FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2020
TMC Goes Virtual for Council’s 2020 Fall Meeting
Council to Continue Important Work Despite Pandemic Challenges
Arlington, Virginia — The American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council will hold its 2020 Fall Meeting virtually, beginning September 15.
“TMC’s 2020 Fall Meeting, our second major virtual event this year, puts a sharp focus on the way 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, ” said TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell. “Since staying ahead of the learning curve is paramount to maintaining and securing fleet operations, it’s appropriate that the theme of TMC’s 2020 Fall Meeting is ‘Reliable Answers for Uncertain Times.’”
The virtual event, the public portion of which runs September 15-17, will showcase industry approaches to integrated powertrains, supporting education to resolve technician shortages, and many other technically focused topics including electrical/electronic, tire, engine, cabs/controls, management, chassis, trailer, and sustainability issues. Also featured are the Council’s more than 100 industry task forces which are development recommended practices, information reports and other technical information pertaining to commercial vehicle maintenance and specification.
TMC’s Fall Meeting will be conducted primarily via the Cisco Webex interface. However, Task Forces on Tuesday will be conducted via telephone conference line with support from TMC’s social media and collaborative work platform — TMC Connect.
“This all-virtual alternative to our usual in-person event allows TMC members and non-members alike the chance to experience all the content of TMC’s Fall Meeting while still being sensitive to the health- and economic-related pressures that we all are facing in 2020. We're excited to be able to offer attendees our full complement of sessions and opportunities to participate in industry recommended practice development,” said Braswell.
The agenda includes the Council’s Town Meeting & Fleet Operators’ Forum, Shop Talk, and New Technology Presentations as well as the following sessions:
- How Do Integrated Powertrains Work? The Pros and Cons of Vertical Integration
- EPA 2021/2024 Regulatory Update
- Maximizing Uptime from a Professional Technician Perspective
- Diagnostics for Future Electrical Systems ADAS, Multi-Voltages and More
- Capabilities of Telematics to Evaluate Short- and Long-Term Fuel Economy and Other Vehicle Performance Factors
- Supporting Education to Help Resolve Your Technician Shortage
- What Are Your Trailers Riding on and Why?
- Collision Repair: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know
- Is Your Parts Department Evolving Through Sensor-Based Maintenance
- Duty Cycles for Current and Future Aftertreatment Systems
TMC’s Industry Keynote Presentation will feature Jeff Loftus, technology division chief, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
While TMC’s 2020 Fall Meeting will be able to held in a virtual setting, TMC will unfortunately not be able to hold its National Technician Skills Competitions –TMCSuperTech – or the National Student Technician Competition – TMCFutureTech – in 2020. Instead, TMC will celebrate the first-ever National Technician Appreciation Week September 21-25. During this time, the Council will offer special online training sessions aimed at technicians and shop supervisors in our annual PDTC Technician Training Fair, as well as other media activities to showcase commercial vehicle technicians.
For more information and to register for TMC's 2020 Fall Meeting visit http://tmcfall.trucking.org.
By providing leadership support and opportunities to collaborate, TMC helps members develop the industry’s best practices that address the critical truck technology and maintenance issues that have the greatest impact on truck fleets. For more than 60 years, TMC’s member-driven Recommended Maintenance and Engineering Practices have been setting the standards that help trucking companies specify and maintain their fleets more effectively. Follow TMC on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
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