The Fontaine team focused the Fifth Wheel Testing Stations at this year’s TMCSuperTech event on the trailer bolster plate and king pin.
The Fontaine companies built seven test stands designed specifically to test the competitors on TMC RP750, the Recommended Practice for maintaining and inspecting the trailer king pin and bolster plate. These custom test stands made it possible for technicians to determine whether measurements were within spec and to identify any equipment damage.
At the conclusion of the TMC event, the Fontaine companies donated the test stands to Lincoln Technical Institute for its diesel and truck technology program. Instructors will use the stands to teach proper fifth wheel maintenance, disassembly, inspection and assembly.
“It is always a pleasure to work with ‘Partners in Industry’ like Fontaine in helping LTI train and develop the technicians of tomorrow,” said Tim O’Connor, director of education at Lincoln Technical Institute. “The hardest part of teaching diesel and truck technology is keeping up with all the technical, maintenance and hardware changes in the industry. Fontaine’s donation of the fifth wheel stands is a well-accepted improvement to our training aids. I look forward to a continued relationship with the Fontaine companies.”