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September 15, 2014

TMC’s 2014 Fall Meeting Next Week

The American Trucking Association’s Technology & Maintenance Council will hold its Fall Meeting Sept. 22-25 at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla.

September 9, 2014

Top Technicians to Gather for Skills Competition

The 10th annual TMCSuperTech National Technician Skills Competition is set to take place later this month at the Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

July 8, 2014

TMC Fall Meeting Features Tire and Wheel Failure Analysis

If tire costs give you heartburn, you'll need to be in Orlando in September for the ATA's Technology and Maintenance Council fall meeting. It will feature a special session on tire and wheel failure analysis.

June 3, 2014

TMC Opens Registration for Fall Meeting, Issues Updated RP Manual

TMC’s 2014 Fall Meeting offers a collection of educational sessions designed to keep your maintenance personnel on the cutting edge of vehicle technology with over 15 educational sessions and more than 100 Industry Task Force meetings.

May 21, 2014

ATA asks FMCSA to Eliminate Tire Underinflation Violation

There is no official definition of underinflated against which to write citations, so the cops have historically been sort of making it up as they go along -- more than 30,000 tickets written on a regulation that has been proven impossible to determine.

May 16, 2014

Trailer Maintenance Tips

It’s been 14 years since repairing any trailer’s “ICC bumper” was a simple matter of cutting off the damaged section and welding on a straight piece of angle iron. Most trailers built since Jan. 26, 1998, have been equipped with more complex required rear impact guards that are not only stronger but are designed to absorb shock from a collision.

May 13, 2014

Benchmarking Tire Programs: How Does Your Company Stack Up?

Fleets spend tons of money on tires – so much, in fact, that bad tire management can become a competitive handicap. Find out how four well-run fleets run their tire programs to give their operations a competitive advantage.

May 9, 2014

TMC Fall Meeting, TMCSuperTech 2014 Set for Sept. 22-25

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council will hold its 2014 Fall Meeting and 10th annual National Technician Skills Competition — TMCSuperTech 2014 — Sept. 22-25 at the Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin Resort, Orlando, Fla.

May 9, 2014

Tending Liftgate Batteries

Bruce Purkey knows where the electrons go. And, as president of Purkey’s Fleet Electric and his many activities in the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations, he’s well aware that some of them flow to batteries that support the electric-over-hydraulic systems for liftgates on trucks and trailers. Usually there are two and as many as four Group 31 batteries, like the ones on a truck or tractor.

May 7, 2014

HDT Presents Awards to Top 20 Product Winners

Each year, Heavy Duty Trucking honors 20 of the best new products introduced the previous year with its Top 20 awards. Each product was selected based on its level of innovation, whether it addresses significant industry issues or concerns, and its potential to improve a trucking operation’s bottom line. The winners appeared in our February 2014 issue, and awards were presented at the Technology and Maintenance Council annual meeting, the Truckload Carriers Association annual convention, and the Mid-America Trucking Show in the spring of 2014.

May 2, 2014

Ed Shea, TMC Activist and Retired Publisher, Dies at 91

Ed Shea, a retired publisher of Owner Operator and The Specialist magazines, passed away April 28 after a period of declining health. He was 91. He was a founding member of what is now the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations.

April 30, 2014

Ounces of Prevention Means Miles of Cure For Your Tires

Unlike their human counterparts, dead tires do tell tales. And aside from underinflation and road strikes, the tales most commonly told of tires robbing their owners of full value revolve around alignment. Scrubbing and scuffing and driving tires off in different directions, poor alignment kills tires faster than almost any other mechanical malady.

April 8, 2014

Do We Worry Too Much About Inflation Pressure?

Tire pressure monitoring systems have allowed us a peek into the secret life of tires, and revealed some astonishing details.

March 19, 2014

Dana Adds Two Lightweight Axles to Medium-duty Portfolio

TMC, NASHVILLE -- Dana is adding two new Spicer S140 Series axles to the company’s lineup of single-reduction, single-drive axles for Class 6 and Class 7 vehicles. Dana says the new axles are up to 50 pounds lighter than competitive offerings.

March 18, 2014

Eaton, Cummins Expand SmartAdvantage Powertrain Portfolio

TMC, NASHVILLE -- Eaton and Cummins have added the ISX12 diesel to the SmartAdvantage powertrain portfolio while upping the gross vehicle weight for the previously announced Advantage Series/ISX15 diesel combination to 110,000 pounds.

March 17, 2014

Ryder Partners with Women in Trucking to Develop Female-Friendly Vehicles

To respond to the increasing number of women choosing careers as professional truck drivers and to inspire more women to consider the transportation industry as a career, Ryder System, announced a partnership with Women In Trucking, a non-profit organization established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry.

March 17, 2014

Photos: Highlights from TMC's 2014 Meeting

Check out this sampling of the sights from the 2014 annual meeting of the American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council, held March 10-13 in Nashville, Tenn. Read more about the meeting and about TMC here.

March 14, 2014

Are Your Aftermarket Truck Parts the Real Deal?

Phony designer handbags…fake Rolex watches…buy these without realizing it and you’ll undoubtedly overpay for inferior products. Your wallet and your ego will both take a hit, but you’ll survive. But if you purchase fake aftermarket truck parts, the results can be disastrous.

March 13, 2014

TMC Names Winner of Leadership Award and Excellence in Maintenance Supervision Award

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council recognized Brent Hilton, director of maintenance for Maverick Transportation, Little Rock, Ark., with its Peggy Fisher Study Group Leadership Award during the Council’s 2014 Annual Meeting, Mar. 10-13, in Nashville, Tenn.

March 13, 2014

Mack's Twin Y Air Suspension Wins TWNA Technical Achievement Award

TMC, NASHVILLE -- The Truck Writers of North America have named Mack Trucks’ Twin Y air suspension as the top technical achievement of 2013. The announcement and presentation took place Wednesday at an awards luncheon during the Technology & Maintenance Council's annual meeting and exhibition.

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