Air discs on East trailers

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    Cold weather and truck air systems

    Bendix test fleet data helps generate tips for air system management in cold weather conditions.

    Fleets are quite familiar with the challenges winter weather poses to truck operations, for not only do snow and ice make highways hazardous to navigate, the chemicals used to help remove them from the roadway can cause corrosion to take root on trucks and trailers as well.

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    Class 8 Truck Orders Rebound

    Class 8 net orders increased in November following heavy cancellations in the previous month, according to final numbers from ACT Research.

    November new orders totaled 21,108 with net orders of 19,440 units, besting ACT's preliminary projects from a few weeks ago. This is a big jump from October, which saw net orders of only 13,900 units due to high cancellations.

    “In addition to rising 40% from October, November marked the first positive year-over-year net order report in 22 months,” said Jim Meil, ACT Research principal and industry analyst. “After spiking to a volume not seen since 1999, cancellation activity returned to trend levels in November at 1,668 units and a cancellation rate of 2% of the backlog.”

    Medium-duty Class 5-7 truck orders were steady, but slightly below average for the month.

    “The consumer side of the economy remains solid, and overall there is consistency in MD demand,” said Meil. “That is why we think the subpar orders results reported for Classes 5-7 in November were an outlier. Specifically, Classes 5-7 net orders were 17,372– about 1,700 under the 2016 year-to-date average.”

    Related: Navistar Ends Fiscal Year with $97 Million Loss

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    Dual-Fan Alternators Designed for Refrigerated Applications

    Prestolite has added an alternator designed for the refrigeration market to its LoadHandler starter and alternator line.

    LoadHandler refrigeration alternators are designed to withstand the day-to-day workload of a multi-temp, multi-stop cold chain truck, providing better cooling capabilities and high-efficiency, high-output performance, according to Prestolite.

    LoadHandler alternators include a dual internal fan design to help maintain optimal bearing temperatures and to reduce heat damage. The alternators are available for Carrier Transicold refrigeration units using Kubota and other engines.

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