If your maintenance/repair staff handles lots of bearings, then Koyo’s got the training tool for you: a mobile training classroom called the KTV (Koyo Training Vehicle). This super-cool, fully outfitted RV carries a hands-on learning lab on board—and can park within 100 yards of your front door.
“We take it right to your office, making it ideal for special events like open houses or customer appreciation days,” said John Miller, Sales Account Executive for Koyo. “You come out to the parking lot, get a 1-hour training, and have lunch.”
Prevents Equipment Failures
Customers love the convenience—and the small class sizes of 10-20 participants, which makes it easy to ask questions and get individual attention. “It’s nice to get people away from their desks and their phones, without having to drive too far,” Miller added. “It’s the ideal learning environment.”
The best part? The training covers universal bearing principles—not just Koyo’s. “It is one amazing tool,” Miller said. “People really love the KTV.”
Koyo has offered the Koyo Training Vehicle to its customers for the past 10 years. It travels on the road 52 weeks each year, and performs 7 sessions each week. Koyo has now done more than 5,000 training sessions with the vehicle.
Most Popular Classes
Miller said that two of the most popular classes offered on the KTV are:
- Failure Analysis Training—teaches how to properly handle, grease, install bearings; for maintenance and repair (MRO) staff and original equipment (OE) teams
- Bearings 101—teaches how to buy the right bearings for different types of equipment; for buyers, purchasing agents, procurement staff
Hands-On Learning Lab
Koyo is one of the top 4 largest bearing manufacturers in the world. The company is owned by JTEKT, a major supplier of bearings, drivelines, steering components, and machine tools to the automotive and industrial markets. Formed in 2006 with the merger of Koyo Seiko and Toyoda Machine Works, JTEKT has 12 different manufacturing plants and 2 technical centers across the U.S.
“We saw a real benefit of doing this for our customers,” said Miller. “This is not a sales pitch—it’s true, hard-core bearings training.”
Coming to Tech X 500!
The KTV will be at the Tech X 500 trade show, September 11-12, 2013 at the Kansas Speedway. Miller will personally be on-hand to offer 4 bearing Failure Analysis Training sessions on the KTV, parked at the front entrance.