Increased public pressure to improve commercial truck safety and new stopping distance regulations have intensified the need to better understand the factors influencing heavy vehicle braking performance. To assist individuals and their organizations in preparing for these new truck braking standards, this seminar focuses attendees on understanding medium-duty hydraulic brake systems and heavy-duty air brake systems and how both systems' performance can be predicted, maintained and optimized. The function and application of the major brake system components will be explained and attendees will discover how brakes, tires and roadways interact as a system. Federal braking regulations for both hydraulic and air brake vehicles will also be covered. Attendees will receive the text, "Commercial Vehicle Braking Systems: Air Brakes, ABS and Beyond," written by Leonard C. Buckman.
This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 18 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of this seminar, accredited reconstructionists should mail a copy of their course certificate and the $5 student CEU fee to ACTAR, PO Box 1493, North Platte, NE 69103.
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
This seminar is designed for engineers and technicians who are involved in the design, development and testing of heavy vehicle brakes. Fleet personnel involved with safety and brake system specification and maintenance, driver-trainers, and truck accident investigators will also find this course of value.
"A thorough educational experience and a must of anyone in the HD braking business."
"If you want to learn about brake systems, this is the best course to take."
"This was an excellent seminar, by far the most useful seminar I have taken. Practical statistical analysis."
"This seminar was informative and not only covered today's technology, but what the industry proposes on the horizon. I recommend this to anyone who needs to gain extensive technical knowledge in this industry."
"An excellent, comprehensive course professionally presented."
"An excellent course which provides a comprehensive overview of braking systems for Commercial Vehicles."
Commercial Vehicle Sales Manager
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.
Paul Johnston is Senior Director of Compression and Braking at Meritor WABCO and is responsible for application engineering, product planning and new product development. Previously at ArvinMeritor, Johnston was Senior Director of the North American Foundation Brake Business Unit and Worldwide Director of Product Engineering for the CVS Worldwide Braking Division. Since 1980 he has been acquiring experience in commercial vehicle air and hydraulic braking systems and products. A member of SAE International, Mr. Johnston was the recipient of the 2007 SAE Award for Outstanding Technical Committee Service. Mr. Johnston is active in the Truck & Bus Council, Truck & Bus Brake Committee, and related subcommittees to develop new brake products and system recommended practices. Mr. Johnston's experience includes that of Chairman and member of the Heavy Duty Brake Manufacturers Council. He has been involved in the Technology & Maintenance Council and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance regarding technical products and commercial vehicle practices. Mr. Johnston received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio Northern University, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University, and a M.B.A. from Baldwin Wallace College.