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TMC Sessions to Highlight Vehicle Spec’ing

Objective Is for Fleets to Gain Optimal Performance
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Besides quality spec'ing, TMC says it will be "focusing on evolving powertrain, specification and maintenance options and the regulations that are shaping them.” (vitpho/Getty Images)

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American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council is set to explore the importance of proper spec’ing during its annual conference starting March 4.

The TMC 2024 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition will host a range of trucking industry- and technology-related sessions when it convenes in New Orleans. The overarching theme for this year is quality spec’ing for optimal performance.

“From cutting-edge equipment updates to the latest in maintenance and technology trends, it’s all happening in New Orleans this March,” TMC announced. “This year, we’re holding sessions with a special emphasis on quality spec’ing for optimal performance as well as focusing on evolving powertrain, specification and maintenance options and the regulations that are shaping them.”

TMC highlighted several sessions that will explore these themes starting with an overview of electric power providers.

The session “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Electric Power Provider But Were Afraid to Ask” aims to help fleet managers scrambling to get up to speed on incorporating battery-electric vehicles into their operations. It will stress the importance of understanding the role electric utility power providers play in the electrification process.

The “Latest Findings from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SuperTruck 2 & 3 Programs” session will review the five projects that program funded to develop and demonstrate cost-effective technologies that more than double the freight efficiency of Class 8 trucks. Cummins, Daimler Truck North America, Navistar, Paccar and Volvo Technology of America spearheaded these projects. The California Air Resources Board approved the Heavy Duty Inspection and Maintenance (HD I/M) Program in December 2021. This was part of an ongoing effort to improve air quality standards by ensuring heavy-duty-vehicle emission control systems operate properly throughout the life of the vehicle.

Other TMC 2024 sessions:

“Regulatory Reporting Standards — How to Access the Data” will delve into how these rules have driven changes in reporting standards. The session will cover what the testing will be like and how fleet personnel will be required to access and present data demonstrating proof of compliance.

“So You Have a New Truck — Now What?” will explore the tools available to fleet managers to enable data-driven asset management. TMC noted that these tools can help improve decision-making and streamline maintenance operations to provide better results to internal and external customers. It also said that these asset-management systems can provide substantial returns on time and effort when properly implemented and utilized.

“Spec’ for Wreck Vehicle” will probe the main themes of the conference but from the perspective of vehicle crashes. The session will host fleets, manufacturers and recovery experts to discuss the challenges associated with vehicle crashes and recovery. Those panelists will offer suggestions on what can make recovery tasks easier and faster should disaster strike.

“Modern and Evolving Driver Interfaces” will explore how much human-machine interfaces have evolved in commercial vehicles in the past several years. It will include a panel of OEM and aftermarket suppliers that will discuss the options and technologies available now and what could be coming in the future.

“Maintenance Considerations for Electric Specialty & Vocational Vehicles” will host a panel of experts to provide an overview of key maintenance considerations for electric specialty and vocational vehicles. That includes critical requirements for servicing units in maintenance shop environments. Panelists also will cover new tooling requirements for working on these battery-electric powertrains and new training requirements.

“Technician and Maintenance Shop Setup for Automated Vehicles” will cover how maintenance shop and technician training requirements are different for autonomous vehicles. Those differences include content, tooling and shop support. The session will cover what fleets should do when adjusting their vehicle maintenance programs to accommodate the needs of automated trucks.

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