Sean Kilcarr

Senior 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.

Shifts in medium-duty parameters projected

The introduction of Eaton Corp.’s new Procision dual clutch transmission this week aims to address what the company believes are the intensification of strategic shifts now occurring in the way North American Class 6-7 medium-duty trucks operate.

Procision test track evaluation

Reporters were invited to Eaton Corp.'s Marshall Proving Grounds in Michigan to put its new Procision Class 6-7 dual clutch truck transmisison through its paces -- taking a variety of medium-duty models up and down steep inclines to try out the gearbox's "Hill Helper" and "Auto Grade Braking" features, as well as acceration tests on the facility's banked oval track.

Procision transmission rollout event

Eaton Corp. hosted reporters at its Marshall Proving Grounds located just outside marshall, MI, to introduce its new Procision dual clutch autmated manual transmission (AMT) for the North American Class 6-7 medium-duty truck market. Eaton said its new Procision gearbox is expected to officially go on sale and be in full production by mid 2015.

Eaton unveils new MD transmission

Marshall, MI. Eaton Corp. is expected to bring to market a new 7-speed, medium-duty dual clutch transmission by the middle of next year. According to Eaton, the Procision delivers 8-10% better fuel economy in a similarly equipped vehicle using a torque converter automatic transmission.

Thanks to its electronic shifting, the transmission is able to optimize fuel efficiency by using grade, vehicle weight and throttle input to provide smooth, continuous delivery of torque.

September 2, 2014: Trucking firm fights OT pay; hazmat fine for Mass. carrier; earnings trending up

Here’s a look at what is happening around the world of transportation today.

Omnitracs to buy XRS for $178 million

Trucking telematics provider Omnitracs, LLC, is planning to acquire rival XRS Corp for $5.60 per share of XRS stock, which equates to $178 million in equity value. The deal is expected to be wrapped up by the fourth quarter this year.

August 29, 2014: Gun battle during attempted heist; truck parking dispute; new drivers in hot demand

Here is a look at what is trending today in the world of trucking.

Can higher pay alone solve the driver shortage? 2

As a range of carriers continue to announce driver pay increases, some within the industry are questioning whether higher pay alone will be enough to reduce the ongoing truck driver shortage, estimated by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) to be between 30,000 and 35,000 positions.

August 26, 2014: Where are the truckers; natural gas growth slows; freight hijacking

Here's a look at what is trending around the world of transportation today:

Temperature-controlled trucking poised to take off

Growth in U.S., food consumption, more regionalized distribution patterns, a strong harvest and tight freight capacity are helping create extra and more profitable demand for temperature-controlled trucking operations – with the particular route structures of  refrigerated truckload carriers going a long way to determine winners and losers.

Fuel prices to keep falling into 2015

Diesel and gasoline prices declined again this week in the U.S., according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA); prompting a downward revision for U.S. fuel prices through 2015 in the agency’s latest Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO) report.

The national average retail pump price for diesel dropped 1.4 cents this week to $3.821 per gallon, EIA reported, which is 9.2 cents per gallon cheaper compared to the same week in 2013.

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