Brake Colloquium & Exhibition Offers Menu of Sessions, Displays and Conversations

By the time Michael Robinet delivers the keynote address Monday, Sept. 23rd, for the 37th annual SAE Brake Colloquium & Exhibition, the 700-plus attendees could have attended four tech sessions and played a round of golf on the opening Sunday.

There is a lot to see and do during the four-day program which includes 22 technical sessions in addition to organized networking opportunities and tutorials. Some 68 exhibitors will fill the Mediterranean Ballroom’s 30,000-square-foot exhibition area with the latest brake-related materials.

The exhibition hall hours are Monday 9:30 am. – 6 p.m. and Tuesday 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Networking lunches both days will be held in the exhibit hall from 11:40 a.m. until 1 p.m. This space also hosts Monday’s 4:30 – 6 p.m. reception, with the last hour themed “meet the OEMs.” Speaking of OEMs, representatives from FCA, General Motors, Hyundai, Suzuki and Toyota will be in the exhibition hall during exhibit hours Monday and Tuesday.

Tuesday evening brings another reception (5 – 7:30 p.m.) on the resorts Valencia Lawn.

Michael Robinet’s keynote: Five Forces

Monday opens at 8:30 a.m. in the Coquina Ballroom (location of the technical sessions) with Michael Robinet addressing the five forces impacting the future of the global automotive industry and how these apply to innovation and evolution of braking. The five critical forces are: the impact of China; electrified propulsion; autonomous technology; formation of new OEM entities and value change within the automotive ecosystem. Virtually every vehicle system, including braking, will require new strategies to harness these changes.

Robinet’s themes can be found throughout various colloquium sessions including Sunday’s “Tutorial: Lithium Battery and Its Behavior on Brakes” and the “Braking for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Technical Presentation” Tuesday afternoon.

A complete schedule of the brake colloquium, list of participants, directory of exhibitors as well as maps of appropriate venues within the JW Marriott Orlando Lakes resort can be found in the comprehensive 37th Annual Brake Colloquium & Exhibition Event Guide or via the SAE event app available for Android or iOS devices. Conference Wi-Fi is available to facilitate use of such devices as well as tablets and computers (SSID: jwmarriott_conference; password: Brake2019).

The Event Guide provides a thumbnail sketch of virtually all the sessions including moderators, organizers and participants. The smartphone app repeats much of the Guide’s information plus allows the attendee to easily set up a personal agenda, complete with reminders, keeping virtually everything he or she needs to get the most out of the four days in the palm of their hand.

A cross section of the colloquium’s sessions includes:

A frank and open conversation – comments and questions encouraged – between the brake industry and representatives from GM, Zoox, Volkswagen, Toyota and Ford in Monday morning’s “Voice of the OEM” panel discussion.

Tuesday afternoon features two additional sessions with OEM reps on the panels: “Advances in Brake Component Design” and “Brake Component Improvements Supporting Recent and Future Trends in the Automobile Industry.

Influence in design and capability requirements comes from many sources, with one unique avenue the theme of How Can High Performance Development Profit from Racing Development.” This Tuesday morning panel discussion focuses on OEM and aftermarket brake systems for high-performance sports cars and sedans.

Three extensive sessions Wednesday will address brake emissions beginning with a two-part “Brake Emissions Technical Presentation,” followed by a panel discussing “Brake Emissions – What Opportunities and Challenges Do We Have to Reduce Them?” The latter, following lunch in the Mediterranean Ballroom, concludes the colloquium.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.