ELYRIA, Ohio — Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake recently reached a milestone when the company manufactured its 175,000th Bendix ADB22X air disc brake at the company’s wheel-end production facility in Bowling Green, Ky., which began producing the air disc brakes in 2005.
The Bendix ADB22X air disc brake is part of BSFB’s complete lineup of wheel-end solutions that meet and exceed the new federal stopping distance requirements mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The patented air disc brake is a lightweight air disc brake design proven to significantly reduce stopping distance and extend brake system life for commercial vehicles, according to Aaron Schwass, general manager.
In recent years, production has increased dramatically year by year, with 23,000 air disc brakes manufactured in 2009 and 52,000 in 2010. The company expects production to exceed more than 100,000 units in 2011, Schwass said.
“The air disc brake manufacturing milestone reflects the increasing acceptance of the Bendix ADB22X air disc brake in the North American market,” Schwass said. “Demand for the brakes increased nearly 120 percent from 2009 to 2010, and we expect an additional increase of nearly 140 percent in 2011. More and more OEMs, fleets, and owner-operators are turning to the Bendix ADB22X air disc brake to reduce stopping distance and improve highway safety.”
The first phase of the NHTSA mandate requires a 30 percent reduction in stopping distance for new three-axle tractors with Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWRs) up to 59,600 pounds and produced after the Aug. 1, 2011, implementation date. Tractors with two axles, as well as severe-service tractors with GVWRs above 59,600 lbs., must comply with the new mandate by Aug. 1, 2013.
Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake offers all possible brake configurations to meet the new requirements, including all drum brakes, all disc brakes or a combination of both. In addition to the Bendix ADB22X air disc brake, the drum brake solutions include a new, higher performing version of the company’s Extended Service drum brake (ES Brakes), according to Gary Ganaway, director of the foundation drum brakegroup, markeing and global development.
“Our goal with all of our wheel-end solutions is to offer the best in the industry, from the highest level of performance, reliability and safety to the lowest maintenance costs,” Ganaway said. “In this new world of shorter stopping distances, we offer the industry’s widest range of solutions to meet or exceed the federal mandate, enabling our customers to make choices that are best for their operations.”
The Bendix ADB22X air disc brake recently attained standard position on the steer axle of all Peterbilt Motors Co. Class 8 truck models.
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