Posts Tagged ‘flatbed trucking’

Shipping Industry Needs More Education

Monday, March 21st, 2011
Transport industry freight forwarders will be happy to hear that the unifying theme during the Truckload Carriers Association conference this week was the desire to make sure the trucking industry and shippers both have a clear understanding of the challenges on the road ahead for the transportation industry of the United States of America during the weeks and months ahead. The transport industry representatives on hand for the conference were apparently both on the same page in the desire for shippers to be as informed about the complexities of the driver shortage, costs of doing business, inflation and increasing fuel prices. Good news for the business of freight forwarding cargo to destination on time and budget in the United States of America.

The trucking industry officials on hand made a point of stating that the trucking industry needs to take the lead by taking the steps to help educate shippers on all of the challenges on the road before the transport industry during the miles ahead. That during the past few years there hasn’t been as much time for the trucking industry to devote to the job of educating shippers about the issues, but that during the months ahead the industry would need to spend more time talking to shippers about the issues in hand. In the hope that this education will help both parties work better together during the months and years ahead and possibly find new ideas on how to deal with some of the issues the the flatbed trucking industry, and transport trucking industry as a whole, has in hand.

Hopefully, all of these desires come true in the days ahead, but on thing is for sure, it’s always a good idea to keep all parties involved in a business informed on the issues of doing business. This idea can only help and could lead to solutions for some of the issues for the American trucking industry as we head into the second decade of the century of the environment.

Flatbed Trucking Using an Older Diesel Engines

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
Transport drivers and firms using a flatbed truck to deliver cargo on time and budget will be interested in the news that Navistar International is currently doing research on some exciting new ideas to reduce oxides of nitrogen in the exhaust of the older diesel trucks on the transport roads and highways of North America during the miles ahead. Navistar International has indicated that after treatment using urea in liquid form will not be one of the new ideas the company will be looking at implementing in reducing nitrogen oxides in the exhaust of older diesel freight trucks.

What new ideas is Navistar International currently looking at to help reduce nitrogen oxides in the exhaust of the older diesel engines out on the transport roads and highways of North America and the world? Navistar International is currently taking a look at using a solid form of urea injection being developed by a Danish firm the company invested in last year, Amminex, to help reduce the level of nitrogen oxides in the exhaust of older diesel engines called diesel exhaust fluid. This method has been in use in the transport industry of the United States during the 2010 calendar year, according to sources in the shipping industry of the country, and is in use in many of the trucks being manufactured by firms around the world.

This news has many transport drivers and firms around the United States of America wondering what this new method of reducing nitrogen oxides in the exhaust of older diesel trucks out on the transport roads and highways of North America is going to cost to implement during the miles ahead? They’re also wondering what the fuel economy of using this idea is going to be like for transport services using this new technology during the years ahead? We’ll have to wait and see what the numbers are like, before we can comment on the cost, but if this technology is able to effectively decrease the level of nitrogen oxides in the exhaust of older trucks on the roads of the country, we might want to make sure to take a real close look at the possibilities, before making a final decision.

Flatbed Trucking Drivers Needed

Monday, March 14th, 2011
Transport industry freight forwarders that have been listening to the talk about a growing driver shortage in the trucking industry of the United States of America during the miles ahead will be interested in the latest news concerning this possible problem. According to sources in the freight forwarding trucking industry the problem of a driver shortage in the trucking industry could in fact be worse during the weeks and months ahead in 2011 than first thought.

This news probably isn’t a surprise to transport firms in America that have been trying to hire more professional drivers to help them keep their transport services on time and budget during the miles ahead. Especially since reports of a shortage of professional transport drivers to help the shipping industry of the United States of America deliver cargo in a reliable, efficient and cost-effective manner as we enter the second decade of the century of the environment have been reported previously.

At present transport experts are predicting a shortage of around 150,000 professional transport drivers during the miles ahead in the United States of America. This number could increase to as many as 300,000, or 500,000, as we travel farther along the transport roads in 2011, according to the experts, and it could be that some transport companies might have trouble finding the drivers they need to provide the transport services required by customers during the weeks and months ahead.

This driver shortage comes at a time when the transport industry of America appears to be picking up momentum and this timing could cause additional problems for the business of delivering cargo, according to many experts looking at the unfolding drama concerning the need for more professional transport drivers. Hopefully, this belief turns out to be less of a problem than the experts believe, and more Americans begin to look at a career as a professional truck driver in the days ahead.

Shipping Index Looks Good

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
The winter months have hit the flatbed trucking business hard during the last few miles on the transport roads and highways of the nation, but despite this the latest reports indicate the economy of the United States of America has continued to improve during the winter storms of the last few months. The latest Cass Freight Index has been released, and according to transport industry experts looking at the report, the index reflects a general increase in both the volume of freight being shipped on the roads of North America and the number of trucks out on the highways on a daily basis. Great news for the transport industry of the United States of America and the business of shipping cargo to destination on time and budget in general.

According to the latest Cass Freight Index transport shipments went up by 2.6 percent in February from the volume shipped during January, and 11.4 percent from the volume of cargo shipped on the transport roads and highways of the United States during the same month last year. In addition, this latest Cass Freight Index report indicates that about 11,000 new trucking jobs were added to the roster of transport firms providing shipping services in the United States during the same time period in 2011. The data on the Cass Freight Index is based on the cargo shipments of hundreds of Cass Information Systems clients, who handle about $17 billion in annual transport business, according to the people over at Cass Information Systems.

Transport drivers and firms that want to check out the latest Cass Freight Index report should contact Cass Information Systems directly for more information on where to get a copy of the report. This report could help you forecast the future road of your transport firm and make plans to take advantage of any red skies that might appear on the horizon as you turn the next corner.

Shipping on Properly Inflated Tires

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

The freight forwarders in the office will appreciate the amount of time and effort that transport drivers and firms spend in trying to make sure truck tires are properly inflated. Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems recently announced that Tiremaxx Pro, an automated inflation system that allows for precise maintenance of trailer tires, will soon be ready to be used by transport firms in the business of providing a great freight quote to use in the business of transporting freight to destination in a reliable, efficient and cost-effective manner during the months and years ahead. According to the people over at Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems Tiremaxx Pro is the first automated tire inflation system capable of active tire deflation and balancing, and will be ready to be implemented by transport firms sometime in the first quarter of 2011.

A patented system that features straightforward mechanical design and engineering, Tiremaxx Pro uses no electronics, transducers, or pressure switches, and continuously monitors truck tire pressure to respond to changes in environmental temperatures, according to the people over at Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems. The system draws air from the trailer air supply in order to keep truck tires properly inflated, and if the environmental temperature increases, the system will act in order to keep flatbed trucking tires inflated to the proper pressure. This helps to improve the tread life of truck tires, according to the engineers over at Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems, especially for transport vehicles sporting wide-base single truck tires that are more sensitive to being improperly inflated.

Natural Gas Powered Heavy Equipment Transport

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Transport firms in the freight forwarding business using natural gas powered engines in some of the transport vehicles they use to transport customers cargo to destination on time and budget can now get the oil they need to keep natural gas powered engines operating in different container sizes. Valvoline Premium Blue GEO 15W-40 has been available for transport firms to use for a while, but recently Valvoline announced Premium Blue GEO 15W-40 is now available in a 1-gallon jug that will be handy and useful for transport firms in the business of providing a great freight quote using naturally gas powered engines to have around when they need one.

Valvoline has indicated that Premium Blue GEO 15W-40 is endorsed and recommended by Cummins as a CES 20074 approved engine oil for Cummins trucks using naturally gas powered engines. Premium Blue GEO 15W-40 also comes in a variety of different containers, including bulk, totes, drums, pails and now a 1-gallon jug, according to Valvoline, and is recommended for use in Cummins B, C & ISL, Detroit Diesel, John Deere and Caterpillar dedicated natural gas engines used by flatbed trucking firms around the United States.

Valvoline has also indicated that Premium Blue GEO 15W-40 has advantages for transport firms that includes reduced ash content, value recession protection, advanced oxidation control, low oil consumption, piston deposit control, excellent shear stability, and enhanced valve train wear protection. Great news for all transport drivers and firms taking cargo to destination on the roads and highways of America during the miles ahead.

Trucking Company Waits to Begin Transport

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Professionals working at an American flatbed trucking firm will be interested in the up coming debate about to occur in Idaho between Americans concerned about the transport of four massive, oversized loads of refinery equipment along scenic Highway 12 in northern Idaho and ConocoPhillips. The Idaho Transportation Department recently issued permits for this transportation job to go forward in the days ahead, but according to the latest news, this transport job will have to wait until the Americans concerned about the problems the transport of these massive pieces of equipment could create, have had their say in the days ahead. This means the transport trucks have stopped rolling along Highway 12 in northern Idaho, for the time being, at least until they go through the administrative appeals process, according to sources in the freight shipping business of the United States of America.

ConocoPhillips wants these four huge pieces of equipment transported from the port of Lewiston to its refinery operations in Billings, Montana, along a two-lane, 175-mile stretch of highway in Idaho passing through a federally designated river corridor that parallels both the Clearwater and Lochs river, and this appears to be the main problem for the Americans concerned about the transport of these pieces of machinery. This idea has gotten the attention of environmentalists in the United States of America and the people living along the proposed transport route, and in the courts these same groups have stated that this idea is a threat to the environment, tourism, and public safety. This is probably a little concerning to the transport professionals tasked with providing the trucking services needed to move these huge pieces of equipment, who have certainly taken the route into account, and will take the necessary precautions to make sure the job goes smoothly, once they are able to start transporting these pieces of equipment to destination.

Trucking in New Hampshire Safer This Week

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Transport professionals conducting heavy equipment transport on the roads and highways of New Hampshire that have noticed a lot of distracted drivers operating vehicles out on the transport roads and highways of this beautiful American state might notice a few more state police out on the roads talking to distracted drivers in the miles ahead. The latest reports out of New Hampshire indicate that Dover Police Captain Michael Raiche will have more cruisers out on the transport roads of New Hampshire this week looking for distracted drivers. In fact, he plans on having seven marked cruisers parked off major New Hampshire roadways trying to spot distracted drivers and have a little talk with them. Great news for freight trucking professionals that will be operating a heavy-duty transport vehicle on the roads of New Hampshire this week and in the future, and hopefully a decision that helps reduce the number of distracted drivers on the transport roads of New Hampshire during the miles ahead.

Sources close to this news indicate that New Hampshire state police will be on the look out for drivers traveling at a rate beyond the posted speed limit, keeping an eye out for vehicles traveling too close to other vehicles and making illegal lane changes, and any activity they feel distracts a drivers attention while they’re operating a vehicle. Flatbed trucking professionals out on the roads of New Hampshire this week, keep an eye out for the state police, and if you see something you think they should know about, you might even drop them a word or two, and make the roads safer at the same time.

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.