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Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC Marcus Thomas LLC
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MATS 2009 Booth No. 32435
BENDIX INTRODUCES GROUNDBREAKING PNEUMATIC BOOSTER SYSTEM
Energy Management System Improves Fuel Economy and Reduces Emissions
ELYRIA, Ohio – March 18, 2009 – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC today introduced the Bendix® Pneumatic Booster System (PBS), the first air management system of its kind to simultaneously improve fuel economy and vehicle acceleration, while reducing engine emissions.
Currently undergoing internal validation, as well as field and engine benchmarking testing, PBS is unlike any other product available on the market today. The PBS system is placed near the air intake manifold on an engine and monitors the Controller Area Network (CAN) for specific signals. Once the conditions for activation are met, the PBS injects compressed air from an auxiliary air tank into the engine manifold, delivering the desired amount of air that the diesel combustion processes require.
“Bendix has long been known as a pioneer in commercial vehicle air treatment. We are using our core air management capabilities and expertise to go beyond the air brake system,” said Steve Mance, vice president and general manager of the charging business for Bendix CVS. “We have designed a completely new product that will greatly benefit our customers and contribute to minimizing engine emissions.” Typically, when a driver presses down on the throttle to demand acceleration, there is a delay in engine response because of turbo lag. This lag constitutes the time difference between acceleration demand and the maximum air delivery of the turbocharger. The Bendix PBS system overcomes turbo lag by instantaneously injecting the desired air into the intake manifold, allowing the turbocharger to spin up to its full capacity and taking over the air delivery demands.
Bendix began designing and engineering its PBS system several years ago in an effort to address engine performance concerns by transit operators in South America. Previewed for the first time in the Bendix Technology Center at the 2009 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., PBS is the only system of its kind known to simultaneously improve efficiency, reduce turbo lag, and reduce Nitrous Oxide (NOx) emissions and particulate matter.
Bendix has begun integrating its PBS system into new engine platforms. Initial testing results show that the addition of PBS to a 7.8-liter engine results in better overall performance than a typical 10-liter engine, allowing for smaller engines with the inclusion of PBS.
Currently, two models are available, reaching 80 percent of engine applications. The Bendix® PBS 200 model is available for 4- to 8-liter engines, while the Bendix® PBS 400 is available for 8- to 13-liter engines.
“Bendix developed this technology to allow for a smaller engine with comparable engine and vehicle performance,” Mance said. “Ultimately, PBS will help address EPA emissions standards by improving fuel economy and minimizing emissions released into the environment. We developed this smart system to respond to changing global rules, while also delivering the most effective cost-competitive solution.”
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, 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 2,200 people, Bendix is driven to deliver solutions for improved vehicle performance, safety, and overall operating cost. Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, with manufacturing plants in Acuña, Mexico; Bowling Green, Ky.; Huntington, Ind.; and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. For more information, call 1-800-AIR-BRAKE (1-800-247-2725) or visit www.bendix.com.
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