Feb 1, 2005 12:00 PM
Bendix air brake school curriculum is expanded
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC announces its 2005 schedule for Air Brake Training School, emphasizing an expanded curriculum and additional locations.
Tailored to both new and experienced technicians, the school offers a curriculum that covers the fundamentals of compressed air, air system failure mode diagnosis tactics, and troubleshooting. In addition, this year's classes feature exercises that emphasize hands-on opportunities for the participants.
Bendix is adding nine new cities to this year's class schedule: Trussville AL, Santa Anna CA, Frederick MD, Springfield MA, Pittsburgh and York PA, Houston and San Antonio TX, and Tacoma WA.
Locations and dates in 2005 are:
Albuquerque NM, March 15-17
Frederick MD, March 15-17
Santa Anna CA, March 22-24
Elyria OH, April 11-14, September 12-15
Charlotte NC, April 12-14
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 26-28
Huntingdon IN, May 9-12, August 1-4, Oct 3-6
Trussville AL, May 10-12
Litle Rock AR, May 10-12
Reno NV, May 16-19, August 22-25, September 19-22, October 24-27
Springfield MA, May 17-19
Chicago IL, June 7-9
York PA, June 21-23
Denver CO, July 12-14
Tacoma WA, July 19-21
Houston TX, August 9-11
Atlanta GA, September 12-15, October 10-13, November 8-10
Oklahoma City OK, September 13-15
Washington DC, September 27-29
Pittsburgh PA, October 25-27
San Antonio TX, November 15-17
Training locations and times as well as registration information can be obtained by visiting www.bendix.com or by phoning 800-247-2725 and selecting option 5. Class size is limited, and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Used Truck Association plans workshops
The Used Truck Association (UTA) is continuing with its educational and training programs designed for those involved in the used-truck industry. There are specific workshops for both managers and sales professionals.
Upcoming programs include:
Fundamentals of Used Truck Sales — Designed to assist new and/or inexperienced used-truck sales representatives with the skills and knowledge necessary to have a successful career in used-truck sales. The next course is set for April 18-21, 2005, in Atlanta GA. Tuition is $695 (UTA members receive a 10% tuition discount), and there is a $96 materials fee.
Professional Used Truck Selling Skills — Intended to help used and new truck sales professionals in enhancing their relationship building, qualifying, presenting, negotiating and closing skills. This workshop will take place June 2-3, 2005, in Chicago IL. Tuition is $395 (UTA members receive a 10% tuition discount). The materials fee is $30.
For additional information, phone 877-438-7882 or visit the web site at www.uta.org.
ASE schedules spring certification tests
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) will offer its full complement of 40-plus certification tests for repair professionals and parts specialists over the course of three evenings May 3, 5, and 10, 2005. The tests will be given at more than 750 locations in the United States and Canada. The registration deadline is March 25, 2005.
ASE offers certification tests in these specialties: Automobile, Automobile Service Consultant, Medium/Heavy Truck, Truck Equipment, School Bus, Collision Repair and Refinish, Engine Machinist, Alternate Fuels/CNG, Parts Specialist, School Bus, and Advanced Series.
Registration information can be obtained by writing to ASE, 101 Blue Seal Dr SE, Suite 101, Leesburg VA 20175; by phoning the ASE toll-free information line at 888-273-8378 or ASE Customer Service at 703-669-6600; or by visiting ASE's web site at www.ase.com.
Watson & Chalin axle on Kenworth models
Kenworth now offers Watson & Chalin's new 20,000-lb Tru-Track steerable lift axle on Kenworth T800, W900, and C500 models used for vocational service, including heavy haul, logging, and dump truck applications.
This steerable lift axle suspension, which can function in either pusher or tag configurations, has an integrated axle design that eliminates the need to specify a separate axle, resulting in reduced weight, increased axle travel, and improved wheel cut.
The new offering complements Ken-worth's line of factory-installed steerable and non-steerable lift axles. Bene-fits of factory-installed lift axles include factory warranty, and Kenworth engineering review of the air and brake systems and frame strength.
Hino picks Comfort Air for medium-duty units
Hino has selected Hendrickson's Comfort Air rear air-ride suspension for its new conventional medium-duty truck. Tailored specifically to the Hino vehicle, this single-axle suspension is suitable for straight truck applications.
Comfort Air mounting brackets for Hino match common frame hole locations with their mechanical suspension allowing relatively easy conversion to air ride.
Employing advanced spring technology, Comfort Air's main support member uses an elongated design for optimized roll stiffness and to shift more of the vertical load to the air springs for a softer ride.
Based on Hen-drick-son's HAS suspension and axle connection technology, Comfort Air features Quik-Align for easy, quick realignment and a pivot bushing connection for maximum durability and quiet operation.
A stamped steel cross channel enhances lateral support in the suspension system while outboard mounted shock absorbers maximize stability.
Kenworth names 2005 Service Council
Kenworth Truck Co has named members of its 2005 Service Council. The council consists of leading service managers from Kenworth dealerships in the United States and Canada. The council's goal is to promote service and product improvements to achieve superior quality in Kenworth products and customer support.
Service Council members are: chairman, Jim Grant, Trebar Kenworth Sales, Boise ID; Ric Cain, Inland Kenworth, Phoenix AZ; Frank Chiarizia, Inland Kenworth, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada; John Gibson, Truck Enterprises, Harrisonburg VA; Chris Harrison, Central Illinois Trucks, Normal IL; Jim Johnston, Kenworth of Tennessee, Chattanooga TN; Jody MacDonald, Tandet Kenworth, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Rick Saner, MHC Kenworth-Springfield, Springfield MO; and Kenworth Dealer Council representative John Sahling, Sahling Kenworth, Kearney, NE.
Western Star supplies a more powerful Cat
Western Star Trucks is providing the Cat C15 engine rated at 600 and 625 horsepower in select models. For heavy-haul and severe-duty applications, the engine can be paired with Western Star's new 1,570-square-inch radiator. The new engine ratings are available for 2005 production on the 6900 XD, 4900 EX, and 123" BBC 4900 FA and 4900 SA.
To accommodate a higher gross combination weight rating, the 4900 SA 123" BBC also is available with a new 1,570-square- inch radiator for demanding jobs, such as off-road vocational applications requiring a higher cooling capacity and torque. The available 1,450-square-inch radiator is suitable for operating primarily on-highway applications.
The Cat C15 625-hp engine supplies 2,050 ft-lb of torque at 1,200 rpm for extreme heavy-duty applications. The 600-hp engine, which delivers 1,850 ft-lb of torque, is for operators looking for a high horsepower with a lower-cost driveline. Equipped with Caterpillar's ACERT Technology, the engine meets 2004 Environmental Protection Agency standards.
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