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Production of Bendix ADB22X air disc brake passes 3 million mark

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When Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake reached the 3-million-unit production mark of the industry-leading Bendix ADB22X air disc brake in June, team members at the Bowling Green, Kentucky, facility where it’s produced celebrated by signing the milestone brake and a commemorative poster. (Courtesy: BENDIX SPICER FOUNDATION BRAKE)

ELYRIA, Ohio — Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake said Wednesday that the production of the Bendix ADB22X air disc brake has passed the 3-million-unit mark in North America.

In a news release, the company attributed the milestone to “rapid, widespread adoption rates plus increased realization of performance, uptime and return-on-investment advantages.”

“Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products had only formed the joint venture Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake (BSFB) about a year before we started producing the ADB22X back in 2005, but we knew we were on the verge of changing the North American commercial vehicle landscape,” said BSFB’s Nicole Oreskovic, product line director for air disc brakes. “Air-disc-braked trucks had been the European norm for years, and we were excited to pioneer their advantages on this side of the Atlantic. Fourteen years of research and development, optimization, sustained fleet adoption, and road-proven ROI later, we couldn’t be prouder of how our air disc brakes have helped make vehicles and roadways safer, and we’re excited about building on its legacy as we continue to improve Bendix safety technologies.”

Oreskovic  said since its launch, the ADB22X has addressed the commercial vehicle industry’s need for reliable, high-performing, and high-value air disc brakes, delivering a lightweight design that provides shorter stopping distances than drum brakes and extended brake system life. As fleets and owner-operators realized its performance and maintenance benefits, demand for the ADB22X grew: It took eight years for BSFB to reach the 400,000-unit production mark in 2013, but just five more to hit the 2 million mark in December 2017, she said.

More than 25 percent of North American new builds for Class 6-8 air-braked wheel-ends are now equipped with ADBs – a 100 percent increase in overall market share since 2014 – and the Bendix ADB22X accounts for about 80 percent of that share.

The brake is available through all major North American commercial truck manufacturers, including Peterbilt Motors Co., Kenworth, International, Daimler Trucks North America, Volvo Trucks NA, and Mack Trucks.

The ADB22X has been standard equipment on the steer axle of all Peterbilt and Kenworth Class 8 tractors since 2013, and has since been made standard on all wheel-ends of Peterbilt’s Model 579 and the Kenworth T680. International Trucks’ LT Series, along with a number of their vocational models, also equips the brake standard on all axles.

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.

BSFB produces the Bendix ADB22X and Bendix ADB22X-LT air disc brakes at its wheel-end manufacturing operation in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The BSFB facility in Bowling Green has undergone several growth phases as a result of the escalating industry demand for the ADB22X and Bendix’s continuous commitment to supporting fleets, owner-operators, and manufacturers with ADB technology.

Oreskovic said Bendix continues to invest in resources to advance, manufacture, and support air disc braking systems. Over the last three years, the company has doubled the size of its North American-based engineering team, adding employees in research and development, as well as technical and field support. Bendix has also substantially increased its testing capabilities and capacity.

Bendix wheel-end solutions include air disc and drum brake systems, automatic slack adjusters, spring brakes, friction, and remanufactured brake shoes that provide lower total cost of ownership while delivering on safety, stopping power, and reliability. BSFB helps fleets and drivers in the areas most critical to their success by improving vehicle performance and efficiency, and backing its products with unparalleled post-sales support. By strengthening return on investment in the technologies that improve vehicle and driver safety, BSFB supports safer North American roads for all who share them.

For more information about Bendix air disc brakes, call 1-800-AIR-BRAKE or visit foundationbrakes.com.

 

 

 

 

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Michigan CAT first to receive WABCO Service Partner certification

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Officials and employees at Michigan CAT celebrate becoming WABCO Holdings’ first WABCO Service Partner. (Courtesy: WABCO HOLDINGS)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — WABCO Holdings, a global supplier of braking control systems and other advanced technologies designed to improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, Thursday said it has launched the WABCO Service Partner (WSP) program in North America.

Through this initiative, the company will certify vehicle service facilities that meet WABCO’s stringent technical and safety standards in the maintenance and repair of commercial vehicles. This launch represents an enhancement to the company’s aftermarket support offering, which was introduced at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) earlier this year.

The WSP program creates a network of certified service facilities that have undergone specialized training by WABCO technical experts to attain extensive knowledge of the company’s products and services. Certified WSPs provide service, repair or replacement of WABCO’s suite of products for trucks, trailers, off-road equipment and other vehicles including buses and RVs.

“To become a WABCO Service Partner, a facility must excel in all areas of training and safety standards and be a proven industry leader in the work they do,” said Abe Aon, business leader, North America aftersales, service, support. “Customers can rest assured that if service is done by a WSP, it is done by a highly trained, WABCO-endorsed provider.”

Aon said the WSP program’s goal is to increase uptime for its customers, getting them back on the road as quickly as possible, and providing peace of mind that the service was done by a certified facility. All WSPs have access to WABCO Customer Care Center and expedited warranty claims handling to provide customers with quick and reliable service.

Michigan CAT, based in Novi, Michigan, is the first U.S.-based WSP in North America under this new program.

Michigan CAT is a unit of the MacAllister Machinery Co. of Indianapolis. Both companies are Caterpillar Inc. dealers. Michigan CAT has operations in eight Michigan cities and specializes in selling and servicing construction, off-highway and agricultural equipment, used trucks and trailers and fleet management solutions.

“We are pleased to welcome Michigan CAT as our first WABCO Service Partner,” said Aon. “By combining their commitment to service with their in-depth knowledge of WABCO products and services, Michigan CAT ensures a first-rate customer experience and the relationship will be excellent for us for the long term.”

WABCO expects to soon finalize the certification of two additional service providers and has begun accepting applications for additional shops that meet WABCO’s requirements to join the growing network. The goal is to expand the program to include more than 100 new WSPs by the end of 2020. WABCO currently has over 3,100 WSPs globally, with the highest concentration in Europe.

 

 

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Jacobs Vehicle Systems delivers 8 millionth engine brake

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İn the late 1980s trucking industry interest in the product began to increase significantly and a shift was made to OEM factory installations. (Courtesy: JACOBS BRAKE SYSTEMS)

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. — Jacobs Vehicle Systems, a worldwide manufacturer of heavy-duty diesel engine retarding systems and valve actuation systems, recently celebrated the delivery of its 8 millionth engine brake.

This milestone delivery comes less than two years after Jacobs shipped its seven millionth brake, and nearly 60 years after the company’s first engine brake, invented by Clessie Cummins, was introduced to the trucking industry by Jacobs.

Since the first engine brake was produced, it took Jacobs 31 years to sell its first million engine brakes, which was initially an aftermarket product and sold exclusively in North America.

İn the late 1980s trucking industry interest in the product began to increase significantly and a shift was made to OEM factory installations, according to Steve Ernest, vice president, engineering and business development, who said geographic expansion soon followed and today Jacobs is selling and delivering engine brakes from its locations in North America, China, and Europe to more than 30 customers with locations in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and South America.

“This delivery is a fantastic achievement and is a testament to the success our customers have enjoyed around the world with Jacobs’ components,” Ernest said. “The next millionth brake shouldn’t be far off as we continue to find new solutions and technologies that will not only continue to enhance braking performance but also help our customers find new and effective ways to improve fuel consumption and reduce harmful emissions.”

Jacobs Vehicle Systems is headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut where is has a design, testing, and manufacturing facility, with support sites in Europe, Japan, and India as well as manufacturing facilities in Suzhou, China, and Brno, Czech Republic.

For more information, visit www.jakebrake.com

 

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FTR reports prelim September trailer orders highest since February

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Trailer production should remain sturdy in September but somewhat off recent months with backlogs expected to drop for the ninth consecutive month, FTR said. (Courtesy: GREAT DANE)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — FTR is reporting preliminary trailer orders for September at 19,000 units, the highest since February.

Trailer order activity rebounded from the recent doldrums as some fleets began placing orders for 2020.  Orders were up 81% month-over-month but minus 66% year-over-year. September’s net orders could have been even higher but were negatively affected by fleet cancellations of excess 2019 orders.

Trailer production should remain sturdy in September but somewhat off recent months with backlogs expected to drop for the ninth consecutive month, FTR said, noting that trailer orders for the past 12 months now total 264,000 units.

“This is a decent order amount for September. It indicates fleets are somewhat optimistic about 2020,” said Don Ake, FTR vice president of commercial vehicles. Orders should rise to healthy levels in October, as more large fleets place their 2020 orders. The increase in September orders signals the trailer market is becoming much more stable and should be settling into historic order patterns, after a turbulent couple of years.

“Trailer sales are expected to dip in 2020 after hitting record volumes in 2019. However, the forecast is still for a solid year based on moderate economic and freight growth, which should provide fleets with enough profits to buy new equipment.”

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