ELYRIA, Ohio — Responding to customer demand, in 2005, Bendix took the step to launch production of the Bendix ADB22X air disc brake, a first in North America.
Today, the North American trucking industry’s most widely installed air disc brake (ADB) has vaulted over the 2-million-unit production mark.
The ADB22X, which features a lightweight design that significantly reduces stopping distance and extends brake system life, has been meeting the industry need for reliable, high-performing, and high-value air disc brakes since its launch, according to Nicole Oreskovic, product line director for air disc brakes at Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake (BSFB).
More than 20 percent of North American Class 6-8 air-braked wheel-ends are now equipped with ADBs, a 50 percent increase in overall market share since 2013, and the ADB22X accounts for the majority of that share, Oreskovic said, adding that since 2009, Bendix’s annual production levels for air disc brakes have risen substantially.
In 2016, Bendix expanded its ADB product portfolio by introducing an air disc brake designed for trailers.
The Bendix ADB22X-LT trailer air disc brake is the lightest-weight trailer ADB system in North America. Though created specifically for trailers, the ADB22X-LT is based on the same proven, successful platform as the ADB22X tractor brake. Since last year, sales of the ADB22X-LT have increased 50 percent.
“The entire team at Bendix is proud to reach this milestone,” Oreskovic said. “It further confirms that the brake’s proven performance and return on investment – more than 10 years and millions of road miles have demonstrated its worth – are meeting a critical need for fleets and OEMs, while contributing to safer roadways for everybody.”
BSFB, a joint venture between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, produces the Bendix ADB22X and Bendix ADB22X-LT air disc brakes at its wheel-end manufacturing operation in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Bendix recently added a new ADB line at its Bowling Green facility, as a response to the escalating industry demand for its air disc brakes.
The line is part of the company’s continuous commitment to support fleets, owner-operators, and truck manufacturers with ADB technology in every way possible – including meeting and exceeding demand.
Bendix also has introduced an easy-to-use online value calculator to help carriers determine whether air discs are the best option for their business.
The new Bendix ADB value calculator, available at ValuebyBendix.com, is designed to help fleets understand what savings opportunities are available if they spec all-wheel ADB22X air disc brakes on their tractors and ADB22X-LT on their trailers.
In addition, 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.