Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

TMC Announces Changes to Meetings, Exhibition

TMC An exhibition hall entrance at a past TMC. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

American Trucking Associations announced the Technology & Maintenance Council showcase exhibition will be an in-person event as part of TMC’s fall meeting.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
February 16, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Keeping a Solid ADAS Foundation

Braswell: Despite the clear safety benefits and demonstrated reduction in fre­quency, severity and injuries in accident statistics, resistance remains to retiring older equipment because of reluctance or resistance to advanced driver assistance systems technologies.

Robert Braswell | Executive Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
January 29, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

Adapting to the Virtual Environment

vehicle damage In TMC's study group, Vice Chairman Chris Sterwerf described the impact that minor vehicle damage can have on an ADAS system. (Chris Sterwerf)

Societal changes — accelerated by technology and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis — are transforming the way fleets specify and operate equipment in both intentional and unintended ways.

Robert Braswell | Executive Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
October 9, 2020
Business, Equipment

ATA, TMC Celebrate Professional Technicians With Appreciation Week

Robert Braswell, TMC executive director TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell at Technology & Maintenance Council's annual meeting in 2018. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council recognized several service professionals Sept. 26 during the inaugural National Technician Appreciation Week.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
October 7, 2020
Business, Equipment

Study: LTL Carriers Cover More Miles Between Breakdowns Than Truckload Fleets

Truck on roadside with hood up vitpho/Getty Images

Less-than-truckload carriers outpaced truckload fleets in terms of miles between roadside breakdowns, according to a recent study.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
June 26, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

TMCSuperTech Canceled; Fall Meeting Will Be Virtual

Competitors take the written test at 2019 TMC's SuperTech event Competitors take the written test during the SuperTech competition Sept. 30, 2019, in Raleigh, N.C. (Jeremy Kirkpatrick/American Trucking Associations)

The Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations has canceled its competitions geared toward truck technicians that were scheduled for September.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 2, 2020
Technology, Equipment

The Tractor-to-Trailer Interface

Tractor-to-trailer connections Tractor-to-trailer air and electrical connections (Technology & Maintenance Council)

Ever since digital antilock braking systems were mandated in the mid-1990s, an ever-increasing array of electrically powered, data-networked technologies have placed increased demands on the tractor electrical system and databus.

Jack Legler | Technical Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
October 25, 2019
Business, Technology

Millennials Present Challenges, Benefits to Trucking Industry

Generational experts Larry and Meagan Johnson Larry and Meagan Johnson by Jim Stinson/Transport Topics

RALEIGH, N.C. — The generation gap between trucking industry leaders is getting wider, as younger millennials enter the freight workforce with different understandings of the world around them.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
September 23, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Conduct Real-Life Tests Before Committing to New Tires

Dart Transit truck Dart Transit makes it a point to test tires before buying, a company representative says. (David B./Flickr)

Improvements to truck tire technology in recent years have created a collection of products that man­ufacturers often tout as their most ­advanced, longest-wearing and most fuel-efficient tires ever. But many motor carriers choose to analyze those factory-­tested claims in their own real-life settings before committing to adding the products to their entire fleet.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
April 26, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Editorial: Keeping Trucks on the Road Starts Here

This is a time for talking about truck maintenance, as the March 18 issue of Transport Topics coincides with and will be distributed at the 2019 annual meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations.

March 14, 2019