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April 21, 2017

Commentary: 3 Lessons Learned at TMC

The spring meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council usually is a place where ideas flow freely and best practices are shared, and things were no different in Nashville this year.

April 18, 2017

TMC: Aerodynamic Wheel Covers Work if You Cover Your Bases

Last year, the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations set out to identify the potential promise and pitfalls associated with using aerodynamic wheel covers.

March 27, 2017

ATA Announces Leadership Shakeup at TMC

Robert Braswell has been named acting executive director of ATA’s Technology and Maintenance Council, replacing Carl Kirk who has left the organization.

March 20, 2017

On the Spot: How Tire Vibration Can Impact Fuel Efficiency [Video]

Equipment editor Jim Park caught up with IMI Products at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting in Nashville to watch a demonstration of how vibration and rolling resistance can affect fuel efficiency. 

March 20, 2017

TMC's New Chairman on Trucking's Race to the Future

“I’m really thinking a lot about the ‘TMC of Tomorrow,'" says Glen McDonald, for whom assuming the chairmanship of the ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council is a pinnacle moment in his long career in trucking.

February 28, 2017

Photos from TMC in Nashville

HDT was on hand for the annual meeting of the American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council in Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 27-March 1, 2017. Here are a few of the sights.

February 27, 2017

TMC Awards Two Silver Spark Plugs at Annual Meeting

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council has honored two maintenance professionals with the Silver Spark Plug award, the organization's highest honor.

February 27, 2017

TWNA Announces 2016 Technical Achievement Award Finalists

The Truck Writers of North America has announced the top five finalists for its 2016 Technical Achievement Award, including engines, a disc brake, a steel wheel, and electronic cruise control products.

February 27, 2017

NACFE: Modest Gains Seen So Far from Variable Engine-Driven Accessories

New NACFE confidence report on emerging technology says that current fuel economy gains are modest, but some systems show promise and research and development should continue.

February 26, 2017

Haldex Adds Smart Trailer Control Module

Haldex's new Intelligent Trailer Control Module (ITCM) expands the capability of trailer ABS systems to include faster communication and increased functionality.

February 24, 2017

HDT Announces 2017 Top 20 Products

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine announced its 2017 Top 20 Products, highlighting the most innovative, significant and useful new product announcements from the previous year.

February 13, 2017

Commentary: The Best Maintenance Tools May Not Be in the Shop at All

Editor in chief Deborah Lockridge explains that the most powerful tools you may not be fully taking advantage of in the shop involve information.

November 8, 2016

TMC Donates Updated Inspection Guides to Student Techs

ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council has donated copies of its newly updated PMI Guidelines Manual for Class 7 & 8 Diesel-Powered Tractors to student technicians.

October 10, 2016

Spec'ing Trailers for Safe and Quick Entry and Exit

Slips and falls constitute a major cause of injuries and worker’s compensation claims for drivers, and while that usually applies to trucks and tractors, it also includes trailers. Many trailers are bought with no clear way to climb aboard, so drivers do the best they can.

September 26, 2016

Scenes from TMC's SuperTech 2016 Competition

ATA Technology & Maintenance Council’s SuperTech 2016 competition last week in Raleigh, N.C., saw 140 professionals and 47 students displaying their skills at 55 testing stations. They used equipment furnished by major fleets and manufacturers, and special testing rigs built by volunteers. Photos: Marsh Galloway, TMC

September 23, 2016

Trailers an Important Part of 2016 SuperTech

Trailers get little enough attention in the real world, and this new focus gives them the respect they deserve. Trailers (and truck bodies) are where the payloads go, after all.

September 21, 2016

FedEx Technicians Again Sweep SuperTech Competition

Eric Vos, Mark McLean and Steven Weaver share top accolades at the conclusion of the event that included hundreds of technicians from around the USA.

September 21, 2016

TMC Looks at Special Trailer Repair Issues

How do you repair a lowboy trailer whose deck structure has lost its arc? That might deserve some scrutiny, the organization figures.

August 29, 2016

TMC Releases Updated Manuals for Technicians

“By following each manual’s quality PMI program, fleets are provided a road map to follow for maximum return on assets and optimal component life of major vehicle systems,” said Carl Kirk, TMC executive director and an ATA vice president.

July 26, 2016

Trailer Technicians Added to TMC National Skills Competition

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council has added a new competition track for trailer technicians at its TMCSuperTech 2016 National Technician Skills Competition.

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