Technology & Maintenance Council

Overview

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.

Sponsors

Events

News

TMC to Celebrate 60th Anniversary at 2016 Annual Meeting

American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council 2016 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition in Nashville will celebrate the council’s 60th anniversary, along with highlighting important trends in trucking industry maintenance and productivity.

Trucking Award Winners Announced by American Trucking Associations

On November 7, American Trucking Associations announced the winners of the 2015 Excellence in Trucking Security Award and the 2015 Excellence in Trucking Claims and Loss Prevention Award. The awards are the only nationally-recognized awards of their kind in the trucking industry and were presented at the ATA Safety Management Council and Transportation Security Council’s Safety, Security and Human Resources National Conference in Little Rock, Ark.

ATA Honors Trucking’s Champions

Today, American Trucking Associations recognized the winners of some of the industry’s top honors as part of the annual Management Conference & Exhibition.


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Reports & Documents

Future Truck Information Reports

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 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

Future Driver Distraction Guidelines

The issue of driver distraction in Class 7-8 commercial vehicles has two major components. First, the vehicle often contains multiple information/warning devices and systems which can be confusing and distracting. Second, interactive electronic devices and systems can be added or brought into the driver compartment. The compounding effect of excessive information, warnings and alarms within the interactive electronic devices can result in high levels of driver distraction. Accordingly, TMC’s Future Truck Committee urges the development of industry-wide guidelines for the installation and use of these devices in Class 7-8 commercial vehicles. Until these industry-wide standards can be established, TMC recommends manufacturers, suppliers, and fleets take a common sense approach to these devices to minimize driver distraction.

October 13, 2015

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Study Group Information Reports

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

Aftermarket Brake Lining Classification (RP 628B)

The purpose of this Recommended Practice (RP) is to provide information for judging the performance of aftermarket brake linings on air-actuated foundation brakes, including testing in accordance with the dynamometer test procedure in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 121 and lining supplier qualification information. Such information will assist fleet operators in choosing aftermarket brake linings that will perform adequately on typical combination (tractor/trailer) vehicles and single trucks.

June 01, 2014

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Radio Shows

Awards & Scholarships

2016 Supervisor Award ad

This is the application for TMC's 2016 Maintenance Supervision Excellence Award for front-line shop supervision.


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