Author: Vitaliy Dadalyan

1 Mar by Vitaliy Dadalyan Tags:

Denso Launches PowerEdge Emissions-Control Products

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Denso Products announced that it will begin accepting orders for its new line of PowerEdge diesel particulate filter and diesel oxidation catalyst replacement products for heavy-duty trucks and equipment in March.

The all-makes original equipment replacement program features 60 DPF part numbers covering more than 260 OE-quality parts and 7 DOC part numbers for heavy-duty on-road and off-road trucks and equipment. The PowerEdge line was announced at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week in January and is being produced in partnership with Clean Diesel Technologies, a global manufacturer of vehicle emissions control systems.

The companies plan to expand the line with an additional 20 DPF and 15 DOC part numbers later this year.

“Denso is excited to partner with CDTi to meet the growing demand for OE-quality diesel aftertreatment products in the heavy-duty trucking and equipment industry,” said Frank Jenkins, senior manager of Denso's heavy duty marketing group. “CDTi is a clean-tech company that shares our commitment to product reliability and durability, rigorous safety and performance standards, innovation, customer service and environmental stewardship.”

PowerEdge aftermarket DPFs and DOCs match or exceed the emissions control performance and benefits of OEM replacement units when installed in 2007 model year and newer heavy-duty diesel equipment, according to Denso.

The turnkey DPFs and DOCs are approved for horizontal, vertical, and dual installation and backed by a two-year, unlimited mileage warranty. All products are designed and manufactured in North America.

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Related: Denso Partners with CDTi on PowerEdge Line of Emissions Control Products

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Stoughton Underride Guard Earns Kudos from Crash Survivor, Insurance Institute

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NASHVILLE -- The efforts of the design and engineering team at Stoughton Trailers to improve the design of the trailer rear underride guard has earned the company the ToughGuard Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the respect of Marianne Karth, a survivor of a rear-impact crash that took the lives of two of her daughters.

On May 4, 2013, Karth was driving her full-size sedan when she was struck by a tractor-trailer, sending her car spinning backward into the rear of another tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer's rear underride guard could not withstand the crash and detached from the trailer, allowing Ms. Karth's car to slide backward under the trailer. The trunk of the car went under the rear of the trailer at the outer edge, and the back of the trailer body entered the back seat of Ms. Karth's car, killing her 17-year-old daughter, Anna Leah, instantly. Mary Lydia, her 13-year-old daughter, died a few days later from her critical injuries.

That tractor-trailer's rear underride guard met the 1998 Federal underride standards. In 2011, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested underride guards of eight major trailer manufacturers. All of the underride guards tested met the Federal standards of the day, but none of them were able to stop underride on the outer edges -- the so-called 30-percent offset zone.

Subsequent IIHS testing performed in March 2013 -- just two months before the Karth's fatal crash -- revealed that only one of the eight manufacturers had designed their guard to successfully prevent underride at the outer edges.

Once the IIHS findings were published, Karth began advocating for safer tractor-trailers. She even filed her own petition for an improved underride rulemaking that went to the Department of Transportation on May 5, 2014. In addition, her husband, Jerry, began writing letters to ...Read the rest of this story

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Trump: Infrastructure Plan Will Ride on Public Funds, Too

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In his address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, President Trump called for a $1-trillion infusion of public and private investment to repair and expand the nation's infrastructure. He devoted just about one minute of his hour-long speech to promoting that initiative, but it was the first time the president indicated that public— not just private— financing would be needed to fund his infrastructure proposal.

Invoking President Dwight Eisenhower, who championed the building of the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s, Trump said “the time has come for a new program of national rebuilding. America has spent approximately $6 trillion in the Middle East -- all the while our infrastructure at home is crumbling. With this $6 trillion, we could have rebuilt our country twice, and maybe even three times if we had people who had the ability to negotiate.”

Trump said he will be “asking Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1-trillion investment in infrastructure of the United States -- financed through both public and private capital -- creating millions of new jobs.”

What remains to be heard is exactly how the administration expects to pay for the lavish infrastructure outlay promised by the president. Before moving onto other issues, Trump noted further only that his infrastructure proposal will be “guided by two core principles: buy American and hire American.”

Despite the lack of details given, the American Trucking Associations was pleased for the attention paid to infrastructure in this major policy speech by the new president. “ATA was pleased to hear President Trump again sound the call to address our nation's need to improve our transportation infrastructure,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear in a statement to HDT.

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Economic Watch: Manufacturing Keeps Surging as Construction, Personal Spending Slip

Economic activity in the nation's manufacturing sector continued expanding in February, according to two surveys of nation's purchasing managers. One report shows conditions are the best in two years while the other indicates things are slightly cooler than they were at the beginning of 2017.

The closely watched Purchasing Managers' Index from the Institute for Supply Management posted a final February reading of 57.7%, an increase from January's level of 56%. This marks the sixth straight month of growth and it's the highest reading since August 2014. A reading above 50% indicates expansion while below that level shows contraction.

The New Orders Index registered 65.1%, an increase of 4.7 percentage points from the January reading of 60.4%, its highest reading since December 2013. The Production Index registered 62.9%, 1.5 percentage points higher than the January reading of 61.4% and its highest level since March 2011.

"Comments from the panel largely indicate strong sales and demand, and reflect a positive view of business conditions with a watchful eye on commodities and the potential for inflation,” said Bradley J. Holcomb, chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee

Of the 18 manufacturing industries surveyed, 17 reported growth in February.

“The past relationship between the PMI and the overall economy indicates that the average PMI for January through February of 56.9% corresponds to a 4.3% increase in real gross domestic product [GDP] on an annualized basis,” said Holcomb. “In addition, if the PMI for February is annualized, it corresponds to a 4.5% increase in real GDP annually."

Such rates compare to the GDP expanding at a annual rate of 1.9% in the fourth quarter of 2016.

A separate report from the financial information services provider IHS Markit also shows the U.S. manufacturing sector continued to expand at a robust pace, although the latest upturn was slightly weaker than seen at ...Read the rest of this story

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Spot Freight Volume Up Slightly Over Past Week, Rates Flat

Spot truckload freight volumes improved a bit during the week ending Feb. 25 thanks to a 7% gain in flatbed load posts, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards, but rates were virtually unchanged.

Van and refrigerated freight posts declined 5% and 6%, respectively. Stronger flatbed volume and declining van and reefer freight posts were reflected in the week's load-to-truck ratios:

Van ratio: 2.3 available loads per truckReefer ratio: 4.4 available loads per truckFlatbed ratio: 29 available loads per truck

While spot load-to-truck ratios remain solid for February, they did little to move national average outbound rates, while the national average price of diesel gained 1 cent to $2.57 per gallon:

Van: $1.62 per mile, unchangedReefer: $1.87 per mile, down 1 centFlatbed: Unchanged at $1.96 per mile

While van volumes slipped 5% overall, more activity on the top 100 van lanes may soon bring upward pressure to spot rates, according to DAT. But not yet, as no major van market saw a big increase in the average outbound rate:

Los Angeles, $1.84 per mile, unchangedChicago, $1.92 per mile, down 2 centsDallas, $1.51 per mile, unchangedAtlanta, $1.83 per mile, unchangedPhiladelphia, $1.60 per mile, down 1 cent

The number of spot reefer load posts declined 6% against a 1% drop in truck posts. The national average reefer declined for the third week in a row.

Average rates out of were major reefer markets were mixed. Two bright spots were in the Northeast. Philadelphia hit $2.28 per mile, up 6 cents from last week, and Elizabeth, New Jersey was, at $1.67 mile, up 1 cent. In the West, Los Angeles averaged $2.32 per mile, unchanged. In the South, both Atlanta, at $2.11 per mile, and McAllen, Texas, hit $1.93 per mile, down 2 cents on average.

With vans and reefers in a seasonal lull, flatbed rates and volumes are ...Read the rest of this story