OTA Dispatch Issue 4, 2022

13 www.ortrucking.org Issue 4 | 2022 SUPPORTING SPONSORS t h a n k y o u s p o n s o r s SCHEDULE OF EVENTS REGISTRATION SPONSOR MEAL SPONSOR PARTNER/VENDOR TMC Maintenance & Education Fair Takes Over the Pacific NW Truck Museum IN MANY WAYS, keeping engaged with our service technicians and fleet managers was doubly hard during the pandemic, especially when in-person workshops and events weren’t a possibility. Afterall, maintenance is a hands-on endeavor and remote work is not an option. Learning and collaborating are also a challenge for service technicians and fleet managers who are looking to expand their knowledge and exchange ideas. This is why OTA and the Technology & Maintenance Council were happy to welcome attendees back for the in-person, day-long TMC Maintenance & Education Fair. A group of attendees, speakers and vendor sponsors gathered on Nov. 4 at the Pacific NW Truck Museum in Salem. Sessions started in the morning with a lengthy discussion on viable alternative fuels, with a focus on advantages, disadvantages, maintenance issues and shop infrastructure requirements. This was followed by a look at maintenance asset management and what to consider when evaluating in-house and outsourcing. Attendees then broke for lunch and the chance to get an up-close look at the products and services from OTA supplier partners that took part in the Vendor Fair. This was also the perfect opportunity for technicians to exchange ideas and discuss common challenges. Plus, there was plenty of trucking history to explore at the museum! Sessions continued in the afternoon with a presentation on the legal obligations and responsibilities specific to a maintenance setting, an update on the tire industry and the SmartWay tire rating changes and finally a look at current events (backordered parts, service delays and software fixes) and some tips to keep fleets running. Once raffle prizes were drawn at the end of the day, technicians and fleet managers left with more knowledge to apply in their own shops now and things to think about in the future. We want to thank all of our attendees, speakers and sponsors who participated. We know schedules are tight for everyone these days, so thank you for taking the time show your support for our service technicians and the valuable work they do! Take a look at some more photos from the event.