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Top 10 Tech: The top trucking products of 2019

December 17, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Picking favorites is not a task to be taken lightly. No matter who you include in a related list, someone will feel slighted because they were left behind. But as a new year comes upon us, it’s a tradition at Today’s Trucking to identify 10 new products that stood apart from the rest during a given year.

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Detroit Assurance 5.0: Top 10 of 2019

December 17, 2019 by John Smith

The new Detroit Assurance 5.0 suite of safety systems can adjust and resume cruise control in stop-and-go traffic, apply full brakes when detecting moving pedestrians, warn drivers about vehicles sitting in their blind spots, and even help a Freightliner Cascadia track down the middle of its lane.

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SAF-Holland SMAR-te Tire Pilot: Top 10 of 2019

December 17, 2019 by John Smith

SAF-Holland SMART-te Tire Pilot dynamically adjusts tire pressure based on the axle weight. In other words, a tire on a loaded trailer could be run at 100 psi, and drop to 70 psi when the trailer is empty.

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Volvo Dynamic Steering: Top 10 of 2019

December 17, 2019 by John Smith

The electric-over-hydraulic steering support of Volvo Dynamic Steering will lessen steering effort by up to 85% at low speeds, but maintain a stiffer feel on the open highway. It all draws on an electric motor on top of the hydraulic steering gear to deliver extra torque as needed, and absorbs steering wheel torque originating at the wheels.

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Link ROI Cabmate: Top 10 of 2019

December 17, 2019 by John Smith

Link Mfg.’s ROI Cabmate semi-active suspension draws data from an accelerometer that monitors cab motion, and a position sensor that tracks the cab’s position and velocity relative to the frame.

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Rocketail Wing: Top 10 of 2019

December 17, 2019 by John Smith

The Rocketail Wing promises to save 8.42 liters of fuel per 1,000 km by smoothing out the rearward flow of air behind the trailer, while also producing lift like the wing on an aircraft.

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Integrated filter gladhands: Top 10 of 2019

December 17, 2019 by John Smith

Tramec Sloan has unveiled a gladhand with a protective filter and cover to keep things clean. It’s an elegant solution that doesn’t require separate line filters, fittings or mounting hardware.

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Purkey’s Steady Charge: Top 10 of 2019

December 17, 2019 by John Smith

The Purkey’s SteadyCharge will maintain accessory batteries for months on end, without the risk of overcharging, and will run whenever the tractor is connected to the trailer.

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VanGripper restraint system: Top 10 of 2019

December 17, 2019 by John Smith

A new personal restraint system offers a portable option to secure workers as they walk on top of trailers. The Van Gripper from Deneigement Toitures Excel attaches to opposing edges of a trailer or van rooftop, and workers attach their safety lines to it.

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Continental’s intelligent tires: Top 10 of 2019

December 17, 2019 by John Smith

Every tire can tell a story if you know how to read the patterns in tread wear. But Continental has developed a steer tire and line of construction tires that will deliver direct information about temperatures and pressures thanks to an integrated sensor.

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Ancra Auto Deck: Top 10 of 2019

December 17, 2019 by John Smith

Ancra Cargo has automated its integrated decking system with the Ancra AutoDeck, making it possible to adjust trailer deck heights at the touch of a button. Deck heights are controlled using a panel at the rear of the trailer, and a manual override option is also available in the case of lost power.