Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announcement
ELYRIA, Ohio –It’s not your imagination: You’re seeing a lot more air disc brakes out there. More than a third of new North American Class 6-8 air-braked wheel-ends are now equipped with air disc brakes, and Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has manufactured more than four million units of its industry-leading Bendix® ADB22X®.
“Adoption and standard positioning of air disc brakes (ADBs) represent one of the more significant sea changes the North American commercial vehicle industry has seen over the past decade,” said Mark Holley, Bendix director of marketing and customer solutions, Wheel-End. “Brakes impact so much that’s important to fleets and owner-operators, from safety to uptime to return on investment – and the ADB22X has been delivering on its potential since we launched it in 2005.
“With advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) growing in popularity, the demand for ADBs is strongly increasing as well. Fleets understand that it makes sense to support their ADAS systems with air disc brakes on both the tractor and trailer because of their reliability and stopping power. They know that each system is great individually, but better together.”
Safest Year in Bendix’s History
Bendix, the North American leader in the development and manufacture of active safety, air management, and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles, is a part of Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse, the global leader in air disc brake production at more than 45 million and counting.
The ADB22X accounts for about 75 percent of North America’s Class 6-8 air disc brakes. Bendix produces the Bendix ADB22X and Bendix® ADB22X®-LT air disc brakes at its wheel-end manufacturing operation in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
One Brake, Many Applications
Bendix® ADB22X® air disc brakes are available through all major North American commercial truck manufacturers, including Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), International®, Kenworth, Mack® Trucks, Peterbilt Motors Company, and Volvo Trucks NA.
The ADB22X has come standard on the steer axle of all Peterbilt and Kenworth Class 8 tractors since 2013 and is standard on all wheel-ends of Peterbilt’s Model 579 and the Kenworth T680.
International Trucks equips the brake standard on all axles of its LT® Series, along with several vocational models.
The Bendix® ADB22X®-LT air disc brake – engineered specifically for trailers – is available at all major trailer manufacturers and is the preferred ADB at Utility Trailer.
Additionally, three of the leading full-line North American school bus manufacturers – Blue Bird Corporation, Thomas Built Buses, and IC Bus from Navistar – offer the ADB22X on their vehicles, as does Motor Coach Industries (MCI), the leading intercity coach manufacturer in the United States and Canada.
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