ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Feb. 5, 2001)—The 45-year-old Maintenance Council (TMC) of the American Trucking Associations is changing its name to the "Technology and Maintenance Council," to reflect its expanded technical focus in light of the changing dynamics of the trucking industry.
The revamped TMC will broaden its mission to address both on- and off-board technologies to help meet the future transportation needs of fleets, the ATA council said.
In the past, TMC has concentrated on developing industry standards and recommended practices to bring efficiencies in the areas of on-board truck technology and electronics. Among its areas of concern are tires, wheels and suspensions.
Under the new plan TMC will add four additional study groups to its current structure that will focus on technologies relevant to information technology and logistics professionals.
"On the horizon we see a definite convergence of activities and interests between the on-board and off-board technology worlds," said Bill Wolterstorff, general chairman of TMC and fleet manager for Sather Trucking Corp. "Consequently, the technical and information industry are changing, and we want to help shape that change."
The TMC board has identified four major study groups: data interchange; automated data entry; business processes; and technology and communications.