Posts Tagged ‘trucking’

New Hybrid Heavy Haul Trailer Skirt

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Transport firms providing a great freight quote for customers that need cargo transported to destination on time and budget have a new low-cost trailer skirt from Laydon designed for fast installation and costing about 40 percent less than previous Laydon Economy Trailer Fairings, according to the company. News that could definitely save a transport company money, if true, but something that will have to be verified by the drivers out on the transport roads and highways of the United States of America taking cargo to destination on time and budget.

Called the Hybrid TrailerSkirt, a pair can be installed on a 53-foot shipping trailer by two men in about an hour, according to Laydon, and have been engineered and designed for fleets that want performance at a reasonable price. The engineers also designed an injection-molded clamp and strut to help keep the skirt in place in all environments and temperature ranges possible in North America. The clamp apparently attaches to a trailers cross members to form mounting points for the skirt panels and supporting struts.

Transport trucking firms that want to have a look at this new low-cost trailer skirt from Laydon should probably hurry because Laydon officials believe this new product is going to be popular and you might have trouble finding a pair if you wait to long. The company also believes the trailer skirt retrofit market potential of this new product could be even greater than new trailer sales.

We’ll have to wait for the first reviews of this new product before we can really comment, but hopefully this new low-cost trailer skirt from Laydon is as good as the company believes.

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.

Control Shipping Container Diesel Fuel Costs

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Trucking firms looking for a way to reduce the cost of using diesel fuel in their fleet operations during a period when the price of diesel keeps fluctuating will want to start implementing a fuel management system in their transport operations, according to the experts over at the United States Department of Energy. The experts believe that firms not implementing fuel management systems in their fleet operations could find that transport fleet operational costs could increase due to this fact in the months and years ahead.

The price of diesel could be a hard to determine during the miles ahead for many transport firms and the people that decide the price of oil could increase the price even more in the future, according to transport experts watching the price of oil. Transport firms in the business of international shipping across North America might want to keep a tight hold on elements of fleet management during the miles ahead and put measures in place, now, in order to achieve control of their diesel fueling program. This could help transport firms deal with the changing price of diesel and keep their transport trucks on the road and moving to destination in a reliable, efficient and cost-effective manner, according to the experts.

Long haul firms have been checking air tire pressure, conducting proper maintenance scheduling, reducing the amount of time trucks idle, and implementing air deflectors on their transport vehicles during the last few months. Firms might also want to review fuel management systems at this time, talk to fuel companies about diesel fuel prices in the future, and review fuel surcharge programs with their staff and fleet managers in the days and weeks ahead.

Diesel fuel management is going to become more and more important for firms in the future and making sure everything is in place and working with your fuel management system could save you money and time that could be used for other things.

Heavy Hauling Trucks Needing DEF

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Professional freight forwarders will be interested in the news that the trucking leasing giant Ryder will soon be offering diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) for customers with 2010 engines that need it stopping at any one of its full service locations across North America. This offer will support contractual full service lease and maintenance customers operating vehicles that use selective catalytic reduction (SCR). Customers will be able to purchase DEF in 2.5-gallon portable containers they can use to help keep their transport vehicle running down the roads and highways of the United States taking the freight to destination. Ryder will also be setting up bulk storage and DEF pumps at its largest shop facilities throughout North America in 2011, and there will be a limited supply of DEF on hand at non-fueling locations for emergency roadside service needs, as well.

Ryder expects to have more and more DEF on hand for customers as demand for this product increases in 2011 and beyond. This is expected to become more important to the transport fleets of the United States as more Environmental Protection Agency 2010 compliant transport vehicles are introduced into customers fleets during the months and years ahead in America. This news should help Ryder ensure that its customers will have DEF available across the whole of Ryder’s network across North America and even prepare Ryder evolve its current DEF storage and dispensing infrastructure to continue to meet the needs of the marketplace and its trucking customers during the miles ahead.

Freight Transport Adds 300 Jobs

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

The latest reports on the unemployment conditions in the United States of America indicates that the trucking transport industry of American added about 300 jobs to the rosters of transportation firms around the country in the past few months. Sources in the transport industry indicate that considering the rise in workers heading back to work in the past few months in the United States of America, a rise in the number of new drivers on the roads and highways of America, isn’t really a surprise. In fact, we could see a few more drivers continue to be added to trucking company rosters in the miles ahead, according to some logistics professionals in the business of making sure customers cargo makes it to destination on time and budget. Great news for transport drivers looking for work and America in general and hopefully a belief that becomes reality in the days and weeks ahead.

In the months ahead for transportation companies in the United States of America we could see a lot more drivers behind the steering wheel of a heavy duty transport vehicle heading down the road in America, according to transport industry experts. Companies in the business of heavy equipment transport and all transport firms are presently preparing to do more business and transport more cargo in the miles ahead, and they’ll certainly need additional drivers down the road as well. This could be a chance for Americans looking for work to begin a new career as a transportation professional out on the roads and highways of North America.

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.

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.

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.

Long Haul Professionals Protecting Animals

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Long haul professionals that need to conduct heavy haul freight trucking services along a 30-mile stretch of Highway 191 in the state of Utah that’s known to be on the migration route of wildlife in the area are taking part in an experiment designed to reduce the number of deer that are being struck by vehicles along this stretch of Highway 191 in Utah. The Utah Department of Transportation has started a pilot program along this stretch of transport road in Utah designed to test the usefulness of DeerDeter, a deer-vehicle collision prevention system designed by Jafa Technologies and Austrian-based IPTE.

Plans at this stage of the project included the deployment of 100 of these deer-vehicle collision prevention units along a 1.5-mile stretch of the route in question that according to sources has experienced a number of collisions between deers and vehicles in the past. These units are apparently activated by the approaching headlights of vehicles and set off sounds and a stroke light that according to the designers represents movements to deers nearby. Hopefully preventing the deer from continuing across the road as they stop by the side of the road to examine the sound and strobe light caused by the approaching vehicle. The designers indicate that because these units are only activated by an approaching vehicle, they shouldn’t stop deer from crossing the highway, when no vehicles are approaching, and these units can even be programmed with different sounds in case the deer become use to the sounds being used.

The first reports coming from the Utah Department of Transportation are pretty good, with no reported carcasses of deer found along the stretch of highway in question, since the units were first put in place in early May. The Utah Department of Transportation has been pretty quiet about this, other than providing the statistics collected, so far, and they appear to be playing it safe and haven’t at this time announced any conclusions based on the results of this experiment.

Heavy Haul Pharmaceutical Loads Targeted?

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Heavy haul services carrying pharmaceutical freight has been the flavour in favor with thieves targeting long haul trucking in a recent string of a least 10 freight shipping thefts that has state police forces on alert for possible thieves. The theft of about $75 million in pharmaceutical freight occurred one Sunday morning in 2006 when thieves apparently rappelled from the ceiling of an Eli Lily warehouse in Enfield, Connecticut, disabled the security system in place to prevent thefts, and then took the time to fill a tractor trailer with pallets of antidepressants and other prescription drugs estimated to be worth at least $70 million, according to sources around the freight trucking industry of the United States of America. Sources also indicate that the thieves didn’t take the time to disable the video surveillance system, so police apparently have some video tape evidence that they can review to help them find the culprits.

The scope of the depth of planning that went into this caper in Enfield that this wasn’t a random crime and the culprits took the time to organize this well orchestrated crime. This speaks of individuals who are professional and determined and it might be difficult to retrieve the stolen pharmaceuticals, since the thieves managed to get away. The next time a patient sees these pharmaceuticals they might be in the hands of black marketeers or possible online pharmacies, since getting rid of pharmaceuticals through the tightly controlled and monitored American pharmaceutical distribution system is going to be difficult, according to sources in the police forces of the United States tasked with finding these stolen drugs. Hopefully, the thieves make somekind of mistake in the days ahead that leads police to them, otherwise it could be the stolen pharmeceuticals in question are gone and never to be seen again?