Building on its educational commitment to both new and experienced technicians and its long history of industry-leading training, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has launched the Bendix On-Line Brake School, providing access to its knowledge database and technical resources. The website, www.brake-school.com, features a dynamic menu of five to seven minute video segments, as well as a broad range of other training tools on all aspects of electronics and air brake maintenance.
"While our in-person brake schools and traveling Service, Warranty and Training (SWAT) team continue to be invaluable in educating technicians, distributors and fleets, the Bendix On-Line Brake School offers a new level of training flexibility and customization," said Barbara Gould, Bendix director of communications. "Now, Bendix training is just a mouse click away. Individuals can log on to the site 24/7/365 for training where they need it, when they need it and on the topics that matter most to advancing their education and skill set."
Bendix On-Line Brake School registration is open to both companies and individuals.
In addition to Bendix's comprehensive and interactive Air Brake Training course, the initial brake-school.com curriculum covers a range of product topics, such as:
- Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes
- Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) drum brakes
- Air dryers and oil-coalescing cartridge technology
- Foundation drum brakes
- SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) by Bendix CVS
- Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program full-stability system
- Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology
Additional Bendix On-Line Brake School content includes segments addressing highway safety, emissions regulations and the federal Reduced Stopping Distance mandate.
Bendix's established and comprehensive Brake Training School curriculum – conducted by veteran, 100 percent ASE-certified SWAT team experts – teaches commercial vehicle maintenance professionals and others the description, operation, and service elements for the total range of components found within foundation and air brake systems. More than 250,000 people have successfully completed Bendix's in-person and computer-driven training, logging nearly 350,000 student training hours during the past 10 years alone.
The Bendix On-Line Brake School site will also host the Bendix Tech Talk Series videos, including "how-to" demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions recorded at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Work has already begun on a new series of tutorials, and additional material is in development, with plans to add new content – featuring most of its major business units – bimonthly.
And reinforcing its belief that 24/7/365 post-sale support is a critical aspect of addressing ongoing fleet needs, course material is covered in detailed documents, videos, and interactive presentation modules, allowing students to review the information at their own pace and on their own schedule. Knowledge checks at the end of each course measure what they've learned.
The password-protected site offers a variety of access levels, most of which enable companies to track their registered technicians' and employees' participation and progress – both individually and a complete group.
"As our commercial vehicle safety technology continually advances, and fleets continue to navigate industry challenges such as CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability), Bendix is committed to providing technicians and companies with the most current and in-depth training and information available," Gould said. "Through the Bendix On-Line Brake School, we are proud to continue our tradition of helping keep commercial vehicles on the road and in good working condition, improving highway safety for everyone sharing the roadways."