ELYRIA, Ohio — Marking a major milestone for commercial vehicle braking technology, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC recently celebrated the production of its 750,000th Bendix BA-921 air compressor.
First introduced in 2002, the Bendix BA-921 air compressor is a market leader, providing a robust design for fleets and owner-operators desiring a proven compressor to help maintain air pressure for the operation of air brake systems, according to David Schramm, Bendix compressor marketing manager.
The BA-921 model is a single-cylinder air compressor that was designed to reduce the weight and amount of oil that is passed through the air system to maximize braking performance.
It also provides lower discharge air temperature, minimizing carbon and debris creation. In addition, it uses reed-style valves, which have fewer moving parts.
The BA-921 model features increased service life, resulting in reduced maintenance costs for vehicle owners.
“Fleet owners, managers and owner-operators have recognized the benefits of the Bendix BA-921 air compressor by making it one of the most widely deployed air compressors in the industry,” Schramm said. “We are committed to developing and manufacturing air compressors that help fleets and owner-operators realize operational efficiencies, while consistently increasing safety standards. We are pleased to have reached this significant milestone, and we look forward to continued leadership within the air compressor market.”
Manufactured at the Bendix Acuña, Mexico, plant, the compressor underwent design enhancements in 2004 and again in 2010 to meet the increasing needs of the commercial vehicle market.
Other benefits of the BA-921 model include improved air quality, fast recovery to ensure maximum air pressure with minimal fuel use, a highest boost capability of 43.5 psig, and a high drive-through capacity of up to 125-foot pounds.
“Since 1924, the year its first compressor was installed on a commercial vehicle, Bendix has been leading the way in air charging system experience and expertise,” said Henry Foxx, Bendix compressors product line director. “Today, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems continues as the top supplier of compressors, air treatment components, and complete air braking control systems throughout North America. More fleets specify our hard-working products and systems than any other.”
Each year, approximately 20,000 BA-921 compressors are remanufactured at the Bendix operations in Huntington, Ind., the only authorized remanufacturer of Bendix compressors.
“Our commitment to remanufacturing quality begins with ongoing research to secure the most advanced technologies, and continues by integrating those technologies with our manufacturing expertise and state-of-the-art equipment and processes at a dedicated compressor remanufacturing center of excellence,” Schramm said. “The result is an economically priced remanufactured Genuine Bendix compressor that incorporates critical engineering updates to give you like-new design and top-notch performance.”
For more information, visit www.bendix.com.
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