Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announcement

ELYRIA, Ohio – With recent upgrades to its Bendix® ACom® PRO™ diagnostic software, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems equips fleets and technicians with the leading-edge tools – including a new integrated “Bendix Demo Truck” – to keep North America’s trucks and buses rolling safely.

“Technology and trucks are evolving more quickly than ever,” said TJ Thomas, Bendix director of marketing and customer solutions – Controls. “There are electronic control units – ECUs – that weren’t around even just two years ago when we redesigned and re-engineered our diagnostic software and launched ACom PRO. Now those ECUs are fully supported and included in ACom PRO’s comprehensive Diagnostic Troubleshooting Code report.”

Bendix – the North American leader in the development and manufacture of active safety, air management, and braking solutions for commercial vehicles – launched the original Bendix® ACom® Diagnostics software in 2004.

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The tool was downloaded more than 100,000 times before being succeeded by the more powerful and user-friendly ACom PRO, which was developed in collaboration with Noregon® in 2019.

Among others, Bendix ACom PRO supports Bendix tractor products, including Bendix antilock braking system (ABS), automatic traction control (ATC), stability control, the family of Bendix® Wingman® advanced driver assistance systems, AutoVue® Lane Departure Warning System, BlindSpotter® side object detection system, SmarTire® Tire Pressure Monitoring System, air disc brake (ADB) pad wear sensing, and SafetyDirect® by Bendix CVS.

Training Tools

The new Bendix Demo Truck mode in Bendix® ACom® PRO™ adds a new level of training capability to help technicians get up to speed with the tool’s full suite of capabilities as quickly as possible.

“Now, the new Bendix Demo Truck functionality means trainers can see what features, tests, and support the ACom PRO tool offers on select ECUs without having to hook up to a real truck,” Thomas said. “Technician training is essential, which means it’s also important for us to upgrade our means to support that effort.”

Another training resource to support technicians can be found at the Bendix On-Line Brake School at brake-school.com, which features more than 20 ACom PRO training videos and over 80 product and system training videos. These courses are accessible for no charge when users register with the site. Support is also available by calling the Bendix Tech Team at 1-800-AIR-BRAKE.

New Information, Same Speedy Delivery

When connected to a vehicle, the ACom PRO software automatically detects and gathers active and inactive diagnostic troubleshooting codes (DTCs) from all Bendix electronic control units on the vehicle, as well as key vehicle ECUs, like the engine and transmission. This roll call shows what’s on the vehicle, eliminating the need for a technician to guess from a prepopulated list of components.

The ACom PRO diagnostic software – a subscription-based tool – is regularly updated to keep pace with diagnostic needs. This year alone, Bendix has added nearly two dozen enhancements, including new ECU support and diagnostic capabilities across a range of products, such as the fifth-generation SafetyDirect® Processor (SDP5™). The ACom PRO tool also now supports SmarTire on articulated buses where the front and rear bus segments each have their own ECU.

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