Latest Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems technologies deliver safety and more to fleets

Company's developments extend legacy of helping fleets meet needs for safety and stopping power, actionable information, reliability and fuel economy.

The high-performance drum brake joins the Bendix ADB22X air disc brake, which also exceeds the NHTSA mandate for reduced stopping distance. Extensive testing and real-world applications have confirmed that Bendix air disc brakes significantly reduce stopping distances for commercial vehicles; virtually eliminate brake fade with no degradation of stopping power; enable a passenger car-like feel; and permit straight, stable stops. Bendix was the first truck brake manufacturer with the ability to mass-produce air disc brakes in North America at its then Frankfurt, Ky.-based manufacturing site. Following the opening its state-of-the-art wheel-end production facility in Bowling Green, Ky., in late 2007, the company has produced over 175,000 Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes – more than any other North American design.

BSFB currently offers numerous brake configurations to meet the reduced stopping distance requirements, including all drum brakes, all disc brakes, or a combination of both. Bendix is the only North American manufacturer offering both drum and disc brakes for new over-the-road tractors.

The full lineup of Bendix foundation brake solutions are commercially available and produced at the company's facility in Bowling Green.

In addition to its comprehensive menu of foundation brake solutions, in 2011 BSFB also introduced its Bendix EverSure spring brake with No Touch technology. With its best-in-class force output, the EverSure spring brake delivers both parking force and braking power that fleets can count on. The EverSure spring brake offers improved durability as well, a result of a key design advancement that eliminates contact between compressed power spring coils. This design allows the protective coating to remain intact and results in a significant improvement in corrosion resistance compared with competitive products. Contact damage between coils leads to corrosion, which can ultimately cause spring brakes to fail.

In addition, the EverSure spring brake offers fleets improved fuel efficiency because of its lighter weight – yet more robust – design, and extended service intervals. BSFB launched the next-generation double-diaphragm spring brake for drum brakes in 2011. In the year since its introduction, the EverSure spring brake continues to gain market acceptance. Sales have increased by double digits, with fleets ranging from line-haul to severe service choosing the solution.


Safety, Plus Actionable Information

SafetyDirect – purchased by Bendix in 2011 from Iteris, Inc. – is a Web portal that allows fleet owners the opportunity to analyze safety information that is wirelessly transmitted, in real time, from their vehicles via existing fleet telematics devices. The system can provide immediate warnings and critical safety information. For example, fleet operators can easily see if their drivers are having difficulty staying in their lanes – often a first indicator of driver drowsiness – or other potential problems, such as stability control activation, collision mitigation system activation, or critical tire alerts.

SafetyDirect provides real-time driver performance data, as well as event-based information – including video clips of severe occurrences – for analysis by fleet safety personnel and to aid fleets in developing targeted, ongoing driver education and training.

The onboard safety systems now linked to SafetyDirect include Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology, Bendix ESP full stability system, and AutoVue Lane Departure Warning System – the market-leading, vision-based Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System that Bendix also purchased from Iteris.

To further enhance SafetyDirect's capability, Bendix has added information from SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) by Bendix CVS, technology that monitors the pressure and temperature of each tire on a commercial vehicle to provide real-time tire status information to the driver or maintenance technician.

Among the essential information on the portal are following-distance histograms, event counters, and system usage details for each driver. This will better help fleet managers identify risky driver behavior and provide drivers with targeted training they need to reinforce safe driving practices, an ever-increasing vital practice in today's CSA-driven environment.

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