Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company have inked a deal to make Bendix products available through Utility's aftermarket parts and dealer network.

Bendix SB-4 combination spring brakes are now standard on all Utility Trailer models. The brakes, featuring a patent-pending center seal, contain a guided spring-pressure plate that significantly reduces diaphragm and seal wear, according to the companies. The flexible self-alignment of the center seal during installation, along with lubricant retention during operation, combine to offer extended spring brake service life.

The Bendix ASA-5 automatic slack adjuster also is standard on all Utility models. The adjuster exceeds the Society of Automotive Engineers' 200,000-cycle durability test standard, assuring long service life. Its seals and lubricants are proven to resist external moisture and contaminants that can cause premature wear.

Both the ASA-5 and the SB-4 are provided by Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, a joint venture between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products.

Beginning July 2008, Utility Trailer will offer as standard position on base model dual axle reefers and dry vans, the Bendix SR-5 spring brake relay valve, in combination with the Bendix TABS-6 antilock braking system. The valve provides premium performance under extreme conditions.

The Bendix TABS-6 ABS for trailers was chosen to allow Utility Trailer an easy upgrade into the next-generation trailer stability system, Bendix TABS-6 Advanced. Both are built on a reliable single-channel, 2S/1M configuration.

Utility will also offer the Bendix ADB22X air disc brake, as a databook option. This lightweight air disc brake package reduces total wheel-end weight while providing fast and easy pad replacement, reduced maintenance, and longer brake life.