Announcements

  • TMC Publishes Position Paper on Automated Truck Inspection and Enforcement

    TMC's S.18 Automated and Electric Vehicle Study Group has just approved a position paper on automated truck inspection and enforcement. Developed by S.18's Task Force of the same name, the paper recommends that the industry consider the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Option 7 framework as a model for enhanced pre-trip inspections model for Automated Commercial Vehicles (ACMVs). TMC believes this approach, which seeks to eliminate en-route stops for roadside inspections, represents the most logical framework for inspections of ACMVs that have no human occupants onboard. TMC also suggests all stakeholders continue discussions in order to address inhibiting factors identified in this paper so as to operationalize this model, and to delineate the technical and maintenance requirements for its various elements.
  • TMC Publishes Survey on Expectations for Tire Sensors

    TMC has published the new Tire & Wheel Study Group Survey Report: Fleet Expectations on Tire Sensors, which was conducted over the summer  on behalf of its Tire & Wheel Study Group (S.2) to assess current use of tire sensors and telematics systems in tire management programs as well as expectations for future deployment and utilization of these technologies.

    The report can be found at

    https://tmc.trucking.org/blog/tire-wheel-study-group-survey-report-fleet-expectations-tire-sensors 

  • 2021 National Technician Appreciation Week

    It's National Technician Appreciation Week! #NTAW21 Let's be sure to recognize the outstanding professional technicians that keep the #trucking industry rolling 🚚 TMC & ATA would like to invite you in helping us celebrate our professional techs. Help us spread the word by sharing our official hi-res NTAW logo! Visit https://www.trucking.org/ntaw-logo-request-form to access the logos.

    Read more about the event here: https://tmc.trucking.org/blog/ata-tmc-announce-2021-national-technician-appreciation-week
  • Share the News! TMC’s ‘12 for 18’ is Back!

    Tell all your friends! This summer, TMC is bringing back its very best membership deal to all new members – 18 months of membership for the price of 12!

    Those who join TMC today will receive all the benefits and services of Council membership PLUS the discounted membership rate for three in-person meetings starting with TMC’s 2021 Fall Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition in Cleveland this September at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.  TMC’s Fall Meeting will be “back to normal” and the perfect opportunity to see friends and colleagues in the industry in person for the first time since March 2020. 

    In addition to our traditional fall meeting educational agenda, TMC’s 2021 Fall Meeting will feature our yearly Transportation Technology Exhibition, featuring hundreds of exhibitors and more than 225,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space. What’s more, TMC’s National Technician Skills Competition (TMCSuperTech 2021) will be held on Sunday, September 12 in a special one-day, 11-station condensed format. It’s two meetings in one and an opportunity not to be missed!

    The value will continue through the end of 2022 as well, affording you member pricing for TMC’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition in Orlando March 7-10, and TMC’s 2022 Fall Meeting & National Technician Skills Competitions which returns to Cleveland September 25-29.

    Contact Curry Blanton at: cblanton@trucking.org or call 703-838-1761. 

  • TMC to Welcome Collision Repair Forum to 2021 Fall Meeting

    Arlington, Virginia – Today, the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council and the Heavy Duty Repair Forum, announced they have agreed to co-locate their fall events at the 2021 TMC Fall Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition this September in Cleveland.

    “We are pleased to welcome the HD Repair Forum and their attendees to join us this September,” said TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell. “Our events truly complement each other and should provide tremendous benefits for our members, attendees, vendors and sponsors.”

    The HD Repair Forum is the largest conference solely dedicated to the heavy-duty collision repair industry, and with today’s announcement it will mark the first time the event has co-located with another industry event.
  • ATRI Issues Call for Motor Carriers to Participate in Annual Operational Costs Data Collection

    The American Transportation Research Institute today issued a call for motor carriers to participate in ATRI’s annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report.

    Now in its 13th year, ATRI’s annual Operational Costs of Trucking collects cost information derived directly from trucking fleets and owner-operators, and is among the most requested ATRI research studies. ATRI’s annual analysis is used as a key benchmarking tool by motor carriers of all sizes. Public sector agencies also utilize ATRI’s real-world data analysis to make better-informed transportation planning and infrastructure investment decisions. Most recently, ATRI’s Operational Costs of Trucking data was used to quantify impacts from the I-40 bridge closure in Memphis.

    “While 2020 was a challenging year for everyone, America’s trucking industry kept moving and freight demand has since returned to pre-pandemic levels. Understanding how 2020 affected fleet costs – from driver pay to insurance to vehicle leases – will help the industry better position itself for future global emergencies,” said Carbon Express President Steve Rush

    Among the for-hire fleet metrics being requested by ATRI are driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments. Carriers and owner-operators are asked to provide full-year 2020 cost per mile and/or cost per hour data using the easy-to-use online data entry form. 

    “ATRI’s annual Ops Costs analysis provides a one-stop shop for fleets of all sizes to benchmark their metrics against their peers. Our members appreciate that ATRI’s analysis includes a focus on small carrier costs,” said Tom Weakley, director of the OOIDA Foundation.

    For-hire motor carriers are encouraged to provide operational cost data to ATRI by Friday, August 20, 2021. ATRI’s data collection form, which protects all confidential information, is available here. Participating motor carriers will receive an advance copy of the full report.
  • TMC's 2021 Fall Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition Brochure Now Available!

    Now online! Be sure to check out the #TMCFall21 brochure for a comprehensive overview of the meeting schedule, task force schedule, technical sessions, and more! ==> https://tmcfall.trucking.org/sites/default/files/TMC21F%20Promo%20Broch%20final.pdf
    See you in Cleveland!
  • TMC RP 1204A, Technician Electrical Skill Evaluation

    TMC’s RPs: Tech Tools the Pros Use is a bulletin produced by ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council to increase knowledge and skills of technicians by actively encouraging them to utilize TMC Recommended Practices (RPs) which have direct relevance to technician’s daily activities. The RPs featured in this series have been selected from the current TMC Recommended Practices Manuals by fleet maintenance executives who chair the TMC Study Groups which develop and maintain them. The RP highlighted in this bulletin should be a part of every technician’s tool kit of “go-to” information resources.

    This edition of Tech Tools the Pros Use focuses on TMC RP 1204A, Technician Electrical Skill Evaluation, which is available for download at this link. TMC encourages its members to share this bulletin with shop operations and individual technicians.

    Is your electrical knowledge and skill up to par with other pro technicians? RP1204A helps even seasoned veterans take an honest look at their ability to diagnose and maintain truck circuitry and electronic control systems. This skill evaluation which can be done as a self-assessment or in a classroom setting, helps identify areas where a tech should reinforce their training to attain the benchmark of proficiency needed.

    “This RP highlights the significance of understanding and troubleshooting the databus as big data becomes more critical, ” said TMC’s S.12 On-Board Vehicle Electronics Study Group Chairman Vince Vanszl, Penske Truck Leasing.

    The multiple-choice questions in this RP were prepared to assist in the evaluation of knowledge in the following areas:
    • Understanding of basic electrical concepts.
    • Reading simple electrical wiring diagrams with electrical symbols.
    • Performing circuit measurements with a volt-ohm meter.
    • Solving basic circuit equations using Ohm’s Law.
    • Understanding essential concepts related to the databus.

    The complete current TMC Recommended Practices Manuals, as well as copies of individual RPs and other technical resources can be obtained, through ATA Business Solutions (https://www.atabusinesssolutions.com/Shopping/), selecting TMC under the “Categories” filter.

    Watch the 
    video below, as Vanszl explains the benefits of RP 1204A.
     
  • Gail Bristow on Tech Talk With TMC This Morning

    Join us for Tech Talk With TMC this morning; today's guest is TMC member and Silver Spark Plug Gail Bristow.  Gail is a long-time TMC member, former S.4 Cab & Controls Study Group Chair, veteran driver with 40 years and 4 million safe miles of experience, and will be sharing lessons learned from her recent transition to retirement.  Broadcast on The Dave Nemo Show on SIRIUSXM Channel 146 Road Dog. 
  • Subscribe to TMC's YouTube Channel!

    Help us grow & expand our online presence! Be sure to check out and subscribe to TMC's YouTube channel! This is the new channel dedicated to the "Two Minutes With TMC," video series which provides Council updates and info.  ==> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaMTAfUatkcy_NQ49UwzlRw
  • Thank you TMC volunteers!

    This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 18-24), a time to say "thanks" to those who dedicate themselves to advancing TMC's mission of improving equipment, its maintenance and maintenance management. It's how the Council turns experience into practice — especially during our general meetings. So thank you!
  • Press Coverage on VMRS Updates

    Nice article on updates to TMC's Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards (VMRS) in Transport Topics.
  • TMC Triple Play Offer Makes It Hard to Say No!

    Have you already renewed your membership? Are you already registered for TMC's 2021 Fall Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition? If you are, you are already qualified!

    TMC would like to offer its renewing AND new members who have also OR are planning to register for TMC's Fall Meeting a special DISCOUNTED rate of $100 to TMC's 2021 Spring Meeting, A Virtual Event. That is a discount of $150! We will even do all the work for you!

    Simply fill out the form here (or click the direct link to the PDF form below) and fax it back to registrations. We will do the rest!

    Prices for TMC's 2021 Fall Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition will remain the same as the Annual Meeting and anyone already registered for TMC's 2021 Annual Meeting will automatically be registered for TMC's 2021 Fall Meeting. 

    For those who have already renewed and registered for the 2021 Fall Meeting and wish to register for the 2021 Spring Meeting at the discounted rate, OR those who still need to renew and register for the 2021 Fall Meeting & 2021 Spring Meeting, please complete and fax the Triple Play Offer Form to the number indicated. Those already registered for TMC’s 2021 Annual Meeting will have their registrations automatically applied to TMC’s 2021 Fall Meeting. Only 2021 TMC members qualify for the TMC Triple Play offer. Submit the completed form, above, to register at the special $100 discounted rate for TMC’s 2021 Spring Meeting. This offer is not available online.

    If you still need to renew and register to receive the discounted rate, fill out the form as above but indicating you need to do all three and fax back the form. 

    We know this has been a difficult year and we appreciate everyone's support, participation and understanding as we reorganize our 2021 Council events. 
  • TMC Webinar March 30 @ 1pm ET - TMC Connect 101

    Have you used TMC Connect? Do you know how to get the most out of it? TMC Connect is the HUB of your membership benefits. Let us show you how to make the most of it!


    We will discuss:

    • Completing your TMC Connect profile and how to make yourself easily searchable in TMC's online Membership Directory
       
    • How to access TMC's Recommended Practices (RP) library
       
    • How to navigate through the Study Groups and Task Forces using the Community Navigator
       
    • How to join the communities and upload files and communicate with other community members
       
    • Utilizing the online searchable TMC Membership Directory, including the advanced search
       
    • So much more!

    Join us Tuesday, March 30 to find out how to use TMC Connect and how to navigate it the easiest way! 

     

    To register for this TMC webinar, click here or the direct link below:

    https://ata.webex.com/ata/onstage/g.php?MTID=e28895bfe2322bd5e3b229f0f7ac1696e

  • List of Canceled State Technician Competitions 2021

    Here is a list of state technician competitions that have been canceled to date due to the ongoing pandemic: 

    Florida 

    Wisconsin 
    Ohio 
    Michigan 
    Maine
    Oklahoma 
    Texas — Will hold an online written test (date not set yet, hopefully near the end of May; the hands-on competition is canceled)
    Missouri 
    Georgia 
    New York
    Arkansas 
    Indiana
    New Mexico
    Tennessee
    South Carolina 
    New Hampshire 

    We will continue to update the list as info becomes available. 
  • FMCSA Tech-Celerate Now Program to Provide Research Updates at March Web Event

    Webinar to Showcase Industry Findings on Awareness, Adoption of Safety Technologies

     


    The FMCSA-sponsored Tech-Celerate Now Program will host an online webinar on March 24, 2021 (Noon-1 pm eastern) to highlight progress made on analyzing adoption of active safety technologies, as part of its ongoing initiative.  Interested stakeholders may register to attend the live event free of charge at www.Tech-CelerateNow.org .

     

     

    Click Here To Register

     

     


    Direct registration link is: https://ata.webex.com/ata/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9f8fd830a4b5d67efb5ddb3ad683cecc


    “Our mission is to reduce crashes and fatalities and we can achieve this mission in a lot of ways by using education, partnerships and innovation through collaboration,” said Dan Murray, program co-principal investigator, and senior vice president, American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). “We’re very pleased to share with industry our progress thus far, aimed at expanding the industry dialogue on the potential safety benefits of active safety systems.”

    FMCSA developed the Tech-Celerate Now program to reduce fatalities, injuries and crashes through expanded use of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The FMCSA program is analyzing industry awareness and perceptions of ADAS, with the goal of increasing its voluntary adoption among fleets and owner-operators.

    Tech-Celerate Now recently completed two key reports. The Tech-Celerate Now “ADAS Baseline Adoption Report” will provide input to the project’s ROI Calculator and also presents data on how awareness, perception and adoption levels change over time. The Baseline Report is based on data from three large surveys that collected carrier, driver and vendor responses on the current state of ADAS in trucking. Findings will also be presented on the “Barriers to ADAS Adoption Report,” which documents a range of market and technical issues that may hinder ADAS adoption; however, it also proffers potential solutions and opportunities to both fleets and drivers.

    Finally, an update will be provided on developing recommended practices, technology videos and other technical materials that highlight information on ADAS technologies.

    Tech-Celerate Now is part of a new government-industry initiative led by FMCSA, a unique program that is bringing together government agencies and trucking industry organizations, including the American Trucking Associations, ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council, the American Transportation Research Institute and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Foundation.

    For more information on the Tech-Celerate Now program, or to register for the March 24 webinar, visit the Tech-Celerate Now website. www.Tech-CelerateNow.org
     

  • Changes Announced for TMC's 2021 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition

    We are rescheduling TMC's 2021 Annual Meeting into two events — a new 2021 Spring Meeting, to be held virtually April 12-15; 19-23 and an in-person TMC 2021 Fall Meeting to be held in-person, that will include our Transportation Technology Exhibition as well as a scaled-down TMCSuperTech 2021. The schedule, registration, exhibitor, sponsorship and other information will appear on the new event sites as soon as possible. Learn more HERE

    No action is needed from registrants that have booked their sleeping rooms through TMC Housing/ConferenceDirect. All reservations will be automatically cancelled. Please note that the $30 reservation cancellation fee will not be charged for any cancelled reservations.

  • TMC's How TMC Works For You webinar from Feb. 3 is now available.

    TMC's How TMC Works For You webinar from Feb. 3 is now available. Just click the link below! The webinar covered how TMC benefits Associate and Service Provider members specifically.

    https://ata.webex.com/ata/lsr.php?RCID=71562b5c9f2c4e6d97121244cdac3df4 ------------------------------ Corinne Hicks Administrative Coordinator American Trucking Associations ...
  • FT Position Paper on Future Automated Tractor Trailer Couplings Published

    The Future Truck Committee latest product became the first TMC publication of 2021 with the release of Position Paper FT PP 2021-1: Recommendations Regarding Future Tractor-Trailer Coupling Technology.

    The paper can be found at https://tmc.trucking.org/blog/future-truck-position-paper-2021-1-recommendations-regarding-future-tractor-trailer-coupling

    TMC’s Future Chassis & Brake Systems Task Force conducted a review of the potential benefits of automated tractor-trailer coupling technologies. The Task Force found that when compared to current processes, an automated coupler system would improve the safety and comfort for drivers of articulated vehicle combinations through the reduction of operational accidents and injuries, improve productivity through efficiency of the coupling/uncoupling process, and as a result, reduce costs to the end user. TMC recommends that equipment manufacturers and suppliers develop a tractor-trailer coupling system that reduces the numerous driver physical demands associated with coupling and uncoupling the trailer to and from the tractor, and increases the overall reliability of the tractor-trailer interconnection coupling system.
  • TMC to Sponsor Trailer Research Project

    ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council to Sponsor eSMARTT Research Project

    Study to Evaluate Trailer Owners’ Adoption of Intelligence Products and Services

    Arlington, Virginia – Today, the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council announced its decision to underwrite a new research effort aimed at evaluating trailer owners’ adoption of intelligence products and services that are becoming increasingly available throughout the industry.

     

    The eSMARTT Trailer Survey is an in-depth study of the trailer rental and leasing market, focusing on:

    • currently deployed intelligent trailer products and brand preferences,
    • future plans for additional product offerings,
    • rental/lease customer feedback and guidance, and
    • rental/leasing company views on
    • retrofitting existing trailers,
    • powering intelligence systems in an untethered status,
    • tractor/trailer connectivity issues,
    • matching rapidly changing technology with 20-plus year assets, and
    • calculating return on investment on their technology purchases.

    “By examining data and opinions across the major trucking and trailer-owning segments, eSMARTT will help the industry chart a faster, more efficient transition to the fully integrated intelligent trailer of the future, enhancing safety, maintainability and readiness for the North American trucking industry,” said TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell.

     

    The eSMARTT Trailer Survey of rental/lease companies will be launched in January 2021 and conclude with a summary report to be presented at TMC’s 2021 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition, scheduled for April 12-15 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Further detailed and customized reports will be made available to interested parties through TMC.

    TMC is planning on similar surveys examining other segments of the industry including truckload and specialized carriers, LTL companies, private fleets and full-service truck lessors in the future.

    For more information, contact:

     

    By providing leadership support and opportunities to collaborate, ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council helps members develop the industry’s best practices that address the critical truck technology and maintenance issues that have the greatest impact on truck fleets.  For more than 60 years, TMC’s member-driven Recommended Maintenance and Engineering Practices have been setting the standards that help trucking companies specify and maintain their fleets more effectively. Follow TMC on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

    American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Trucking Moves America Forward

     

    eSMARTT™ is a newly formed collaboration between Business Accelerants™ of Sherwood, Ore., and WillGo Transportation Consulting LLC of Petoskey, Mich., dedicated to researching and understanding new technology tools for the transportation industry and the many complex issues around future technological standardization and equipment interchangeability.

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  • Upcoming Shows For Tech Talk With TMC

    TECH TALK WITH TMC:  Broadcast every Tuesday at 10 am ET on BOTH SIRIUS and XM Channel 146
    on The Dave Nemo Show with Dave Nemo!

    Tech Talk With TMC brings you great guests and hot-button topics every week.

    TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell co-hosts.

    Here's a list of upcoming shows for the rest of December 2020 and all of January 2021.  The show will be taking a holiday break December 22 and 29, but will return on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

  • NEW DATES FOR TMC's 2021 ANNUAL MEETING & EXHIBITION! REGISTRATION OPENS NOV 23.

    TMC Members, Meeting Attendees and Exhibitors:
     
    Since March, ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) has been closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation, with the health and safety of our participants foremost in mind.
     
    We have been working diligently with our partners the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) and Conference Direct to ensure our ability to meet in person for the Council’s 2021 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition, originally scheduled for March 8-12 in Orlando, Florida.
     
    We recognize that corporate travel remains restricted for many companies at this time, and we anticipate that will remain the case as we enter the first quarter of 2021. Accordingly, we have been working with our Florida partners on possible alternatives to our March dates, should conditions merit postponing our March event.
     
    Last week, we did receive from the OCCC a set of alternate meeting dates that would fully accommodate our plans for an in-person Annual Meeting. Therefore, with the full support of TMC’s Board of Directors, ATA/TMC has decided to reschedule the Council’s 2021 Annual Meeting to April 12-15, 2021.
     
    Registration for TMC’s 2021 Annual Meeting will open Monday afternoon on November 23.
     
    Since we will be using the same space in the same configuration, all booth space reservations will be preserved as assigned, and our meeting agenda will take place as originally planned. 
     
    We are greatly encouraged by our strong exhibit sales thus far, and initial surveys have indicated more than 75 percent of 2020 Fall Meeting attendees responding said they planned to attend our in-person Annual Meeting in 2021. Moving our event into April, we believe, will give our attendees an even better chance of being able to join us in Orlando.

    Should conditions require a further change in plans, we will share that information with you as soon as possible — but rest assured it is our every intention to meet together in person in 2021.
     
    With that said, we ask that you take a brief survey to help us gauge anticipated attendance for our rescheduled event. Please click the link here to participate.
     
    On behalf of TMC, I thank you for your support of the Council, and your understanding as we, together, navigate these uncharted waters.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Robert M. Braswell
    TMC Executive Director
  • Register For TMC's Webinar, How TMC Works for You!

    Subject: TMC and How it Works For You!

    Date & Time: November 17, 2020 at 1pm EST

    Price: FREE


    TMC is starting a new webinar series! All about TMC and what it can do for you!

    The first episode in this series will be an overview of TMC and what we offer to help you! It will feature TMC Leadership and ATA staff discussing just some of the many benefits of TMC and how they work for them.

    Designed for current members and prospective members alike!

    We will be discussing the following topics: 

    • TMC's Chairman of Membership Publicity, Peter Savage - Discussing TMC history, membership and an overview of benefits.
       
    • ATA's Director of Technology & Engineering Policy, Ross Froat - Discussing ATA/TMC's Cywatch Program.
       
    • TMC's Chairman of the TMC Leaders of Tomorrow (TLOT) Program, Abhishek Bhardawaj - Discussing the TLOT program and how it has benefited its participants.
       
    • Senior Vice President, Quality Transport Co., Amanda Schuier - Discussing how TMC has benefitted her and her company.

     

    To Register for the November 17 Webinar, Click Here

    This webinar is free of charge so make sure to invite your co-workers and colleagues who could benefit from TMC!