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Eaton, Cummins Expand Powertrain Partnership
2/18/2015 11:00:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Officials from Eaton Corp. and Cummins Inc. said the two companies are adding an engine to their SmartAdvantage integrated powertrain lineup and are matching one of Eaton’s transmissions to a Cummins natural-gas engine.

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Cooper Adds Roadmaster Tire, Eyes Fleet Market
2/18/2015 10:46:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Cooper Tire introduced a new Roadmaster tire on the highway specifically engineered to withstand the demands of drop-deck trailers, and company officials said they plan to enter the fleet market later this year.

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Wabash, Strehl Release New Trailer Aerodynamic Products
2/18/2015 10:40:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Wabash National Corp. unveiled two new trailer add-on products which it said, when used together, can boost fuel economy 9% or more by improving aerodynamics.

Proposed Rule for Light V2V Program Expected in 2016
2/18/2015 7:30:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Federal transportation officials plan to issue a proposed rule on requirements for a light connected-vehicle program in 2016, but they will decide on the direction of a heavy connected-vehicle testing program later this year, a Department of Transportation official said.

Be Aware of Elements That Cause Corrosion, Experts Say
2/18/2015 7:00:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Fifty years ago, the only type of corrosion the trucking industry worried about was from road salt on the truck chassis. But today, no part of a truck is safe from corrosion, said those who run, build, maintain and wash trucks.

Task Force Stresses Skills Needed by Entry-Level Techs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With a fast-growing shortage of heavy-truck technicians weighing on their minds, members of a new Technology & Maintenance Council task force began a lively, wide-ranging debate on defining the necessary skills for entry-level technicians.

Cummins Filtration Releases New Filter
2/17/2015 6:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Cummins Filtration Inc. announced the release of a new oil filter for the Cummins ISX15 engine.

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Capacity Trucks Introduces Sabre Terminal Tractor at TMC
2/17/2015 5:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Capacity Trucks showed a new terminal tractor for warehouse, port and intermodal operations while another terminal tractor maker, Kalmar Ottawa, said its T2 terminal tractor helped the company to its second-best year ever.

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ATA’s Osiecki Outlines Trucking’s Legislative, Regulatory Outlook
2/17/2015 11:35:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The trucking industry is continuing to pursue policy goals in a long-term highway bill, including a permanent fix to the suspended hours-of-service restart provision, American Trucking Associations’ Dave Osiecki said.

QuikQ Announces Q-Gate to Prevent Unauthorized Vehicle Use
2/17/2015 11:07:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — QuikQ, provider of cardless direct fuel-sale systems, introduced Q-Gate technology that detects and validates vehicle-mounted RFID tags and engages gate opening systems.

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Optronics Unveils Anti-Theft Lighting System, LED SuperLamp Technology
2/17/2015 11:00:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Optronics International, an offshore vehicle lighting manufacturer, rolled out a LampLock anti-theft lighting system and also re-engineered electrical components for its LED SuperLamp.

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Suspending HOS Rules Forced ELD Makers to Adjust, Executives Say
2/17/2015 10:00:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A congressional mandate that suspended parts of the hours-of-service rule until Sept. 30 required electronic logging device manufacturers to make costly adjustments and retests of their software for their customers.

SmartWay Enhances Program to Emphasize Value of Trailer Add-ons
2/17/2015 12:55:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — SmartWay, the decade-old partnership between the trucking industry and the Environmental Protection Agency that aims to reduce fuel consumption, has announced changes and enhancements to its trailer-verification program.

Task Force Says There Are Still Frontiers to Explore in Energy Conservation
2/17/2015 12:15:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Future Energy Conservation task force members at the Technology & Maintenance Council meeting here this week said there are still plenty of frontiers to explore in energy conservation.

Four TMC Members Awarded Silver Spark Plugs
2/16/2015 11:40:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Four members of American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council have been awarded the organization’s highest honor — the Silver Spark Plug.

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Largest TMC in History Opens With Nearly 400 Exhibitors
2/16/2015 11:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — American Trucking Associations opened the largest exhibit in the Technology & Maintenance Council’s history on Feb. 16, with nearly 400 exhibitors in 370,000 square feet of space at the Music City Center.

FMCSA to Publish Final ELD Rule in November
2/16/2015 8:15:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to publish its final electronic logging device rule in November, an agency official said.

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ASA Electronics Targets Distracted Driving With In-Cab Stereo
2/16/2015 8:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — ASA Electronics has announced it is targeting distracted driving via its Jensen Heavy Duty brand that produces stereos for truck cabs.

Redline's 'PowerSmoke' Detects In-Cab Carbon Monoxide Threats
2/16/2015 5:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Redline Detection said its HD PowerSmoke ensures the safety of truck and bus drivers by eliminating the threat of toxic carbon monoxide fumes entering the cabin.

Cummins Plans April Production of Connected Diagnostics System
2/16/2015 3:15:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Cummins Inc.'s Connected Diagnostics application that allows fleets to work with telematics providers will be in full production in April.

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iGlobal Completes Integration with McLeod
2/16/2015 12:30:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — iGlobal, which provides fleet management and in-cab document imaging systems, has completed integration of its mobile data terminals suite with McLeod Software.

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Bose Debuts Advancements in Its Ergonomic Truck Seats
2/16/2015 10:30:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bose, the manufacturer that applied its pioneering sound-blocking technology to block bumps and vibrations in truck seats, has announced upgrades to its seats, including a refined control system, improved ergonomic features and a built-in informational audio track that helps orient drivers to the new equipment.

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SkyBitz, P.S.I. Collaborate on Tire Pressure Information Solution
2/16/2015 1:00:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A remote asset-tracking and information-management service provider and a tire pressure systems firm have teamed up in what they’re calling a perfect marriage.

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Michelin Introduces Tire Care Monitoring Program for Fleets
2/16/2015 12:02:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Michelin Americas Truck Tires Division has announced the launch of Tire Care, a fully digital, nationwide fleet tire-monitoring program that the tire maker says will help maximize uptime and control costs.

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Dana Plans Web-Based Course to Help Fleets With ‘Downspeeding’
2/16/2015 12:01:00 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dana Holding Corp. is planning a new Web-based training and maintenance course aimed at keeping fleet technicians apprised of the changes in engine “downspeeding,” an increasingly prevalent strategy for boosting fuel efficiency.

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Rush Truck Centers to Share Information With Decisiv Platform
2/15/2015 11:55:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Decisiv Inc. said here that national dealership chain Rush Truck Centers will integrate its RushCare communication management system with Decisiv’s platform, providing information from more than 110 service locations across the country.

Noregon Systems Announces Truck Check-up Program
2/15/2015 10:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Noregon Systems, a vehicle diagnostics provider, has announced that it will launch next month its truck check-up program, a tool that will allow drivers to plug in for a quick check of their vehicle while fueling.

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Silver Eagle Releases ‘T-Dolly’ for Connected Vehicles
2/15/2015 9:00:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Silver Eagle Manufacturing Co. released an automated dolly for connected vehicles that it said can help boost fuel savings by shortening distances between trailers.

Optronics Reveals New LED SuperLamp Technology
2/15/2015 8:50:00 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Optronics International unveiled a new LED SuperLamp technology line of truck lights here that the company said boosts performance by re-engineering electrical components with chemical- and ultraviolet light-resistant coating.

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LiveOnWeb Video Preview: Taking Your Questions Now for Trucks and Tech Program
2/13/2015 5:01:00 PM
Send in your questions now — or come talk to us at booth 2335 at TMC — for our Feb. 25 LiveOnWeb show focused on trucks and technology. Watch our one-minute video preview that tees up our planned discussions of ELDs and tech consolidation.

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Stemco Acquires Trailer Aerodynamics Firm ATDynamics
2/12/2015 11:55:00 AM
Stemco announced that it has acquired ATDynamics Inc., a manufacturer of trailer aerodynamics products, and its TrailerTail technology. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Alternative Fuels, Efficiency Top Agenda at TMC Meeting
2/12/2015 3:45:00 AM
Alternative fuels and ways to measure fuel economy are prime subjects at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting Feb. 16-19 in Nashville.

TMC 2015 Live Coverage
2/4/2015 12:45:00 PM
Let this page be your what's-happening-right-now guide to the Technology and Maintenance Council convention in Nashville Feb. 16-19. Our live blog will capture photos, videos, tweets and latest headlines from the exhibit hall, press conferences and group sessions.




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