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Intellipark Takes the Sting Out of Parking Brake Valves

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Bendix's Intellipark has two blade type switches wired to servos that operate the air valves behind the dash. Sensors on the seat and door tell the system to apply the brakes if the driver doesn't before leaving the cab.

October 16, 2017

Intellipark can help prevent rollaway incidents and allows for other functions, Bendix says of its upcoming electronic application system. Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor.

Tags: Bendix, Truck Parking, Air Brakes, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Safety

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, October 16, 2017 11:49 AM | » Comments(0)

Vehicles in Floodwater? Bendix Offers Servicing Tips

Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Depending on water depth and time submerged, a truck or trailer might or might not be fit for service again.  Affected components must be dried out and inspected. Image: Screen capture from ABC News

September 13, 2017

If heavy trucks and trailers have been in relatively shallow water and circuitry and on-board computers are not damaged, they might still be serviceable. Not right away, though. Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Tags: Maintenance, Flooding, Air Brakes, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, September 13, 2017 11:01 AM | » Comments(1)

Second Connector Needed for Tractor-Trailer Communications?

Stopping distances could be even shorter and stability better with more precise signaling between tractors and trailers, which an extra cord or LAN would allow.

Second electrical cable (lower right) on this beverage trailer carries power to charge its liftgate batteries. It coud also carry signals to a high-performance braking system.

March 22, 2017

Increasing need for electronic communications between tractors and trailers could require use of a second electrical line, say brake-performance specialists.

Tags: Brakes, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, Safety, Bendix, Air Brakes

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, March 22, 2017 3:21 PM | » Comments(0)

Tanker Fleet Manager Praises Air Disc Brakes

June 10, 2016

Jim Fox, a manager at aviation-fuel-hauler Pinnacle Express, is a strong believer in disc brakes. This mechanic and million-mile former driver declares that drum brakes are "obsolete." Read more in Tom Berg's Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: SAF-Holland, Liquid Tank Trailers, Air Brakes

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, June 10, 2016 7:41 AM | » Comments(0)

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