

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Quality Companies Offers ELD With Freight Selection Feature
2/26/2017 10:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Quality Cos. announced a partnership with Gauge Telematics to develop an electronic logging device called Street Smart e-log. It is intended for small fleets or owner-operators, Quality said.

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ERoad Displays Its Electronic Logging Device
2/26/2017 7:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The president of ERoad North America predicted here that his company’s electronic logging device will be the first type of tethered recorder to win formal approval from federal regulators.

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Eaton Looks to a Future of 48 Volts
2/26/2017 6:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Eaton Corp. has focused on a future for power management in commercial vehicles built around 48-volt power.

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SAF-Holland Introduces Trailer Suspension, Fifth Wheel for Yard Tractors
2/26/2017 5:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — SAF-Holland introduced its CBX23 AeroBeam Fixed Frame Air Suspension, designed for the flatbed and tank trailer market, calling it the lightest-weight air suspension in the industry.

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TMW Offers Maintenance Software for Smaller Fleets
2/26/2017 4:45:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — TMW Systems introduced cloud-based maintenance software called FleetCheck, aimed at smaller fleets with 150 or fewer vehicles, whether they outsource repairs or do the work themselves.

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Decisiv Updates Platform, Urges Greater Use of VMRS
2/26/2017 4:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Decisiv Inc., a provider of service management software, will soon launch Insite 2.0, its visualization platform and is also urging customers to make better use of a system for maintenance reporting called VMRS.

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Dana Introduces Rhombus for Tires; Updates Axles, Driveshafts
2/26/2017 3:45:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Manufacturer Dana Inc. rolled out innovations to its mainstay lineup of truck axles and driveshafts, and it also unveiled Rhombus Tire Analytics, a cloud-based system for managing tire maintenance.

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Haldex Unveils Intelligent Trailer Control Module
2/26/2017 3:30:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Haldex AB announced its intelligent trailer control module, intended to expand the capability of trailer anti-lock brake systems to include faster communication and increased functionality. The module will be available in the second quarter of 2017, according to Haldex.

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Truck-Lite Enters Telematics Market With Trailer Monitoring
2/26/2017 3:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Truck-Lite Co. has entered the telematics market with its Road Ready trailer monitoring and communication system featuring a solar-powered master control unit.

TMC 2017 Live Coverage
2/26/2017 3:00:00 PM
Transport Topics' live coverage of the 2017 Technology & Maintenance Council in Nashville, Tennessee. Make this your one-stop shop for breaking news, photos, video, social media and more.

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TMC Prepares for 2017 Annual Meeting; Aftertreatment Systems, GHG Top Issues
2/16/2017 3:15:00 AM
The latest challenges and trends in the maintenance of heavy-duty trucking equipment, such as engine exhaust aftertreatment systems and the impact of greenhouse-gas regulations on fleets, are among the topics to be addressed at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2017 annual meeting and transportation technology exhibition set for later this month.


 

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