Bendix celebrates a decade with Knorr-Bremse Group

A history of Bendix since the Germany-based Knorr-Bremse acquired the company in 2002.

2011: Expansion of the potent Bendix electronics product line with the purchase of select assets – including SafetyDirect and the AutoVue Lane Departure Warning System – from Iteris, Inc. The market-leading, vision-based Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System, AutoVue alerts truck drivers if they inadvertently drift out of their lane. SafetyDirect is a Web portal that allows fleet owners the opportunity to analyze data and safety information that is wirelessly transmitted – in real time – from their vehicles via existing fleet communication systems.

2011: Establishment of a new Bendix business unit solely focused on remanufacturing. Capitalizing on more than 35 years' experience in remanufacturing compressors, air dryers, valves, and brake shoes, the unit expands the company's aftermarket business in North America and worldwide.

Launching Groundbreaking Technologies

2004: The North American launch of the Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program system, the first widely available full-stability solution for the commercial vehicle market. Unlike roll-only systems, Bendix ESP addresses both roll and directional stability through additional sensors and braking capabilities that can deliver earlier recognition and quicker intervention to help prevent rollovers and loss of control on a wide variety of surface conditions.

2008: Availability of the aluminum hub and the Splined Disc Rotor assembly for air disc brakes that reduces total wheel-end weight, greatly reduces rotor dynamic stresses, provides improved thermal balance, and offers longer brake life.

2008: The introduction of Bendix PuraGuard oil-coalescing technology as an integral part of all Bendix air dryers. Ongoing competitive testing puts PuraGuard technology in the industry-leading position among oil-coalescing air dryers.

2009: The launch of Bendix Wingman ACB – Active Cruise with Braking, which allows drivers to not only maintain a set speed, but also a set following distance. If the forward vehicle slows, the system will de-throttle the engine, apply the engine retarder, and apply the foundation brakes if needed.

2009: First North American vehicle demonstration of the revolutionary Bendix Pneumatic Booster System (PBS), the first air management system of its kind. The PBS engine booster simultaneously improves fuel economy and vehicle acceleration while reducing engine emissions.

2011: Release of the Bendix EverSure spring brake with No Touch technology. EverSure is a next-generation double-diaphragm spring brake for drum brakes featuring unsurpassed durability and the lightest weight in the industry.

2011: Launch of Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology, which delivers adaptive cruise control with braking features along with collision mitigation technology. The technology was introduced at the 2011 Mid-America Trucking Show.

2011: Bendix makes available expanded solenoid valve technologies as a low-weight, cost-effective alternative to pneumatically controlled accessory and fan clutch valves for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Both boast a streamlined design to effectively and efficiently address the electronic control of commercial vehicle air functions not associated with the braking system.


Achieving Milestones in Production and Customer Service that Define a True Leader

2005: Shipment of the 200,000th Bendix integrated control module. Bendix led the commercial vehicle industry in the development of these complex pre-manufactured, pre-tested sub-assemblies.

2006: Startup of air disc brake production for the commercial vehicle market at the company's then Frankfort, Ky.-based facility, becoming the first truck brake manufacturer with the ability to mass-produce air disc brakes in North America.

2007: Distribution of the 5,000th download of the Bendix ACom diagnostic software. This milestone customer service offering assists fleets and technicians in the diagnosis, repair, troubleshooting, and recalibration of components that form the Bendix antilock braking and stability systems.

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