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Future Truck Program Position Paper 2008-1: Future Wheel and Wheel Systems User-Driven Needs and Expectations

TMC’s Future Tire and Wheel Task Force has defined future performance requirements of tires and wheels according to fleet and end user needs and concerns. This includes all aspects of new tires, retread tires, tire repairs, new wheels, refurbished wheels, attaching hardware, and all associated maintenance issues. This TMC position paper defines future features and expectations for wheels and wheel systems in terms of product performance, maintainability, reliability, durability, and serviceability, environmental and educational issues.

Issued: July 2008

Professional Technician Development Committee Information Report 2007-3: Training and Certification Requirements for Servicing Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning Systems – Section 609 of the Clean Air Act of 1990

Section 609 of the Clean Air Act of 1990 (as amended) requires that motor vehicle air conditioning refrigerant be recycled, that only recover/recycle or recover-only equipment approved for a specific refrigerant be used in the repairing or servicing of motor vehicle air conditioners, and that technicians who repair or service motor vehicle air conditioners be trained and certified by an EPA-approved organization. In addition, service shops must be able to certify that they comply with these provisions of the Act.

S.5 Fleet Maintenance Management Study Group Information Report 2007-1: Developing a State Maintenance Council: Challenges and Opportunities

State maintenance councils can offer a reasonable, local alternative for fleet personnel wishing to network with peers and gain exposure to industry information. However, many areas of North America do not have a state, regional or local maintenance council. The purpose of this information report is to review the benefits joining or developing a state, regional or local maintenance council.

Issued: March 2007


Professional Technician Development Committee Information Report 2007-2: Necessary Instructional Standards For Preparing Entry-Level Technicians

The occupational outlook for employment of truck service and repair technicians remains strong and is expected to increase at an average pace for the next 10 years. There is a strong need for technicians because of industry growth as well as openings associated with turnover and retirement. This, coupled with the pace of changing truck technology, provides a challenge to managers in finding interested and qualified technicians to fill these positions. The trucking industry needs to establish a method to develop technicians with appropriate skills.

Professional Technician Development Committee Information Report 2006-3: Technician Retention and Recruitment: Challenges and Opportunities

Recruiting and retaining qualified commercial vehicle technicians has become a very challenging task. Aside from purely economic factors, the reasons for this are fourfold:

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2006-1: Future Systems for Light- and Medium-Duty Vehicle Exhaust Aftertreatment

The mandate for reduced tailpipe emissions from heavy-duty diesel powered vehicles has already left its mark on the trucking industry with the implementation of EPA’s 2004 standards. Technologies developed to meet the 2004 standards have been reasonably successful and, for the most part, have not required the use of expensive aftertreatment devices. While in- cylinder control of the combustion process should ultimately prove to be the most effective way to control emissions, there are those within the industry that believe that the cost-benefit peak has been reached.

S.15 Specialty Trucks Study Group Information Report 2006-2: Hybrid Work Trucks: Preparing for Market Introduction

One of the most promising new technologies emerging to meet fuel efficiency and environmental challenges for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles is the hybrid drive system. Hybrid drive systems offer the potential both to increase vehicle fuel efficiency and at the same time to reduce actual vehicle emissions below the level of the engine certification.

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2005-1: Recommendations for Corrosion Abatement

Commercial vehicle users should not need to replace a component over the vehicle’s useful life, or the useful life of that component, due to corrosion. (This includes surface corrosion.) Additionally, commercial vehicle users should not need to perform any maintenance (other than normal, periodic washing) to prevent corrosion. This position paper defines commercial vehicle users’ expected level of corrosion protection by vehicle type.

Issued: May 2005

Future Truck Program Position Paper 2004-5: Future Tire Retreads and Repairs

This TMC Future Truck Position Paper defines future performance requirements of retreaded tires and tire repairs according to fleet and end user descriptions of their needs and concerns. This will include all aspects of retread tires, tire repairs, and associated maintenance issues.

Issued: March 2005

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Future Truck Program Position Paper 2004-1: Future Systems for Protection of Electronics Subsystems Against Lightning Effects

Future truck electrical/electronic systems will encompass batteries, electronics and communication systems. Today, many electronic controllers used with components such as engines, antilock brakes, transmissions, dash instrumentation and fleet-added components (such as satellite transceivers, computers, fax and printers) are permanently damaged by effects of close and direct lightning strikes.