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Statistics prove air disc brakes coming on strong: Bendix

Posted: November 21, 2016

ELYRIA, OHIO-More than 16% percent of class 6-to-8 trucks across North America are running air disc brakes. The air-disc market has seen a 50% market increase since 2013.

Also, a full 85% of those brakes are the Bendix ADB22X and this week, the ADB22X surpassed the 1.5-million-unit production mark.

bendix “This milestone reflects not only the growth of air disc brakes overall, but the popularity and increasing demand for the Bendix ADB22X among fleets and OEs alike,” said Nicole Oreskovic, product line director for air disc brakes at Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC.

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB), a joint venture between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC, introduced the Bendix ADB22X air disc brake in 2005–a first for the North American marketplace. Since 2009, annual production levels have risen significantly, with the company producing the last half-million brakes in just over a year. Bendix has also expanded its ADB product portfolio with the addition of a new, industry-lightest air disc brake designed for trailers.

In addition to its ongoing investment to meet the ever-growing demand, over the last two years, the company has doubled the size of its North American-based engineering team, adding employees in research and development, as well as technical support. In addition, the company has substantially increased its testing capabilities.

Bendix states that air disc brakes help carriers exceed the federal Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) requirements mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). They also offer quicker pad replacement and longer pad life; car-like feel and straight, stable stops; and greater reliability due to virtually no brake fade or degradation of stopping power.

Additionally, air disc brakes include an internal self-adjustment mechanism that can help lower the risk of brakes being found out of adjustment during inspection, which can affect Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scoring.

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