Dean Smallwood

Changing Gear: New tech trends from American Power Group, Optronics, Kenworth, King Controls

I get a lot of announcements from companies that have made relatively minor tweaks to traditional must-have products such as tires and brake pads, but every now and then I hear from vendors that are making some neat high-tech updates to their products, some in relatively recently-developed and niche markets. This week, let’s take a look at a few trend-breaking companies and their updated offerings. For example, American Power Group – a provider of turbocharged natural ...

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Changing Gear: Updates from Kenworth, Dana, Bendix, Fontaine, Snap-on

Kenworth made a lot of headlines last week. First, the truck maker has added Dana’s Spicer AdvanTek 40 tandem axle for new Class 8 pickup-and-delivery, regional haul and linehaul trucks equipped with the Kenworth AG380 or AG400L suspension. The AdvanTek 40 axle incorporates a gearing design to help increase fuel economy, improve reliability and reduce vehicle weight. Axle ratios of 2.26, 2.39, 2.53, 2.64 and 2.79 are available on Kenworth Class 8 trucks, including the ...

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Changing Gear: Distribution team-ups from Navistar-Eaton, Fontaine-Mainstay, Vipar-Penray, Piedmont-Continental, Philatron-CED

We’ve been hearing from a lot of OEMs and vendors who are collaborating on distribution solutions to make a few top-notch and highly desired products a little more accessible to truckers. This week, let’s highlight a few of those recently announced team-ups. We’ll start with Navistar, which has tapped Eaton as its new supplier of heavy-duty remanufactured transmissions. The majority of the deliveries to Navistar’s roughly 350 North American dealers will be Eaton Flex Reman transmissions. ...

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Changing Gear: Truck tech help from Bridgestone, Kenworth of South Louisiana, Webb Wheel, Donaldson, Anderson Flaps

Some of trucking’s top vendors stepped forward last week with lots of helpful services and tips to maximize uptime and keep your big rigs rolling. Here’s a brief sample: Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations unveiled its newly rebranded GCR Tires & Service division, with a goal to provide standardized service across all of its U.S. locations by offering the same hours of operation, Tire Industry Association-trained technicians, a nationally connected sales force and one website for all ...

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Equipment Spotlight: Add a little TLC

Heavy-duty engine coolants and additives perform a tough job in a tough environment, so consistently having quality protection should be a no-brainer. The evolution of diesel engines have led to an abundance of different types of products, with many of them required for specific types and designs of power units. In addition to protecting the engine from overheating and helping it perform its best, coolants and additives also help prevent the cooling system from degrading in ...

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Changing Gear: A potpourri from Phillips, Pegasus TransTech, Watson & Chalin, Supreme

Earlier this year, Phillips Industries announced a distribution agreement with the Innotec Group that combined Innotec’s BoardFree lighting products with Phillips’ Sta-Dry trailer harnesses. The products available through the arrangement originally were available only to OEMs, but now the BoardFree-Phillips lineup of exterior lights is available to the aftermarket through the PermaLite XT program, which includes include side turn, stop-tail-turn, mid-turn and marker lights, as well as low-profile marker, clearance and license lights. Innotec says ...

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Changing Gear: Recapping a busy week of OEM, vendor announcements

Someone must have been in the water last week in Detroit and at other manufacturing points far and wide. The news announcements from some of the nation’s top truck makers and equipment vendors came fast and furious, underlying either a rash of breakthrough technological marvels or a mere coincidence of timing. In case you missed a headline or two, here’s a brief recap. Eaton Corp. expanded its three-year bundled warranty program for remanufactured transmissions to now ...

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Changing Gear: Truck and engine rewind

This week we’re starting a new series that takes a look back at some recent product introductions for specific categories and specs. After all, since most of you are busy enough trying to manage your own business, it’s likely you occasionally might have missed a few gear rollouts. Today we’re hitting rewind on some new products relevant to your engines and helping them perform their best. Parker Hannifin's Veriflo Division has developed a CNG Vehicle Gas ...

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Changing Gear: Online updates from Johnson Refrigerated and Mack, plus Kenworth and Peterbilt reminders

With new technologies and changing times comes new, faster and more colorful ways to reach out to others. Companies continually are tweaking their websites and social media outlets to improve the user experience, and Johnson Refrigerated Truck Bodies is no exception. The company says it streamlined its www.johnsontruckbodies.com website to provide a more user-friendly experience and deliver quicker, easier access to essential product information. Not to be left out, Mack Trucks recently optimized its MackTrucks.com website ...

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Changing Gear: High-tech solutions from TruckersBooks, Continental, TMC

Well, in this ever-changing world in which we live, the latest technology breakthroughs come fast and furious. In the trucking world, the latest hardware and software can help make drivers even more efficient and productive. Here’s a few recent high-tech items of note that can help keep you moving and in the black. Financial recordkeeping may never get easier than this. Truckersbooks has created an online diesel fuel and meals expense filing system designed to allow ...

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