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January 28, 2014

TMC Introduces New Certified VMRS Specialist Program

ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council is introducing a Certified Specialist Program for users of the Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards. VMRS is the industry standard coding convention for tracking equipment and maintenance information.

January 13, 2014

Will Truck Owners Face GHG Enforcement?

Truck owners and manufacturers share responsibility for compliance with new limits on carbon dioxide emissions and fuel economy.

December 9, 2013

8 Things to Expect on Tomorrow’s Trucks

In some ways, the truck of the future is here today. What would a truck driver from decades ago think if he were suddenly transported from his own time into one of today’s state-of-the-art rigs?

October 15, 2013

Keeping Your Wheels On

There’s no mystery to why wheels come off trucks. The National Transportation Safety Board in 1992, and Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation in the late 1990s, both concluded after exhaustive studies that inadequate maintenance was the root cause of a series of fatal wheel separation incidents.

September 24, 2013

Quality Parts Should Go Into Trailer Electrical Systems, Updated TMC Recommendations Say

Updated recommendations from TMC for trailer electrical systems say sealed wiring, water- and corrosion-resistant connectors and low-amperage lamp designs are the things to get for long life – not new advice, but information newly included in the group’s Recommended Practice 704.

September 16, 2013

Tampering Not New, But Dirties Exhaust and Can Damage Engines, Reps Say

How much tampering with exhaust emissions equipment goes on out there? No one knows for sure, but panelists at a session of the Technology & Maintenance Council’s fall meeting in Pittsburgh last week said they had seen some flagrant cases.

September 12, 2013

FedEx Freight’s Techs Sweep TMC SuperTech Competition

PITTSBURGH -- Technicians from FedEx Freight finished first, second, third and fourth in the TMC’s annual SuperTech competition that ended Wednesday, with Mark McLean Jr. from New York state named grand champion.

September 12, 2013

Inside TMC's 2013 SuperTech Competition

The Technology & Maintenance Council of ATA said 128 technicians from around the U.S. won their way to Pittsburgh for the 2013 SuperTech competition by topping hundreds more competitors in state-level contests. SuperTech, now in its ninth year, is the highest level in the nationwide competition that encourages talented young people to become truck technicians and honors them for their prowess. Photos by Marsh Galloway, courtesy of the Technology & Maintenance Council, http://tmc.trucking.org.

September 9, 2013

TMC Officials Report Record Attendance, Healthy Membership, as Fall Meeting Starts

PITTSBURGH -- TMC is on a roll. Attendance at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s gathering this week set a record for an annual fall meeting, while council membership is likewise up and will continue to climb, officials reported.

September 9, 2013

Sleep Apnea CPAP Battery Test Now Underway at Major Fleet, TMC Says

PITTSBURGH -- A field test of battery-powered CPAP devices to combat sleep apnea among drivers is now underway with the help of three suppliers and a major truckload fleet, according to a report at a task force meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations.

July 3, 2013

TMC Fall Meeting & TMCSuperTech 2013 Set for Sept. 9-12

The Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations will hold its 2013 Fall Meeting and National Technician Skills Competition, TMCSuperTech 2013, on Sept. 9-12 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Penn..

July 3, 2013

What Exactly Constitutes an Underinflated Truck Tire?

Why should we worry about defining underinflation? Because of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) enforcement program.

March 18, 2013

TMC Awards Highest Honor to Five Industry Professionals

The Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations awarded its highest honor — the Silver Spark Plug Award — to five trucking industry professionals during the Council's 2013 Annual Meeting, March 11-14, in Nashville, Tenn.

March 14, 2013

Meritor FueLite 6x2 Tandem Wins TWNA Tech Award

The Truck Writers of North America picked Meritor’s FueLite 6x2 tandem-axle assembly with an electronically controlled air suspension from the Meritor Wabco joint venture for its latest Technical Achievement Award.

March 13, 2013

Decisiv Automates Inspection and Maintenance Processes

Decisiv Inc., a provider of service relationship management platforms, announced at the 2013 TMC Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition that Saia Inc. is now deploying QR Codes on 17,000 assets to automate and improve the efficiency of its inspection and maintenance processes.

March 12, 2013

TMC Sets 5-Year Goals, Names ‘Spark Plug’ Honorees at Big Annual Meeting

The Technology & Maintenance Council of ATA opened its annual meeting and exposition in Nashville yesterday evening by announcing healthy attendance and describing goals set by a Strategic Planning Committee. Officers also named seven recipients of the Silver Spark Plug award for service to the organization.

March 12, 2013

Phillips Industries Presents Corrosion Protection Solution

During a press conference held in conjunction with the Technology & Maintenance Council 2013 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, Phillips Industries presented their newest product designed to fight the harmful effects of corrosion build up in the electrical systems of commercial vehicles, the patented Sta-Dry QCMS2 (Quick Connect Modular System).

March 12, 2013

DieselMisers Introduces Two New Trailer Aero Devices

DieselMisers Inc., manufacturer of the popular Kodiak AeroCurtain trailer side skirts, has announced that they have begun full production and deliveries of two new trailer aero products – the Kodiak AirPlow and the Kodiak Bumper Bullet.

March 11, 2013

Cummins, Eaton to Offer Integrated ‘Powertrain Package’

Cummins Inc. and Eaton Corp. have devised a fuel-saving, integrated engine-transmission combination that will rival proprietary offerings from some truck builders.

March 11, 2013

TrailerTails’ Adoption in North America Drives European Union to Authorize Them

Andy Smith is seeing more and more of his TrailerTails moving down American and Canadian highways, and soon he’ll see them in Europe. The founder and CEO of ATDynamics on Sunday said that to reporters on the eve of the opening of the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. It was his latest briefing since he launched the fuel-saving folding-panel device in 2008.

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