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Yokohama Tire says its 712L long-haul drive tire meets severe snow service criteria

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Yokohama officials said among the benefits of the 712L are advanced wear resistance, outstanding fuel-efficiency and traction, and durable construction. (Courtesy: YOKOHAMA TIRE CO.)

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Yokohama Tire said Monday its 712L, a new long-haul drive tire, meets the industry’s required performance criteria for severe snow service.

Manufactured in Yokohama’s plant in West Point, Mississippi, all four sizes of the SmartWay-verified 712L — 295/75R22.5, 11R22.5, 285/75R24.5 and 11R24.5 — will carry the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol on the sidewall.

“Applying the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol verifies the capabilities of the 712L in adverse weather,” said Tom Clauer, Yokohama’s senior manager of commercial and OTR product planning. “The deep-tread 712L offers superb traction, outstanding wear resistance, top-tier fuel efficiency, plus tough, durable construction, making it an excellent year-round tire for fleets.”

Clauer said other benefits of the 712L include:

  • Advanced wear resistance. This is attributed to the 30/32-inch deep groove for long-lasting life and traction, without sacrificing fuel efficiency. Plus, stress control grooves reduce contact pressure at the tread edge, providing increased resistance to shoulder step down wear for long, even wear. Additionally, a flat footprint controls ground contact pressure and improves resistance to irregular wear.
  • Outstanding fuel-efficiency and traction. This is achieved by the fuel-efficient tread compound that was developed for reduced rolling resistance without compromising wear performance. Also, straight and angled sipes – as well as zig-zag intermediate grooves – provide greater radial and lateral traction. And, straight circumferential outer grooves allow for water evacuation and enhanced traction even in the worst weather conditions.
  • Durable construction. This occurs via the funnel-shaped grooves that prevent stones and other debris from reaching the bottom groove, where casing damage can often occur. The 712L’s premium casing is so tough, Yokohama backs it with a 7-year, unlimited retread warranty.

For more details on the 712L and all of Yokohama’s commercial tires, visit www.yokohamatruck.com.

Celebrating its 50th year in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917.

 

 

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Transflo adds Surfsight video technology to its platform of freight solutions

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Surfsight provides real-time video visibility and insight into fleet performance and challenging situations on the road, helping fleets reduce risk and insurance claims while improving safety and productivity. (Courtesy: Transflo)

TAMPA, Florida — Transflo, a mobile, telematics and business process automation provider to the transportation industry, has announced the AI-12 Dual Facing Dashcam solution as part of its Mobile+ ecosystem of digital and telematics solutions for truck fleets and drivers.

Surfsight provides real-time video visibility and insight into fleet performance and challenging situations on the road, helping fleets reduce risk and insurance claims while improving safety and productivity.

Integrated with Transflo’s telematics platform, the cloud-connected Surfsight dashcam uses front-facing and cabin-facing cameras. The camera uses built-in artificial intelligence to detect hazards on the road, and infrared to recognize driver distractions in the vehicle. The driver is automatically alerted.

Surfsight streams from vehicles to secure cloud-based servers, providing fleet managers with continuous access to video. Managers can review video of groups or individual vehicles via a customized, secure, online dashboard using a web browser running on any type of device. Surfsight also provides access to on-demand video retrieval and review on the company’s cloud platform.

Surfsight dashcams cost just $200 and monthly subscriptions start at $25 per month as part of Transflo Bundle+, which extends the capabilities of the Transflo Mobile+ platform.

“Increasingly, video is an important tool for improving safety and operational visibility,” said Doug Schrier, vice president of product and innovation for Transflo. “The Transflo Bundle+ platform is the ideal way to incorporate vehicle video and telematics into your digital workflow.”

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U.S. trailer net orders closed 2019 down 51% from full-year 2018

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ACT Research reports that even though most of the major trailer categories showed month-over-month gains, the drop in dry can orders was enough to put the total industry results in the red.

COLUMBUS, Ind. – New U.S. trailer orders of 18,400 were down 13% month-over-month in December, and after accounting for cancellations, net orders of 17,700 dropped 11%. Longer-term comparisons show net orders down 35% year-over-year and 51% lower compared to full-year 2018, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailer Report.

ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers report provides a monthly review of the current US trailer market statistics, as well as trailer OEM build plans and market indicators divided by all major trailer types, including backlogs, build, inventory, new orders, cancellations, net orders and factory shipments. It is accompanied by a database that gives historical information from 1996 to the present.

“While seven of the ten major trailer categories posted month-over-month gains, the sequential 32% drop in dry van orders was significant enough to pull the total industry results into the red,” said Frank Maly, director of CV transportation analysis and research at ACT Research. “Continued softness in both freight volumes and rates are generating financial headwinds for fleets, and as a result, their investment plans continue to be extremely cautious.”

Maly continued, “Fleets are aware that, as a result of weaker OEM orderboards, lead times are dramatically shorter than this time last year, so any orders placed now are likely to be delivered in a much more acceptable timeframe. It is also likely that pricing will be more advantageous.”

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Peterbilt delivers model 579EV to Werner for electric-powered truck pilot program

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Peterbilt has partnered with Werner Enterprises for their electric operations. The 579EV utilizes a TransPower Energy Storage Subsystem. (Courtesy: Peterbilt)

DENTON, Texas ­— Werner Enterprises has selected the Peterbilt Model 579EV for their battery electric-powered truck pilot program.

“Werner Enterprises has long been regarded as an industry pioneer, and Peterbilt is honored to partner with them and have our 579EV lead their electric operations,” said PACCAR Vice President and Peterbilt General Manager, Jason Skoog. “Peterbilt is leading the charge in electric vehicle development, with three applications for zero-emissions performance.”

The 579EV delivered to Werner utilizes a TransPower Energy Storage Subsystem with a total storage capacity of 352 kWh.  It is driven by a Meritor Blue-Horizon Mid-Ship Motor Drive Subsystem with up to 430 HP, features an estimated range of about 150 miles and a charging time as little as 1-hour when a fast-charging system is utilized.

Funding for the tractor was provided through the California Air Resource Board California Climate Investments (CCI) program, along with the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

“Werner is committed to finding alternative ways to keep our trucks environmentally-friendly while staying at the front edge of technology,” said Werner Enterprises President and Chief Executive Officer Derek Leathers. “Now, we’re excited about putting on some real-world miles with a dedicated customer in southern California over the next year.”

Pricing and option availability for 579EVs will be available on the Peterbilt’s SmartSpec sales tool in the second half of 2020.

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