Archive for October, 2010

Flatbed Truck Fuel Efficiency Standards

Friday, October 29th, 2010

The American Trucking Association believes the proposed fuel efficiency standards for the trucking industry of the United States of America are going to have definite benefits for the transport industry of America and all Americans. The American Trucking Association originally made a statement concerning the proposals a few days ago, but the other day they followed this statement up with a more in depth response to the proposal to develop the first-ever national fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission standards for heavy and medium-duty trucks. The statement by the American Trucking Association indicated that they were happy with the administrations efforts and that through talks with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) they were encouraged that the proposal takes into account things that they thoughts were very important to making the proposals work for the variety of transportation services in the United States of America.

The proposal put forth by the parties involved in this affair is going to be phased in slowly according to sources in the transport industry of America. The proposals are also expected to allow the transport industry as a whole to reduce the carbon wheel-print of the shipping services it provides and overall fuel consumption by 7 to 20 percent for baseline Class 8 transport trucks. They expect the transport industry to achieve this through implementation of new engine and truck advancements, low-rolling resistance tires, improved truck aerodynamics, reduced idling, and other measures the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Program think will help in this job. The best part of this news is hearing that the parties involved in the battle to reduce greenhouse emissions and fuel consumption in the transport industry of the United States are working together.

New Long Haul Truck by Cat Will be on Hand

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Cat is preparing to unveil a new vocational truck for trucking services of the United States of America during the upcoming ConExpo in Las Vegas in March 2011. The latest sources around the transport industry indicate that the first model of the Cat Vocational Truck Series, the CT660 will be on hand at the ConExpo for transport firms and professionals to take a look at. The CT660 is based on Navistar International`s PayStar 5000i series and will implement Navistar diesels, along with Cat`s own automatic transmission, according to the people close to this news. Sources also indicate that these Class 8 trucks will be sold and serviced exclusively through Cat`s North American dealer network, which means that international dealers of Class 8 trucks won`t be selling this truck.

Production on the CT660 isn`t expected to start until after ConExpo and firms that want to use this Class 8 truck to provide customers with flatbed trucking services will have to wait until sometime in 2011, before putting in an order. Cat took the time to ask customers that would be implementing these trucks in their operations what they would like to see in the Cat Vocational Truck Series, and this could pay off in the months and years ahead in the United States of America. Cat designed and built the Cat Vocational Truck Series to be suitable for a number of different trucking company jobs around the United States. This Class 8 heavy-duty truck could be just the thing in the days and months ahead that allows your firm to increase profits and decrease operation costs, so it might be a good idea to start planning to be on hand at ConExpo, just to check out the new CT660.

Freight Truckers Helping the Kids of America

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Are you a long haul driver that loves kids and wants to spend more time teaching young ones about life and the trucking industry of the United States of America? You can spend more time with the kids of America by becoming the next Trucker Buddy of the Month. This is your chance to have a positive affect on the lives and future of children in the United States of America and prove once again how much the truckers of America care about doing the right thing. The kids will fall in love with your stories about working out on the roads and highways of America and you could be setting the stage for some of these children to become another caring transport trucker of America in the years ahead.

Drivers out on the roads providing trucking services for firms around North America taking part in the Trucker Buddy of the Month program will be visiting classrooms throughout the school year to talk to the kids and keep them updated on their transport adventures. They get to take a positive hand in teaching the kids, encourage them to learn, and even provide a few rewards to the kids that show the greatest interest in learning. Every year they add more transport truckers to the Trucker Buddy program, so if you want to take part, this could be your year and chance to contribute to the well-being and future of kids in America.

If you’re a flatbed trucking professional that wants to take part in the Trucker Buddy of the Month program, you’ll have to go through a screening process, and then you’ll be matched with a class of children. You’ll work with the teacher and talk to the children about the job of transporting freight to destination in the United States of America, and pass on some of the knowledge about life you have picked up out on the roads and highways of America.

Telematics System for Heavy Haul Services

Monday, October 25th, 2010

There’s a revolution in the information technology being used by trucking companies in the United States of America using electric transport vehicles in their business operations coming down the road. The information technology traditionally used in the banking and telecoms industries is making in-roads into the transport industry of America and getting the attention of more and more transport firms in North America. Smith Electric Vehicles Smith Telemetry is the first telematics system for production electric transport vehicles in the United States of America that allows fleet managers to know precisely how much battery power is left in each flatbed truck, just by pushing a button. This allows fleet managers to maximize the use of their electric transports and users to know which transports are still available to be used for immediate transport of goods.

Smith Electric Vehicles Smith Telemetry also allows users to monitor the performance of a shipping container transport vehicles battery, down to individual cells, which allows users to quickly locate potential problems and have them fixed immediately. Smith Electric Vehicles has also been at work creating a system to handle all of the data that this new system monitors, by investing in servers to handle the expected flood of data, and working with third-party support for this service. They have also been working on a system that will allow the data to be stored and then released in a steady steam, so their servers won’t be overloaded with data.

White-Freightliner Freight Trucks of Old

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Are you a trucking company official who fondly remembers the days when White-Freightliner transport trucks were running down the roads and highways of the United States of America? There’s a new book written by a fellow called Ron Adams you can take out on the road with you to entertain you during your stops that will put a smile back on your face and make you remember these trucks and days, called “White-Freightliner Trucks of the 1960s”. This 128-page book features about 60 color pictures of White-Freightliner transport trucks from a different time and about 70 black and white photos that will take you back to another age of long haul trucking in America.

White-Freightliner trucks started appearing on the highways and roads of the United States after 1951, when Freightliner signed a deal with the White Motor Company to sell Freightliner trucks through White dealerships. These transports were referred to as White-Freightliner by the drivers and transport firms using them in their operations and over the 1950s and 1960s a lot more White-Freightliners started to appear on the transport roads of America.

Author Ron Adams has produced a number of books on the heavy hauling trucks of America and the world, as well as contributing regularly to trucking magazines, so he’s a noted authority on this subject. This particular book is available through Quayside Publishing & Distribution, so if you want a copy you’ll have to contact the publisher, or look for this book at an online source of books.

Trucking Services Transporting Heavier Loads

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Transport professionals freight forwarding customers goods to destination in a reliable, efficient and cost-effective manner will be interested in the news that the Truckload Carriers Association has revised its truck size and weight policy. The new policy of the Truckload Carriers Association is calling for 88,000-pound gross weight transport vehicles to conduct transport services on the highways and roads of the United States of America. Sources indicate that this proposal received the full support of the Truckload Carrier Association’s board on Saturday, which according to many sources will open the road in the future to heavier loads being carried on the freight shipping highways of America. Sources also indicate that in fact progress in this plan to allow heavier loads on the transport roads of the United States actually began last March at the group’s annual meeting.

This news is going to change the transport landscape for firms conducting heavy equipment transport in the United States. The ability to transport heavier loads is also going to save time, money and reduce traffic levels on many roads of the United States, according to many transport professionals. The American Trucking Association currently supports a weight limit of 97,000 pounds on six axles for transport vehicles in the United States of America. This is a little different than the proposal by the Truckload Carriers Association, who according to sources close to this affair are hoping to come to a compromise of some type with the American Trucking Association, somewhere down the road.

Trucking Companies Dealing With Change

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

There are a few changes coming down the road for firms providing transportation services in the United States of America in the days and months ahead. One change that transport professionals might not be aware of is the new standard J1939 standard connector, in preference to the old J1708 connection standard. PeopleNet’s new Vehicle Management Multi-bus Adapter expands the amount of vehicle data fleets can access while upgrading to the J1939 connector found on new engines. Shipping services providers and other transport professionals on hand for the American Trucking Association’s conference in Phoenix this week were talking about the new standard and how it will change the business of transporting in America as we enter the second decade of the century of the environment.

PeopleNet’s new Vehicle Management Multi-bus Adapter apparently allows users to purchase one connector that will work on both old and new transport vehicles in their fleet. PeopleNet indicates that their new Vehicle Management Multi-bus Adapter collects data from both data networks at the same time, in addition to collecting a lot more information on things that according to many professionals can make the job of heavy hauling on the roads and highways of the United States safer and more profitable for firms doing business in North America. This system also apparently makes integrating with third-party service providers much easier for transport firms and working with the on board computer a lot easier to manage for users.

Long Haul Services Transporting Wind Turbines

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

American freight forwarders have been taking care of the paperwork required for the transport of large and heavy wind turbines in the United States of America in the past few months. Wind turbines have been moving around America a lot more in recent times and at present about 10 percent of America’s energy needs are supplied by wind turbines transported along the roads and highways of the United States. These giant pieces of machinery require trucking services designed to do this particular job and if the energy agencies of the United States have their way, America’s transportation services will be transporting a lot more wind turbines in the months and years ahead in the century of the environment.

Transporting these huge wind turbines requires seven transport vehicles each to do the job of transporting to destination. According to the transport professionals taking these wind turbines to destination this is a specialty service that’s growing in popularity around the United States of America. One complete wind turbine contains three tower sections; a nacelle containing a turbine’s generator, gear box and electrical apparatus; and three huge blades that are probably a little different to load safely. All of this transporting of wind turbines in America has created a niche market for the transport of these huge and heavy pieces of equipment, according to many freight shipping professionals currently transporting these wind turbines to destination. A niche market that they think is gaining momentum and could in a few years time be a normal job for the transportation services of America.

Trucking Companies Will Work with FMCSA

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Firms in the business of heavy equipment transport in the United States of America will be glad to hear that the work being done by the transport industry and the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to improve the safety performance of transport vehicles and make the safety inspections of transport services more efficient is still building momentum. The other day the administrator of the FMCSA, Anne S. Ferro was on hand, along with other important figures from around the United States, at the Commercial Motor Vehicle Technology Showcase, to take a first-hand look at state-of-the-art technology transport safety inspectors will be using during upcoming commercial trucking inspections.

The reports from the transport professionals on hand for the Commercial Motor Vehicle Technology Showcase indicates that the technologies on hand at this affair are exciting. Fully deployed across the United States many believe these technologies will make the long haul roads of the United States America safer and save the lives of Americans. A great testament to the work done by the transport industry of America, federal and state governments and public and private interests in the United States.

The Commercial Motor Vehicle Technology Showcase was held at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Roadside Technology Corridor on Interstate 81 in Greene County. This showcase was held in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Safety, Tennessee Department of Transportation, the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Trucking has a New Tool

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Companies in the freight shipping business have a new tool to them make sure customers’ cargo makes it to destination in a reliable, efficient and cost-effective manner in the second decade of the century of the environment. McLeod Software recently announced the release of LoadMaster LTL, a complete operations management solution for LTL trucking companies that takes this service beyond previous offerings of McLeod Software’s LoadMaster enterprise application, and into other service areas of the transportation industry of the United States of America. Sources indicate that McLeod Software recently acquired the assets of Enterprise Information Solutions Incorporated (ESI) and is at work integrating ESI’s application software product into the LoadMaster enterprise dispatch management system, which will allow heavy haul firms to support a truckload operations model, an LTL business model, or both operating models within the same framework.

McLeod Software has indicated they believe LoadMaster LTL is a very useful product for freight firms in under served segments of the transportation industry of the United States of America. They also believe LoadMaster LTL is going to have a long and profitable career helping transport firms make sure the goods are delivered on time and budget in the months and years ahead. It will be a little while before we know what the professionals using this new tool think about LoadMaster LTL, but if the previous history of this company and the products it creates for the transport industry are any indication, we can expect LoadMaster LTL to get the job done.