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Keep Connected: Maintenance tips for electronic and electric truck systems

November 27, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The ever-growing number of sensors and electrical systems mean vehicle components are more interconnected than ever before – adding a layer of complexity to troubleshooting efforts, and requiring a broader approach to diagnostic procedures.

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Continental Divide: The differences between European and North American trucks

November 14, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — The manufacturers of North American and European trucks are more closely aligned than ever. But as close as the companies have drawn together, the equipment itself can appear a world apart. Different regulations are just one reason.

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Wingman Fusion being updated

September 11, 2018 by John Smith

Bendix has announced software updates to its Wingman Fusion collision mitigation system, enhancing its stopping power and helping drivers navigate stop-and-go traffic. The updates also add highway departure braking and active cruise with braking auto-resume functionality. Current customers will be […]

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Blindspotter vision improves

September 11, 2018 by John Smith

Bendix BlindSpotter features, which help to detect objects at the side of a vehicle, are being upgraded. The upgraded puck-shaped radar sensors can alert drivers about vehicles in adjacent lanes on the passenger side of the tractor-trailer. The radar features […]

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Bendix making parking brakes intelligent

September 11, 2018 by John Smith

Bendix is looking to make traditional red and yellow parking brake controls a thing of the past, with an electronic version that will automatically set the brakes if drivers forget.

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Stop and Think: Strategies to avoid brake violations

September 7, 2018 by John Smith

Despite steady enforcement initiatives such as Brake Safety Day, a part of the CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Program, brake-related defects continue to be a leading cause of out-of-service violations. But fleet maintenance departments have a direct impact on a fleet’s violation rate, since routine maintenance can prevent many of the defects found at roadside.

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Wingman Fusion now standard on T680

July 10, 2018 by John Smith

Kenworth’s T680 on-highway tractors will now come standard with the Bendix Wingman Fusion advanced driver assistance system. The system combines radar, camera, foundation brakes, and SafetyDirect from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, providing collision mitigation, lane departure warnings, braking when approaching […]

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All Kenworth T680 axles get discs

July 9, 2018 by John Smith

Kenworth T680 tractors will now come equipped with Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes on all axles, rather than the steer axles alone. At highway speeds, a tractor with disc brakes on every axle will stop about 15 feet sooner than […]

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T680 trucks go all disc

June 28, 2018 by John Smith

Bendix ADB22X rear air disc brakes are now standard on Kenworth T680 on-highway tractors, adding to their existing standard position on front axles. Brake features include a two-pin floating caliper design that distributes consistent braking forces. And disc brakes also […]

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Wingman Fusion standard on Peterbilt 579

June 28, 2018 by John Smith

Bendix Wingman Fusion is now a standard offering on Peterbilt’s 579. Combining camera, radar and braking system, Fusion effectively acts like a driver’s second set of eyes. When necessary it issues alerts, reduces the throttle, and even applies the brakes. […]

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Bendix discs standard on HV, HX trucks

June 26, 2018 by John Smith

Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes are now standard equipment on International’s HV and HX Series trucks, used for severe-service applications. The lineups include the HV507, HV607, HV513, and HV613, as well as the HX515, HX520, HX615, and HX620 models.

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Deep Trouble: Repairing trucks and trailers after a flood

June 25, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. —  Water isn’t kind to electronics or brakes or air systems or engines. The last thing short of a fire you could want to happen to your truck is to have it submerged in flood. Actually, a fire might be preferable — the damage is obvious, and you’ll get less argument from the insurance company about replacing it.

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Clear the Air: Don’t be sidelined by a failing air compressor

March 16, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Admit it. A truck’s air system probably isn’t your most pressing maintenance concern. The systems are pretty reliable, and beyond changing the air-dryer desiccant cartridge every couple of years, you probably don’t give the rest of the system any more attention than it absolutely needs. While its primary function is supplying air for the brake system — an important task in its own right — other components on the truck need air, too. Automated transmissions, for example, and certain emissions system components.

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Feeling Disconnected: Platooning has promise, but barriers remain

March 13, 2018 by John Smith

The idea of platooning trucks has been released to great fanfare, and for good reason. Double-digit fuel economy gains can be realized by allowing one tractor-trailer to tuck closely behind the next, drafting much like race cars as long as […]

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20K friction for Bendix aftermarket line

January 30, 2018 by John Smith

Bendix is expanding its Advanced aftermarket line of brake friction with the BA203 – providing 20K friction suitable for linehaul applications that don’t require a Reduced Stopping Distance product. The new offering will provide higher torque and perform in higher […]