Marketplace Spring Roundup

Overdrive Staff | May 01, 2012




Belt-driven reefer units

Carrier Transicold’s Vector Hybrid and X-2 belt-driven refrigeration units are designed to improve operating efficiencies while also incorporating emissions control reduction technology to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tier 4 standards. The units feature “micro-channel” heat exchangers that require less compressor-head pressure to force the refrigerant through the system, and the thinner coils require less horsepower from the fans. Noise is reduced, in part because of the reduced power needed from the fans.




All-in-one recorder

Continental’s RoadLog includes an integrated printer that allows the driver to print daily and weekly hours-of-duty status records that mimic a paper log. A USB “driver key” enables easy digital data handoff to a compliance manager. The device warns drivers with a visible and audible signal if they are approaching hours limits. In addition to hours recording, the RoadLog is functional for Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports, International Fuel Tax Agreement records and the International Registration Plan. The device is DOT-compliant. Production begins in June.




Alliance aftermarket fuel tanks

Alliance Truck Parts introduced aftermarket cylindrical fuel tanks offered with an online configuration tool. The tanks are targeted primarily to truck owners and fleets in need of a replacement tank after a wreck or those looking for an upgrade from their original equipment, the company says. The online configuration program, available at, allows customers to specify truck make, tank capacity, finish and fill-neck placement, then supplying a corresponding part number. A printable ticket can be taken to any Freightliner, Sterling or Western Star dealer, though the tank is compatible with all truck makes.




Lightweight air spring components

Firestone Industrial Products’ next-generation air spring technologies include lighter-weight components and the Airide Integrative Air-Damping System. The air ride system offers a lightweight alternative to cab-mount suspension applications, providing the functionality of an air spring and shock absorber in a single part.

The system includes an exterior bellow made of natural rubber that encompasses a proprietary, shock-absorbing module. Firestone says preliminary testing indicates a notable reduction in the transmission and frequency of vibration compared to traditional air spring/shock absorber or air spring/hydraulic damper configurations.




Ecopia fuel-efficient tires

Bridgestone’s Ecopia fuel-efficient tires are designed to reduce overall tire wear costs up to 29 percent by fostering retreading. Five tires in the Ecopia series will be complemented with equivalent Bandag FuelTech retreads to reduce life cycle costs.

The line’s NanoPro-Tech polymer technology helps control particle movement by bonding the carbon black in the tread, which reduces flexing and related energy loss. The Fuel Saver sidewall compound runs cooler, saving more energy, the company says. In addition, the IntelliShape sidewall, found in both the M710 Ecopia drive radial and R197 Ecopia trailer tire, contain less bead filler volume, which reduces tire weight, improves fuel economy and conserves resources.




Bendix SmarTire Monitoring System

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems plans to release SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems for trailers this fall in retrofit kits. A typical kit would comprise eight wheel sensors, harnessing and a wireless receiver. The company also intends to make SmarTire TPMS available to original equipment trailer manufacturers. SmarTire TPMS monitors the pressure and temperature of each tire on a trailer to provide real-time tire status information and warn the driver of tire-related problems.

When paired with SmarTire for tractors, the SmarTire trailer system will link wirelessly with the trailer. The system will display the data provided by sensors monitoring the trailer tires on the existing TPMS display.




All-aluminum drop-deck trailer

East Manufacturing has created an all-aluminum drop deck trailer, designed for increased payload versatility and better stability, with a low-slung 36-in. deck height. The 36-in. drop-deck height gives the trailer a lower center of gravity, providing the trailer with improved stability. It is available in multi-axle configurations and lengths up to 53 feet.

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