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.

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Events

News

TMC Releases 2018, 2019 Recommended Practices Manual

Arlington, Virginia — Today, American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council released its 2018-2019 Recommended Practices Manual, featuring more than 40 new or revised Recommended Practices, with a goal of increasing equipment maintenance and engineering efficiencies.

TMC and FleetNet America Release Q1 Roadside Breakdown Benchmarks

Raleigh, North Carolina — American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council and FleetNet America, an ArcBest company, released the executive summary of their Truckload Vertical Benchmarking Study from the January – March quarter. There were some surprises in the data when compared to the inaugural October – December period.

ATA Announces TMC’s Fleet Data Management and Cybersecurity Conference

Arlington, Va. – Today, American Trucking Associations announced its Technology & Maintenance Council is hosting TMC’s Fleet Data Management and Cybersecurity Conference, a new event to address best practices in fleet data management and cybersecurity. Attendees will learn how to extract more business value from the data that fleets collect to make cost reporting and operations more efficient. The Conference will have a special focus on leveraging the power of the Council’s Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards as well as new breakdown maintenance benchmarking services available through a joint project with FleetNet America.


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Reports & Documents

Future Truck Information Reports

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Future Truck Position Papers

TMC Future Truck Position Paper 2018-2: Recommendations Regarding Future Brake System Air Line Monitoring

Recent advancements in sensor technology are enabling real-time monitoring of system performance and readiness in heavy-duty vehicles. ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) recommends that manufacturers leverage this new technology to develop a more accurate means of identifying slow leaks in air brake lines; thus improving driver awareness of developing brake system failures, and reducing the frequency and severity of thermal incidents (i.e., truck fires).

May 30, 2018

TMC Future Truck Position Paper: 2017-4, Recommendations Regarding Multi-Voltage Vehicle Electrical Systems

With the rising demand for improvements in efficiency and power availability, efforts are underway to incorporate higher voltages into the electrical systems of heavy-duty commercial motor vehicles. Throughout this effort, it is important that safety, reliability, and compatibility with equipment currently in use, be maintained. This paper, developed by TMC’s Electrical/Electronic Systems Task Force, under the auspices of the Council’s Future Truck Committee, serves to further outline these expectations.

December 31, 2017

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Study Group Information Reports

TMC IR 2017-2, Compliance and Certification of Electronic Logging Devices

S.12 Onboard Vehicle Electronics Information Report: 2017-2, Compliance and Certification of Electronic Logging Devices This document provides motor carriers and owner-operators guidance on what constitutes a compliant electronic logging device (ELD) system. This paper is not meant to cover all aspects of the ELD certification process, but is intended to provide sufficient detail such that fleets and owner-operators using this document can determine what is an acceptable level of supplier compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adminstration’s (FMCSA) new ELD mandate.

June 30, 2017

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Study Group Position Papers

TMC TPA 2017-1 V2V Communications

The purpose of this Technical Policy Advisory (TPA) is to offer guidance to ATA in its comments on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), “Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; V2V Communications” [49 CFR Part571; Docket No. NHTSA-2016-0126]

April 01, 2017

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