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Guide: the hottest equipment trends in freight shipping (and how to vet them for your business)

11.19.2021 | By Justin Turner | 5 min. read

Cut costs and maximize productivity with five of the latest and greatest shipping equipment trends

Is your trucking equipment clunky and outdated? Have you overlooked the life span of your flatbeds, dry vans, and tarp systems? Although well-built machines can run for decades, they won’t always operate at the high standards of modern-day equipment. Antiquated machinery can result in slow processes, constant repairs, and an overuse of energy and natural resources. Today, the trucking industry requires machinery that cuts costs while increasing productivity. As a result, new and innovative equipment trends are making huge waves in the world of freight transportation. 

Supply chains have endured an especially chaotic year with ongoing pandemic-related delays and closures, high demand, and tight capacity. In light of this, we’re giving you a look into our exclusive equipment toolbox, chock-full with the latest and greatest trends to maximize productivity. Learn how your trucking fleet can create processes built on speed and efficiency, cut costs, and deliver optimal performance. 

A truck driver locates their position on a digital map displayed on a touch screen.

Command Steer advanced active steering system

Snug and safe in the front seat of your commercial truck, you slowly raise your arms into a stretch and let out a yawn. The music coming from your radio fades into a whisper of white noise and your eyelids become heavy with fatigue. Wake up! Hours on the road can leave truck drivers physically and mentally exhausted. Fortunately, Mack Trucks is taking the fatigue out of driving with its highly advanced Mack Command Steer active steering system

By combining an electric motor with hydraulic steering, this system significantly reduces driver fatigue and lowers muscle strain by up to 30%. The steering assist cuts driver effort by 85%, increasing driver safety and productivity. How does it work? By monitoring terrain, driver inputs, and the surrounding environment, the system provides steering effort through its electric motor, which uses torque as needed to direct steering. 

Give this piece of equipment a try; there’s never harm in adding extra precautions when it comes to the safety of drivers.

View of highway traffic through the windshield of a truck. Digital navigation is mounted on the dashboard.

Variable speed motors

One way to increase efficiency and reduce power consumption is to replace your current conveyor motors with highly efficient, variable-speed motors. These motors have a “soft-start” that lessens the mechanical shock to the conveyor belt when restarting. They also cut maintenance costs and reduce the draw of electrical current during a restart. 

Although energy-efficient motors can be more pricey than standard equipment, the cost-savings over time outweigh the upfront payment. Not only are these motors more reliable and longer-lasting, but they also place less of a burden on electrical distribution units.

TRU-Mount Solar Charging System

This solar charging system for transport refrigeration units (TRU) is durable and highly efficient. By combining ultra-pure silicon cells with a high-performing charge controller, this innovative piece of equipment generates optimal power delivery. Its 2.0 amp solar operating current completely charges the refrigeration unit, offering more reliable performance than standard charging systems. Other benefits include reduced power loss, increased light transmission, higher impact resistance, and fuel savings. Not only is this charging system more efficient, but it has a significantly smaller carbon footprint than standard equipment. 

Close-up of the pipe hose of a truck emptying its sewage tank. 

Wabash MSC Refrigerated Trailer, powered by eNow solar energy

There’s no denying that modern-day consumers and company leaders are pivoting toward more sustainable business practices. Subsequently, investing in eco-friendly equipment will improve your company’s reputation with the possibility of expanding its customer base. 

Go green with the most thermally efficient and eco-friendly refrigerated haul on the market. The Wabash MSC refrigerated trailer uses highly efficient technology to generate electrically powered TRUs. With thermal efficiencies, customers can downsize batteries used to move freight or increase the run time on a battery setup. 

Operating and maintaining traditional diesel reefer systems can be extremely costly. With solar energy, carriers gain access to more energy-efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable refrigerated transportation. 

EROAD Clarity dash camera

Need more visibility in the driver’s seat? These clarity dashcams provide front-facing or dual front/driver-facing high-definition video to improve driver awareness. By combining full HD video with accurate telematics data, the Clarity dashcam ensures FMCSA compliance, improves fleet management and safety, helps you save on insurance and repair costs, and streamlines tax reporting. This dynamic piece of equipment is small but mighty, helping carriers take the necessary steps to maximize trucker visibility and safety.

It’s time to level up the way you haul

Thousands of owner-operators, trucking fleets, and other transportation industry members are pushing to keep up with the evolution of quality truck equipment. As advancements in design and the digital supply chain progress, so too will consumer expectations for speed, reliability, and efficiency. From flatbed trailers and truck beds to ratchet straps and headache racks, there’s room for improvement in just about every sector of your transportation equipment. 


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