April 15, 2013
PACCAR Monday added the Bendix eTrac automated air pressure transfer system for Bendix ABS-6 braking systems with automatic traction control as an option on 6×2 Class 8 Kenworth and Peterbilt tractors.
The breaking system helps drivers of 6×2 vehicles automatically overcome low-traction events.
“The automated air transfer process of the Bendix eTrac system helps drivers direct more of their focus on driving and road conditions, as opposed to making manual adjustments to overcome low-traction events,” TJ Thomas, Bendix director of marketing and customer solutions, Controls group says.
The Bendix eTrac system will be available on the Kenworth T660, T680, T800, and W900 next month.
The system will be available on all 6×2 Class 8 models from Peterbilt.
The Bendix eTrac air transfer system fully automates the traditional manual air pressure transfer process.
When added to Bendix Smart ATC(automatic traction control), eTrac automatically engages and disengages – without driver input – the vehicle’s air bag pressure transfer system during low-traction events.
The system transfers pressure from the undriven axle to the driven axle without requiring manual input or driver action.
When the Bendix® eTrac™ system engages, it automatically evacuates air bag pressure, dropping the nose of the trailer. The resulting extra forward weight on a 6×2 tractor helps compensate for the lack of a second drive axle to deliver traction control that is comparable to a 6×4 tractor in many situations.
Bendix eTrac is compatible with a wide variety of 6×2 axles, including all 6×2 axles available from Dana Commercial Vehicle Products.