Bendix

Clear the Air: Don’t be sidelined by a failing air compressor

TORONTO, Ont. -- Admit it. A truck’s air system probably isn't your most pressing maintenance concern. The systems are pretty reliable, and beyond changing the air-dryer desiccant cartridge every couple of years, you probably don't give the rest of the system any more attention than it absolutely needs. While its primary function is supplying air for the brake system -- an important task in its own right -- other components on the truck need air, too. Automated transmissions, for example, and certain emissions system components.

Bendix adds lines, jobs to Indiana facility

HUNTINGTON, IN - Bendix Commercial Vehicle systems is growing, announcing today that it will expand its Indiana manufacturing plant. The brake company is adding to its manufacturing capabilities and capacity with a USD $3.8 million capital investment in equipment to launch two new production lines. The lines, for making a portion of the company's vibration damper products, will be installed in existing space at the company's module center.

Bendix reports production increases in June and July

ELYRIA, OH - Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems reports increased demand at three of its commercial facilities. Last week the company, a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group, which develops and supplies active safety technologies, energy management solutions, and air brake charging and control systems and components for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, tractors, trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles throughout North America, reported production milestones across all three of its facilities due to increasing orders.

Tech is your co-pilot. What’s changed?

SCHAUMBURG, IL - Advanced driver assistance systems like the ones that sound an alarm if you're tailgating -- or even apply vehicle brakes automatically -- are proving themselves to be more than a novelty. Schneider has already equipped 12,000 of its trucks with autonomous emergency braking systems that will act if a crash seems imminent. Related collisions have now dropped by 69% and their severity has plunged 95%, says Thomas DiSalvi, the fleet's vice president - safety and loss prevention. "This is ready for prime time." The underlying technologies have clearly come a long way, according to participants in a roundtable hosted this week by the U.S. National Safety Council.

Suppliers predict growing truck market

LOUISVILLE, KY - What a difference a few months can make. Earlier this year, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems was projecting Class 8 truck sales would drop about 5-10%. Now it's projecting the market will grow about 5%. "Overall, I think the economy has turned for us in the trucking industry," chairman Joe McAleese observed, citing growing truck orders and dropping cancellations. Truck tonnage and utilization are both seen as under control. It was a theme repeated during briefings during the Mid-America Trucking Show's media day.