Commentary: How Much do Your Technicians Know About Wheel Integrity?

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April 8, 2014

Do We Worry Too Much About Inflation Pressure?
<p>Tires exposed to direct sunlight will hear up, causing pressure differentials between shaded tires, like inside duals.<em> Illustration courtesy of Aperia Technologies</em></p> Tire pressure monitoring systems have allowed us a peek into the secret life of tires, and revealed some astonishing details.

Commentary: How Much do Your Technicians Know About Wheel Integrity?
Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood discusses wheel integrity and the importance of technicians being well-versed in the rules of fastening wheels properly.


Alcoa Says New Wheel is Lightest in Trucking
MATS, LOUISVILLE, KY -- Alcoa has rolled out what it says is the world’s lightest heavy-duty truck wheel, with the help of a new alloy.

Michelin X One Hits Two Million Tire Milestone
MATS, LOUISVILLE, KY -- It took nearly a decade to get 1 million X One tires in service across North America, but less than four years later, Michelin has topped the 2 million tire mark. Michelin celebrates the milestone with its most fuel efficient trailer tire ever.


Continental Announces 3 New Tires
<p><strong> Conti EcoPlus HS3</strong></p> MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Continental has rounded out its next generation of long haul, low rolling resistance EcoPlus truck tires by adding a new steer and all-position tire. The Conti EcoPlus HS3 offers a 10% reduction in rolling resistance as well as a 125 increase in mileage over the previous generation long haul steer tire.

Toyo M144 Steer Tire Receives EPA Verification
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.'s M144 steer tire has received the SmartWay verification confirming it meets U.S. EPA standards for low-rolling resistance.

Control-Box Feature for Meritor-P.S.I. System Now Optional for All Trailers
MATS, LOUISVILLE -- Formerly limited to special fleet purchases, the new pressure-check function eases task of verifying set pressure on trailer's control box.

Webb Wheel Severe Duty Announces Leadership Changes
<p><strong>Nate Nielsen</strong></p> Webb Wheel Severe Duty has announced the appointments of Nate Nielsen as director of sales and Jeremy Zills to manager of engineering. These latest organizational changes at Webb Severe Duty are components in the strategic plans of the business unit to focus on premium value-add brake drum solutions for severe duty applications such as transit bus, motor coach, and refuse trucks.

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Trace Down Circuits Before Replacing Liftgate Parts

Proper methods of testing for voltage drop on the circuits that power trailer liftgates were discussed at TMC’s recent annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Senior Editor Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog.

Trucker Buddy Boy Scout Event Big Success at MATS

Deborah Lockridge follows up on a special event at the Mid-America Trucking Show, where more than 200 Boy Scouts earned a badge about truck transportation.

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PepsiCo is moving to specially spec&rsquo;d dry van trailers, liftgates and pallets that are preloaded at the warehouse.
Truck Fleet Innovators: PepsiCo's Shelby Green
Meijer finished converting its 170-truck fleet of regional daycabs to the 2010 engines last fall, realizing a 47% reduction in particulate matter and a 5% increase in fuel economy.
Truck Fleet Innovators: Meijer's David Hoover
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