Technology & Maintenance Council


The purpose of the Technology & Maintenance Council is to improve transport equipment, its maintenance and maintenance management. The Council develops Recommended Engineering and Maintenance Practices that are voluntarily adopted by fleets, OEMs and components suppliers.

The Council also conducts industry surveys and promotes the voluntary cooperation among designers and manufacturers of transport equipment and those who specify, purchase and manage such equipment.

Who We Support

The Technology and Maintenance Council supports the ATA technology & Engineering Policy Committee with research, analysis and policy development.




TMC Fall Meeting, National Skills Competitions Set for September 18-22

Arlington, Va. – American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council will hold its 2016 Fall Meeting and annual National Technician Skills Competitions — TMCSuperTech 2016 and TMCFutureTech 2016 — September 18-22 at the Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, N.C.

TMC Honors Industry Leaders in Annual Meeting

Today, American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council honored several industry professionals with a variety of awards for their important service to the council and the industry.

TMC Honors Five with Silver Spark Plug

Today, American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council honored five industry professionals with its highest honor — the Silver Spark Plug —at the opening of its 2016 TMC Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition.

Dunbar Armored’s Doug White Named TMC General Chairman

Today, American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council announced that Doug White, vice president of maintenance of Dunbar Armored, Hunt Valley, Md., has been elected 2016-2017 general chairman and treasurer of American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council during TMC’s 2016 Annual Meeting.

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Reports & Documents

Future Truck Information Reports

TMC IR 2015-3, Exploring the Potential for 48-Volt Commercial Vehicle Electrical Systems

Forty-eight volt electrical systems represent a great potential to save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Idle stop-start technology can help save fuel while the vehicle is motionless, and torque assist can also be supplied to the engine for launch and low-speed momentary acceleration. Increased energy storage and recapture of brake energy is also possible through 48-volt electrical/electronic (E/E) technology, further improving on overall efficiency. In addition, there are other possibilities with the use of a 48-volt supply that would not be possible with a 12-volt battery in in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), such as electronically controlled air-conditioning (A/C) compressors and fully electric power steering.

December 17, 2015

TMC IR 2015-2, Automated Driving & Platooning: Issues & Opportunities

This Information Report is published by ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) and examines the intensive activity in the development and introduction of Automated Vehicles (AVs) and identifies potential issues and opportunities for the trucking industry. Downloadable PDF only. $19.95 TMC/ATA members; $29.95 non-members.

December 16, 2015

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Future Truck Position Papers

TMC Position Paper 2014-1, Future Trailer Productivity: Increasing the Efficiency of Pre and Post Trip Inspections

Traditional methods for both pre- and post-trip inspections have existed for decades with few changes or improvements. Traditional tools and technology limit inspection effectiveness, add time to both the inspection and reporting, and contribute to the potential for errors and miscommunication of the resulting data. This paper explores technologies that may increase the efficiency of pre- and post-trip trailer inspections and provides a vision for future development of technologies and systems for that purpose.

March 14, 2016

TMC Position Paper 2015-3, Recommendations Regarding Automated Driving and Platooning Systems

This Position Paper offers several recommendations regarding the development and implementation of automated driving and platooning systems. It should not be viewed as an endorsement of automated driving and platooning systems. For a comprehensive review of the intensive activity associated with the development and introduction of Automated Vehicles (AVs) and the potential issues and opportunities they pose for the trucking industry, refer to TMC’s Information Report IR 2015-02, Automated Driving & Platooning: Issues & Opportunities.

December 08, 2015

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Study Group Information Reports

TMC IR 2016-1, Battery Electric Vehicles in Light- & Medium-Duty and Specialty Truck Commercial Applications

A Class 1-6 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) powered solely by electricity is much different than a CMV powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE) or by hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) design. A battery electric vehicle (BEV) design includes storage only for its onboard battery capacity, not fossil fuel. The battery capacity has a direct impact on vehicle range and powered features. The electrical propulsion system requires a high voltage supply and significant current draw that dictates the capability and therefore the battery capacity. Unlike electric cars that can transport a relatively light load within a limited range, a commercial application relates to the operator’s ability to fulfill a customer’s expectations. Commercial BEVs have balanced design considerations that involve total vehicle cost, weight, energy storage capability, and lifecycle value. The primary consideration is the battery in which lithium-ion (Li-ion) technology has grown to be most popular for its design. Other considerations rely on the unloaded weight amount the CMV has compared to its maximum load weight amount dependent on distance, geographical terrain, duty cycle and any other specific industry segments that test its capabilities. End users must understand their own applications before changing from ICE design or HEV fleet units to fully electric.

June 01, 2016

TMC IR 2015-1, Evaluation, Specification, Deployment and Maintenance Considerations for Natural Gas Powered Heavy-Duty Commercial Vehicles

Natural gas fuels can be a suitable alternative to diesel fuel for commercial vehicles in certain environments and applications. However, it is best to understand all facets of the operation, discuss them both internally and with local vendors (where applicable), and to establish realistic return-on-investment targets up front. Taking the time to build a proper business case and understand all the variables that come into play will pay dividends in terms of ensuring a successful natural gas vehicles deployment that meets corporate financial, reliability and acceptance expectations.

October 01, 2015

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