Truck News

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    Keep Connected: Maintenance tips for electronic and electric truck systems

    November 27, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, Ont. — The ever-growing number of sensors and electrical systems mean vehicle components are more interconnected than ever before – adding a layer of complexity to troubleshooting efforts, and requiring a broader approach to diagnostic procedures.

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    Continental Divide: The differences between European and North American trucks

    November 14, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, Ont. — The manufacturers of North American and European trucks are more closely aligned than ever. But as close as the companies have drawn together, the equipment itself can appear a world apart. Different regulations are just one reason.

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    Stop and Think: Strategies to avoid brake violations

    September 7, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    Despite steady enforcement initiatives such as Brake Safety Day, a part of the CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Program, brake-related defects continue to be a leading cause of out-of-service violations. But fleet maintenance departments have a direct impact on a fleet’s violation rate, since routine maintenance can prevent many of the defects found at roadside.

  • ATA National Truck Driving Championships kick-off in Ohio

    August 16, 2018 5:17PM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than 400 drivers from across the U.S. kicked off the 81st annual National Truck Driving Championships and Step Van Driving Championships held by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and their safety management council. The drivers had

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    Deep Trouble: Repairing trucks and trailers after a flood

    June 25, 2018 12:00AM by Jim Park

    TORONTO, Ont. —  Water isn’t kind to electronics or brakes or air systems or engines. The last thing short of a fire you could want to happen to your truck is to have it submerged in flood. Actually, a fire might be preferable — the damage is obvious, and you’ll get less argument from the insurance company about replacing it.

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    Clear the Air: Don’t be sidelined by a failing air compressor

    March 16, 2018 12:00AM by Jim Park

    TORONTO, Ont. — Admit it. A truck’s air system probably isn’t your most pressing maintenance concern. The systems are pretty reliable, and beyond changing the air-dryer desiccant cartridge every couple of years, you probably don’t give the rest of the system any more attention than it absolutely needs. While its primary function is supplying air for the brake system — an important task in its own right — other components on the truck need air, too. Automated transmissions, for example, and certain emissions system components.

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    Feeling Disconnected: Platooning has promise, but barriers remain

    March 13, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    The idea of platooning trucks has been released to great fanfare, and for good reason. Double-digit fuel economy gains can be realized by allowing one tractor-trailer to tuck closely behind the next, drafting much like race cars as long as

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    Bendix names new CFO

    September 29, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    ATLANTA, GA – Bendix has named Stephen Daukaus as vice president – finance and IT, and Chief Financial Officer. He also becomes the newest member of the Bendix Leadership Committee, in a role that replaces the retiring Arnfred Kulenkampff.

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    Bendix upgrading brakes and electronics

    September 29, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    ATLANTA, GA – “Push them in, the wheels spin.” It’s one of the first things that many driver trainees memorize when learning how to use the yellow tractor protection control valve and red trailer supply valve. Now Bendix is preparing to release a new generation of the controls among a series of new product releases coming in 2018.

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    Utility symposium explores power of trailer data

    September 28, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    ATLANTA, GA – The power of telematics continues to advance, and there are still plenty of opportunities to be realized – especially when it comes to the rolling assets seen in a rearview mirror.

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    Tech is your co-pilot. What’s changed?

    August 1, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    SCHAUMBURG, IL – Advanced driver assistance systems like the ones that sound an alarm if you’re tailgating — or even apply vehicle brakes automatically — are proving themselves to be more than a novelty.

    Schneider has already equipped 12,000 of its trucks with autonomous emergency braking systems that will act if a crash seems imminent. Related collisions have now dropped by 69% and their severity has plunged 95%, says Thomas DiSalvi, the fleet’s vice president – safety and loss prevention. “This is ready for prime time.”

    The underlying technologies have clearly come a long way, according to participants in a roundtable hosted this week by the U.S. National Safety Council.

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    Suppliers predict growing truck market

    March 23, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    LOUISVILLE, KY – What a difference a few months can make. Earlier this year, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems was projecting Class 8 truck sales would drop about 5-10%. Now it’s projecting the market will grow about 5%.

    “Overall, I think the economy has turned for us in the trucking industry,” chairman Joe McAleese observed, citing growing truck orders and dropping cancellations. Truck tonnage and utilization are both seen as under control.

    It was a theme repeated during briefings during the Mid-America Trucking Show’s media day.

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    More trailers to benefit from disc brakes, ESC

    March 23, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    LOUISVILLE, KY – Air disc brakes appear to be gaining ground on their drum-based counterparts, and their stopping power has a role to play in emerging automation options like platooning trucks, according to Bendix officials.

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    Bendix doubles capacity at Acuna, Mexico

    December 14, 2016 12:00AM by John G Smith

    ELYRIA, OH – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is doubling production capacity of its manufacturing operation in Acuna, Mexico to support growing demand for its solenoid valves and assembled manifolds.

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    Bendix unveils fix for recalled trailer spring brake valves

    August 17, 2016 12:00AM by John G Smith

    ELYRIA, OH – Bendix has unveiled a no-cost permanent remedy to repair Bendix SR-5 trailer spring brake valves included in a voluntary safety recall campaign.