BENDIX ANNOUNCES 2020 IN-PERSON TECHNICAL TRAINING SESSIONS
Air Brake and Advanced Technology Courses Will Visit 25 Locations in 19 States
ELYRIA, Ohio – (Trailer Technician) – In-depth technical training has never mattered more to fleets, drivers, and technicians across North America, as fleets seek to maximize uptime while commercial vehicle system safety components continually evolve and advance. Building on decades of industry training experience, Bendix (Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC) has expanded its long-running in-person training programs for 2020, offering more than 40 opportunities for fleet technicians, owner-operators, and others to enhance the skills necessary for keeping vehicles on the road and in safe operating condition.
Thirty sessions of Bendix’s three-day Air Brake Training class – long recognized as setting the industry training standard – are on the 2020 calendar, beginning March 3 in Fresno, California. Bendix will hold its two-day Advanced Technology Training program – introduced in 2019 – 11 times, with six sessions at Bendix headquarters in Elyria, and five at the company’s Sparks, Nevada, location. Registration is open for the complete schedule of both courses, shown on the last page of this news release.
“To address increasing demand for service training, we’re offering more sessions of both courses than last year, and we’re visiting 25 locations in 19 states,” said Lance Hansen, Bendix vice president – aftermarket sales, fleet, service, and operations. “And every class is conducted by a member of the ASE-certified veteran Bendix Service Engineering Team, to help equip teams across the industry with the technical knowledge they need in today’s demanding and rapidly changing commercial vehicle landscape.”
Hansen continued, “We know that fleets not only face continued pressure to maintain overall safety, performance, and uptime as they strive to lower their total cost of ownership, they also battle our industry’s continued shortage of qualified, highly skilled technicians. Our in-person training program – part of our larger post-sales support commitment – is just one way we can help them in that effort.”
Studies in Safety
Bendix’s Air Brake Training course is aimed at both new and experienced technicians, and covers the description, operation, and service elements for the total range of components found within dual air brake systems. Classroom topics include the fundamentals of compressed air; tactics for air system failure mode diagnosis and troubleshooting; and components such as air compressors, valves, foundation drum brakes, and air disc brakes.
Bendix recommends that students complete the Air Brake Training course before taking the Advanced Technology Training, which covers the operation and troubleshooting of higher-level driver assistance and safety systems, as well as diagnostic software. A must for advanced technicians as more fleets and drivers adopt complex technologies like collision mitigation systems, the Advanced Technology Training sessions will address:
- AutoVue® Lane Departure Warning System from Bendix CVS
- Bendix® ACom® PRO™ diagnostic software
- Bendix® ESP® Electronic Stability Program
- Bendix® Wingman® Advanced™ collision mitigation technology
- Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™ driver assistance systems
- SafetyDirect® by Bendix CVS
- SmarTire® and SmarTire® Trailer-Link™ TPMS by Bendix CVS
The Advanced Technology Training includes hands-on, in-depth maintenance instruction for Bendix® air disc brakes and electrical diagnostics.
“It’s a lot of ground to cover,” Hansen said. “So, because of the quantity and complexity of the products involved, we really advise each student to complete either the three-day Air Brake Training course or the System Training – Air Brake Training module at brake-school.com before taking the Advanced Technology class.”
Per-person enrollment costs are $400 USD for Air Brake Training and $350 USD for Advanced Technology training. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, and class size is limited. Registration may be completed online at www.bendix.com or www.foundationbrakes.com; by phone at 1-800-AIR-BRAKE, option 3; by email at BendixTrainingSchool@hkm.dcgcentral.com; or via fax (216-651-3261). See the full listing of dates and locations below or visit www.bendix.com or www.foundationbrakes.com
Online Knowledge Base
Since 2013, the Bendix On-Line Brake School has been available as an ever-expanding 24/7/365 training resource – and the site (www.brake-school.com) now counts nearly 90,000 registered users. Students can access a curriculum covering the full spectrum of braking and active vehicle safety system product topics, ranging from overall education on product features and operation to troubleshooting, diagnostics, and maintenance best practices. Through the site, Bendix also develops customized training channels, offering specialized programs for organizations spanning all segments of the commercial vehicle industry.
At knowledge-dock.com, Bendix provides an archive of post-sales product support and insight, including Bendix Tech Tips, podcasts, and blogs. Additionally, the company’s YouTube channel includes a library of Bendix Tech Talks and other resources.
“Shaping tomorrow’s transportation together doesn’t happen just on the roads,” Hansen said. “At every turn, Bendix recognizes the increasing importance of wide-ranging technician training and education, and its role in creating safer highways for everyone.”
Through its industry technical leadership, an ever-growing portfolio of technology developments, and unparalleled post-sales support, Bendix delivers on safety, vehicle performance, and efficiency – areas critical to the success of fleets and owner-operators. Bendix strives to lower the total cost of vehicle ownership, helping strengthen return on investment in safety-enhancing equipment and technology.
About Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group, develops and supplies leading-edge active safety technologies, energy management solutions, and air brake charging and control systems and components under the Bendix® brand name for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, tractors, trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles throughout North America. An industry pioneer, employing more than 3,200 people, Bendix is driven to deliver solutions for improved vehicle safety, performance, and overall operating cost. Contact us at
1-800-AIR-BRAKE (1-800-247-2725) or visit bendix.com. Stay connected and informed through Bendix expert podcasts, blog posts, videos, and other resources at knowledge-dock.com. Follow Bendix on Twitter at twitter.com/Bendix_CVS. Log on and learn from the Bendix experts at brake-school.com. And to learn more about career opportunities at Bendix, visit bendix.com/careers.
About Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC combines and expands the complementary wheel-end foundation brake technologies of two global leaders – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC. The joint venture, formed in July 2004, is a single, complete source for OEM brake system design, manufacturing, hardware, and support for all foundation brake components and actuation systems, as well as all-makes coverage of nearly 50,000 medium- and heavy-duty aftermarket parts. Contact us at 1-866-610-9709 or visit foundationbrakes.com. Stay connected and informed through Bendix expert podcasts, blog posts, videos, and other resources at knowledge-dock.com. Follow Bendix on Twitter at twitter.com/Bendix_CVS. Log on and learn from the Bendix experts at brake-school.com. And to learn more about career opportunities at Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, visit bendix.com/careers.