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March 4, 2018 - Product News

Dana Launches Spicer S172 Series Single & Tandem Drive Axles

Dana introduced its new Spicer S172 series single drive axle. Photo: Dana

Dana introduced its new Spicer S172 series single drive axle for Class 7 and 8 vehicles during a press conference at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting in Atlanta. Acoirding to Dana, the new axles retains the robustness and strength of the existing S170 drive axle while reducing weight by more than 60 pounds.

Tags: TMC, Dana, Axles, Lightweighting

March 4, 2018 - Product News

Cooper Tires Announces Proprietary Truck Tire Line

In addition to its standard warranty, Cooper Tires will offer its Pro Series truck tire with a full replacement warranty on the first 50% of its tread life. The offer extends to Cooper’s Work Series tires as well. Photo: Cooper Tire

The new Cooper family of truck tires, announced at TMC, are SmartWay-certified and backed by a 7-year, two-retread warranty.

Tags: TMC, Tires, Cooper Tire

March 4, 2018 - Industry News

Eaton Highlights Trucking Technology Initiatives at TMC

Larry Bennett, director of technology and innovation for Eaton, details his company’s latest technology efforts at the TMC Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Photo: Jack Roberts

Eaton Sunday kicked off press conference at the 2018 Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting in Atlanta with an update on its most recent products and a in-depth look at the advanced systems and components its engineers are working on, including systems for electric trucks.

Tags: Eaton, TMC, Transmissions, Electric Trucks, Electric Infrastructure

March 4, 2018 - Industry News

Technology & Maintenance Council Meeting Kicks off in Atlanta

The TMC exhibit hall show floor takes shape Sunday. Photo: Jim Park

As TMC's annual meeting kicks off this week, news on new products, maintenance procedures and emerging technology in the trucking industry will flow out of Atlanta, including sessions on hot topics such as last-mile delivery and autonomous trucks.

Tags: Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Technology, TMC, Future Trucks, Events

March 1, 2018 - Industry News

Hyliion Offers Week-Long Tests of its Hybrid Tractors

Hyliion is offering free, week-long trials of trucks equipped with its 6x4HE hybrid electric axle for fleets that are interested in the technology. Photo: Hyliion

Hyliion, which produces a hybrid electric axle system for Class 8 trucks, has created a trial fleet of trucks equipped with its 6x4HE system to allow fleets to test the vehicles in their own operations for free.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, TMC, Hybrid Trucks, Hyliion

February 16, 2018 - Industry News

HDT Announces Top 20 Products for 2018

HDT has announced its list of the Top 20 Products for 2018.

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine has announced its 2018 Top 20 Products, highlighting the most innovative, significant, and useful new product announcements from last year.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

FedEx Freight Dominates 2017 TMC SuperTech Competition

FedEx Freight technician Mark McLean said he hopes to one day move into fleet management and share his knowledge and experience with young, up-and-coming technicians.

FedEx Freight technician Mark McLean came away with an unprecedented third TMC SuperTech title at the 2017 competition held in Orlando, Florida.

Tags: Maintenance, TMC, Technician Training, Technicians, TMC SuperTech

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

March 27, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: ATA, Leadership, TMC, People

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, 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

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

Variable engine-driven accessories are being tested for their fuel-saving capabilities on various OEM SuperTruck designs, such as this one by Volvo.

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.

Tags: Fuel Efficiency, TMC, Fuel Economy, NACFE

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

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.

Tags: TMC, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, Top 20 Products

November 8, 2016 - Industry News

TMC Donates Updated Inspection Guides to Student Techs

Photo: ATA

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.

Tags: ATA, Inspections, TMC, Technician Training, Technicians

September 21, 2016 - Industry News

FedEx Technicians Again Sweep SuperTech Competition

Eric Vos thanks his employer and family after accepting the award on Wednesday. Photo: Tom Berg

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.

Tags: TMC, FedEx Freight, TMC SuperTech

August 29, 2016 - Industry News

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.

Tags: CSA, TMC, Continuing Education, TMC SuperTech, Preventive Maintenance, Technician Training

July 26, 2016 - Industry News

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.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Competition, Technicians, TMCSuperTech

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

Veto of Truck Platooning Bill a Mistake, Says Industry Consultant

Both drivers steer in this test of a platooning system in the western U.S. In the Tesla car crash, the autopilot was in full control – though the driver should've intervened. Photo: Peloton Technology

Car and truck technologies are "completely different," and Missouri's governor erred is equating one with the other in his veto of legislation that would've allowed testing in that state, says a consultant involved in development.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, TMC, Tesla, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

June 1, 2016 - Industry News

TMC Sets Dates for Fall Meeting, Tech Competitions

Photo: TMC

ATA's Technology and Maintenance Council will hold its 2016 Fall Meeting and annual National Technician Skills competitions from Sept. 18-22 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Events, Technicians, TMCSuperTech

May 12, 2016 - Industry News

TMCFutureTech Registration Open for Student Technicians

Registration is open for the third annual National Student Technicians Competition at TMCFutureTech 2016, announced event sponsor Velociti.

Tags: ATA, TMC, Competition, Technicians, TMCSuperTech

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

TMC Adds Small-Fleet Category

TMC officials open the 2016 TMC annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. File photo: Deborah Lockridge

The Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations has just made it more affordable for smaller carriers to join the association and benefit from the group's information resources on spec'ing and maintenance issues.

Tags: TMC, Associations, Small Fleets

March 14, 2016 - Industry News

Meritor Aims to Grow With Aggressive New Product Schedule

Chris Villavarayan, president, Meritor Americas, chats with HDT editors at TMC. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Seven out of 10 Class 8 trucks in North America now run with Meritor axles, and the company has plans to grow, including an ambitious schedule of new product announcements.

Tags: TMC, Meritor

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Nitrogen Cooling System Offers Alternative to Traditional Reefer Trailers

After extensive testing with a grocery fleet in California, a nitrogen trailer cooling system is available that offers an alternative to traditional diesel-powered refrigeration systems.

Tags: Trailers, TMC, Transport Refrigeration

March 4, 2016 - Industry News

TMC Chairman Takes Aim at Technician Shortage

Doug White, 2016-2017 TMC chairman. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

While the technician shortage can’t be fixed tomorrow, Doug White believes it’s time for trucking to up its game when it comes to long-term solutions. Learn more in this interview with the new chairman of the Technology & Maintenance Council.

Tags: Technician Shortage, TMC

March 1, 2016 - Product News

Michelin's Auto Tire Inflation Tech Maintains Pressure

Michelin Auto Inflate will use automatic tire inflation technology developed by Aperia Technologies called Halo to maintain the pressure on drive and trailer tires.

Tags: TMC, Michelin, Tire Inflation, ATIS

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