Trucking and Braking

Research touted as breakthrough for trucking industry

The American Trucking AssociationsTechnology & Maintenance Council (TMC) and testing body PIT Group announced March 17 the organizations will be conducting joint research projects on fuel-savings and emerging braking technologies that include electromechanical systems.

The two groups announced in September 2018 they had formed a strategic partnership to advance innovation in trucking through field testing and truck engineering. The first two projects they will collaborate on will be developing a fuel-saving calculator and exploring electromechanical braking systems.

PIT Group will review and validate existing test data that was used to develop TMC’s interactive drive cycle calculator. This calculator is an interactive mathematical tool that’s used by equipment operators to evaluate the potential fuel and economic savings of an aerodynamic device based on test data. PIT Group will also conduct supplementary testing to obtain results to fill any gaps that exist in the test database used for this tool.

“TMC and PIT Group are committed to advancing and accelerating innovation in the trucking industry. We’re very pleased to announce today that our partnership is moving forward with two exciting and relevant research projects, the results of which stand to increase the efficiency and performance of fleets across the United States and North America.”—Robert Braswell, TMC Executive Director

The partners also flagged a multi-year study of electromagnetic braking systems as a priority for its collaborative research. The fresh analysis will entail a literature and market review, as well as testing and operational evaluation of electromagnetic brakes. The focus will be on the braking performance, maintenance, and inspection of conventional brakes compared to electromagnetic brakes.

“We’re very pleased that the first research projects under our collaborative agreement have the green light,” said Dwayne O. Haug, PIT Group Business Development US Consultant. “Our expertise in professional testing, strategic engineering services, and scientific research will benefit our subscribers as well as the TMC membership. We’re looking forward to working together on these and many more projects.”

American Trucking Associations—home to the coveted domain of—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 considered by many “the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight.” The TMC division of ATA is a technical society for truck equipment technology and maintenance professionals. TMC membership includes equipment managers, service-dealers, owner-operators, industry suppliers and manufacturers, educators, academia, and others that support the trucking industry. TMC member fleets represent the broad range of industry vocations, including truckload, less-than-truckload, municipal, private, on/off-highway, construction and other operations.

PIT Group, a division of FPInnovations, is a neutral, third-party organization that focuses on testing technologies and evaluating operational effectiveness for its subscribers. PIT Group’s four main areas of focus are: testing fuel efficiency of technologies using its Energotest™ program, verifying that ELD solutions meet the U.S. and/or Canadian requirements, assessing fleet operations for areas of improvements and research, testing, and developing smart mobility solutions. PIT Group’s Energotest™ is recognized in the trucking industry for fuel economy tests and is ISO 17025 certified.

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