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December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks to Deliver 3D Printed Parts in Test Program

Mercedes-Benz Trucks already successfully produces 30 spare parts with the latest 3D SLS printing processes. Photo: Daimler

Daimler Trucks North America has announced will make its first delivery of plastic parts produced using 3D printing technology in the coming weeks as part of a pilot program.

Tags: Pilot Program, Daimler Trucks North America, Parts and Service, 3D Printing

November 30, 2017 - Press Release

Mitchell 1 Updates to 2017-MY Data

Mitchell 1 has completed model-year 2017 updates to its labor estimating, diagnostic trouble code procedures, and repair information for all makes of medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Mitchell 1, Truck Repair

November 28, 2017 - Press Release

Geotab Launches Roadside Service Solution

Graphic courtesy of Geotab.

Geotab is offering a service designed to reduce vehicle downtime via a comprehensive roadside assistance management solution.

Tags: Telematics, Roadside Assistance, Geotab

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Bridgestone Names New Bandag Marketing Director

LaTres Jarrett Photo: Bridgestone

Bridgestone Americas has named LaTres Jarrett as director, marketing for Bandag, the Bridgestone business dedicated to the research, development, and manufacturing of retreads.

Tags: Bridgestone, People, Retreads, Marketing, Bandag, New Hire

November 27, 2017 - Industry News

Ind. City Debates In-House Refuse Collection

Photo via Kris Arnold/Flickr

Officials at the City of Lake Station, Ind., recently voted to keep refuse collection in house rather than outsource it. The aging fleet needs to be replaced, which may require a rate increase.

Tags: Outsourcing, Vehicle Replacement, Maintenance Costs, Aging Fleet, Refuse Fleets

November 16, 2017 - Press Release

Jasper Floats Diesel Engines on Air

The JASPER-Designed workstations use four pneumatic air cylinders mounted underneath the lift table. A handle is installed to aid in maneuverability. (Image courtesy of Jasper)

As the Diesel Division renovation project progresses at Jasper Engines & Transmissions, associates have found an easier way to transport diesel engines from one assembly station to another.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Jasper Engines and Transmissions, Technicians, Workstations

November 9, 2017 - Industry News

Goodyear Acquires German Automated Tire Inspection System Provider

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has agreed to acquire Ventech Systems of Dorsten, Germany, from Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH. Photo: Goodyear Tire & Rubber

Goodyear Tire & Rubber has completed the acquisition of Ventech Systems GmbH, a provider of automated tire inspection technology.

Tags: Goodyear, Tires, Mergers & Acquisitions, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

TA Truck Service Turns Attention to Smaller Fleets

Photo courtesy of TA Truck Service

While TA Truck Service has historically focused on large, national fleets, the company is now going after vocational fleets and multi-use construction companies.

Tags: TravelCenters of America, Construction Fleets, Vocational Fleets, TA Truck Service

October 30, 2017 - Press Release

BestDrive Opens Denver Commercial Tire Center

Photo of grand opening ceremony courtesy of Continental

Established in 2010, BestDrive now has 22 commercial tire centers across the United States, with plans to expand into eight additional states by the end of 2018. Colorado marks the company’s 13th U.S. state.

Tags: Truck Tires, Continental Tires, BestDrive

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

Technician Shortage Worse Than Previously Thought

Photo: Steven Martinez

In a new report, the TechForce Foundation is predicting that demand for new vehicle technicians over the next ten years will be three times higher than was previously expected.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Department of Labor, Technicians

October 23, 2017 - Press Release

Continental Plant Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Continental’s Mount Pleasant, Iowa, plant, its premier North American manufacturing facility for industrial and automotive hose products, celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Tags: Continental, Company Anniversaries, Hoses, 40th Anniversary

October 22, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Reveals 24/7 Uptime Command Center

Navistar's Michael Cancelliere. Photo: Evan Lockridge

ORLANDO - In kicking off the Navistar presser here at the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition, Michael Cancelliere, president, Truck and Parts, presented the continuing growth of the economy and the rise in truck orders year over year as the backdrop for the OEM announcing it would increase prices on 2009 model year trucks “by up to 2%.”

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, Uptime

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

Automotive Lift Institute Moves, Opens LiftLab

Photo of LiftLab courtesy of ALI

The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) officially opened its new headquarters and LiftLab

Tags: Automotive Lift Institute, ALI, Truck Lifts, LiftLab

October 19, 2017 - Press Release

Mitchell 1 Celebrates Century of Innovation

Image courtesy of Mitchell 1

In 2018, Mitchell 1 will celebrate 100 years of innovation and is dedicating its fall sweepstakes to "Thank You Thursdays."

Tags: Mitchell 1, Company Anniversaries, Sweepstakes, 100th Anniversary

October 19, 2017 - Industry News

eBay Offers Tire Installation in U.S.

eBay Motors also announced a Virtual Tech service. (Image courtesy of eBay Motors)

Shoppers who purchase tires on eBay can opt to have them shipped to a local installation location at no additional cost. The online selling platform has 9,000 installation locations across the U.S.

Tags: Replacement Tires, Tires, eBay Motors, Technicians, Tire Installation

October 5, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Approves Trio of Shell Oils for Diesel Trucks

Shell's T5 10W-30 Synthetic Blend is one of the three Shell oils approved for Ford's Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification. Photo: Shell Rotella

Ford Motor Co. has approved three Shell Rotella heavy-duty engine oils for its diesel-powered Super Duty trucks that meet the API CK-4 specification, Shell has announced.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Motor Oil, CK-4, Shell Rotella, Ford Super Duty, Ford

October 4, 2017 - Press Release

Bar's Products Acquires Hy-Per Lube Corp.

Bar's Products has purchased Hy-Per Lube Corp.'s lubricants business, and will continue to offer Hy-Per Lube brand additives alongside Bar's Leaks and Rislone.

October 2, 2017 - Product News

Continental Launches ContiConnect Tire Monitoring Platform

Image: Continental

Continental launched the ContiConnect digital tire monitoring platform, allowing fleet managers to see tire pressure and temperature data for an entire fleet from a single web portal.

Tags: Telematics, Continental, Tires, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, NACV Show, Maintenance, Data Analysis

September 27, 2017 - Press Release

Stertil-Koni to Debut Virtual Reality at APTA Expo

APTA Expo attendees will get a look — above and below ground — at the inner workings of an in-ground telescopic piston lift, the Diamondlift, and a true vertical rise, clear-floor-concept platform lift, the Skylift.

Tags: Vehicle Lifts, Stertil-Koni

September 26, 2017 - Product News

Navistar OnCommand to Offer Parts Failure Prediction Feature

Navistar has announced a number of updates to its OnCommand Connection platform, showing a new feature called Live Action Plans, which predicts when a part is going to fail before it does.

Tags: Vehicle Diagnostics, Navistar, Parts and Service, Predictive Analytics, Navistar OnCommand, NACV Show

September 25, 2017 - Industry News

Voice of Retreading Brodsky Passes Away

Brodsky

Harvey Brodsky, longtime managing director of the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) and then the Retread Tire Association (RTA), has died in Pacific Grove, Calif. He was 81.

Tags: Retreads, RTA, Obituary, In Memoriam

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Shell's New Oil Works for Mixed Diesel and Gas Fleets

Photos: Shell Rotella

Shell Rotella's T6 Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 synthetic oil is designed for versatility, meeting the API CK-4 specification for Class 8 Trucks as well as API SN specification for gasoline trucks and vans.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Fuel Efficiency, Engine Oil, Shell Rotella, Gasoline Engines, Mixed Truck Fleet

September 21, 2017 - Industry News

Shell: New Engine Oil Categories Making the Grade

Since 2011 the company has amassed 60 million test miles on CK-4 formulations, and 50 million miles of tests involving the High Temperature High Shear (HTHS) formulas required by FA-4 specifications. Photo: Shell

A new generation of engine oils is in the North American market, passing a battery of tests developed for specific engine brands. But the work of convincing buyers about the related features and benefits of CK-4 and FA-4 oils continues.

Tags: Maintenance, Shell, Fuel Efficiency, Engine Oil, Shell Rotella, PC-11

September 15, 2017 - Industry News

Love’s Acquires Speedco from Bridgestone Americas

Photo via Love's Travel Stops

Love’s Travel Stops and Bridgestone Americas reached an agreement for Love’s to purchase Speedco, a national network of service locations that provides quick lube and inspection services to the trucking industry.

Tags: Maintenance, Love's Travel Stops, Parts and Service, Truck Stops

September 12, 2017 - Industry News

American Airlines Chooses Stertil-Koni

Image of American Airlines new facility during construction courtesy of Stertil-Koni.

Stertil-Koni announced that the inground telescopic piston lift model, the DIAMONDLIFT, has been selected for use at the new American Airlines, Inc. maintenance facility, currently under construction at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

Tags: Stertil-Koni, Truck Lift, Maintenance Facilities, American Airlines, DIAMONDLIFT

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