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September 18, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Denies ATA Petition Regarding Truck Tire Inflation Rules

Photo: Michelin

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration denied a petition filed by the American Trucking Associations that would remove a provision of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations regarding tire inflation.

Tags: TMC, Tires, CVSA, Enforcement, Technology & Maintenance Council, Tire Inflation

February 28, 2017 - Product News

Volvo Trucks Increases Uptime, Efficiency with Remote Programming

Volvo says software updates can be done while the driver is having lunch.

Volvo Trucks North America is expanding its connected vehicle services with new Remote Programming over-the-air updates for powertrain software and parameters.

Tags: Telematics, Volvo Trucks, Remote Diagnostics, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Stoughton Offers Sneak Peak of New Refrigerated Van

A new refrigerated trailer from Stoughton will be available to order late in 2017. Production is slated to begin in early 2018.

Tags: Stoughton Trailers, Refrigerated Trailers, Trailers, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Rising: A26 Engine Signals New Chapter

Navistar's new A26 diesel engine, unveiled at TMC in Nashville, is the product of a radically new approach to engine design by the company.

International's all-new A26 diesel engine is the product of a radically new engineering philosophy designed to return the company to its position as a technology leader in the trucking industry, says the company.

Tags: International, Diesel Engines, Navistar, Fuel Economy, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins to Offer Engine Maintenance Notifications

Cummins' new Guidanz telematics system features a 9-pin J1939 interface that downloads engine fault codes directly to a smartphone or similar mobile device.

Cummins announced its new Connected Adviser telematics system at TMC's Annual Meeting in Nashville, which allows customers to receive information analyzed by engine experts at Cummins, making it easier for fleet managers to make service decisions about the vehicles in their fleets.

Tags: Telematics, Cummins, Downtime, Technology & Maintenance Council, Diesel Engines

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Annual Meeting, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

TMC Names 2017-2018 General Chairman and Treasurer

Glen McDonald of Memphis, Tenn.-based Ozark Motor Lines has been elected 2017-2018 general chairman and treasurer of the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, People, Annual Meeting, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Product News

International Truck to Launch New 12.4L Diesel Engine

International Truck will launch the A26 engine, a new 12.4-liter diesel engine designed for the Class 8 market, at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s Annual Meeting in Nashville.

Tags: Diesel Engines, International Trucks, Annual Meeting, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Truck Writers of North America, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Meritor Launches "Most Efficient" Drive Axle Ever

Photo by Jim Park

Based on today's diesel prices, a 1,000-truck fleet equipped with the 14X HE drive axle could realize $1 million per year in fuel savings, according to Meritor.

Tags: Meritor, Axles, Downspeeding, Technology & Maintenance Council

January 18, 2016 - Industry News

TWNA Names 2015 Tech Achievement Award Finalists

Finalists include safety and driveline products and a converter dolly. The truck writers group gave its first tech award in 1991 for a then-novel LED marker light.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Truck Writers of North America, Technology & Maintenance Council, Aperia Technologies, ATIS

September 24, 2015 - Industry News

Proposed 'Mattress Tag Rule' Angers ATA's Engineering VP

Ted Scott, vice president of engineering for the American Trucking Associations, had a succinct assessment of a recent federal regulatory proposal: “FMCSA has finally gone crazy.”

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, FMSCA, Safety & Compliance, FMCSA, Safety, Regulations, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 23, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Might Alter ‘Implementation Roadmap’ for GHG Phase 2 Rules

The EPA is serious about further reducing exhaust emissions and boosting vehicle fuel economy. But the agency official’s remarks suggested that it intends to be reasonable about it.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Emissions, EPA, U.S. EPA, GHG Phase 2, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 21, 2015 - Industry News

TMC Hears Ideas on How to Add Members, Activities

Online tech sessions and recruiting younger fleet managers are among suggestions gleaned from a recent survey of members and non-members of the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, TMC, Technology & Maintenance Council, Associations

July 13, 2015 - Industry News

TMC's Tech Talk to Celebrate 500th Broadcast

Dave Nemo

The weekly program covers issues involving maintenance, inspection and specification of brakes, on-board vehicle electronics and electrical systems, engines, seating, tires and more.

Tags: Technicians, Satellite Radio, Technology & Maintenance Council, SiriusXM

April 8, 2015 - Industry News

Jim Winsor, Longtime Trucking Journalist, Passes Away

Jim Winsor in the mid-2000s.

Jim Winsor, a veteran trucking industry journalist and former executive editor of Heavy Duty Trucking, passed away Tuesday night from natural causes.

Tags: Obituary, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Halo Tire Inflator Wins TWNA Tech Achievement Award

From left, Jim Park, awards committee chairman, presents the award to Josh Carter, Aperia's CEO, and Brandon Richardson, chief technology officer.

The device was proved effective in track testing in Canada last year and is in use by numerous fleets, members of the awards committee found in pre-selection research.

Tags: Awards, Tire Inflation, Technology & Maintenance Council, Tires

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

TMC Meeting Attendees Battle Winter Storm

Accumulations of snow in the city core were around 2-3 inches, but that was on top of at least an inch of ice. Photo by Jim Park

A near-record setting winter storm brought below-zero temperatures and 6 inches of snow to Nashville, Tennessee, site of the 2015 Technology & Maintenance Council's Annual Meeting.

Tags: Tennessee, Technology & Maintenance Council, Winter

February 17, 2015 - Industry News

New Report Says Fleets Missing Out on Fuel Savings Through Engine Settings

Photo by Jim Park

Fleets that optimize their electronic engine parameters for fuel economy can expect to see about a 0.5 mpg improvement in fuel economy, according to a new Confidence Report issued by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, Engines, NACFE, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

HDT Announces Top 20 Products

Heavy Duty Trucking's editors and a panel of truck fleet executives identified the 20 best new products that appeared in our magazine and website in the past year.

Tags: Equipment, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products, Technology & Maintenance Council

February 13, 2015 - Industry News

Truck Writers Announce Technical Achievement Award Finalists

Truck Writers of North America named five finalists for its 2014 Technical Achievement Award. The winner will be announced during the Technology & Maintenance Council's annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.

Tags: Technology, Awards, Truck Writers of North America, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

SuperTech Participation Improves Training, Saves Money, Maintenance Execs Report

The Technology & Maintenance Council’s SuperTech competition recognizes and improves technicians’ skills. But Mike Delaney's interviews found that winning is not the only thing. It also improves entire companies.

Tags: Technician Training, TMC SuperTech, Technology & Maintenance Council, Technicians, Managing the Shop

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Mark McLean of FedEx Freight Wins TMC SuperTech Again

Mark McLean (right) accepts applause after being named champion at SuperTech luncheon. George Arrants, program chairman, made the announcement.

Mark McLean was declared the winner of the TMC SuperTech National Technicians Skills Competition for the second straight year, helpng FedEx technicians sweep the top three spots in the event.

Tags: ATA, Technicians, TMCSuperTech, FedEx, Technology & Maintenance Council, FedEx Freight

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

EPA's Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Rules Still Unknown

Proposals for Phase 2 of the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions regulations are approaching a deadline for publication, but neither the Environmental Protection Agency nor the manufacturers affected know much about what will be in them.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, EPA, GHG Phase 2, Trailers, Regulations, Technology & Maintenance Council

September 24, 2014 - Industry News

Engine 'Downspeeding' Can Cause Driveline Failures, TMC Attendees Told

Driveline damage from engine torque “spikes” is among the many nuts-and-bolts subjects discussed by fleet managers and supplier representatives this week at a maintenance conference in Florida.

Tags: Downspeed, Spec'ing, Torque, Technology & Maintenance Council, Dana, Detroit Diesel, Meritor, Transmissions, Axles, Drivelines

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