Averitt Express, Cookeville, TN, will spec Eaton VORAD EVT-300 collision-warning systems as an OEM-installed option of all of their truckload power units, beginning with this year's order of 270 Volvo VN770 tractors. The entire 1,000 TL fleet will be VORAD-equipped over the next three years. www.truck.eaton.com/vorad/
Opening of a 248,000-sq.-ft. parts distribution center (PDC) in Joliet, IL, marks the latest step in Mack Trucks' initiative to better service its customers and dealers in the aftermarket. PDC openings this summer in Toronto and Baltimore will bring the total to six. www.macktrucks.com.
Centron Fuel Savers for gasoline and diesel engines come with an “unconditional guarantee” to increase fuel mileage by at least 10%, according to American Energy Group Inc., Sheyboygan Falls, WI. Available in bulk, Centron diesel treatment does not contain benzene or other environmentally dangerous additives and also improves fuel lubricity, the company says.
The Dana Spicer Tire Pressure Control System (TPCS) is available as a factory-installed option for Peterbilt's Model 357. Using an in-dash console, operators can activate TPCS on the go to adjust traction to best meet applications (loaded and unloaded) and surface conditions (on- and off-highway, and emergency). Tire pressure can be increased and decreased to six different settings. When the vehicle returns to normal paved road speeds, TPCS automatically increases air pressure to prevent excessive tire wear.
Propane haulers, along with pipeline, mobile communications and insurance representatives, met in Kansas City, MO, in July at a conference hosted by Propane Resources. Participants discussed the concept of a Propane Logistics Network to address the challenging demands faced by propane transporters. A second meeting was held in August and another is set for November. Interested parties are invited to participate in a focus group whose motto is “Differentiation through Partnership.” propaneresources.com
Safety Link provides a visual indication when a wheel nut loosens and locks loose wheel nuts in place to prevent accidental wheel loss. The tell-tale and locking device installs quickly and is reusable, according to distributor Adams-James Assocs., Dallas.
Hayes Lemmerz International Inc. has expanded its commercial highway product line with the additional of new lightweight CentruLite aluminum cast wheel hub for trailers. CentruLite hubs are currently available for TN axles equipped with either steel or aluminum wheels, with or without antilock brakes, and come equipped with SAE O-ring port lubrication fill plugs. www.hayes-lemmerz.com
Two special Cummins N14 engine ratings — 475 hp. at 2,100 rpm with torque limits of 1,650 and 1,750 lb.-ft., respectively at 1,200 rpm — are now available in all Kenworth truck models that currently offer an N14 as an option. www.kenworth.com