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Prime Trucking Firm Adding Bendix Systems to 2,200 New Reefer Trailers

January 13, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Technology

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems said Prime Inc. is in the process of adding Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes and the Bendix TABS-6 advanced trailer roll stability system to its trailer fleet over the next nine months.

Prime Inc. is one of North America’s most successful refrigerated, flatbed and tanker trucking companies, founded in 1970 and based in Springfield, Mo. The fleet said it is equipping 2,500 new refrigerated trailers with the two Bendix technologies, with delivery taking place by the third quarter.

The trailers are manufactured by Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co.

Prime specs other Bendix safety products as well, including the Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program full-stability system and Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology, on its Peterbilt, Kenworth, and International Class 8 tractors. In addition, Prime provides AutoVue Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System from Bendix CVS on all 5,000-plus of its tractors.

The patented Bendix ADB22X air disc brake is a lightweight design that significantly reduces stopping distance and offers significantly longer life and faster service times than drum brakes. Other advantages include a car-like feel; straight, stable stops; and virtually no brake fade or degradation of stopping power.

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, a joint venture between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, manufactures the Bendix ADB22X at its wheel-end production facility in Bowling Green, Ky. BSFB has manufactured more than 750,000 Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes since it began production in 2005.

The Bendix TABS-6 Advanced trailer roll stability system combines antilock braking (ABS) with a set of trailer sensors, which monitor stability and can quickly and automatically trigger braking interventions when conditions that may lead to a rollover are detected.

Available in single-channel and multi-channel configurations, TABS-6 Advanced is compatible with both spring-ride and air-ride suspensions, and delivers solutions suitable for a wide range of fleet needs. The Bendix TABS-6 Advanced system can work with a variety of trailer electrical requirements, handling between 8 and 32 volts without a separate power converter. Bendix has supplied more than 375,000 trailer ABS and roll stability systems to the market.