The Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) is North America’s premier technical society for truck equipment technology and maintenance professionals. Its mission is to improve transport equipment, its maintenance and maintenance management in order to benefit society through the highest standards of transport productivity and safety.
Founded in 1933, ATA (www.truckline.com) 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 the nation’s freight
TMC (tmc.trucking.org) is comprised of volunteer industry professionals who work together toward its mission by:
- Conducting and sponsoring technical meetings and displays of transport equipment and components.
- Publishing technical and management educational materials.
- Engendering pride in the transport maintenance management field with awards and recognition activities.
- Establishing cooperative relationships with associations, research organizations and government entities involved in truck transportation and working with them to improve the productivity and safety of equipment.
- Promoting the cooperation between designers and manufacturers of transport equipment and those who specify, purchase and manage such equipment.
- Providing technical input to U.S. and international organizations that write regulations and standards to improve equipment and transportation efficiencies.
- Delineating equipment, technology and management practices through the development and publication of Recommended Practices (RPs).
RECOMMENDED PRACTICES MANUAL
For more than 30 years, TMC’s Recommended Practices Manual has been widely recognized as being one of the leading maintenance guides for commercial vehicles, containing the best equipment maintenance and maintenance shop management information available. This comprehensive 3,000-page resource manual contains more than 300 RPs.
TMC issues two types of RPs: Recommended Maintenance Practices and Recommended Engineering Practices.
- Recommended Maintenance Practices are voluntary practices that assist equipment users, vehicle/component manufacturers and other industry suppliers in the maintenance of commercial vehicle equipment. These RPs also include informational documents that cover technical aspects of maintenance, equipment and supporting technologies.
- Recommended Engineering Practices are also voluntary practices. These assist equipment users, vehicle/component manufacturers and other industry suppliers in the design, specification, construction and performance of commercial vehicle equipment.
In addition to the Recommended Practices Manual, TMC has a portfolio of more than 100 different materials covering a wide range of industry needs.
MEMBERSHIP MAKE UP
Originally organized as the Maintenance Committee of the Regular Common Carrier Conference, TMC has worked since 1956 to inform and educate the trucking industry about state-of-the-art maintenance and technology issues. Today, TMC members cover the entire spectrum of the commercial vehicle industry, including equipment users of all sizes and vocations; suppliers and manufacturers; service providers; technicians; owner-operators; academia and educators; trade press; and others that support the trucking industry.
TMC organizes two general meetings each year in the United States. The first is the Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition which is held in February or March.
The largest event within the ATA Federation, it provides a full slate of technical education programming and a technical exhibition that spans 200,000-square feet with more than 300 exhibitors. It attracts between 3,000 and 3,500 attendees.