ATHENS, Ga. — Carrier Transicold’s free app for mobile devices that helps refrigerated truck operators find nearby Carrier Transicold dealerships has been upgraded with a fresh appearance, a significantly expanded dealer database and helpful new user features.
Now called “Carrier Transicold Dealers,” the app works with smartphones and tablets, so drivers can quickly and easily locate and connect to service operations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and, thanks to the 2019 update, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, according to Mary Udry, marketing manager, Carrier Transicold.
“The improved app now covers the entirety of the Americas – more than 300 dealerships in all,” Udry said. “And for the first time, it offers users multi-language support, enabling the choice of English, French, Spanish or Portuguese. The look and feel of the app has been modernized, making it more intuitive to use, and the amount of helpful reference material has been expanded.”
As part of the app’s expanded offering, Carrier Transicold Dealers now enables access to more operator manuals for current and legacy Carrier Transicold truck and trailer refrigeration systems, heating systems and auxiliary power units (APUs). As before, the app includes a convenient alarm code list for the Carrier Transicold APX control system, providing descriptions of potential problems and corrective steps for different warnings.
The “Nearby Dealers” function finds the closest dealer to the user’s location, including a map, address, contact details and hours of operation. Depending on device and connection, the app can auto-dial the dealership and can help provide navigation to the dealership. Where applicable, quick links are provided to connect to individual dealer websites or to share dealership details via an emailed link to content within Carrier Transicold’s online dealer locator at
Most of the app’s resources require a cell or wi-fi connection, however the dealer lookup menu is available offline – users can always find dealers by selecting a country, plus state or province if applicable, from alphabetical listings.
Carrier Transicold Dealers works on smartphones and tablets using Google’s Android and Apple Inc.’s iOS operating systems. The latest version (3.0) can be downloaded through Google Play or the Apple App Store.
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Bridgestone adds to Ecopia commercial truck tire portfolio
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas has made a new addition to its fuel-efficient Bridgestone Ecopia commercial truck tire portfolio.
The Bridgestone R123 Ecopia tire is a SmartWay verified trailer tire the company said is engineered to deliver low rolling resistance and exceptional wear in long-haul and regional service applications.
Because of to its low rolling resistance design, the Bridgestone R123 Ecopia tire delivers nearly $400 in fuel savings over 100,000 miles when compared to the Bridgestone Ecopia R197 tire, according to Kyle Chen, brand manager, truck and bus radial tires, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO).
“Bridgestone Ecopia tires are designed with features that reduce fuel consumption, and they are engineered to be fit for retreading later on, making them a smart, sustainable business choice for fleets on a number of levels,” Chen said. “Fuel-efficient tires that also deliver big on performance are a demonstration of our dedication to help lower the total cost of tire ownership and drive efficient mobility for all fleets.”
Chen said the Bridgestone R123 Ecopia tire is engineered with features such as an IntelliShape sidewall designed to reduce the overall tire weight and minimize rolling resistance.
The tire also uses patented NanoPro-Tech polymer technology to limit energy loss and help improve fuel economy, he said.
Additional innovations include:
- A fuel-efficient tread design to lower rolling resistance and improve fuel economy
- An innovative tread pattern to increase traction and grip on wet roads, as well as absorption of tread edge stress to promote long, even wear
- An optimized tread volume that allows for long removal mileage, and;
- A specialized defense groove structure that helps establish even pressure at the tire shoulder and minimize tread edge wear.
“Fleets can leverage fuel-efficient tires and retreads together to extend the life of their tire casings, further reduce fuel costs and lower the total cost of tire ownership,” Chen said. “Designed to maximize the total tire lifecycle, the Bridgestone R123 Ecopia tire provides excellent retreadability and works together with Bandag FuelTech retreads to capitalize on tire performance potential, drive down fuel costs and make mobility more efficient for fleets.”
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Class 8 build rate: When change comes, it’s likely to come fast
COLUMBUS, Ind. — According to ACT Research’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, current Class 8 build rates suggest upside to the 2019 forecast, but large new truck inventories and deteriorating freight and rate conditions suggest erring on the side of caution remains the right call: When the change comes, it is likely to come fast.
“Since March 2018, ACT’s forecasts have targeted third quarter 2019 as the quarter in which the supply of Class 8 tractors and demand for freight services were likely to tip so far as to break the current period of peak vehicle production, as demand reverts to the mean,” said Steve Tam, ACT’s vice president. “Current data and anecdotes make a strong case that the call for a third quarter 2019 inflection point expectation remains intact.”
Regarding heavy vehicle demand, Tam said, “At the heart of our cycle duration prediction, carrier profitability and production peaks always lag the freight cycle, so capacity building always accelerates relative to freight growth at exactly the wrong time. Hence, cycle duration ultimately comes down to timing and excluding the pre-buy and housing bubble impacted 2004-2006 cycle, peak of cycle build rates has historically lasted between 13 and 15 months. For this Class 8 cycle, we date peak build rates to June 2018, so we are currently in 12 months.”
Regarding ACT’s medium duty forecasts, Tam said slower orders are negating upward pressure previously exerted on the forecast.
“For trucks, segment analysis preliminary May orders were more than 2,500 units below the 12-month trend, with similar developments in the bus and RV segments leading to a like comparison for the total Classes 5-7 market,” he said.
ACT Research is a publisher of commercial vehicle truck, trailer, and bus industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American and China markets. ACT’s analytical services are used by all major North American truck and trailer manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as banking and investment companies.
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Double Coin and CMA say Thailand facility now at full capacity
MONROVIA, Calif. — Double Coin and CMA, a tire manufacturer and marketer say their Thailand manufacturing facility is now working at full capacity to produce over-the-road (OTR) and truck bus and radial (TBR) products.
“Our new Thailand manufacturing facility has full OTR and TRB availability and the production capacity to fulfill container-level orders,” said Tim Phillips vice president of marketing operations for Double Coin/CMA. “Not only does this production facility have the capacity to meet the demand for commercial tire products, we are offering them at competitive prices since they are not subject to anti-dumping and countervailing duties or tariffs penalties associated with products produced in China. With many of our competitors having to rely on China alone, Double Coin customers will be in an excellent purchasing position in the face of product shortages and higher prices from China.”
Phillips said some U.S. suppliers claim they have production availability in Vietnam or Thailand, but it remains to be seen if older plants in these areas that are already running at full capacity can offer any additional TBR and OTR products.
“The combination of our new state-of-art manufacturing facility and warehousing in Thailand where we can offer very competitive pricing, Double Coin is emerging as the clear choice for TBR and OTR tire products,” Phillips said.
Built on a 3.6 million square-foot site, the Thailand facility has the capacity to manufacture over 1.8 million TBR tires as well as over 50,000 OTR tires. The entire plant is controlled by the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and is integrated with the SAP management system. Plans for expansion at the Thailand facility are currently underway.
“In addition to our production capacity at our Thailand facility, we currently have full capacity of Double Coin tires at our five warehouses in Memphis, Tennessee, Rancho Cucamonga, California, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, San Jose, Costa Rica, and Queretaro, Mexico,” Phillips said.
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