Equipment

Trucking revolution: Industry to see drastic changes in coming years from tech advancements

big, revolutionary changes are coming to the industry — and likely within the next decade — says OD Equipment Editor Jack Roberts, based on the technology he's seen on a two-week tour of European truck and component manufacturers.

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Got fatigue? Your crankshaft damper may be the problem

Revisiting the importance of damper replacement at long mileage intervals -- and a worst-case scenario without: crankshaft failure.

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A new ‘alt’ fuel? GTL turns nat gas into usable diesel

Shell's gas-to-liquid plant takes natural gas and turns it into a form of diesel that can be dropped into diesel engines already on the road. But it's cleaner, quieter and has a higher cetane rating.

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Video log: Remote-controlled tractor-trailers, ZF’s new automated transmission

Transmission maker ZF unveiled a new automated transmission and a new system that allows drivers to operate their truck from outside of the cab using a tablet computer. Here's OD Equipment Editor Jack Roberts' footage from test driving both.

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ZF highlights remote-controlled trucks, new transmission

ZF showed off a wide array of new systems this week, but the highlights are an all-new dual-clutch automated manual transmission and the new Smart Truck Maneuvering System, which allows trucks to be "driven" remotely with a tablet computer.

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Navistar hit with 3 lawsuits over EGR-only engines as carriers claim defects, losses

Three trucking companies have filed lawsuits against truck and engine maker Navistar, claiming its '11-'12 MaxxForce engines were defective and didn’t meet federal emissions standards. The lawsuits further allege Navistar knew its engines were flawed yet concealed that information.

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Peterbilt, Kenworth loyalty cards have $4k in offers

The Peterbilt Preffered Card and the Kenworth Priveleges Loyalty Card programs each feature offers that can save operators up to $4,000 a year on parts, accessories and service, the truck makers' parent company Paccar announced recently.  The Peterbilt card offers weekly, monthly and annual offers, 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 ...

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