Company Expands Fleet Adoption of Air Disc Brakes, Side Object Detection, and Collision Mitigation Systems; Soon to Adopt Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™
ELYRIA, Ohio – Oct. 6, 2016 – At Matheson Trucking, Inc., there are no second thoughts when it comes to safety.
“From the way we spec our tractors and trailers to the different types of safety technology we run, anything that’s cutting edge in the market that we can equip, we do – without hesitation,” said Dan Shandy, maintenance manager. “If we invest in advanced safety equipment on 25 trucks, and one of them helps save a life on the road, obviously it’s more than worth it.”
For years, Sacramento, California-based Matheson has turned to Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems in support of its safety-first philosophy, equipping tractors and trailers with air disc brakes, side object detection, full-stability, and collision mitigation technology. Matheson is a diversified national transportation carrier that has served the United States Postal Service since 1964, operating more than 30 locations across the country.
Matheson’s fleet encompasses roughly 280 tractors and will soon surpass a count of 500 trailers. And with each new delivery, the company puts more Bendix safety equipment on the roads. Matheson’s current tractor spec is the Kenworth T680, equipped with Bendix® ADB22X™ air disc brakes on steer and drive axles, Bendix™ BlindSpotter® Side Object Detection System, and Bendix® Wingman® Advanced™ – A Collision Mitigation Technology. On its next truck order, Matheson will spec Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™, Bendix’s flagship driver assistance system. The company’s newest standard trailer specifications also include the ADB22X™, as well as the Bendix® TABS-6™ Advanced trailer roll stability system.
“We’re constantly striving with our employees, with our equipment, in every way, to provide a safe environment – not just for us and our customers – but for everybody who is around our employees or equipment on the highways,” said Debra White, vice president, information technology and fleet maintenance. “It’s a safety culture that encompasses everyone we interact with on and off the road.”
Built for Safety
Serving as the foundation for other Bendix advanced active safety systems, Bendix® ESP® full-stability technology is capable of addressing both roll and directional stability – recognizing and mitigating conditions that could lead to rollover and loss-of-control situations sooner than roll-only options. Full-stability systems also rely on automatic brake interventions involving the steer, drive, and trailer axles, whereas roll-only systems typically apply the brakes on only the drive and trailer axles. Full stability is the technology that NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) will require on tractors beginning August 1, 2017.
Built on Bendix ESP, Bendix® Wingman® Advanced™ uses a radar sensor mounted to the front of a vehicle to provide active cruise control with braking features, along with collision mitigation technology (whether or not cruise control is activated) that delivers both warnings and active interventions to help drivers potentially avoid rear-end collisions, or at least help reduce their severity.
Bendix™ BlindSpotter® is a side-radar system designed to alert drivers to vehicles or objects in adjacent lanes.
For Matheson’s trailer spec, the Bendix TABS-6 Advanced trailer roll stability system combines antilock braking (ABS) with a set of trailer sensors that monitor stability, and can quickly and automatically trigger trailer braking interventions when conditions that may lead to a rollover are detected.
“We rely greatly on input from our drivers, and use it to help spec our equipment so they have the best, safest in-cab environment in which to work,” White said. “With technologies like active safety systems, there is almost always some resistance to change, but with the right training and time spent on the road, our drivers have adapted, and we’re getting positive feedback.”
Matheson expects to take delivery by next spring of 27 new tractors equipped with Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™.
Wingman® Fusion™ integrates and advances a proven, road-tested suite of Bendix safety technologies – radar, camera, and the vehicle’s brake system – into a comprehensive driver assistance system. Built on Bendix® ESP® full stability technology, Fusion offers enhanced collision mitigation, lane departure warning, stationary vehicle braking, and speed limit sign recognition and alerts. The system’s camera is powered by the Mobileye System-on-Chip EyeQ processor with state-of-the-art vision algorithms.
Air Disc Advantages
Manufactured by Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC – a joint venture of Bendix
Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC – the Bendix® ADB22X™ provides improved stopping power while virtually eliminating brake fade, and offers drivers a car-like feel and straight, stable stops. The brake also helps fleets exceed the federal Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) requirements mandated by NHTSA.
“In addition to spec’ing the ADB22X on our tractors, we also recently opted to equip it standard on our trailers. We have more than a dozen in service already, with another 60 on order,” White said. “Since we’ll have air disc brakes on all our tractors from the 2015 models forward, it makes sense to maximize their safety, performance, maintenance advantages, and lining life across a growing portion of our fleet.”
Equipping both tractors and trailers with the same air disc brake system helps streamline things in the garage in two ways: Technicians can focus on knowing a single set of common brake maintenance procedures, and the brakes utilize the same wearable components, simplifying parts management.
The ADB22X’s reliability and stopping power help Matheson optimize the value and safety of its other Bendix systems, while extending lining and overall brake system life. They also increase uptime through pad change times that are roughly one-quarter that of traditional drums, once the wheel is removed. Air disc brakes do not require any additional maintenance associated with out-of-adjustment brakes, and can help lower the risk of brakes being found out of adjustment during inspections – since they contain an internal self-adjustment mechanism.
Always Looking Ahead
Adoption of leading-edge technology is in Matheson’s DNA: In addition to its safety focus, it’s also a green company aiming to use cleaner trucks and alternative fuels like compressed natural gas.
“We’re always looking ahead to the next big improvement, whether it benefits our operational safety, efficiency, fuel economy, or sustainability,” White said. “To all those ends, we’re looking at safer trucks that reduce our carbon footprint – how can you get better than that?”
As a long-time Matheson partner, Bendix shares the company’s commitment to continually striving for safer drivers, vehicles, and roadways.
“It’s a genuine privilege to work with a team that’s as dedicated as Matheson to ensuring the safety of its drivers and everyone who shares the road with them,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales, marketing, and business development. “We’re proud to support their efforts with our technologies, and we know that as Bendix looks toward the safety systems of tomorrow, Matheson has its eye on the same goal of safer highways across North America.”
Burkhart stressed that Bendix’s ever-improving safety technologies are not intended to enable or encourage aggressive driving, and that drivers retain responsibility for safe vehicle operation at all times. Safe driving techniques, practiced by skilled, alert drivers and supported by ongoing, comprehensive training, are crucial to all fleets’ safety efforts.
Bendix aims to deliver on areas critical to fleets’ success, including safety, performance and efficiency, and total cost of ownership. Through its ever-growing portfolio of safety technologies, along with unparalleled post-sales support, Bendix helps strengthen return on investment in systems that improve highway safety for all drivers and passengers.
For more information about Bendix safety systems and technologies, visit www.safertrucks.com, www.bendix.com, or call 1-800-AIR-BRAKE (1-800-247-2725).
About Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group, develops and supplies leading-edge active safety technologies, energy management solutions, and 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 throughout North America. An industry pioneer, employing more than 3,000 people, Bendix is driven to deliver solutions for improved vehicle safety, performance, and overall operating cost. Bendix is headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, with manufacturing plants in Bowling Green, Kentucky;
Huntington, Indiana; North Aurora, Illinois; and Acuña, Mexico. For more information, call 1-800AIR-BRAKE (1-800-247-2725) or visit www.bendix.com. To learn more about career opportunities at Bendix, visit www.bendix.com/careers. Follow Bendix on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Bendix_CVS. Log on and learn from the Bendix experts at www.brakeschool.com.
About Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC combines and expands the complementary wheelend foundation brake technologies of two global leaders – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC. The joint venture, formed in July 2004, is a single, complete source for OEM brake system design, manufacturing, hardware, and support for all foundation brake components and actuation systems, as well as all-makes coverage of nearly 50,000 medium- and heavy-duty aftermarket parts. Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC is headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, with engineering operations in both Elyria and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. For more information, call
1-866-610-9709 or visit www.foundationbrakes.com. To learn about career opportunities at Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, visit www.bendix.com/careers. Follow BSFB on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Bendix_CVS. Log on and learn from the Bendix experts at www.brakeschool.com.