Frame straightening clinic set for September

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The American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists has announced its latest Technician Training Clinic, scheduled for early September in Akron, Ohio. The focus of the two-day clinic will be truck and trailer chassis frame straightening.

The first morning will cover safety procedures that need to be observed while working on the frame straightening equipment; proper worker gear (shoes, gloves, eye protection, helmet, etc.); what the limitations of the equipment are; and terminology of the experienced technicians so everyone understands what is being taught.

The afternoon and following day will be spent in the shop with technicians being placed into groups according to levels of expertise. The newer technicians will be taught the basic straightening setups and will be allowed to do some minor frame corrections. The more advanced groups will be taught more complex twist, sag, side-sway and diamond corrections. Technical instructors will be assigned to the Trade Press and Insurance Industry representatives to make sure they understand what is being taught.

ACOFAS is offering the training course to all technicians and members of HDDA, THECC and SSA. The cost is $150 for members of ACOFAS; $200 for members of HDDA, THECC and SSA; and $300 for all others, as long as space is available. The cost covers lunch both days, break-time refreshments and all training materials.

All participants receive access to the ACOFAS forum after completing the course, available at www.acofas.com. For more information, contact Tony Porretta at 215-634-6413 (e-mail: truckframeman@aol.com) or Gordon Botts at 815-338-0594 (e-mail: gbotts@bottswelding.com).