Bendix rollover prevention technology embraced by OEMs

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bendix’s ABS-6 Advanced system with ESP functionality has received the green light from five OEMs who have opted to make the system available in their published databooks.

Bendix made the announcement at the Mid-America Trucking Show, following extensive testing by multiple truck manufacturers. International, Kenworth, Mack, Peterbilt and Volvo have all decided to make the braking and rollover protection system available on a variety of Class 7 and 8 trucks.

“The comprehensive tests have been great opportunities to jointly validate our stability system in conjunction with OEM representatives from several truck manufacturers,” announced Jim McClellane, vice-president, OEM sales with Bendix. “Their involvement helps us precisely adjust system parameters and sensors to match each company’s vehicle specifications and ensure that the system performs optimally on approved platforms in a robust and reliable way.”

The Bendix ABS-6 Advanced with ESP system can recognize and intervene in situations that could lead to a rollover or jackknife, the company says. The Bendix RSP roll stability program is a subset of the ESP system which helps mitigate rollovers by detecting a truck’s loss of stability before the driver can sense it. The system then intervenes by reducing the engine throttle and selectively applying the tractor and trailer brakes.

Bendix is now inviting fleets to test drive the new electronic stability system and it’s taking its ride-and-drive tour on the road, including one stop in Canada (Toronto, Ont. May 12). To reserve a spot to test the system, call Patricia Ryavec at 1-440-329-9294.

In other Bendix news, the company announced it has enhanced the diagnostic capabilities for its new trailer antilock braking system – TABS-6. It has also added its TRSP trailer roll stability system to its electronics portfolio.

TABS-6 is a scalable ABS technology for trailers that can also allow technicians to easily pinpoint the cause of system failures, Bendix claims. Advanced blink codes are used to provide detailed information about problems with the system. Technicians can also now use the Bendix Trailer Remote Diagnostic Unit (TRDU) to further streamline troubleshooting and repairs.

The Bendix TRSP roll stability system for trailers provides sophisticated braking to prevent rollovers, the company says. It’s based on the best-selling trailer stability system used in Europe.

“The addition of a roll stability system for trailers to the Bendix portfolio emphasizes our commitment to providing a multitude of safety options tailored to the trailer market,” announced Paul Waszkowski, product manager for trailers with Bendix. “This investment in trailer-oriented stability will help fleets and operators realize safer cornering, lane changing and obstacle avoidance maneuvers. In addition, TRSP and TABS-6 both have the potential to reduce the cost of vehicle ownership for fleets and vehicle operators.”

Bendix also introduced the PuraGuard QC – an upgraded oil coalescing filter the company claims protects the air system by removing excessive oil contamination from the supply air.

The filter features a quick-change, spin-on cartridge for easy maintenance that requires no special tools. Company officials claim the PuraGuard QC has an oil removal efficiency of 90 per cent or more. This extends the life and performance of air components while reducing maintenance costs, the company says.
The PuraGuard QC is interchangeable with its predecessor – the Bendix PuraGuard system filter.

“PuraGuard QC is the latest in the line of innovative air treatment system developments from Bendix, which are becoming more important to optimal pneumatic brake system operation,” announced Russ Brax, air treatment product line director with Bendix. “Fleets are taking notice of the significant improvement that products like the PuraGuard QC filter can make in the overall efficiency of their vehicle operations.”

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