TMC Fall Meeting, TMCSuperTech2010 set for Sept. 20-23

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The Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations will hold its 2010 Fall Meeting and TMCSuperTech2010 National Technician Skills Competition Sept. 20-23 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C. The meeting theme, Quality Control in Maintenance Operations, will be carried out through technical sessions covering management, training, product selection, regulations and the environment.

Full technical sessions include: “Cleaning of Diesel Exhaust Particulate Filters,” “Economic Forecast for Trucking” and “How the New CSA 2010 Rules Impact Fleet Maintenance Operations.” Study Group mini-technical sessions include:
• “How to Develop an Effective Electrical Training Program”;
• “Future Regulations: Are You Ready for EPA SmartWay, CARB and CSA 2010?”;
• “EGR Cooler Cleaning and Maintenance”;
• “APUs, Inverters and In-Cab Power Management”;
• “New Stopping Distance Regulations and Their Effect on Vehicle
Specifications — Part 2”;
• “Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Options for Trailer Disposal”;
• “Is Your Carbon Footprint About to Step on You?”;
• “Sensor Technology for Predictive Maintenance”;
• “Automatic Transmission Fluids: Why Do They Differ?”; and
• “Cab Entry and Egress on Specialty and Vocational Vehicles”.

TMC’s Service Providers Committee will present the technical session “Quality Control: Advantages and Benefits to Both Fleet and Service Providers.” The Corrosion Control Action Committee will present “A Look at SAE J2721 Corrosion Testing.”

More than 100 Task Forces will meet Sept. 20 to work on Recommended Practices, Information Reports and Position Papers. TMC’s Fleet Operator’s Forum, Fleet Talk and Shop Talk again will provide the opportunity for maintenance and equipment professionals to seek redress to equipment problems and exchange information related to equipment problems.

Additional educational opportunities for meeting attendees will be available at the Technician Training Fair, held in conjunction with TMCSuperTech2010. Six training sessions will be held Sept. 20 and repeated Sept. 23 to maximize training opportunities. The training qualifies for National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation continuing education credits.

TMCSuperTech2010 contestants from across the country will attend the PTDC Training Fair, take their qualifying written exams and attend a reception in their honor Sept. 20. The daylong Hands on Skills Challenge will be held Sept. 22. The nation’s top truck technicians will be announced Sept. 23 at the TMCSuperTech2010 Awards Luncheon, which is open to both contestants and meeting attendees.

Additional information and registration for TMC’s 2010 Fall Meeting and National Technician Skills Competition is available online at http://tmc.truckline.com. TMC will hold its 2011 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition Feb. 8 to 11 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla.