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Freight Shipping Heavier Loads in Maine

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Freight trucking firms and drivers planning on conducting transportation services on the roads and highways of Maine in the future will be interested in the news that the latest Senate bill contains a provision to extend the current one-year pilot project allowing heavier transport trucks to operate on the Interstate highways of Maine. The current pilot project is going to expire and allows transport trucks over 100,000 pounds to operate on Interstate highways, like Interstate 95, 295 and 395, in Maine, according to sources in the transport industry of the United States of America.

Sources in Maine indicate that the members of the Appropriations Committee were recently convinced to put their support behind the idea of extending the current program that allows transport trucks operating on some Interstate highways in Maine to exceed the 80,000-pound federal transport truck weight limit. They also indicate that there could be some facts and belief that the year-long pilot program was actually successful in reducing the costs of transportation in Maine for trucking companies and putting more Americans to work.

This news has garnered some applause from sectors of the transportation services industry of the United States of America and a few frowns from other people concerned about heavier transport trucks operating on the roads and highways of America and Maine during the months and years ahead. This news is a victory to some people in Maine and America and others view this as something that needs to be looked at closer, either way it appears heavier transport trucks could be traveling on the Interstate highways of Maine for another year.

Transportation Services in California

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

There’s good news for trucking companies operating in the beautiful American state of California operating transport vehicles implementing a reefer made in 2003. The board of director of CARB recently approved an amendment to the regulations of these model year transport vehicles. Now, these model year transport vehicles can be operated in California during the miles ahead, which will mean you’ll be able to do more freight shipping using your 2003 reefer unit in the weeks and months ahead in California. The board of directors approved the installation of Low-Emission aftertreatment equipment for 2003 reefer diesels, which means your 2003 reefer will be in compliance with CARB exhaust-emissions rules until the end of 2017.

This is great news for transport drivers operating a 2003 reefer unit, since before this news transport drivers operating a 2003 reefer unit only had the option of upgrading engine exhaust systems to more costly Ultra Low Emission (ULE) standards. Both upgrades usually involve the addition of diesel particulate filters, with an LE-type filter removing at least 50 percent of particulate matter from exhaust fumes, and a ULE filter taking out about 85 percent, according to transport experts looking at this news. Transport drivers operating a 2003 reefer can still decide to go with the tougher ULE upgrades, which would mean a trucking company reefer unit would be in compliance indefinitely, according to the experts.

New Freight Shipping Forklife Bumper

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Making sure pallets aren’t damaged can be difficult at times for shipping services trying to make sure customers cargo makes it to destination in a reliable, efficient and cost-effective manner. Pallets damaged during handling and cross docking operations can cost a transport professional time and money, and possibly even lead to cargo damage due to a damaged pallet. The Pallet Dawg from BST Technologies is a new forklift bumper that mounts on the carriage between the forks and bumps against the center runner on a pallet to minimize pallet damage and waste during transport. BST Technologies indicates that the Pallet Dawg allows users to reduce product damage by about 15-20 percent and pallet damage by about 40 percent during transport. Great news for logistics professionals and all transport firms concerned about possible damage to cargo and the pallets they need to carry goods.

BST Technologies indicates that the Pallet Dawg has a lower inside edge that’s rounded to prevent the unit catching on the dock plates and racking systems implemented by transport firms in the United States of America. The company also indicated that the Pallet Dawg is made of impact resistant nylon, can be installed in minutes using just a 9/16-inch socket wrench, and is compatible with any class II forklift carriage.

Professionals working for trucking companies in the United States of America that want to check out the new Pallet Dawg from BST Technologies should contact their local dealer of BST Technologies products, or contact BST Technologies directly for more information on where to find the Pallet Dawg.

Flatbed Trucking Tracks Fuel and Mileage

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Transport firms in the shipping container transport business currently implementing ALK Technologies PC MilerFuelTax 15 in the transport services they use to transport customers cargo to destination in a reliable, efficient and cost-effective manner will be glad to hear that ALK Technologies has announced the release of PC MilerFuelTax 16. PC MilerFuelTax 16 automates fuel and mileage tax tracking , calculating and reporting for motor carriers and private transport fleets of the United States of America implementing this tool in their fleet operations. The latest version of ALK Technologies tool for transport fleets simplifies the entire fuel tax process, which saves you time and money down the road, according to ALK Technologies and the transport professionals that implement it to help them in the business of international shipping.

ALK Technologies indicates that PC MilerFuelTax 16 generates easy to read and use forms and tax rates for all of the United States and Canada, and instantly calculates fuel and mileage taxes, refunds, and credits available to transport firms using PC MilerFuelTax 16. This application also provides state mileage summaries, fleet performance reports and quarterly updates for compliance with the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and the International Registration Plan (IRP) provisions. This application also provides extensive reporting capabilities summarizing critical data stored in the program, to help trucking companies with their tax returns, and the Fuel Conflicts Report identifies possible data entry mistakes along with gaps or overlaps in odometer readings. It also seamlessly integrates with PC Miler, PC Miler Streets, and now PC Miler Tolls to automatically calculate distances, trip times, and toll costs along your route, or can be used as a stand-alone application.

Trucking Services Can Modify Trucks

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

The American trucking company looking for a little help in the job of adding transport vehicles using alternate fuels and auxiliary power units to their fleet should talk to the people over at the Fontaine Modification Company about adding a few of these types of vehicles to their fleet operations in the miles ahead. Fontaine Modification Company provides post-production truck modification services, and with the most recent news, they’re offering certified installation of alternative fuel engines, alternative fuel delivery systems and auxiliary power units (APUs) for America’s transport firms and professionals out on the transport roads and highways on a daily basis. Fontaine Modification Company recently commented that they are in a position to provide transport fleets in the United States with professionally certified system installation that can save heavy haul firms money during the miles ahead, through the current agreements and deals they have in place with the major truck manufacturers in the United States.

This is great news for transport firms ordering new vehicles and if they can save money on the trucks they purchase by doing business with Fontaine Modification Company, we can certainly expect them to look into the possibility during the miles ahead. Especially, if they already do business with the Fontaine Modification Company. Trucking companies can have alternate fuel systems installed at the same time they have their trucks shipped to Fontaine to have other work done, like dual drive systems, cab or chassis reconfiguration or fleet services at the seven service locations Fontaine has across the United States 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.

Help for Long Haul Drivers on the Horizon

Friday, October 8th, 2010

There appears to be some help on the horizon for trucking companies trying to reduce barriers to their firm acquiring the latest fuel-efficient trucks being manufactured around the world and America. Sources in the industry indicate that at present there’s a bill in the house that could make it easier for firms that want to put some of the newer and more fuel-efficient trucks with a reduced carbon wheel-print on the roads of the United States in the months ahead. This bill would apparently repeal the 12 percent federal excise tax on heavy duty transport trucks and trailers, and replace it with a 7.3-cents-per-gallon diesel tax increase.

What do international shipping professionals and firms doing business in the United States think of this idea? The American Trucking Association thinks that reducing barriers for firms that want to invest in trucks with the latest fuel-efficient technologies is a great idea. They also think this idea could help to stimulate even more research and development in new technologies the transport industry of America will need as we enter the second decade of the century of the environment. The price of new freight trucks has been increasing during the recent past and anything to help truckers invest in the future and reduce emissions is certainly going to be welcome. Hopefully, this bill makes it through the house, and truckers that want to invest in one of the newer trucks with the latest technology, will soon have a little more help in this desire.

Improving the Roads Shipping Services Uses

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Professionals trucking cargo on the roads and highways of the United States probably won`t be surprised by the fact that the number of applications for Tiger II grants for road construction and other transport infrastructure investment in the United States exceeded the amount available to be invested. Sources in the transport industry of America report that almost 1,000 construction applications were sent in, worth about $19 billion, before the recent August deadline to get applications in expired. The demand for money to be invested in improving the transport roads and infrastructure of America is hardly a surprise and it might even surprise some professionals that more applications weren`t received by the United States Department of Transportation.

The amount available for the applicants through the Tiger II process is only $600 million, which is far below the total amount asked for by the states that have applied, so there will be a few disappointed people, once all of the dust settles around this news. We can certainly expect the trend of more applications and money being requested for improving the freight transport bridges and roads of the United States of America in the years ahead to continue. In fact, with this news we could see some states starting to look at other sources of financing the work they need to do on their transport roads. Just what these new sources of investment could be will of course be the question that will be running through the minds of the professionals working at the trucking companies of the United States of America.

Heavy Hauling Pilot Program Continues in Maine

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

American trucking companies operating in Maine will be happy to hear that sources indicate that the administration has agreed to a request by transport professionals in America to make permanent the pilot program that allows transport trucks weighing up to 100,000 pounds to travel on federal interstate highways in Maine. The administration originally included the provision in 2011, and it appears the funding of this program could continue for awhile, if the transport professionals have their way. It appears all the talking and discussion concerning this topic has gotten the attention of the administration and hopefully this trend continues as the United States travels further down the road in the century of the environment.

This is news that a trucking company or two operating in Maine has probably been hoping to hear and they’ll certainly be smiling a little brighter today, once they hear this news. The professionals in the business of transporting cargo to destination in Maine believe this news is going to allow them to transport more goods across the state in a much more reliable and efficient manner in the century of the environment. They also believe this is going to mean that transport drivers will be able to stay off of the secondary roads in Maine and this could be safer for all drivers on the roads.

One thing is for sure, the freight forwarders in the offices of transport firms in Maine will be looking at this news as something that is going to help transport more freight in the United States in a more reliable way, and they’ll be looking at using this news to help them transport more freight in the weeks and months ahead.

Enhance Logistics with New Cantilever Liftgate

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Trucking companies in North America have a new tool to help them during loading and unloading of freight loads that the designers and engineers of this tool hope is going to be popular with firms that want to increase the efficiency of their operations. Maxon Lift Corporation has announced the introduction of their European-designed and North American manufactured cantilever liftgate to the North American transport market. This liftgate has four separate cylinders for lift and tilt operations that allows users to level the freight load in any position desired, according to Maxon. Maxon indicates that this cantilever liftgate is available in a variety of platform sizes, and steel and aluminum, depending on which you prefer, and can accommodate a wide range of bed height requirements.

The Maxon cantilever lift features stainless steel pins, low maintenance bushings and grease fittings on all pivot points, and a heavy-duty motor with thermal protection. In addition, engineers have also included lock valves on all cylinders, optional dual cart stops, and bolt-on installation plates for your convenience that should make shipping freight more efficient.

This is great news for professionals providing shipping services looking for a new liftgate system to help increase the efficiency of the services they provide. Hopefully, this new cantilever liftgate system is as good as advertised or better, which will mean we’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more about Maxon’s new cantilever liftgate in the days and months ahead in the century of the environment.