2020 TMC

Business, Technology, Equipment

Go Power! Announces New Solar Panels for Trailer Tops

Sean O'Connor of Go PowerI Go Power! Solar Flex panels can charge even when the trailer is not connected to the tractor, says Sean O’Connor, manager of the company's fleet division (Anneliese Mahoney/Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Go Power! announced a 600-watt model of its flexible solar panels, which are designed to fasten across the tops of trailers. The system builds on the 300-watt Solar Flex panel, which can bend as it grips the top of a trailer.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 25, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

The Importance of Honesty Between Fleets and Service Dealers at 2020 TMC

Government reporter Eleanor Lamb recaps the managers and trucking executives discussion about how to maximize uptime at 2020 TMC on Feb. 25.

February 25, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Fleets, Dealers Discuss Open, Honest Communication

Panel discussion at 2020 TMC Panelists in a TMC technical session discuss the virtue of open communication when scheduling shop repairs as a means of maximizing uptime. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Honesty and communication are the best techniques to help fleets and service dealers work together, according to representatives from both sides of that relationship.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 25, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

CIE Manufacturing Unveils New Chassis Line

Trevor Ash of CIE Manufacturing Trevor Ash says CIE Manufacturing will be able to produce 140 units at each of its facilities per day operating at full production. (Anneliese Mahoney/Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — CIE Manufacturing presented the Revere, a new line of chassis, Feb. 24 at American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 25, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Announces Tech-Celerate Now at 2020 TMC

Tech-Celerate Now, FMCSA’s first-of-its-kind program to bring together government agencies and private sector industry leaders to promote advanced driver assist systems, got a boost at American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting.

February 25, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

TMC Awards Four Industry Leaders With Silver Spark Plug Award

Kenneth Calhoun (left), Stacy Earnhardt at TMC “It’s one of those humbling moments, that you realize what your peers think of you," says Stacy Earnhardt (right), accepting his Silver Spark Plug Award from outgoing TMC Chairman Kenneth Calhoun. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Incoming Technology & Maintenance Council Chairman Stacy Earnhardt was among four industry professionals honored with the Silver Spark Plug Feb. 24.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
February 25, 2020
Business, Technology

Fleet Maintenance Group Creates Task Force on Hiring Veterans

Lew Flowers Lew Flowers, president of Flowers Fleet Services, discusses guidelines regarding key performance indicators for maintenance operations at a task force session Feb. 24. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — The Technology & Maintenance Council’s study group on fleet maintenance management created a new task force to focus on hiring military personnel for trucking industry roles.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 25, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

TMC Aims to Help Fleets Navigate Complexity of Electric, Automated Vehicles

Ananda Pandy Ananda Pandy of ZF Group describes the questionnaire that the Automated Vehicles Task Force is developing as "a guidebook for the fleet." (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — As manufacturers and technology developers introduce electric-powered trucks and continue to test automated driving systems, American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council is taking steps to help fleets navigate the complexity of these emerging technologies.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
February 25, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Michelin Announces New Digital Trailer Maintenance and Repair Program

Ralph Dimenna of Michelin Ralph Dimenna, senior vice president of Michelin Services and Solutions, says the maintenance program has run as a pilot at about 30 network locations. (John Sommmers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Michelin Services and Solutions is a major step in helping trucking companies lessen the pain of fleet trailer repairs and maintenance, Michelin North America said of its new digital services platform.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
February 24, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Automated and Electric Concerns at 2020 TMC

Transport Topics Features Editor Seth Clevenger recaps a three-part 2020 TMC work session on automated and electric vehicles, as well as platooning strategies.

February 24, 2020

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