Technology & Maintenance Council 2018 exhibition full of opportunity for fleets

The annual American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting is one of those trade shows that industry professionals come away with not just knowledge, but best practices that will guide them throughout the year.

The Technology & Maintenance Council’s (TMC) 2018 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition is set for March 5-8 inside Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. The annual event features top trucking fleet professionals, vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers. Organizers expect over 5,000 people to attend this year’s show.

TMC has developed over 500 Recommended Practices for fleet maintenance professionals over the years, covering all the systems of heavy duty trucks, from tires and engines to corrosion and emissions systems.

The event will feature TMC Task Force committee meetings, “study group” education sessions, and technical sessions. Topics this year will include “How Last Mile Delivery Solutions Are Transforming Fleet Maintenance Management” and “The Coming Impact of Automated Vehicle Technology.”

TMC’s “Thought Leaders” will hold a Future Truck Committee presentation titled “Augmented/Virtual Reality Technology & Its Application to Fleet Maintenance Training” and additional sessions will address “smart” trailers, collision warning interfaces and Big Data benchmarking.

Over 400 industry suppliers will be on hand to discuss their products, making TMC 2018 an easy place to compare products and make the connections necessary for future purchases.

New this year is a mobile app that has been updated and will include everything you need to navigate the show, including the schedule, a list of attendees, and floor plan. Those attending sessions will also be able to participate with “on-the-spot” surveys through the app.

In its second year, TMC’s Young Leaders program will meet during the show. The program is designed to smooth the transition for up-and-coming leaders into leadership roles.

The show will also feature “Shop Talk,” a free-form discussion on equipment issues, and Town Meeting and Fleet Operator’s Forum – two programs designed to help fleets solve equipment issues.

Additionally, attendees can:

  • Participate in voluntary standards-setting efforts through TMC’s Study Groups and Task Forces, which are tackling important issues such as electronic logging devices, natural gas powered vehicles and emerging onboard technologies.
  • Witness and participate in the most informative technical event — TMC’s Transportation Technology Exhibition. TMC’s exhibition makes available to attendees the best minds on equipment issues in the trucking industry. This year’s exhibit features a special Advanced Technology Pavillion; and our expanded “Technology Showcase,” a new hands-on dimension of the exhibition (see page X for details).
  • Participate in TMC’s Future Truck Initiative. As the only industry association that is focused solely on truck technology and maintenance, TMC and its member companies work together with OEM’s to create the industry’s standards for future truck technology and equipment that help ensure that the truck of the future is one that is the most efficient to operate and maintain.

In all, there are other 100 industry task forces that will meet.

TMC is currently offering a special first-timers discount to fleets. Event schedules, registration links and housing information can be found at

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight covers general transportation news and leads the editorial team as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler.