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Clear the Air: Don’t be sidelined by a failing air compressor

March 16, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Admit it. A truck’s air system probably isn’t your most pressing maintenance concern. The systems are pretty reliable, and beyond changing the air-dryer desiccant cartridge every couple of years, you probably don’t give the rest of the system any more attention than it absolutely needs. While its primary function is supplying air for the brake system — an important task in its own right — other components on the truck need air, too. Automated transmissions, for example, and certain emissions system components.

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Maintenance council tackling brake adjustment

March 9, 2018 by John Smith

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Technology and Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations (TMC) is looking to establish recommended maintenance practices to address excessive stroke in S-cam brakes. The result will provide a diagnostic and troubleshooting guide to help technicians […]

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Final mile introducing new maintenance demands

March 7, 2018 by John Smith

ATLANTA, Ga. – Evolving delivery models are leading to a new generation of vehicles as fleets look for new ways to serve the all-important final mile of e-commerce orders. Against the backdrop of dense urban centers that are demanding an end to emissions, the trucks and vans are also more likely than ever to be electric.

“The economics of those are starting to become positive in some applications,” said Thomas Dollmeyer, Cummins’ director of electrification technology, during a panel at the annual meeting of the Technology and Maintenance Council. Electric urban buses are already economically viable, while the same could be said about electric Class 4-7 distribution vehicles as early as 2020, he said.

But changes like that will lead to new challenges on the shop floor.

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UPS executive challenges fleets to ‘define excellence’

March 6, 2018 by John Smith

ATLANTA, Ga. — Carlton Rose, president, global fleet maintenance and engineering at UPS, is challenging the trucking industry to define the excellence needed to realize cleaner cities, safer vehicles, and underlying technical knowledge.
“If you’re the one who defines excellence, then you’re the one who shapes expertise to achieve it,” Rose said.

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Shell launches Starship demonstration vehicle

March 5, 2018 by John Smith

ATLANTA, Ga. – Shell Rotella has officially unveiled the Starship Project – a streamlined tractor-trailer designed to showcase energy savings that can be realized using technology available today. “If an owner-operator built a super truck, what would it look like? […]

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Braswell replaces Kirk at TMC

March 28, 2017 by John Smith

ARLINGTON, VA – Management changes continue at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) with Robert Braswell now serving as acting executive director of the group’s Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC).

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Updated Maintenance Manuals

September 14, 2016 by Rolf Lockwood

TMC is releasing updates for three manuals to help technicians conduct preventive maintenance inspections

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Costs pinned down for EPA-compliant engines

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

ORLANDO, Fla. – The additional cost of running emissions-compliant diesel engines made since 2002 amounts to between 6.7-8.2 cents per mile

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Recommended Practices Manual

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

TMC publishes new version of what it calls the ‘gold standard for fleet maintenance’. Who’s arguing?

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TMC MANUAL ON CD

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

TMC’s famous Recommended Practices Manual — the ‘red book’ — is now available on CD-ROM

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TMC FOR OWNER-OPS

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Owner-operators can get discounted membership in TMC. It’s not just for fleets.

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Costs pinned down for EPA-compliant engines

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

ORLANDO, Fla. – The additional cost of running emissions-compliant diesel engines made since 2002 amounts to between 6.7-8.2 cents per mile

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2010-11 TMC MANUAL

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

The best maintenance and spec information available? No question.

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TMC WHEEL/RIM GUIDE

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Third edition of TMC User’s Guide to Wheels and Rims released

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TMC TIRE GUIDE

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

TMC updates the Radial Tire Conditions Analysis Guide