Articles by CCJ Staff

Axalta’s custom Peterbilt colors

Axalta’s exclusive collection of custom colors for Peterbilt uses special-effect pigments. The line’s signature color, Legendary Red, is a premium paint designed to create a unique metallic-flake appearance with added shine and shimmer characteristics. The finishes are formulated for quality and durability with an Imron ...

Stemco’s service tools

The Stemco Equipment line of service tools and maintenance equipment includes the Stemco Equipment truck alignment system, wheel balancer, power press and Axle Pro Equipment system. The truck alignment system is designed to provide alignment measurements in less than three minutes through a wireless Bluetooth ...

MATS recap: All of CCJ’s coverage of news and announcements from the Mid-America Trucking Show

Perrin’s lightweight APU

Perrin’s 18-inch-wide Dynasys SL auxiliary power unit is an automotive-style HVAC system available with a multipurpose HVAC console that fits most day cab configurations and an under-bunk version that accommodates most traditional sleeper cabs. The lightweight system employs a belt-driven AC compressor to generate up ...

Impecca’s portable jump starter line

Impecca’s line of Power It multifunction portable jump starter and device charger kits ranges from 8,000 to 36,000 mAh with models suited for light trucks, vans, SUVS, cars, laptops, smartphones and tablets. All kits include an LED flashlight with SOS safety signals, a car charging ...

Alliance’s air hose grips

Alliance’s Taper-Grip air hose grips help protect the hose during gladhand connections between the tractor-trailer jumper hose and the 3-in-1 AirPower line that includes two air hoses and an ABS-rated 7-way green electrical cable assembly, all factory-covered in a durable spiral wrap. The Taper-Grip offers ...

Gamber-Johnson’s docking station

Gamber-Johnson’s docking station for the Getac B300 ultra-rugged notebook has a small footprint designed to improve the device’s placement in a cabin with limited space. The dock features brass locating pins, a floating dock connector and a passenger-side docking handle for added precision with computer ...

Phillips’ trailer light monitor

Phillips’ Lite-Sentry is designed to monitor exterior trailer lighting for failures and notify the driver by an indicator light mounted on the front of the trailer. The Lite-Sentry is integrated and sealed into the company’s Sta-Dry electrical harness and is designed to work with all ...

Toyo’s refuse steer tire

Toyo Tire’s M153 regional and urban heavy-duty steer tire, suited for refuse operations, has an extra-deep regroovable 26/32-inch tread optimized for high-scrub applications. The tire’s compounding is engineered for added wear performance and durability with a 10,000-pound load-carrying capacity. A buttress protector is designed to ...

Mack announces new extended service intervals for MP series engines

With a focus on reducing the total cost of ownership for customers, Mack Trucks announced that it is extending service intervals for diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and diesel engine oil and filter changes on all model year 2011 and newer Mack models powered by Mack MP7, ...

House introduces another CSA bill, this one again calling for removal of public scores and fixes to program

The House this week introduced another bill targeting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and would, if it becomes law, force FMCSA to remove its carrier rankings from public view and restructure the program. The Safer Trucks and Buses Act of 2015 ...

Congress introduces bill to allow DOT to accept driver drug tests done via hair sample

Both chambers of Congress introduced recently a bill that would allow trucking companies the option to drug test their drivers via hair sample rather than urine sample to satisfy federal drug testing requirements. The bill, the Drug Free commercial Driver Act of 2015, has been introduced ...

Borg Warner’s severe-service fan drive

BorgWarner’s DuroSpeed 2-speed fan drive is designed to deliver cooling for severe operating and vocational truck applications such as construction vehicles and municipal trucks. The pneumatically actuated fan drive is built to reduce engagements for less noise, increased clutch life, minimal dust buildup in the ...

VMAC’s air compressor for vans

Vehicle Mounted Air Compressors’ Underhood Lite rotary screw air compressor system is designed for European-style vans. The system is engineered to provide 30 CFM and up to 150 PSI of air and weighs 62 pounds for a small footprint and minimal impact on the van’s ...

Preventable or not: Merging Cougar mauls Doe’s fender

Shortly before the accident, tractor-trailer driver John Doe was listening with disbelief to a Channel 19 account of a luckless New Jersey carrier being fined thousands of dollars by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration because forklift operators weren’t wearing seatbelts. Huh? Are these enforcement ...