Cole Hersee Co. offers battery isolators designed specifically for use on utility-industry trucks. The company says the solid-state switches are ideal for trucks that use a standard battery to start the vehicle and a second one to run auxiliary equipment. The isolators direct charging current into the battery with the lower charge, allowing the starting battery to properly start the engine while running equipment off the other battery. Go to www.colehersee.com
A.T. Kearney and eBreviate have introduced an online reverse auction tool to help companies increase efficiency, accessibility, and visibility when arranging last-minute, unscheduled shipments of goods. The tool allows a company's core transportation carrier to bid online for shipments by competing on price. Initially designed for TL-based shipments, the transportation auction tool will be expanded to support LTL, air, rail and ocean container shipments as well.
Bendix says its new splined disc-brake rotor provides an 80% reduction in the time it takes to service. It eliminates the need to remove the caliper, carrier, axle shaft, bearing and hub. Due to it being splined, the rotor can be fractured and both sides easily pulled off the wheel end and replaced. Go to www.bendix.com.
Federal-Mogul has added seven new Abex Stop Box brake-replacement kits combining new brake shoes, OEM-approved Abex 6098 GG brake linings and a complete heavy-duty hardware set designed to withstand operating conditions common to refuse trucks. Go to www.federal-mogul.com
Product information and technical support about auxiliary climate control systems is available at Webasto Thermosystem's new web site (www.webasto.com). The site also offers a dealer and service locator, as well as information on special offers and promotions.
Phillips Industries is now fully QS-9000 certified. The components manufacturer has instituted more than 2000 inspection procedures, as well as process and assembly instructions for all manufacturing areas.
Haldex Brake Systems has launched an updated web site that focuses on the fleet, OE and aftermarket customers served by the company's recently formed North American Sales & Service Organization. The web site offers a new online replacement parts ordering option for business-to-business customers. Go to www.hbsna.com.
ArvinMeritor has unveiled XpresswayPlus.com, its new commercial-vehicle aftermarket web site. Designed to facilitate online parts ordering and cataloging, it can be used for all Meritor- and Euclid-brand orders. Go to www.arvinmeritorinc.com.
Arrow Truck Sales, which became a full member of the Volvo Trucks North America family in January when Volvo acquired the remaining 50% interest in Arrow, has named Ed Justis its new president and CEO. He had been COO since April 2000. Arrow will remain an independent company, says Justis, and continue to use the Arrow brand in buying and selling diverse equipment of all manufacturers, makes, and models, including medium- and heavy-duty trucks, tractors, and trailers. Check www.arrowtruck.com.
CITGO Petroleum's new OverDrive HD grease is formulated to perform and stay put for extended periods. In addition to superior adhesion, water resistance and stability, it offers corrosion protection in the most severe weather conditions, extreme pressure and wear protection against metal-to-metal friction, compatibility with many other greases, and a distinctive green color to simplify inventory control and disposal. Check www.citgo.com.
Spicer Heavy Axle & Brake Div. of Dana has a new axle-gearing program for the service market. It will provide customers with OEM-quality Dana Spicer gearing at prices competitive with non-genuine gearing. Check www.roadranger.com.
The Air Top 2000 auxiliary air heater from Webasto Thermosystems is now a published databook option for Freightliner Century, Columbia and Coronado heavy-duty models. Providing up to 20 hours of sleeper heat on 1 gal. of diesel fuel, the Air Top can now be factory-installed by Freightliner under the sleeper bunk.
PC-based diagnostics software for Meritor WABCO hydraulic and pneumatic antilock braking systems is available through SPX Software Solutions. TOOLBOX software leads technicians of varied skill levels through the process of identifying ABS faults and then provides repair information. Check www.spx.com.
Chevron Products has been named 2000 Aftermarket Supplier of the Year by Volvo Trucks North America's Parts Marketing Dept. Areas within Volvo supported by Chevron include trade shows, free oil changes, the VISTA program, factory-fill since 1990 and Volvo's testing facilities in Sweden.
Gunite's LMS ductile-iron wheel hubs feature a unitized design that eliminates problems associated with improper field installation of bearings and with premature seal failure. An exclusive drive flange oil-fill design allows the use of lubricants that are compatible with most popular differential lubricants. Go to www.gunite.com.
Tire care and technology guide offered by Bridgestone is a compilation of columns that have appeared in the company's tire-topic magazine, Real Answers. Subjects range from inflation pressure and balancing to lug-nut torque and tire rotation. Check www.trucktires.com.
The Tire Sentry remote tire-pressure-sensing monitor from Fleet Specialties Div. of FTC uses advanced superheterodyne and surface acoustic wave radio-frequency technology to continuously monitor for low tire pressure. Low-pressure signals from tire sensors (electronic valve caps) are fed to the dash-mounted display. Check www.usagreen.org/fleet/.
Eco-Vault tanks for aboveground or at/below-grade storage of flammable liquids are offered by Smith Tank & Equipment in sizes from 300 to 12,000 gal. Cylindrical primary tank (usually steel or stainless steel) is encased in a two-section, 6-in.-thick concrete vault. Check www.smithtank.com.