ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council to Hold Annual Meeting, Transportation Technology Exhibit

Nov 23, 2009, 12:16 ET from American Trucking Associations

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) of American Trucking Associations will hold its 2010 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, Feb. 9-12 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Fla., providing a full slate of educational sessions and the first truck technology show of the year.

The meeting theme "Maintenance in Transition" is emphasized in educational sessions that include full technical sessions, Implementing Kaizen to Improve Profitability and Fostering Effective Fleet/Service Provider Communication, along with 10 mini-technical sessions.

Mini-technical sessions will include:

  • Electrical Requirements for On-highway Vehicles - 2010 and Beyond;
  • What's Wrong with This Picture - Common Mistakes Related to Tire and Wheel Maintenance;
  • Fleet Experiences with EPA 2007 Compliant Diesel Engines - A 300,000-Mile Assessment;
  • In-Cab Safety Devices and Their Implications for Data Retention, Liability and Legal Responsibilities;
  • New Stopping Distance Regulations and the Effect on Vehicle Specifications;
  • Installation and Repair of Trailer Aerodynamic Devices;
  • Sustainability Strategies for Fleet Operations;
  • A Comprehensive Look at Vehicle Electronic Control Systems - Present and Future;
  • The Great Antifreeze Debate - Universal vs. Proprietary Engine Coolants; and
  • Energy Storage Systems for Hybrid Chassis.

TMC's Transportation Technology Exhibition, Feb. 9-11, is expected to include more than 300 exhibitors featuring the latest technology to help fleets improve safety and efficiency. The exhibit opening will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Trucking's complete technology trade show will include the latest models of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, specialty and alternative-fueled vehicles, components, safety and information technology and services.

Full technical sessions, Fleet Talk and the Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday and Shop Talk on Wednesday. More than 100 task forces will meet on Wednesday and mini-technical sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday.

Jim Hebe, Navistar senior vice president for North American sales operations, will be the featured speaker for Tuesday's Kickoff Luncheon. Mr. Hebe, former president and CEO of Freightliner, has four decades of experience in truck manufacturing, sales and acquisitions.

A schedule of meeting activities, registration, online registration and hotel reservation forms, exhibit prospectus and related forms are available at TMC's website,

For additional meeting or exhibit information, contact TMC at 703-838-1763. Full meeting registration on or before Jan. 22 is $450 for TMC members, $550 for nonmembers. Registration after Jan. 22 is $550 for members and $650 for nonmembers. A spouse's package is available for $275.

TMC, a technical council of American Trucking Associations, is North America's premier technical society for truck equipment technology and maintenance professionals. TMC features a diverse membership of equipment managers, service-dealers, owner-operators, industry suppliers and manufacturers, educators, academia and others that support the trucking industry. TMC member fleets represent the broad range of industry vocations, including truckload, less-than-truckload, municipal, private, on/off-highway, construction and other operations. Find out more about TMC online at

American Trucking Associations, the national trade association for the trucking industry, is a federation of affiliated state trucking associations, conferences and organizations that includes more than 37,000 motor carrier members representing every type and class of motor carrier in the country. ATA serves the interests of more than nine million people and 420,000 companies involved in trucking before Congress, the courts and regulatory agencies.

TMC Meeting Dates

TMC's 2010 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition

Tampa Convention Center

Tampa, Florida

February 9-12

TMC's 2010 Fall Meeting & National Technician Skills Competition

Raleigh Convention Center

Raleigh, North Carolina

September 20-23

TMC's 2011 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition

Tampa Convention Center

Tampa, Florida

February 8-11

SOURCE American Trucking Associations