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New Products (June 01, 2010)

A new Nord-Lock wheel nut is now available, with the promise of reducing the risk of wheel-off incidences. The company's distributor says the Nord-Lock wheel nut eliminates unintentional loosening of ...

A new Nord-Lock wheel nut is now available, with the promise of reducing the risk of wheel-off incidences. The company’s distributor says the Nord-Lock wheel nut eliminates unintentional loosening of wheel nuts, which is the main cause of wheel-offs. The nut fastens easily to flat-faced steel rims, the company says. It secures the wheels by maintaining a high clamp force, even under severe operating conditions, according to the company. For more info, call 954 677 8056 or visit

Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions (BBTS) has come out with a new Bridgestone Greatec M825 widebase single tire offering extended life and low cost-per-mile. The widebase drive tire is deeper and wider for longer tire life and offers weight savings compared to duals, the company claims. The tread is 29/32″ deep and it also features a stabilizing solid shoulder design to protect against side forces that can cause irregular wear. The latest Greatec offering is available in the445/50R22.5 size with an “L” load rating. For more info, see a Bridgestone dealer or visit

PeopleNet has partnered with PressurePro to offer tire pressure monitoring capabilities. The partnership makes tire pressure monitoring available through PeopleNet’s legacy systems beginning with BLU In- Cab PC, the companies announced. Tire pressure monitoring will be available from PeopleNet by the end of the second quarter, the company announced.

Accuride has come out with two new sizes of its Gunite Optimum Lightweight Drum which will help fleets meet impending new stopping distance requirements. The new regulations go into effect Aug. 1, 2011. The new 16.5×8-inch (9020X) and 16.5×8 5/8-inch (9019X) Gold drum sizes round out the line-up and allow fleets to meet the new standards with drum brakes. Accuride says the Gold version also allow fleets to save 76 lbs compared to full cast drums, offsetting the weight penalties associated with running larger front and rear brakes. For more info, visit

Webb Wheel Products has added two aluminum trailer disc wheel hubs to their OEM product offering. The new Webb aluminum hubs have been rated for 25,000# axle gross vehicle weight (GVW), matching or exceeding competitive aluminum hubs, and weighing 1 to 3 lbs. less. Part number 4023 for TN axles weighs 31 lbs complete with studs and bearing cups and the TP axle hub, part number 4343, weighs in at 33 lbs, the company claims.

Alliance Parts has come out with a line of EZ-Assist clutches, which the company says require 35% less pedal effort compared to a standard angle spring clutch. The clutches can reduce leg fatigue as a result, the company says. They’re available in three torque ratings from 1,400 lb.-ft. to 1,850 lb.- ft. They’re manufactured from 100% new components, the company says, and they also meet all standards set out by Daimler Trucks North America and are compatible with all makes and models. The EZ-Assist clutches come with a one-year, unlimited mileage warranty and are available through more than 1,000 locations in the US and Canada. For more info, visit

Glacier Bay, manufacturer of the ClimaCab all-electric cab comfort system, says it has teamed with Trojan Battery Company to offer improved battery performance. The company developed the Over- Drive AGM 31 battery exclusively for ClimaCab to make the system more efficient, the companies jointly announced. Glacier Bay says the new battery provides a steady current over extended periods of time while the truck engine is off. For more info, visit

Wheel Monitor has introduced the Proviso electronic lift axle control system, which it says lifts and locks in reverse like its RM-50 and RM-60 products but also has automatic lift capabilities based on axle load weight. It can be set to lift or lower the axle based on the trailer’s load and it monitors the position of the lift axle, providing an in-cab light and lift axle switch for axle position monitoring and lift control. Wheel Monitor says the automatic lifting and the ability to lock the steer axle can reduce tire wear and mechanical wear of the axle. It meets logging trailer requirements set out by the Alberta Ministry of Transportation, the company adds. For more information, visit

Thermo King has added to its T-Series line of temperature control units for straight trucks with the T-600R and T-800R. The new reefers boast increased capacity over previous models as well as what Thermo King has dubbed “industry-leading high ambient temperature operations.” The units also use the TSR-2 control system. The TRUs can be spec’d with electric standby so they can be plugged into a power source, saving fuel, Thermo King announced. For more info, see a Thermo King dealer.

Kinedyne has published a Canadian catalogue of cargo control products. The 60-page catalogue features detailed product information and high-resolution images, the company says, making it easier for customer to find what they’re looking for. New additions to the 2010 calendar include cast mandel winches, E/A series beams, StrapPak and half barrels -bulk chain. To order a catalogue, call 800-268-3530 or visit

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is now offering customers e-mail notifications to keep them up to date on special offers including instant savings on commonly-used parts. The e-mail alerts will also provide useful tips and industry news, the company says. You can sign up for the e-mails online by visiting either the Freightliner, Western Star or Detroit Diesel Web site.

Cummins Filtration has introduced an environmentally-friendly Fleetguard Compleat Organic Acide Technology (OAT) Coolant in a nitrite-, amine-and phosphate-free formulation. The company says its NAP-free formula offers solid liner pitting protection and better aluminum protection than conventional OAT coolants containing nitrite. The coolant comes with a 300,000-mile (500,000-km) service interval and provides protection in temperatures as cold as -34 F, the company says.

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