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New Products (April 01, 2009)


ArvinMeritor has unveiled a line of remanufactured brake shoes with a coating designed to prevent rust jacking – a process that occurs when rust forms on the bare shoe, causing the lining to lift and crack. The remanufactured shoes covered in a PlatinumShield coating will come with a three-year, 300,000-mile warranty against the issue. The coating was developed to resist the “micro-abrasion” caused by the movement of the brake lining against the shoe table during regular use, the company says. Beginning this May, the remanufactured shoes with PlatinumShield coating will be standard on all of the company’s remanufactured production shoes with a MA or R prefix; Meritor MG1,MG2L, MG2, CG and MET OEM aftermarket shoes; and Fras-Le F550, F555, F577, F560, F587, F787T and Combo shoes.

Detroit Diesel and ESOC Commercial Truck have developed an environmentally-friendly fuel filter change system for the DD15 and DD13 engines. The ESOC 350 is able to prime the fuel system after a high-pressure pump replacement occurs, the companies say. It can also be used to prime the fuel system after a fuel filter change, using fuel from the engine. Since fuel does not have to be added, there’s less risk of spills and it’s safer for technicians and the environment, according to the companies.

Carrier Transicold has announced its ClearSky diesel particulate filter (DPF) for its ComfortPro APU is now CARB-certified for use in California. Now companies that run into California can comply with the state’s stringent emissions restrictions when using 2007 or newer engines coupled with Carrier APUs with the ClearSky DPF. Carrier Transicold says its new DPF reduces particulate emissions by at least 85%. For more info, visit

Tires & Wheels

Toyo Tire has introduced two new sizes of its M154 regional highway tire. It’s now available in 265/75R22.5 and 245/75R22.5 sizes, both in load range G, according to the company. The tire features Toyo’s ‘e-balance’ design technology which the company says contributes to endurance and resistance to irregular wear. It’s intended for steer applications but can also be used in other positions, and Toyo says the tire is optimized for fuel economy. For info, go to

Webb Wheel is offering a new wheel torque specification wall chart which shows the proper torque requirements of truck and trailer wheel ends. The recommended torque spec’s are shown for 6-stud and 10-stud ball seat-mounted and 8-stud and 10-stud pilot-mounted disc wheel hubs; 3-spoke, 5-spoke and 6-spoke wheels;and brake drum and rotor assemblies, the company says. The wall chart can be obtained by calling 800-633-3256 or visiting

Meritor Wabco has expanded its air disc brake family with the introduction of the PAN 22 single-piston air disc brake designed for North American commercial trailers with 22.5-inch wheels and axles rated to 22,000 lbs. The new disc brake is available as a trailer OEM option and boasts a compact design and low weight, according to the company. Meritor Wabco says its PAN 22 offers excellent braking torque output coupled with low weight and long pad life. It’s touting the new brake family as one of the most cost-effective air disc brake ranges available. For more info, contact your ArvinMeritor dealer or visit


TransCore has launched a new Web site especially for operators of commercial trucks. The company says the site provides industry-specific market and product information. It’s located at

Shaw Tracking has launched a program that allows its fleet customers to pool their resources to better serve customers. Shaw Alliance is a new offering that’s comprised of Canadian-based carriers that subscribe to Shaw Tracking’s in-cab tracking and communications platform. Participating carriers are able to view the available fleet of other members in real-time, so they can coordinate to meet customers’ demands.When participating carriers broker loads to each other, Shaw’s tracking system allows both partners to track the delivery in real-time. Already, Shaw says its new alliance has over 2,500 units of capacity including cargo vans, straight trucks and semis. Only subscribers that meet specific fleet standards, including ethical and quality standards are allowed to participate in the program, according to the company. For details, visit


The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has launched a new printing service is says will help fleets drive down costs. The association’s OTA Print Solutions has been tested with eight fleets and has proven to lower their printing costs, according to OTA. An OTA Print Solutions audit team visits carriers and conducts an analysis of printing costs. They then provide a post-audit report that shows where savings can be achieved by making purchases through the new OTA initiative. It’s a free service with no obligation. For more info, contact Joanne Benac at 416-249-7401, ext. 230 or Karen Smith at 519-578-0530.

Shaw Tracking has announced the availability of in-cab scanning through its OmniVision Transportation suite of services. The new service allows drivers to scan and transmit documents such as trip and mileage reports, bills of lading, timesheets, receipts and other information from their cab. Shaw Tracking says the new service helps increase the pace of the business cycle for carriers, who will be able to receive payment earlier. It also leads to improved driver productivity, since drivers will no longer need to seek out and stop at truck stops with fax capabilities. For more info, visit

PulseTech Products says it is now offering the “most powerful, durable and easiest-to-use battery recovery and maintenance charger on the market today.” The XCR-20 measures a battery’s state of readiness and displays it on an LED screen. It also has a 20-amp charge rate to revive batteries. For details, visit

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