ACOFAS to hold Technical Training Clinic

Updated Oct 4, 2012

The American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists (ACOFAS) is conducting a Technical Training Clinic Nov. 13-14, 2012 in Moline, Ill.

ACOFAS says the classroom portion of the clinic will be held at the Hampton Inn in Moline, while the demonstrations and hands-on portion will be held at Mutual Wheel Company in Milan, Ill. The Engstrom family of Mutual Wheel Company is the host of the clinic.

The focus of the clinic is truck chassis frame diagnostics, analysis and gauging, which ACOFAS says is a topic that affects the entire heavy-duty trucking industry. Reasons for holding the clinic include:

  • Alignment specialists often spend hours attempting to correct a handling problem with no success because the frame is twisted or side-swayed.
  • Many times a suspension specialist will attempt to modify the suspension of a chassis because of a lean condition with no success.
  • Insurance adjusters often are told by collision repair specialists that there is no damage to a chassis frame and later are contacted by the claimant that the truck has a severe handling problem. Often an insurance adjuster is charged for the straightening of the chassis frame on a vehicle that has no frame damage.
  • Truck owners have trucks involved in accidents that develop bad handling and tire wear problems after the vehicle has been repaired.
  • Up-fitters often attempt to install snow plows, lift gates, lift axles and bodies on chassis that have twisted frames and the accessory cannot be leveled.

For information regarding the clinic contact: administrator@acofas.com, gbotts@bottswelding.com, rstone@mutualwheel.com or mross@rossbodyframe.com. ACOFAS says the Hampton Inn reservation cutoff date is Oct. 22, 2012, and the clinic registration cutoff is Nov. 1, 2012.

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