Announcements

  • PTDC Training Fair

    Our PTDC Training Fair is underway, Sept. 21-25. To register, go to https://ata.webex.com/ata/onstage/g.php?PRID=460126eb23c090fbe13614ad92067f04
  • Day 4 of TMC's 2020 Fall Meeting

    It's Day 4 of TMC's 2020 Fall Meeting. A full day's worth of educational sessions awaits.  Thanks to all who registered and participated. And thanks to our sponsors Diesel Laptops, Aurora Parts and Service, and Milwaukee Tools.
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    To record your attendance, please reply to the Attendance discussion thread at left by marking yourself " present " during your Task Force meetings. ------------------------------
  • TMC 2020 Fall Meeting Program

    Here is a link to our fall meeting program.

    Has all links and access codes for task forces, study groups and other scheduled meetings for our TMC20F virtual event.

    https://tmc.trucking.org/sites/default/files/20TMCF_meeting_program.pdf
  • S.18 Platooning Task Force Agenda

    Hi all,

    Please join our Fall 2020 Platooning Task Force meeting on Sept 15 from 2-3 pm Eastern. 

    The agenda is as follows:

    a.  Industry updates (Locomation, Peloton, Robotic Research)
    b.  Discussion of key topics for information report

    -- Richard Bishop, Chair
  • Two Minutes with TMC: Tips for Navigating TMC's 2020 Fall Meeting — A Virtual Event

    Be sure to check out the latest episode of Two Minutes with TMC, where TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell breaks down what you need to maneuver TMC's 2020 Fall Meeting — A Virtual Event!  




  • Kill the Mallet task force is closed; new task force has replaced it

    This task force has been closed and replaced with another task force in S.2 entitled "Aligning Vehicle Inspection Procedures for Tires with TMC Recommended Practices."  You can find the new community site at the link below.
  • Playback Recording of Standard Repair Times Webinar from July 22 Now Available!

    Click the link below to view the VMRS Standard Repair Time Report webinar from July 22.
  • TMC Recognized Associate Paul Zola Passes Away



    ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) regrets to report the death of long-time member and Council Recognized Associate Paul Zola. Zola, age 69, passed away June 14, 2020, following a several month-long battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

    Zola had been a TMC member since 1996. He served in a variety of volunteer leadership roles for TMC including as a member of the Mentor, Meeting Mechanic and Sgt. at Arms Committees, as well as chairing TMC's Sign Committee. Zola was active within the Council’s S.7 Trailers, Bodies and Material Handling Study Group, chairing the RP 710 Update Task Force which led to the development of RP 710A, Overhead Door Selection And Installation Guidelines For A Dry Van Or Body.  He received the TMC Recognized Associates Award in 2009. 

     
    Zola worked for Whiting Door Mfg Corp. in Akron, N.Y. for 41 years, relocating to Hendersonville, Tenn in 1989 as an Area Manager for the company. He was well respected by his co-workers and customers and took great pride in his work and held a number of offices within the trucking industry trade associations. It is said of Zola, “He was someone who never knew a stranger. He could walk up to anyone and start up a conversation. ‘I might be able to sell them a door!‘ "


    He is survived by his wife, Arleen (Schoenfeld); brothers, Anthony and Michael (Beth); children, Ashley (W. Taylor Poteat) and Michael; and grandchildren, Caleb, Emily, and Kaylee.

    A Memorial Mass followed by a gathering of friends and family will be held at Our Lady of The Lake Catholic Church, in Hendersonville, Tenn. at a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to receive a notice with service details, please send an email to muskieswin@gmail.com or call Michael Zola at 615-513-8082. Another memorial mass will be held at St. Teresa's RC Church in Akron, N.Y. followed by a luncheon at a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to receive a notice with service details, please send an email to inspiringzola@gmail.com or call Ashley Zola at 571-309-0752. Burial will be held at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Crittenden, NY.

    To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Paul Zola, contact Austin and Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service,104 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville, TN. 615-822-4442; https://www.austinandbell.com.

  • June 16th Show Marks 15th Anniversary of "Tech Talk with TMC"

    Each Tuesday, TMC representatives appear on The Dave Nemo Show, covering a range of technical issues of high interest to the trucking industry.  Guest speakers take live calls from SiriusXM's "RoadDog Trucking Channel" audience, heard on SiriusXM Channel 146.   The 15th Anniversary episode will be broadcast on June 16th at 10:05 am (eastern). The subject of the segment will be Tire Maintenance and will feature show veteran Al Cohn, director of new market development, Pressure Systems International (PSI).

    TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell appears on the program each week, along with a veteran TMC member covering issues involving maintenance, inspection and specification of brakes, on-board vehicle electronics and electrical systems, engines, seating, tires and wheels, trailers, transmissions, chassis and suspensions.

    "We're thrilled to be able to present vital information from these experts to our trucking audience," Nemo said.  "Over the past 15 years, response to TMC's presence on the show in the past has been overwhelmingly positive and it's great to have the members on the air on a weekly basis covering everything from the shiny side to the rubber side and everything in between. I'm also very glad to see listeners take advantage of the special Owner Operator membership category.  With input from these seasoned professionals and TMC's vast pool of knowledge, it's a real winning combination."

  • June 16th Show Marks 15th Anniversary of "Tech Talk with TMC"

    This month marks the 15th anniversary of "Tech Talk with TMC," produced jointly by the American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council and long-time trucking radio personality Dave Nemo. "Tech Talk with TMC" has been a weekly segment on satellite radio's The Dave Nemo Show since June 2005.

    Each Tuesday, TMC representatives appear on The Dave Nemo Show, covering a range of technical issues of high interest to the trucking industry.  Guest speakers take live calls from SiriusXM's "RoadDog Trucking Channel" audience, heard on SiriusXM Channel 146.   The 15th Anniversary episode will be broadcast on June 16th at 10:05 am (eastern). The subject of the segment will be Tire Maintenance and will feature show veteran Al Cohn, director of new market development, Pressure Systems International (PSI).

    TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell appears on the program each week, along with a veteran TMC member covering issues involving maintenance, inspection and specification of brakes, on-board vehicle electronics and electrical systems, engines, seating, tires and wheels, trailers, transmissions, chassis and suspensions.

    "We're thrilled to be able to present vital information from these experts to our trucking audience," Nemo said.  "Over the past 15 years, response to TMC's presence on the show in the past has been overwhelmingly positive and it's great to have the members on the air on a weekly basis covering everything from the shiny side to the rubber side and everything in between. I'm also very glad to see listeners take advantage of the special Owner Operator membership category.  With input from these seasoned professionals and TMC's vast pool of knowledge, it's a real winning combination."

    Click here for the Show Schedule.

  • Registration Now Open for TMC's 2020 Fall Meeting, A Virtual Event


    Registration is Now Open for TMC's 2020 Fall Meeting, A Virtual Event scheduled for September 14-17.


    For information or to register, visit http://tmcfall.trucking.org.

    ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) has made the decision to move the Council’s 2020 Fall Meeting to a virtual event format. The meeting will take place online September 14-17.

    Unfortunately, the National Technician Skills Competitions (TMCSuperTech) and National Student Technician Competition (TMCFutureTech) will have to be cancelled for 2020.

    TMC/ATA do not make this decision lightly, but based on member input regarding the current COVID-19 crisis — and especially given the “ramp-up” that is anticipated as the nation’s economy begins returning to normal operations in the coming months — TMC believes this action is necessary.

    While the technician competitions are cancelled for 2020, please note that TMC and ATA do plan to launch the first National Technician Appreciation Week, September 21-25, the week following TMC’s 2020 Fall Meeting. More information on this will be made available in the coming weeks.

  • Listen to Tech Talk With TMC on The Dave Nemo Show on SiriusXM Channel 146

    No SiriusXM subscription? You can still listen to Tech Talk With TMC on The Dave Nemo Show on SiriusXM Channel 146 now for free online in May 2020! Stream online or use any SiriusXM radio. visit http://www.siriusxm.com for more information.

    Today's edition is on wiring at 10 am eastern/9 am central. Our guest is Fred Kelley, with Prestolite Wire.
  • Special Announcement Regarding TMC's 2020 Fall Meeting & National Technician Skills Competitions

    TMC Members:

    With the support of TMC’s Board of Directors, ATA/TMC are announcing that they are moving the Council’s 2020 Fall Meeting to a virtual event format. The meeting will take place online September 14-17.
    Unfortunately, the National Technician Skills Competitions (TMCSuperTech) and National Student Technician Competition (TMCFutureTech) will have to be cancelled for 2020. 
    We do not make this decision lightly, but based on member input regarding the current COVID-19 crisis — and especially the “ramp-up” that is anticipated as the nation’s economy begins returning to normal operations in the coming months — TMC believes this action is necessary.

    Registration for TMC’s 2020 Fall Meeting will open May 25, 2020.

    While the technician competitions are cancelled for 2020, please note that TMC and ATA do plan to launch the first National Technician Appreciation Week, September 21-25, the week following TMC’s 2020 Fall Meeting. More information on this will be made available in the coming weeks.
  • Tech Talk With TMC on SiriusXM now free online in May 2020!

    No SiriusXM subscription? You can still listen to Tech Talk With TMC on The Dave Nemo Show on SiriusXM Channel 146 now for free online in May 2020!

    Stream online or use any SiriusXM radio.  visit http://www.siriusxm.com for more information.
  • Recording From April 14 S.7 Webinar Now Available

    The webinar from April 14 in the TMC Webinar Series: Next Generation Electrical/Electronic Trailer Architecture now available.
  • April 7 Webinar Now Available - The Next Generation Electrical/Electronic Trailer Architecture

    The webinar from April 7 in the TMC Webinar Series - Next Generation Electrical/Electronic Trailer Architecture featuring Phillips Connect Technology is now available.
  • April 7, Next Episode in S.7 Webinar Series

    TMC’s S.7 Trailers, Bodies & Material Handling Study Group — through its Next Generation
    Trailer Electrical/Electronic Architecture Task Force — is holding a series of webinars to present information on future trailer electrical/electronic/networking systems, based on specific manufacturers’ future plans in this area. The information presented will educate TMC fleet members and help S.7 develop an information report/position paper/technical policy advisory by TMC’s 2020 Fall Meeting to provide guidance for fleets in selecting smart trailer systems for the future. The Task Force will also use this information to help develop a recommended practice on the subject by TMC’s 2022 Annual Meeting.

    The intent of the webinars is to remain commercial free as per TMC guidelines; however, attendees should recognize that each individual webinar will feature only one manufacturer to provide a deeper dive as to how various industry suppliers are approaching future electrical/electronic/networking design.


    Some of the questions TMC will pose to the presenting manufacturers include:

    • What sensors and actuators is your system compatible with?
    • What ABS systems is your system compatible with?
    • What trailer refrigeration unit controls is your system compatible with?
    • What trailer telematics systems is your system compatible with?
    • What powering recommendations do you have?
    • What electrical cabling on the trailer do you recommend?
    • What communications method among the trailer units do you recommend?
    • What are your proposals for forward/backward compatibility?  

    The second webinar in the series will be held on April 7, 2020 from Noon to 1 pm featuring
    Phillips Connect Technologies and its approach to smart trailers.

    To register for the April 7 webinar, click here.

    Direct URL is:

    https://ata.webex.com/ata/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9b37cd4d7f3296cfa38a213f2c082459  

    Subsequent webinars will take place at roughly one-week intervals during the months of April and May as follows (click the date line below to register for each event):

  • March 31 Link: TMC Webinar Series - Next Generation Electrical/Electronic Trailer Architecture

    The webinar from March 31 in the TMC Webinar Series - Next Generation Electrical/Electronic Trailer Architecture featuring Peterson Manufacturing with their PULSE Technology is now available.
  • Join the New COVID-19 Info Sharing Community

    Since the Coronavirus pandemic started between TMC Meetings, we do not have the opportunity for our usual consensus building processes. Please join this new community and share the practices that you are using to address this situation to keep the trucks rolling!
  • Build Up the Social Media for TMC20!

    With the 2020 TMC Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition kicking off in just 10 days, we are sharing some suggestions on how to engage and help build more excitement leading up to the meeting on social media and encourage you to post throughout the conference.

    Here’s what you can do to be part of the conversation:

    The official event hashtag is #TMCAnnual20 – use this in your posts on social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook)

    1. LET PEOPLE KNOW YOU ARE ATTENDING – Graphics Available

    Tell your followers you'll be attending the conference in advance and encourage them to register (use the URL http://tmcannual.trucking.org & #TMCAnnual20 in your posts).

    We encourage you to download and share these graphics on your social media accounts - which can be found here.

    This will help you connect with other attendees prior to the conference. Please share/retweet one of TMC’s posts and add your own personal message on top to encourage last minute registrations and connecting with attendees on-site (note: on-site registration will be available)!

    Example:

    1. FOLLOW/LIKE TMC ON SOCIAL MEDIA  

    If you haven’t already, please like/follow TMC social media pages.

     

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TechnologyMaintenanceCouncil/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/tmc4trucks

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/truckingtmc/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ATAMedia  

     

    1. RSVP AS “GOING” ON TMC’s 2020 ANNUAL MEETING & TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION OFFICIAL EVENT PAGE ON FACEBOOK
      (if you’re not planning to attend, you can instead click “interested” and share with your contacts in trucking)

    https://www.facebook.com/events/610792586403364/ 

     

    1. DOWNLOAD THE TMC ANNUAL 2020 MOBILE APP
    • Create a profile to be included on the app’s “Attendees” list.
    • Be sure to check off “Tap here to publish your profile to the Attendees list to engage with other users of the app”.
    • Look at the “Attendees” list to connect with others through the app. Turn push notifications on to receive reminders and stay abreast of announcements/changes.

     

    HOW TO DOWNLOAD: Click on the appropriate link below to access/download the app for your mobile device. Or visit the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for Android Phones and search for the "TMC Annual 2020" App.

     

    Apple Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ata-meetings-events/id1261493980

    Google Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.coreapps.android.followme.atamce17

     

    1. POST DURING THE CONFERENCE

    We encourage you to post quotes, insights, interesting facts from sessions and presentations. Tip: If you’re taking pictures of speakers, get their Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn handle and tag them in the photo. Don’t forget to use the hashtag and tag TMC as well.

     

    Show Hashtag: #TMCAnnual20

    For tagging on Facebook: @TechnologyMaintenanceCouncil/

    On Twitter: @tmc4trucks

    On LinkedIn: @company/truckingtmc/

    TMC 2020 website: https://tmcannual.trucking.org/

    We appreciate your help making this event a great success. Let us know if you have any questions!

  • TMC "Pack Your Bags" Webinar Now AvaIlable!

    Missed the "Pack Your Bags" webinar? Access it here!

    https://ata.webex.com/ata/lsr.php?RCID=a8405bd19a08349acb7bed55c5dacb3d

    See you in Atlanta!
    Cori

  • Educators Seek Industry Pros to Speak to Students: Can You Help?

    Are you interested in increasing your or your company's involvement with schools and programs? Are you interested in speaking at schools to students above your company and career opportunities? Are you interested in being part of the solution by passing on the message?

    The Educator Involvement Task Force is looking to develop a speakers group and work with schools and programs around the country that are interested in having guest speakers and/or industry involvement with their students.

    If you are interested in possibly speaking in the area of your office and/or work site or during your travels please let us know. Further discussion on this subject and potential support resources will be discussed during the “Educator Involvement” meeting on Monday, Task Force day of TMC's 2020 Annual Meeting, at 10am.

    For more information, email Task Force Chairman George Arrants at george@georgearrants.com or call (281) 850-1676. You can also sign up for TMC's Speaker's Bureau to let us know you are interested in speaking or if you are seeking a speaker for your school or event.
  • Missed TMC's First-Timer Webinar! Check it Out Here!

    Click on the link below to gain access to TMC's 2020 Annual Meeting First-Time Attendee webinar! 

    https://ata.webex.com/ata/lsr.php?RCID=b79a4961ed2786cf79884648e9748304
  • WETE Review

    Folks-

    I have had only two responses to my initial posting.

    Any other comments?

    Thanks!

    Lee
  • TMC Leadership Webinar Now Available!

    Couldn't make it to the webinar? NO PROBLEM!

    Click the link below and make sure to join us Feb 6 for our All Attendees "Pack Your Bags" webinar!

  • TODAY! Leadership Webinar Briefing for TMC's 2020 Annual Meeting in Atlanta!

    Join us on this webinar for TMC Leadership that will cover how you can get your registration materials and understand where the important sessions and events are taking place.

    Presenters:

    • Robert Braswell, TMC Executive Director, will give an overview of TMC, what you should do when arriving at the meeting site, and how to use the TMC Fall Meeting App to set up your personal schedule and networking.
    • Jack Legler, TMC Technical Director, will go over the technical program, most particularly the Study Group and Task Force Meetings, and how you can get involved in the development process for TMC Recommended Practices.

    TMC Board/Study Group/Task Force Leadership Briefing Thursday, January 23, 2020 Noon ET

    There is no registration for this webinar. Simply click the link above and enter the below info:

    Password for attendees: tmc2020annual

    Meeting Code: 660 600 239

    OR

    Call the number below and enter the access code:

    Toll Free - 1-855-749-4750

    Access Code: 660 600 239

    Talk to you soon!
    Cori

  • WETE Checklist Availabel for Review/Input

    Guys, please checkout the community for the checklist and comments regarding the WETE Task Force.

    Thanks!

    Lee
  • Have Equipment Issues? Have Them Brought Up at TMC's Annual Meeting!

    TMC20 Meeting Attendees:

    TMC's expanded Fleet Operators' Forum requires input from Fleet, Associate and Service Provider attendees about unresolved equipment problems and other equipment related issues, such as product campaigns and recalls.

    ***

    If you have an equipment issue which you would like to have addressed at the 2020 TMC Annual Meeting, please click here to complete a brief survey.

    Questions? Contact TMC at 703-838-1763 or email us at tmc@trucking.org
  • Invite a First-Time Attendee to TMC20!

    ‘Tis the season for sharing—so why not share an invitation to a fleet attendee for TMC’s 2020 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition?! 

    From now until January 24, 2020, any first-time fleet attendee can receive a $200 discount off of their full meeting registration. Tell your colleagues to use PROMO CODE: TMC20FLTFIRST.

    And don’t forget about fleet attendees who have been to a TMC meeting before! From now until January 24, 2020, any fleet attendee can receive a $100 discount off of their full meeting registration. Tell your colleagues to use PROMO CODE: TMC20FLEET.

    Get all the details at: https://tmcannual.trucking.org 

    And be sure to check out the meeting brochure at: https://tmcannual.trucking.org/TMC20A%20Promo%20broch%20final%20dig.pdf

    See you in Atlanta! #TMCAnnual20
  • TMC Membership Renewals & 2020 Annual Meeting Registration Now OPEN!

    Membership renewals are now available online and invoices are being mailed out soon! If renewing online, click the link above and login using your credentials. Once logged in, click the welcome icon at the top of the page. On your account page you will see "Pay Open Balances" to the left (second from the bottom). This is where you will find your renewal.

    RENEW FIRST to receive a six-percent discount on your full meeting registration. Registration for TMC's 2020 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition is now OPEN! 

    We have made some price changes to our meeting registrations that will highly benefit our members!

    Contact TMC offices with any questions or assistance you may need. Phone:703-838-1742  Email:tmc@trucking.org.

    We look forward to seeing everyone in Atlanta!