ELYRIA, Ohio — The Bendix Commercial Vehicle System’s ADB22X has surpassed the 1.5 million-unit production mark. The ADB22X has been a part of the commercial vehicle market since its launch over 10 years ago.
Across North America, the industry is turning to air disc brake (ADB) technology in increasing numbers, Bendix officials said.
More than 16 percent of North American Class 6-8 air-braked wheel-ends are now equipped with ADBs – a 50 percent increase in overall market share from 2013.
The Bendix ADB22X accounts for approximately 85 percent of that share.
Bendix’s production milestone reflects the value the proven Bendix ADB22X offers to fleets of all sizes and vocations, according to Nicole Oreskovic, product line director for air disc brakes at Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake.
“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. The brakes have proven their worth – in terms of performance and return on investment – over many millions of miles on the road,” Oreskovic said. “For more than a decade, the ADB22X has been providing the market with reliable, high-performing, and high-value air disc brakes – and helping to make commercial vehicles safer for everyone sharing the highway.”
Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake (BSFB), a joint venture between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, 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.
Bendix continues to invest in resources to advance, manufacture, and support air disc braking systems, Oreskovic said.
In addition to its ongoing investment in production capacity and capabilities 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.
The Bendix ADB22X holds a strong position in the North American market and is released at the six major truck manufacturers, including Peterbilt, Kenworth, Daimler Trucks North America, Mack, Volvo and International.
The brake has been standard equipment on the steer axle of all Peterbilt Motors Company Class 8 tractors since 2012.
Fleets that have recently started using Bendix ADB22X include Boyle Transportation, a leading North American carrier.
Last year, U.S. Xpress Inc. — the nation’s second largest privately owned truckload carrier — equipped the brake on its steer axles.
Additional fleets choosing the ADB22X air disc brake are Central Transport, Kroger, Maverick Transportation, and Prime Inc.
As over-the-road adoption of air disc brakes has increased, so has interest from specialized fleets and markets.
According to Oreskovic, Motor Coach Industries (MCI), the leading intercity coach manufacturer in the United States and Canada, offers the ADB22X on its vehicles, as do three of the leading full-line North American school bus manufacturers: Blue Bird Corp., Thomas Built
In September, Bendix introduced the Bendix ADB22X-LT trailer air disc brake, the industry’s lightest weight trailer ADB system.
The ADB22X-LT is specifically designed for trailer use, but it’s based on the same platform as the ADB22X tractor brake. Although the ADB22X-LT features a new caliper and carrier design, the two brakes share replacement wear items, which help streamline maintenance, training, and inventory requirements.