Alerts of potential collisions show up immediately on the dack of a Mack tractor equipped with the new Road Stability Advantage by Bendix.
Navistar's Jim Hebe presented the International LoneStar Harley-Davidson Special Edition tractor during an evening event at MATS. Just 250 of the customized tractors will be produced during 2009.
Terra Environmental Technologies displayed the sort of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) dispenser that truck fleets might have at their terminals with refueling operations. DEF will be needed after 2010 for diesel engines that use selective catalytic reduction for emission control.
With construction activity increasing under the federal stimulus program, Trail King's Advantage series cement bulker got plenty of attention during the Mid-America Trucking Show. The 1,033-cu-ft aluminum dry bulker is available with a tare weight as low as 8,340 pounds. Trailer features include lightweight aluminum struts and end frames, mandrel-bent piping for unobstructed product flow, stronger body shell, high-positioned rear discharge pipe, reinforced hose tubes, and Hendrickson Intraax air suspension.
Charles "Shorty" Whittington [center], American Trucking Associations chairman and president of Grammer Industries Inc, accepted the keys to a new Volvo VN780 tractor on behalf of ATA's America's Road Team.
Per Carlsson, VTNA president and CEO, and Scott Kress, VTNA senior vice-president, sales & marketing, presented the Volvo tractor, which will transport ATA's new image trailer. Whittington later presented the keys to the tractor to Ronald Hawkins Jr, ATA Road Team member and driver for K-Limited Ltd.
TRUCK-LITE'S Department of Transportation (DOT)-compliant 7" round LED (light-emitting diode) headlamp, now available in 12-volt, is showing bright possibilities for heavy- and medium-duty trucks and off-road vehicles.
Western Star's Limited Edition 67 celebrates the year the company's trucks were introduced to the North America market. Just 100 of the specially outfitted Western Star 4900 trucks will be manufactured in 2009.
Tim Myers and Matthew Brest stand next to the new LvL ONE aluminum wheel that is now the base family for Alcoa aluminum wheels.
ArvinMeritor displayed its prototype hybrid power system for heavy-duty trucks during MATS.
China International Marine Container Co (CIMC), Qingdao, Shandong, China, exhibited a foodgrade stainless steel tank trailer built in Belgium by Burg Industries, a company owned 80% by CIMC. While such a tank trailer is not legal on US highways, David Li, deputy general manager of CIMC Vehicles Group Co Ltd and president of CIMC USA Inc, indicated during the Mid-America Trucking Show that CIMC plans eventually to enter the North American tank truck market with cargo tanks of European design, Chinese manufacture, and US assembly.
MATS attendees had the opportunity to tour the centerpiece of Continental's "Untamed Innovation Tour," the company's new 83-ft mobile tire information center featuring product samples, rolling resistance demonstrations, a movie theatre, driving games, and touch-screen explanations of Continental tire technologies. The rig consists of an International LoneStar tractor and a van trailer with custom detailing by the Chrome Shop Mafia.
Cummins' Steve Charlton points out the features of the new ISX15 SCR engine during a press conference prior to MATS.
Daimler Trucks North America's Innovation Truck showed a view of the future that isn't all that distant. Much of the technology previewed on the tractor is already available on Freightliner's Cascadia or will be soon.
Dominic Grote shows a flexible sheet of the new LightForm LED technology from Grote Industries.
Richard C Bozich displayed a long green string of LightForm LED lights. The flexible lighting strips can follow the contours of many different shapes.
Navistar announced a new addition to its 2010 MaxxForce engine lineup, the MaxxForce 15, which uses Caterpillar's C15 architecture.
DAN McPHERSON of DANMAC Trucking Inc in Cameron NC has won four new Michelin X One XDN2 wide single truck tires mounted on Alcoa aluminum rims, courtesy of Michelin and Alcoa. McPherson's name was selected from nearly 1,000 entries at a live drawing held March 21, 2009 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville KY.
HENDRICKSON'S weight-saving SOFTEK integrated front suspension and steer axle system now comes standard on International LoneStar trucks. SOFTEK will also be available as an option on the International ProStar series, Hendrickson Truck Suspension Systems officials announced.
Hardware on MAC Trailer's PneuMACtic dry bulker includes bolt-on hopper cones and aerators from Solimar Pneumatics, Bayco relief valves, Ultraflo butterfly valves, Allegheny piping, and Knappco manhole covers.
MAC Trailer Manufacturing stole the show at the Mid-America Trucking Show with the launch of its PneuMACtic dry bulker. The two trailers on display had a 1,050-cu-ft capacity that would be ideal for cement and fly ash. Note the European design influence in the front and rear bulkheads. MAC has the ability to produce about 500 dry bulk trailers a year.