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Surfing For Gear: Updates from Gates, Fontaine, Rotary Lift, SKF, Bridgestone

The Gates Corp., a manufacturer of industrial and automotive products, unveiled its updated corporate website the company says was designed with OEM, MRO and distributor audiences in mind. The new Gates.com is built for easier access to hose and belt products, tips and resources for an improved user experience. To tour the website, click here. Fontaine Modification also has redesigned its website to be more visually appealing, easier to use and better optimized for mobile devices. ...

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Equipment Spotlight: For today’s tech-heavy trucks, AGM batteries may be best

Vehicular batteries are technological marvels. But for all our dependence on them in both commercial and consumer applications, they largely are forgotten or ignored – until they fail, of course. For most of the past century, automotive battery development has been slow and steady, with most of the resulting improvements focusing on longer maintenance-free life. Now, all that is changing: Rising fuel prices, anti-idling laws, alternative-drive vehicles and an exponential boom in the power requirements on commercial ...

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Changing Gear: MATS tidbits from Mobile Awareness, Meritor-P.S.I., Toyo, Continental, AIMS Power

Sometimes in the midst of the array of announcements made at the Mid-America Trucking Show, a few tidbits unrelated to MATS might seep through the cracks. So let’s set the record straight with a few recent headlines that might have escaped your notice while checking out the news from Louisville, Ky. Mobile Awareness, a provider of transportation safety products, announced its first MobileTraq Vue feature upgrade by integrating the SenseStat Obstacle Detection Backing Sensor System. The ...

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Changing Gear: MATS previews from Dometic, Mack, Volvo, Utility, Yokohama, Reyco Granning, Kinedyne

At this week’s Mid-America Trucking Shown at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., Dometic Group is unveiling its Split-System Blizzard 134a, a battery-operated air conditioning unit that provides 10 no-idle hours of cooling. Available in 7,000-and 10,000 Btu models, the split system is designed for easy installation, allowing the noise of the condenser unit to remain outside while the quieter evaporator unit blows cool air to the cab’s interior; easily accessible external ports help ...

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Changing Gear: TMC updates from Cummins, Eaton, Dana, Webb Wheel, Phillips, Idle Smart

The Technology and Maintenance Council’s annual meeting usually is the time that fleet maintenance managers gather to discuss the latest technical and shop trends, so naturally the vendors that attend the event and hold press conferences to introduce new products and make lofty announcements normally reach out to that audience. However, I found that this year’s event earlier this month in Nashville also made a few headlines of interest to owner-operators and small fleets looking to ...

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Changing Gear: Updates from Circle R, Air-Weigh, Road Choice, Meritor, ATDynamics

Sounds like these two companies could make hay at making weight. Circle R Side Dump has made Air-Weigh’s digital QuickLoad Trailer Scale standard on its 37-foot SuperCube high-capacity side dump trailer. The QuickLoad Trailer Scale includes molded electrical and air connections, and when displaying weight, the bright backlit transflective display features large numbers which are easily readable from a distance. QuickLoad features an icon-based touchscreen set-up and programmable warning weight and alarm weight LEDs that ...

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Changing Gear: Updates from Exxon Mobil, Daimler, Kenworth, Volvo, Navistar

This union sounds like the beginning of a beautiful friendship. ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants announced that Daimler Trucks has chosen Mobil Delvac-branded heavy-duty diesel engine oils for factory-fill in its Freightliner- and Western Star-branded vehicles. Daimler will feature Mobil Delvac 1300 Super 15W-40 heavy-duty diesel engine oil in nearly all Freightliner- and Western Star-branded Class 8 trucks, while the company¹s fuel-efficient Freightliner Cascadia Evolution models will use Mobil Delvac 1300 Super 10W-30, a low-viscosity heavy-duty ...

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Changing Gear: Updates from Western Star, Fontaine, Progressive, Beall, Stemco

Western Star announces frame rail-mounted vertical exhaust stack for 4700s, Progressive refreshes its LED packaging and more.

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Changing Gear: Updates from TRP, Western Star, East, Fontaine

TRP Aftermarket Parts unveils a new user-friendly website, while Western Star brings a tough Allison transmission into the fold and more.

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Changing Gear: Updates from Double Coin, Goodyear-Love’s, Volvo, Howe’s, Imperial

Double Coin Tires and CMA launch a new Double Coin mobile application, while Volvo gets dressed for success and other product-related news you can use.

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