Bendix rolls out TABS-6 trailer braking system

| Friday, February 18, 2005

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC added to its portfolio of antilock braking system products with the launch of Bendix TABS-6, a scalable ABS technology for trailers.

TABS-6 offers diagnostic capabilities with features designed specifically for the trailer market, according to a Bendix press release.

The standard TABS-6 product is optimized for two-sensor/one modulator systems, used by approximately 90 percent of trailers built in the United States and Canada, while a premium version is available in configurations up to a four-sensor/three-modulator system.

TABS-6 is smaller and lighter than other currently available systems, and contains fewer components to install and connections to make, translating into more reliability, according to the manufacturer. The electronic control unit includes a pressure equalization feature that enables air molecules to pass through, but not water, increasing the system’s durability in adverse environments.

TABS-6 eliminates several electrical connections from earlier systems. One example is the integral five-pin power connector, which allows the trailer’s chassis ABS electrical connector to be plugged directly into the ECU. This eliminates the need for, and cost of, a pigtail cable. The unit can also be tank or frame mounted without modification.

The release said the system eliminated the time-consuming task of clearing trouble codes requiring moving or lifting trailers following a repair. This TABS-6 industry-exclusive feature enables fleets to clear the trouble code automatically after performing the repair. In addition, advanced blink code functionality provides time-saving, detailed information to service professionals that leads them precisely to the fault, and streamlines troubleshooting and repairs, according to the manufacturer.

Bendix TABS-6 includes a patent-pending customization feature. The feature makes it possible to develop a system that can monitor, adjust, interlock, control, broadcast or perform many other basic tasks. In addition to tire maintenance, trailer tracking, lift-axle actuation, slider-pin actuation and interlock, and ride-height adjustment are just a few of the possible options, according to the release.

The Dana Spicer Tire Inflation and Monitor System functionality can be integrated within Bendix TABS-6 to provide lower system complexity, simpler support and reduced cost through the elimination of a major component and duplicate wiring on the trailer.

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