Bendix achieves another production milestone

BendixProduction of two high-performing solenoid valves from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has surpassed one million units just three years after launch, the company has announced.

The Bendix SMS-9700 Accessory Solenoid Valve and the Bendix FCS-9700 Fan Clutch Solenoid Valve effectively and efficiently address the electronic control of vehicle air functions not associated with the braking system. The SMS-9700 was introduced in May 2012 and the FCS-9700 five months later.

Paccar and Daimler Trucks North America are among the OEs equipping these Bendix solenoid valves, engineered to manage medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicle accessories, with other OEs slated for launch later in 2015.

“Across a wide range of commercial vehicle applications and working conditions, we’ve seen a rapidly growing need for customizable and light but robust low-flow solenoid solutions,” says Rebecca Carter, Bendix product manager – specialty valves. “Bendix not only offers decades of solenoid valve expertise, but the flexibility of an ordering system based on Bendix solenoid valve features rather than part numbers. This means we can provide smooth, fast customization based on vehicle configurations and operations requirements.”

Both the Bendix SMS-9700 and the Bendix FCS-9700 feature a streamlined package design that makes them approximately 30 percent lighter and 20 percent smaller than comparable models. This allows for more efficient air systems control, since they take up less mounting space in locations such as the frame rail or cross members, and reduce overall vehicle weight, Bendix says. Engineered to protect against moisture and corrosion, the valves also help protect investment in today’s air system technologies, and maintain optimum performance and value.

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