DeLorme announced a new version of its software: the Street Atlas USA Deluxe.
Drivers can add their own routable and searchable roads in addition to more than 200,000 roads that are included with the software. The updated software also includes points of interest, fuel stops, ATMs and more.
CAT Scale improves system
CAT Scale, with Fairbanks Scales, announced a new controller at the Great American Trucking Show that will help the 800 CAT locations remain open 24 hours a day. The new controller, CAT Scale Intalogix, contains a modem that communicates with CAT headquarters. Its checkpoints allow the master control board to detect incorrect data. The enhanced communication will allow CAT to fix problems quickly.
Sliding storage trays
C&J Innovations wants to make storage space easier to use with its E-Z Slider. It installs in the cargo compartment on most Class 8 trucks, eliminating the need for cardboard boxes or storage crates. The unit has two fully extending drawers with Accuride roller slides and a lift-out basket.
The Ancra Lift-A-Deck II uses narrow aluminum, low-profile aircraft-style cargo track and high-strength beams to create a second deck height for palletized freight. The standard beams have a 2,200-pound load rating and are easily moved by one operator. The beams can be positioned in 1-inch increments and feature an internal locking design to help protect against forklift damage.
New logistics/broker directory
Transportation Technical Services released its new third-party logistics/broker directory. The directory lists contact information, commodities transported, numbers of tractors and more about fleet and non-fleet owners, including the top 75 companies. The edition is available as a book or a CD-ROM.
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Instant axle response
Hendrickson International’s new Lift Axle Air Control Kit, which is compact and warranted for three years, provides airflow of 31.7 cfm to axles, decreasing axle response time during braking. Both inside and outside kits are available. The outside kits are self-contained and include a stainless steel mounting box.
Protection from falling
Carbis offers a flatbed fall-protection system that parallels a truck to allow a worker to safely secure a load along the entire length of the bed. The system is available in aluminum, prime-coated steel or galvanized steel and comes in standard lengths of 48 feet long and 45 inches tall.
Transcraft intros 40th anniversary model
Transcraft Corp. celebrated its 40th anniversary with the unveiling of the new Eagle II flatbed trailer at the Great American Trucking Show. The lightweight aluminum and steel combo trailer is designed for more durable operation and will be focused toward the fleet buyer. The Eagle II weighs about 10,030 pounds for a 48-foot, 102-inch model – about 300 pounds more than the Eagle, introduced in 1993. The new trailer features steel rather than aluminum cross members, steel wheels and additional cross members in the lower frame.
A shower to go
Hartline introduced its new portable shower at the Great American Trucking Show. The shower folds into an easily carried, 30-inch round plastic container. The shower comes in a kit that contains a metal showerhead, a plastic on/off valve, a 6-foot shower curtain, a 12-volt bilge pump, two 12-foot water hoses and two 6-gallon plastic tanks containing a 12-volt heating element with cigarette lighter cord.
Mirror Lite’s Northwind Wiper Heater warms wiper blades through the windshield via two direct-contact radiant strips. The strips adhere directly to the inside of the glass opposite the wiper blades and allow quick thawing of the blades and surrounding glass. Installation involves a simple 12-volt connection.
Ford offers new trucks
Ford introduced the F-750 Super Duty Tractor, designed to be weight-
efficient for high payloads. The class 7 truck comes with Caterpillar 3126B
7.2-liter engines, up to 300 hp, or Cummins ISB 5.9-liter engines, up to 260 hp. The Allison six-speed overdrive automatic transmission is standard; six- or seven-speed manual is optional.
Ford introduced its new Class 5 entry, the E-550 Super Duty Cutaway, at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. The truck will be used for several aftermarket modifications, including motor homes, small buses and rescue vehicles, but Ford expects to sell 42 percent of the trucks as vans for package delivery customers.
That will include delivery of small parcels through expedited carriers, such as FedEx Custom Critical. Given the rapid growth in online ordering, by 2004 package delivery “will grow some four or five times,” said John Fink, commercial truck group marketing manager.
Gent-L-Kleen wants to clean your hands with its new GLK-55 heavy-duty hand soap. The new soap is a low-foaming, soap-based product to be used with water. It contains a bacteriostat and five natural moisturizers for rough hands.
Easy slide removal
Sta-Rat’s semi tandem-axle release-assist tool eliminates the difficulties of releasing the locking pins so that the tandem slide can be removed. The tool allows a driver to watch through the rearview mirror as he releases the binding on the pins and removes the slide. The tool works on vertical or horizontal release handles.
Monitor pinpoints brake problems
MGM Brakes highlighted the advantages of its E-Stroke brake monitoring system at the Great American Trucking Show. The system uses factory-installed sensors that are precalibrated as an integral part of MGM brake service chambers and spring brakes. The system converts air-brake actuator shaft travel into an electronic signal. A module monitors the signals and outputs a warning to indicate which wheel has a problem. The monitor can be installed in the cab or outside the truck.