Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake will offer 17 in-person Bendix Brake Training School sessions from spring through fall 2016. Registration is open for the complete schedule, which kicks off Tuesday, March 22, in Owosso, MI, and covers 14 U.S. states before concluding in late October.
“As hard as Bendix works to improve highway safety by advancing braking technology and safety systems, we are equally determined to support the professional technicians who keep commercial vehicles in good working condition and operating safely,” said Lance Hansen, North America regional vice president – fleet, trailer, and Service Engineering . “Up-to-date operational and service knowledge is a vital part of improving fleet and highway safety, and it’s crucial that both new and experienced technicians alike have opportunities to study at the leading edge of today’s ever-evolving technologies.”
The Bendix Service Engineering Team (formerly the Bendix SWAT team) represents more than 175 collective years of commercial vehicle service and troubleshooting experience.
During Bendix Brake Training School’s three-day sessions, maintenance professionals will learn the description, operation, and service of the entire range of foundation and air brake system components. The curriculum provides authorized training in Bendix products and services, including safety solutions such as Bendix brand air disc brakes, antilock braking systems (ABS), SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) by Bendix CVS, stability technologies like Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program full-stability system, and Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology.
Classroom lectures address foundation brake and air brake system components, including air compressors, valves, slack adjusters, brake chambers, shoes, and drums. Other system aspects detailed in the intensive coursework include the fundamentals of compressed air, and tactics for air system failure diagnosis and troubleshooting. Visual aids, product cutaways, and operational demonstration boards enable up-close component study and hands-on learning. Bendix experts also discuss the commercial vehicle regulatory landscape, including federal Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) regulations.
“When fleets and drivers invest in vehicle safety equipment, it helps make the roads safer for everyone,” said Chuck Miller, Bendix manager of field service and training. “Bendix training programs can help strengthen the return on that investment, delivering performance and efficiency, lowering total cost of ownership, and ultimately keeping vehicles on the road and in safe working condition.”
Class size for the 2016 in-person Bendix Brake Training School is limited, and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration may be completed at www.bendix.com or www.foundationbrakes.com; by phone at 1-800-AIR-BRAKE, option 3; or via fax (216-651-3261).