Announcements

  • 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! 
  • PTDC Training Fair

    Click the link below to view any of the five training PTDC Training Fair webinars provided during National Technician Appreciation Week.

     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.
  • attendance

    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!  




  • 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.