What To Do About Tomorrow’s Maintenance Challenges?

That is the focus of this year’s Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Fall Meeting


Spec’ing and Management Strategies for Maximum Fuel Efficiency

This session will look at the changing ways fleets are spec’ing for fuel economy and discuss how some fleets will be taking a comprehensive approach to vehicle designs and perhaps even forgo traditional powertrains for alternative fuel offerings, such as hybrids or natural gas.

In addition, trucking’s top fleet maintenance executives will share how they are adapting their spec’ing and management strategies to deal with the new federal fuel efficiency standards in the coming years.

EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

Among the other sessions and TMC study group meetings on the program for the TMC Fall Meeting are:

Is Corrosion Eating Away at Your Bottom Line? During this session, panelists will point out the less-than-obvious corrosion-related items a fleet might be experiencing and what can be done about them.

Spec’ing the “Green Reefer:” Innovations in Refrigeration Unit Design, Maintenance and Operations: This session will discuss what new technologies are available to “green” refrigerated trailer fleets. Panelists will review the latest specs, as well as best practices for transport refrigeration unit maintenance and operation.

Braking Up Is Not Hard to Do: Answers to Common Brake Drum Installation Issues: The focus of this session will be the concerns technicians face when servicing drum brakes. Common brake drum installation issues will be discussed as well.

Cab Air Quality Maintenance: What maintenance operations can do to maintain good cab air quality is what this session is all about. Panelists will examine cab air filtration and temperature control standards; what role air quality devices play; how cab insulation effects cab air temperature quality; and why proper component maintenance is critical for effective particulate removal, especially for HVAC recirculation systems, cooling coils, HEPA filters and ductwork.

Bulk Storage/Dispensing Options at the Terminal Level: Municipal, State and Federal Regulatory Requirements: Because fuel station planning is becoming more complex, this session has been designed to help attendees understand the myriad of federal, state and local regulations that impact fuel and fluid storage/dispensing at the terminal level.

Coolant Management Strategies: Identification, Tooling and Maintenance: This session will demonstrate how the best way of ensuring cooling system performance is by following industry best practices for coolant identification, tooling and maintenance. Among the topics to be addressed by panelists: how to distinguish among various conventional and extended life coolant technologies; what tools should be used with specific coolants/systems; what practices are essential for proper coolant maintenance; and user perspectives of fleets using multiple coolant technologies.

Best Practices for Tire Shops and Service Trucks: During this session, panelists will present best practices for both scheduled and unscheduled tire service. Presenters will cover situations in which the fleet comes to the service provider, and vice versa.

Today’s Emissions Aftertreatment and its Impact on Vocational Vehicle Maintenance and Total Vehicle Operating Cost: The purpose of this session is to address the unique aftertreatment failure conditions associated with vocational trucks and what can be done to avoid downtime and increased cost. Panelists will cover diesel particulate filter service intervals, regeneration cycle, and other steps vocational fleets should consider taking to improve the durability and performance of their aftertreatment systems.

Light and Medium Truck Tire Failure Analysis: Panelists at this session will address several important issues regarding light/medium tire failure analysis, including: correct tire application; different tires for city versus highway use; retreads; structured tire pressure maintenance programs; vehicle alignment intervals; and tire replacement practices.

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