TMC Opens 2022 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition
Event Features Dozens of Technical Sessions and Premier Trade Show
Orlando, Florida (March 7) – Today, American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council opened the TMC’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
“Our industry is facing nothing short of a technological revolution. From the drive to deploy more electric vehicles, and reduce emissions – including, as we saw earlier today, NOx, to advancements in automated vehicle technology, there has never been a time when technology advances promise to deliver so much for our industry,” ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said. “The possibilities and promise of these technologies will shape our industry for decades to come, and TMC will be at the forefront of those discussions. This meeting comes at a critical time for trucking as we look for solutions to how we will power our trucks, what sorts of safety and other technologies will be part of our lives in the coming years and how we will ensure that there are enough men and women with the expertise to keep those trucks on the road. The answers to those questions will be found here, with TMC, in your study groups and task forces, and on this sold out exhibit hall floor.”
This year’s theme is “Electrifying Performance in Maintenance Management” — and will feature TMC’s customary slate of educational sessions, task force meetings, technical sessions and management sessions, in addition the Council’s Transportation and Technology Exhibition trade show showcasing leading-edge technologies for fleet maintenance management. This year’s exhibit features approximately 350 vendors spanning 500,000 square feet.
“For more than 65 years, TMC has worked to raise professional and technical standards for the trucking industry,” said TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell. “This annual meeting is an important part of that – not just to see what is available in the field on the exhibit hall floor – but to have the opportunity to discuss and learn about the latest advances in truck technology in our myriad of task forces and educational sessions. TMC leadership is committed to providing this experience for our members in a safe and responsible way.”
Tuesday’s kickoff breakfast features keynote speaker John O’Leary, president & CEO, Daimler Truck North America. Tuesday’s Technical Session #1 features the TMC/SAE Symposium covering the U.S. Department of Energy’s SuperTruck 2 and 3 programs. Wednesday’s Technical Session features a special session led by FMSCA Associate Administrator for Research and Registration Tom Keane covering “Development of a Trucking Fleet Concept of Operations for Managing Automated Driving System-Equipped Trucks in Mixed Fleets.” The event also features dynamic ride and drive demonstrations of automated driving systems, courtesy of Virginia Tech Technical Institute/Pronto; and a static demonstration display by ZF.
“Building on the success of the Council’s in-person fall meeting in Cleveland last September, Council members are excited assemble in-person in our largest event venue, and we’re pleased at the response to our 2022 Annual Meeting agenda,” said TMC General Chairman and Treasurer Stacy Earnhardt, vice president of asset management and specialized services, Best Logistics Group. “We’re all very excited about gathering in Orlando for our first full-scale Annual Meeting since February 2020 to discuss the pressing technical issues of the day and view the latest in truck technology.”
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.
American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter, Facebook, or at Trucking Moves America Forward.