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CarriersEdge expands library of training courses

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The “Practical Cargo Securement” course is considered the gold standard guide for cargo securement in North America. (Courtesy: CARRIERS EDGE)

MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada — CarriersEdge, a provider of online driver training for the trucking industry, has expanded its library of training courses.

The company recently added two courses in its Practical Cargo Securement library, plus a bloodborne pathogens and a spotted lanternfly course.

CarriersEdge also said it has added Spanish versions to two existing courses — “Lift Truck Operator Skills” and “Distracted Driving.”

The new courses for cargo securement — on securing paper rolls and concrete pipes — expands the list of cargo securement courses CarriersEdge offers to 10. All CarriersEdge cargo securement courses are based on the Practical Cargo Securement handbook published by Techni-Com.

“Practical Cargo Securement is considered the gold standard guide for cargo securement in North America,” said Jane Jazrawy, CarriersEdge co-founder and CEO. “Through our partnership with Techni-Com, CarriersEdge is the only driver training provider with exclusive rights to generate courses on its contents. This allows us to develop meaningful courses that help drivers improve their load securement practices.”

The “Requirements for Paper Rolls” securement course details the special requirements needed to transport one or more paper rolls with a combined weight of 5,000 pounds or more. The course covers the importance of correctly restraining paper rolls, describes the common methods to properly secure paper rolls, as well as how to secure paper rolls with different orientations.

The “Requirements for Concrete Pipes,” course details special requirements needed to transport one or more concrete pipes loaded onto a flatbed trailer, using the loading method of ‘eyes crosswise’ to prevent rolling. The course breaks down the importance of correctly securing concrete pipes, devices used to properly fasten concrete pipes and things to consider before loading concrete pipes onto a trailer. The course also includes techniques on how to properly secure concrete pipes on a flatbed trailer.

Also new to CarriersEdge subscribers is a course on bloodborne pathogens, titled “Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Awareness.” This course is designed to help drivers understand the hazards associated with bloodborne pathogens and provide guidance on how to stay safe in potential exposure areas. Bloodborne pathogens are disease-causing micro-organisms that are transmitted through bodily fluid. After completing the course, drivers will be able to identify major bloodborne pathogens, how they are transmitted and what to do if exposed. Drivers will also learn ways to minimize the spread of an infection, and how to properly dispose of contaminated material.

For those travelling through the Northeast region of the U.S., the “Preventing the Spread of Spotted Lanternfly” course CarriersEdge now offers teaches drivers how to identify a spotted lanternfly in different stages of its lifecycle, the threat spotted lanternfly poses, and how to kill, remove the eggs and report a spotted lanternfly sighting. The course also explains how to avoid having the insect attach to your vehicle and where it might “hide.” The spotted lanternfly is indigenous to parts of Asia, but has recently been found primarily in Pennsylvania, where there is a quarantine. The invasive insect is considered a threat to vegetation and valuable crops in the area.

Lastly, CarriersEdge continues to offer courses in other languages. “We just added Spanish versions for our “Lift Truck Operator Skills” and “Distracted Driving” courses,” said Jazrawy. “Our goal is to help fleets become safer, and these additions are great resources for our clients to achieve that.”

 

 

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Kenworth to collaborate with Meritor on T680E Electric powertrain development

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The electric Kenworth T680E will be a short-hood day cab in tractor configurations of 4x2 and 6x4 axles and as a 6x4 axle straight truck. The T680E will offer an operating range between 100 to 150 miles, depending on application. (Courtesy: Kenworth)

KIRKLAND, Wash. — Kenworth has announced it will collaborate with Meritor on electric powertrain development for Class 8 Kenworth T680E battery-electric vehicles.

The electric Kenworth T680E will be a short-hood day cab in tractor configurations of 4×2 and 6×4 axles and as a 6×4 axle straight truck. The T680E will offer an operating range between 100 to 150 miles, depending on application.

“The Kenworth T680E development in collaboration with Meritor is a major advanced technology step in Kenworth’s evolution of zero-emission electric powertrain solutions for our customers,” said Kevin Baney, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president. “Initial production of the Kenworth T680E is expected to begin in the fourth quarter 2020 and ramp through 2021.”

Meritor, Inc. is a global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. Meritor is based in Troy, Michigan.

“We look forward to working closely with Kenworth to help develop the Kenworth T680E as an important, viable battery-electric answer for the day cab market,” said T.J. Reed, vice president of Global Electrification for Meritor.

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New Kenworth parts, service locations now open in Maryland and Nebraska

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West Point Kenworth is approximately one hour south of Sioux City, Iowa, and located along Highway 275, a major trucking route in the area. (Courtesy: Kenworth)

WESTMINSTER, Md. And West Point, Neb. — Kenworth now offers additional locations for parts and services. Mid Atlantic Kenworth has added a full-service location in Westminster, Maryland, while Sioux Falls Kenworth has opened a new parts and services dealership in West Point, Nebraska.

Maryland

In Westminster, Maryland, the 17,400-square-foot facility features a full parts and service department, with 10 service bays to maximize customer uptime for truck operators passing through the area. A drivers’ lounge is available to customers while their trucks are serviced.

The facility, Kenworth Mid Atlantic Westminster is located on three acres, which offers customers ample room to park their trucks.

The Westminster, Maryland facility is located at 821 Baltimore Blvd. and its hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Nebraska

With its new parts and service dealership in West Point, Nebraska, Sioux Falls Kenworth can now offer expanded support to fleets and operators in the greater Sioux City, Iowa area.

West Point Kenworth is approximately one hour south of Sioux City and located along Highway 275. The 12,800-square-foot building is situated on 3.5 acres. The facility features an 8,600-square-foot service department with eight service bays. Also included is a 1,200-square-foot parts retail display area and a 1,900-square-foot space for bulk storage.

The West Point facility is located at 1805 Sycamore St. in West Point. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.

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Agility partners with XStream Trucking to distribute aerodynamic TruckWings

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a patented design allows truckwings to swing out and retract
The patented TruckWings design incorporates folding panels made of impact-resistant, glass-reinforced composites attached to the rear sides and roof of the cab that automatically swing out to close the cab-to-trailer gap at highway speeds and retract at lower speeds. (Courtesy: Agility Fuel Solutions)

COSTA MESA, Cali. — Agility Fuel Solutions and XStream Trucking have announced that Agility will be the exclusive distributor of Xstream’s TruckWings aerodynamic systems for compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks in North America. Agility will also distribute TruckWings on a non-exclusive basis to the diesel truck market.

The patented TruckWings design incorporates folding panels made of impact-resistant, glass-reinforced composites attached to the rear sides and roof of the cab that automatically swing out to close the cab-to-trailer gap at highway speeds and retract against the rear of the cab at lower speeds to leave room for turning maneuvers.

“TruckWings is the first device which completely solves the turbulence problem created by the open area between the tractor and trailer that contributes significantly to a truck’s overall aerodynamic drag,” said Daniel Burrows, XStream Trucking’s founder and CEO. “We are pleased to now partner with Agility to offer TruckWings as a factory option for CNG trucks in North America.”

Agility, a business area of Hexagon Composites ASA, and XStream Trucking have previously partnered to provide TruckWings systems for over 750 CNG trucks used by major fleet operators. Agility’s leadership in providing clean fuel solutions for commercial vehicles coupled with its extensive customer base and value-added aftermarket services will expand XStream’s TruckWings solution to reach the growing CNG truck market throughout North America.

“Agility’s trucking fleet customers are focused on fuel cost savings and on increasing the fuel economy of their CNG trucks. TruckWings are a great answer to this problem, as we’ve demonstrated in real-world use with some of our major fleet customers,” said Eric Bippus, Agility’s senior vice president of global sales and marketing. “We are very pleased to enter into this distribution agreement and to continue to work with XStream Trucking to deliver clean and efficient transportation solutions for the North American trucking market.”

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