Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC recently marked a major milestone with delivery of its millionth Bendix ABS-6 antilock braking system. The Bendix ABS-6 braking system is installed on Class 6, 7, and 8 air-brake tractor-trailers, trucks, motorcoaches, and specialty heavy-duty vehicles.
Introduced in late 2004, the Bendix ABS-6 family includes three types of braking systems: the standard Bendix ABS-6 antilock braking system, the premium system with Bendix Smart ATC (automatic traction control), and Bendix ABS-6 Advanced with ESP Electronic Stability Program (Bendix ESP).
“Reaching this milestone is a testament to the capability of the technology that the Bendix and Knorr-Bremse team developed,” said Kevin Romanchok, product line director for electronics at Bendix. “The ABS-6 family has not only proven itself to be the premier heavy-duty air-brake system, but it also enabled the age of robust active safety with electronic activation of the brakes with Bendix ABS-6 Advanced with ESP (Bendix ESP) full-stability technology.”
The Bendix ABS-6 braking system consists of wheel speed sensors, ABS pressure modulator valves, and an electronic control unit (ECU). In addition to the ABS function, ABS-6 premium systems provide an automatic traction control feature.
Bendix ABS-6 Advanced with ESP (Electronic Stability Program) is an ABS-based full-stability system. The system includes automatic traction control and enhances vehicle stability both by reducing engine throttle and applying vehicle braking, based on actual vehicle dynamics.