Bendix Partners with PITT OHIO on Safety

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Source: Bendix announcement excerpt

ELYRIA, Ohio – At PITT OHIO, safety isn’t something you get from a new part, a more advanced technology, or a training class: It’s an ongoing pursuit and a driving philosophy that requires participation at all levels and partners – like Bendix – who share your commitment.

“Our goal is to do the right thing every day on and off the road, putting the most qualified, safest drivers in our trucks and supporting them with not just the equipment and training they need, but with technicians and systems to keep their vehicles on the road and in good operating condition,” said Jeff Mercadante, vice president of safety at PITT OHIO. “We’ve worked with Bendix a long time, and what they’ve brought to PITT OHIO is a true safety partnership in line with all of that.”

PITT OHIO equips Bendix® ADB22X® air disc brakes and the family of Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™ advanced driver assistance systems from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC – the North American leader in the development and manufacture of active safety, air management, and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles. The fleet also utilizes SafetyDirect® by Bendix CVS and works closely with Bendix on driver and technician training.

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“You can drive alongside one of our trucks and know you’re next to a well-trained, qualified, safe driver,” Mercadante said. “And we want to give those drivers all the resources we can to keep them and everyone around them safe on the highways. Bendix is invaluable in strengthening our efforts with its parts, training, knowledge, and expertise.”

Family-Owned, Safety-Oriented

Founded in 1979, Pittsburgh, Penn., PITT OHIO provides Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) service in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions, as well as supply chain, small package, and truckload services across North America. The fleet employs approximately 1,850 drivers and operates approximately 1,400 tractors and 2,200 trailers.

PITT OHIO’s safety focus is well recognized: The company has been named an American Trucking Associations’ Safe Fleet Award Winner 18 times, and they are a seven-time recipient of the ATA President’s Trophy. PITT OHIO has also earned more than three dozen honors from trucking associations in six states.

“That’s who we are: We’re a family-owned and safety-oriented company, and that all comes from the top,” Mercadante said. “Many of the folks driving for us and working for us have actually grown up within PITT OHIO, and it’s all about making sure they get home safely at the end of the day. If we can’t do something safely, we won’t do it, period.”

Equipping for Safety

PITT OHIO specs Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™ – Bendix’s flagship driver assistance system – on its vehicles, as well as Bendix® ADB22X® air disc brakes with the Bendix® Splined Disc® rotor. The company uses SafetyDirect® by Bendix CVS to make the most of driving and vehicle data in shaping its safety and driver training programs.

Bendix Wingman Fusion gathers input through radar, video, and a vehicle’s braking system, combining and cross-checking the data from sensors that are working together and not just in parallel. By creating a detailed and accurate picture from this information, Fusion delivers

enhanced rear-end collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control, along with following ddistance alerts, stationary object alerts, lane departure warning, alerts when speeding, and braking on stationary vehicles – all while prioritizing alerts to help reduce driver distraction.

View the entire announcement by clicking HERE.

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