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Tech-based maintenance tools developed and announced at TMC

The trucking industry has always stressed an importance on technology and innovation. At a press conference at the 2017 Technology and Maintenance Council’s (TMC) meeting in Nashville, Cummins announced new tech features in an effort to optimize maintenance procedures.

OilGuard is now available; it’s an analysis program that is offered free of charge to customers that sign up and receive oil sample kits to send to the Cummins’ lab for analysis.

The analysis makes recommendations on oil drain intervals. As such, the analysis can lead to cost savings while identifying the true number of oil changes a truck needs.

Connected Software Updates were also announced, which allows over-the-air programming of X15 engines to enhance performance. Eliminating the need to schedule shop visits saves on labor costs, but also prevents trucks from being out of commission.

The Cummins Guidanz app, available this April, provides engine fault code information and other key diagnostic data on iOS and Android mobile devices.


Volvo introduces remote programming solution for engines

Volvo Trucks North America announced an expansion of its remote diagnostics platform. The programming solution allows powertrain software and vehicle parameter updates across North America wherever a cellular network is available.

The new system will be available later this summer for all Volvo trucks equipped with the Volvo-powered 2017 GHC-compliant engines.

Volvo Trucks project manager Ash Makki says up to 75 percent of software updates are neglected industry-wide. This is because of the time it takes to schedule updates, take trucks in for service, which takes on average anywhere from 2 to 3 days.

This new software update will allow for engine software to update during a driver’s scheduled rest period.

A fleet manager will be notified that the software is updated and prompted to authorize a download. When the truck is parked in a safe location, the driver will be instructed to leave the ignition on and initiate an update. Once it is completed, the driver will be notified.

Remote Programming will be available later this year on all Volvo trucks operating 2017-compliant Volvo engines.Image courtesy of


President Trump to have a positive impact on trucking industry, ATA president says

American Trucking Associations (ATA) president and CEO Chris Spear announced that he wants to be a partner to the newly-elected Donald Trump administration.

In his announcement, Spear said Trump has potential to empower the trucking industry, creating an environment that will allow us to step up, to lead and not follow.

The trucking industry shouldn’t worry about President Trump’s tweets, but focus on his actual policies, Spear said.

Trump has proposed to put $1-trillion toward infrastructure, which has not happened since the Eisenhower administration.

The industry is embracing a new chapter, and as such, will capitalize on the technology that exists. The industry must accept, or be left behind

Image courtesy of Omnitracs CEO John Graham, right, thanks, ATA president and CEO Chris Spear for his opening address during Outlook 2017 in Phoenix.


Trucking employment drops in U.S. in January alone, more jobs added

Over 227,000 jobs were added to the U.S. market last month, a positive step for Americans in the job market.

The job gain has been a significant one, and a job increase like this hasn’t been occurred since September.

Although the unemployment rate was 4.8 per cent last month, an increase from December, that is because more Americans are looking for work and not all have found jobs in the immediate future.

Source: CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER/ AP Economics Writer

In this photo taken last July, Reina Borges, left, stands in line to apply for a job with Aldi at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. Friday the Labor Department issued its jobs report for January, which revealed 227,000 jobs were added during the month. (Associated Press: LYNNE SLADKY)

New Cascadia in Production

Freightliner Trucks announced its new Cascadia 126” BBC Day Cab and 72” Raised Roof Sleeper Cab are in production.

The new flagship Cascadia truck models will be redesigned with emphasis on the following solutions: fuel efficiency, connectivity, quality, safety, driver experience and uptime.

Additional improvements to the Cascadia include gauge and switch layouts, driver loft configuration, a redesigned sleeper area, and a Murphy style bed and cargo shelf option.

Production is underway and new models will be rolling off the assembly line in the near future.


Freightliner Cascadia.

Tire prices on the rise for trucks

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An increase in the price of raw materials could cause an increase in tire prices, manufacturers warn.

Yokohama will also be increasing prices, but by 7% beginning April 1st.

According to the vice-president of sales at Yokohama, the pricing increase is necessary to accommodate for the high cost of raw materials.


Trudeau & Trump to work together on new Keystone XL pipeline

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers questions at a news conference with his cabinet after their Liberal cabinet retreat in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (Todd Korol/Canadian Press)

President Donald Trump’s decision to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline project will be a positive step for Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced.

The pipeline will deliver Canadian jobs and improve government coffers. It will also help Alberta recover from a decline in oil prices.

The project could result in bringing more than 800,000 barrels of oil from Alberta to refineries in Texas.

Negotiations for the pipeline, however, are outside of the federal government’s hands, and are the responsibility of TransCanada.

If all goes well over the course of the project, by 2030, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers has forecasted supply will grow to over 5 million barrels. As a result, oil and gas producers could be flush with space on the pipeline of all projects are constructed. This will, as a result, delay the TransCanada project Energy East.

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Expect an increase in Class 8 Truck Orders

Class 8 truck net orders are projected to significantly increase in 2017.

FTR had forecasted an increase in December of 2016, seeing a 10% gain over November.

Class 8 backlogs are expected to increase, giving the market momentum in the first few months of the new year.

Despite this, order activity was considered 24% below for December, according to industry research.

The expected freight demand will keep the market active for the next few months, though.

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Oil prices to remain under $60 for first six months of 2017

Goldman Sachs has announced oil prices will rise to under $60 US in the first half of the year thanks to reduced supply that would move the market into a deficit and draw down current large oversupply.

Brent prices will also peak at $59 US per barrel over the next six months with implemented cuts that will push the oil market into a deficit.

The deficit, according to Goldman Sachs, will move the market into backwardation by the summer season.

Brent prices are seen peaking at US$59 per barrel in the first half with the cuts implemented. The cuts would also push the oil market to a deficit in the first quarter, Goldman says, expressing a more optimistic view on the drawdown of oversupply than OPEC, which expects the market to rebalance in the second half, than the International Energy Agency (IEA) which sees the cuts likely moving the market into deficit in the first half by an estimated 600,000 bpd.

In Goldman’s view, the deficit in the first quarter would move the market into backwardation by the summer.



Petroleum is the largest commodity hauled across the nation

The National Tank truck Carriers (NTTC) conducted an analysis that revealed important pieces of information pertaining to the tank truck industry – specifically – what types of freight are typically moved by tank trucks.


In 2013, the largest commodity group for all tank truck freight was petroleum products – gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel. Almost half of the use of tank trucks in the nation was to haul this material.

This analysis helps the industry as a whole make better decisions in terms of hauling. Petroleum products require specific handling when loading and unloading. As a result, this analysis teaches us that drivers should be specially trained to move dangerous goods on the road.

This also means businesses must examine their current fleet and determine if their current trucks are able to withstand transporting such materials. Furthermore, suppliers should have efficient carriers that can transport petroleum products.

Is your team and organization able to handle the specialized work?