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.

"A modern truck carries a lot of data over the J1939 network. To most, the majority of the safety data is difficult to put into the proper, meaningful context. That's where SafetyDirect adds significant value," said TJ Thomas, Bendix director of marketing and customer solutions, controls group. "SafetyDirect gathers the data into one place – a user-friendly Web portal – makes it understandable, and turns it into actionable information a fleet can use to help lower risk. This is enormously beneficial to a wide variety of fleets, which have been asking Bendix for wireless safety data to further improve their return on investment on the safety systems already in place on their vehicles."

SafetyDirect is available on vehicles at all major North American OEMs. Both it and the AutoVue Lane Departure Warning System can be retrofit to vehicles already in service.


Safety, Plus Reliability

Reliability, durability, and effective, efficient performance are synonymous with all Bendix products, and Bendix PuraGuard oil-coalescing technology – as an integral part of all Bendix air dryers – is no exception.

Ongoing competitive testing, for instance, puts Bendix PuraGuard oil-coalescing technology in the industry-leading position among oil-coalescing air dryers. Oil-coalescing air dryer cartridges are designed to keep oil out of a vehicle's air system. As more vehicles use air for non-braking functions, it is vital to protect each fleet's investment in expensive engine, emission, and drivetrain systems. This need escalates for vehicles built after 2007 and 2010, due to the additional technologies required to meet stricter emissions regulations.

Oil-coalescing technology protects expensive vehicle systems, such as safety-critical brake components, diesel particulate filters (DPFs), Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems, transmissions, and more. These new required systems have added a total of $10,000 to $15,000 to the cost of each commercial vehicle since 2007.

"Reliability is about cost avoidance and protecting your investment, which is top of mind for the industry when it comes to air dryer technologies," said Mark McCollough, Bendix vice president and general manager, charging. "To protect fleets from costly repairs to these expensive new systems, increasing numbers of vehicle and engine OEMs are requiring the use of oil-coalescing air dryer cartridges."

Bendix is committed to providing oil-coalescing air dryers with industry-leading ability to remove oil and other contaminants from the air brake system, increased service cycle, and ease of maintenance.

The Bendix oil-coalescing technology continues the tradition established by two time-tested technologies known for their reliability. The Bendix MV-3 dash valve has been a leader within the industry since it was introduced more than 20 years ago. The two-button, push-pull dash control valve is manufactured with industrial grade steel and plastic and provides a proven pneumatic solution for both tractor and trailer parking that meets FMVSS121 regulations. Designed to meet 200,000 cycles with no button or plunger failure at normal operating temperatures, the dash valve also meets or exceeds 5,000 cycles with no leakage when exposed to extreme temperature durability testing.

In 2010, Bendix celebrated the production of the 750,000th Bendix BA-921 air compressor, another longstanding technology. Lightweight and compact, the BA-921 compressor is popular across a wide range of build platforms and features the highest boost capability on the market.


Safety, Plus Fuel Economy

The best example of Bendix fuel-saving technologies is the Bendix air management package, consisting of the Bendix PBS Air Injection Booster, Bendix Electronic Air Control (EAC) Dryer, and Bendix Turbo-Clutch Air Compressor, which together reduce fuel consumption while enhancing vehicle performance and improving emissions. The technology optimizes the performance of all engine types, including those using Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), Advanced Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), and other technologies developed to meet the federal EPA emission standards implemented in 2007 and 2010.

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