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Prime Inc. equips reefer trailers with Bendix safety systems

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Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC announced that Prime Inc., a North American commercial fleet, has added Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes and the Bendix TABS-6 Advanced trailer roll stability system to its refrigerated trailers.

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The fleet is equipping 2,500 new refrigerated trailers with the Bendix ADB22X and Bendix TABS-6 Advanced safety technologies. 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 its more than 5,000 tractors.

“Our commitment to safety—one of Prime’s core principles—was a key factor in our choice of Bendix technologies,” said Paul Higgins, director of maintenance for Prime Inc. “Bendix shares that corporate philosophy, and we’re pleased to count them as a valued partner in the critical work of helping to make our fleet and the highways safer.”

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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, said the manufacturer. Other advantages include a car-like feel; straight, stable stops; and virtually no brake fade or degradation of stopping power.

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 (SC) and multi-channel (MC) 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.

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“Prime has long been committed to providing safe vehicles for its drivers, and Bendix is proud to be part of that effort,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president—sales, marketing, and business development.

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