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Bendix Rolls Out New Advanced Technology Training Courses For 2019

The company’s long-running air brake training class continues, now with an expanded schedule.

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To help fleets, technicians and owner-operators keep pace with today’s ever-advancing truck technologies, Bendix (Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC) has doubled its technical training force and enhanced its long-running in-person training programs for 2019.

A new two-day Advanced Technology Training program is now available, in addition to the established three-day Air Brake Training class that the company has offered for decades. Registration is open for the complete schedule of both courses.

The 2019 edition of the in-person Air Brake Training class, which will visit more cities and states than last year, is tailored to both new and experienced technicians. It covers the description, operation and service elements for the total range of components found within dual air brake systems. Topics include:

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  • Fundamentals of compressed air
  • Tactics for air system failure mode diagnosis and troubleshooting
  • Air brake system and foundation brake components (air compressors, valves, foundation drum brakes and air disc brakes)

The Next Level

“The Advanced Technology Training class is an exciting new addition to our training curriculum; it picks up where the Air Brake Training course ends, covering the operation and troubleshooting of higher-level driver assistance and safety systems, as well as diagnostic software,” said Lance Hansen, Bendix North America regional vice president – fleet/trailer sales and service engineering. “As adoption of these complex technologies increases, it’s more important than ever to make sure the teams responsible for keeping North America’s commercial vehicles operating safely are equipped with the knowledge they need. Our new Advanced Technology Training is a real must for the advanced technician.”

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Some of the systems addressed in the Advanced Technology Training course include:

  • AutoVue Lane Departure Warning System from Bendix CVS
  • Bendix ACom diagnostic software
  • Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program
  • Bendix Wingman Advanced and Bendix Wingman Fusion driver assistance systems
  • SafetyDirect by Bendix CVS
  • SmarTire and SmarTire Trailer-Link TPMS by Bendix CVS

Hansen noted that class time in the Advanced Technology Training session includes in-depth, hands-on maintenance for Bendix air disc brakes and electrical diagnostics.

Expanded Opportunities to Learn

To help address the increasing demand for service training, Bendix has doubled its technical training force. In addition, 29 Air Brake Training sessions – each conducted by a member of the ASE-certified veteran Bendix Service Engineering Team – are scheduled to take place from February to November at 25 locations across the U.S. The nine Advanced Technology Training courses will be held from March to December, split between Sparks, Nevada, and the Bendix headquarters in Elyria, Ohio.

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Per-person enrollment costs are $400 for Air Brake Training and $350 for Advanced Technology Training.

Due to the quantity and complexity of the products covered, Bendix highly recommends that each student completes the Bendix Air Brake Training (three-day) class, or at minimum, the online brake school at brake-school.com, before taking the Advanced Technology Training class.

“Both classes include hands-on exercises as well as classroom training and extensive visual demonstration aids. At most locations, the Bendix team will also be able to utilize operational demonstration boards that essentially put a fully operational air system right at the students’ fingertips,” Hansen said. “This training is another way in which Bendix is working with the industry to shape tomorrow’s transportation together.”

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Further Resources

Registration is free for the Bendix On-Line Brake School, which offers an extensive, regularly updated curriculum covering all aspects of electronics and air brake maintenance. Since its launch in March 2013, the training portal (brake-school.com) has registered nearly 70,000 users from more than two dozen countries.

Class size for the 2019 in-person Bendix training courses is limited, and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. A full listing of locations and dates, as well as links to register can be found at http://www.bendix.com or http://www.foundationbrakes.com, or by phone at 1-800-AIR-BRAKE, option 3; by email at [email protected]; or via fax (216-651-3261).

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