New Products (January 01, 2003)

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Whitney Blake has released a new durable straight cable assembly for tractor-trailers called the Tuffline. The new truck cable is an interconnect system designed for rigorous heavy-duty truck demands. The green truck cord meets the highest power requirements of ABS, according to the company, while the red cable assembles to SAE. Each cable is pre-engineered with abrasion resistance and is resistant to road salt. For more information, call 802 463-9558 or visit

Jordan David has introduced GRIP-X high traction footwear to help reduce slips and falls during winter. The footwear is designed to provide slip resistance in ice, snow and slush, the company says. The footwear fits over-top work shoes and boots and features 16 spikes that provide better footing to truckers as they work around their rig. For more details, call 888 667-5477.

Enforcing shop employees to clean up can be done in a fun nature thanks to Pig Corporation’s new Pig Chat Mat. The mats are used to keep leaks and drips off the floor, and carry colorful messages such as ‘No Messes – We’re crazy ’bout Clean’ and ‘Don’t Let a Drip Turn Into a Slip – Clean Up.’ The mats can be torn to a customized length. For more information visit or call 800 468-4647.

Tracer products has introduced Tracerline LeakFinder BigEZ multi-dose injector kit which makes the leak finding process faster and easier. With one single hookup, this kit allows you to pinpoint the smallest leaks in condensers, compressors, hoses, fittings, evaporator sections and seals. The kit includes a 4-oz cartridge prefilled with Fluoro-Lite fluorescent dye – each cartridge treats up to 32 air conditioning systems – an injector assembly, a hose with a check valve and coupler and underhood labels for service dates. For more information call 800 641-1133 or visit

Freightliner LLC is deploying Managed Dealer Inventory (MDI), a new supply chain management tool, to help dealers provide greater parts availability for customers. The system uses service parts and demand planning modules developed by i2 Technologies Inc., and the modules are designed to gauge dealer parts requirements and replenish parts stocks automatically. The new parts system will roll-out to Canadian dealers in January.

PeopleNet Communications recently unveiled PACOS automated driver messaging and exception-based dispatcher reporting. According to PeopleNet, automated messaging allows a carrier to more efficiently manage its business processes. The process requires little or no involvement from the driver. It works by assigning geo fences around a particular landmark, and when a truck crosses this geo fence, the device in the truck will generate an automated message to dispatch or to any e-mail address that has been entered into the system. Exception-based reporting for dispatchers streamlines the amount of information a dispatcher must sift through. This program will notify the dispatcher only when there is an exception such as when a truck is not on schedule or is detained at a stop. These two services were designed with four business principles in mind, let drivers drive, empower dispatchers through knowledge rather than data, increase supply chain visibility and enhance homeland security and transportation security.

Chevin Fleet Solutions has introduced its fleet management software solutions to the North American marketplace. Based in Boston, Chevin’s North American operation will offer FleetWave and RoadBASE. FleetWave is a database-independent fleet management solution for mid and large-sized fleets. RoadBASE is tailored to small and mid-sized fleets offering sophisticated fleet analysis, the company says. For more information, visit

ZF Lemforder has introduced unit-rods to replace ZF fixed-length torque rods. The rods are available for a perfect fit in place of the original torque rods allowing for proper suspension movement without restrictions. The uni-rod kits use a lubricated spherical ball engineered to withstand high-frequency oscillation and high-impact shock. For details, call 803 416-8999.

MGM brakes is now offering its popular parts reference guide that includes a listing of the highest volume part numbers and specifications for a variety of spring brakes, service chambers, piggyback plus kits and miscellaneous components to name a few. The guide functions for most people as an alternative to the big, exhaustive master catalog and contains the most widely sold part numbers. For more information, visit n

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