Marketplace — Spring Roundup

Overdrive Staff | May 01, 2011




Air disc brakes standard on Petes

Peterbilt will make front-axle air disc brakes standard across its entire Class 8 truck and tractor line. The decision to offer front-axle air disc brakes as standard on Class 8 trucks is in advance of enhanced federal stopping distance standards that begin in August.

Also, Peterbilt announced a Speed Control Management System that provides drivers with progressive, fuel- efficient shifts while coaching drivers to drive more efficiently; a new Model 382 vocational truck in both day cab and extended day cab versions; and an all-wheel-drive version of the Model 348 vocational truck.


Hour-logging CB Radio

The 29 LX CB Radio features a clock-timer that enables drivers to track their on-time driving hours and functions as an alarm clock, a weather alert scan that advances to the clearest NOAA weather channel and a Radio Check Diagnostic to allow drivers to continuously monitor the radio’s RF power output, antenna system and battery voltage. The radio includes a 4-watt AM RF power input, Delta Tune to clarify incoming signals and adjustable Dynamike boost to increase the microphone’s sensitivity for increased voice clarity, the company says.

COBRA,, (773) 889-3087

Online invoice system

Pegasus TransTech introduced TransfloWeb application, an online document management system that allows users to create and send invoices electronically. Users also can view, store, print and email delivery documents. To use the system, documents are scanned into Transflo Web using either Transflo Express or Transflo Now! document scanning systems.

PEGASUS TRANSTECH,, (800) 783-8649



Ultracapacitor for truck starts

Maxwell Technologies will market later this year an ultracapacitor that will replace one or two truck batteries and help start a truck. The unit is dry, maintenance-free, saves weight and provides protection against no-starts, the company says. It stores electricity on metal plates rather than through a chemical process used in batteries, making it less sensitive to cold temperatures. Minimal degradation occurs as the temperature drops from 100 degrees to below zero, the company says.

The unit offers less resistance to current flow than a battery, enabling it to crank the engine substantially faster. The unit stores enough energy for three potent cranking cycles of about four seconds each.


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