Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake has introduced what it calls the industry’s first portable training unit to demonstrate foundation brake assembly, disassembly, and proper maintenance practices. The new Foundation Brake Training Unit is part of the company’s system of hands-on training modules, and it eliminates the need for fleet operators to tear down their own vehicles or use partial brake hardware to conduct vital foundation brake training. It simplifies training by utilizing four full-size brake assemblies on a portable stand. The wheeled unit, which is eight ft wide, 10 ft long, and 4 ft high when fully assembled, arrives at a training location in one standard shipping crate and features capabilities such as air application and release for demonstration of brake, slack adjuster, and air chamber functions, as well as a crane for installation and removal of hub/drums and hub/rotors for complete wheel-end training. It can be configured to meet any training expectation, from standard foundation drum brakes to wide drum brake packages, and air disc brakes to air disc brake/high performance drum brake combinations. The collapsible unit is available for the complete range of tractor and trailer vocations and applications and can be configured for training on one specific product or a variety of products. Flexible, interchangeable wheel ends feature the full range of Bendix brand products. Technical instruction is provided by the Bendix Spicer foundation brake team, the ASE-certified Bendix field service group, and the complete lineup of Roadranger representatives. They provide hands-on training, and allow for the establishment of critical baselines for troubleshooting and failure-analysis training. Training can be scheduled by contacting any Bendix or Roadranger representative. Nearly a dozen additional portable units are expected to be added by the end of 2007. It will be available to fleets, distributors, dealers, and vocational schools across North America.

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