Sean Kilcarr

Executive Editor

Sean reports and comments on trends affecting the many different strata of the trucking industry -- light and medium duty fleets up through over-the-road truckload, less-than-truckload, and private fleet operations Also be sure to visit Sean's blog Trucks at Work where he offers analysis on a variety of different topics inside the trucking industry.

TMC 2017 Day 3

Here’s a last look at some of the many exhibits displayed during the 2017 Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) annual meeting in Nashville, TN. Click here and here to view the Day 1 and Day 2 photo galleries, respectively.

Auctioning a Kenworth T680 for TAT

Don Blake, new truck sales manager in the Phoenix area for dealership conglomerate Inland Kenworth, spearheaded a unique effort to raise funds for the Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) group at the 2017 Technology & Maintenance Council annual conference: auctioning off a customized Kenworth T680 tractor dubbed “Everyday Heroes.” With a retail value of $157,000, auctioning this custom T680

Viewing the connected roadmap for commercial vehicles 2

NASHVILLE. Larry Bennett, director of the vehicle technology center for the vehicle group at Eaton Corp., will tell you that the future of commercial trucks is one that’s going to involve more “intelligent” technology – systems that, eventually, will drive them without a human at the wheel – and drive the need for more “electrification” as well.

FlowBelow adds trailer aerodynamic package

NASHVILLE. FlowBelow Aero Inc. is now going to bring it’s a version of its Class 8 tractor tandem axle aerodynamic kit back to the trailer, with a package designed to be mounted directly to the trailer suspension in combination with wheel covers.

Aperia, FlowBelow join forces

NASHVILLE. A new partnership announced at the 2017 Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) annual meeting will now combine the “halo” automatic tire inflation system (ATIS) offered by Aperia Technologies Inc. with the aerodynamic Tractor AeroKit produced by FlowBelow Aero Inc. for Class 8 tractor wheels.

Phillips Industries getting into the intelligent vehicle game

NASHVILLE. There is a “tidal wave of change” heading for the trucking industry, according to Rob Phillips, president and COO of Phillips Industries: “We’re going to experience more change in the next five years than we did in the last 50,” he explained during a press conference here at the 2017 Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) annual meeting.

TMC 2017 Day 1 1

At the 2017 Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) annual conference in Nashville, TN, several suppliers to the trucking industry unveiled a broad range of products, from a new tandem axle and terminal tractor fifth wheel to numerous “connectivity solutions” for trailers and a couple of electronic logging devices (ELDs). (Photos by Sean Kilcarr for Fleet Owner)

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