Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has announced hitting a major milestone: the delivery of its one millionth Bendix ABS-6 braking system. The antilock-braking system (ABS) is installed on Class 6, 7, and 8 air-braked tractor-trailers, trucks, motorcoaches, and specialty heavy-duty vehicles.

Introduced in late 2004, the Bendix ABS-6 family includes three types of braking systems: the standard Bendix ABS-6 antilock braking system, the premium system with Bendix Smart ATC (automatic traction control), and Bendix ABS-6 Advanced with ESP Electronic Stability Program (ESP) system.

Bendix noted its ABS-6 systems are available from most major truck manufacturers, including International, Kenworth, Mack, Peterbilt and Volvo; coach manufacturers, such as Prevost; and a variety of specialty vehicle manufacturers.

“Reaching this milestone is a testament to the capability of the technology that the Bendix and Knorr-Bremse team developed,” said Kevin Romanchok, product line director for electronics at Bendix. “The ABS-6 family has not only proven itself to be the premier heavy-duty air-brake system, but it also enabled the age of robust active safety with electronic activation of the brakes with Bendix ABS-6 Advanced with ESP full-stability technology.”

“The advancement of ABS systems to deliver stability control is a significant event,” said Fred Andersky, Bendix director of government relations. “Full-stability control is the foundation of innovations, such as radar-based adaptive cruise control with braking and collision mitigation braking. Understanding the value of full stability, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering rulemaking for ESP/ESC on tractors and motorcoaches.”

Elyria, OH-based Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a member of Germany’s Knorr-Bremse Group, develops and supplies active safety technologies, energy management solutions, air brake charging, and control systems and components under the Bendix brand name for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, tractors, trailers, buses and other commercial vehicles in North America.