Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake has introduced the Bendix BX276 air disc brake (ADB) pad, which can be utilized as replacement friction for ADB22X and ADB22X-LT air disc brake systems on both tractors and trailers. The BX276 pad is available now through authorized Bendix dealerships and aftermarket distributors.
Bendix also introduced the Bendix BX283 air disc brake replacement pad, which has been approved by original equipment manufacturers for use in severe-duty applications, according to Bendix.
Bendix BX276 details
In the Bendix BX276 pad (pictured above), Bendix touts improvements including the addition two millimeters of thickness to the BX276 pad, which makes for an 8% increase in wearable volume, and Bendix says it reformulated the friction to achieve an improved wear rate, with the result of a pad with up to 40% more wear life than its predecessor. The BX276 pad also meets the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s 2021 Copper-Free Brake Initiative requirements for reduced copper in brake friction.
“With the continued growth of interest in and adoption of air disc brake solutions on tractors and trailers nationwide, Bendix is always working to improve the technology so that fleets and drivers can make the most of all its advantages,” said Nicole Oreskovic, product line director for air disc brakes at Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake. “The expanded availability of the BX276 not only brings its performance to more wheel-ends, but can also help streamline things in the shop, since the ADB22X and the ADB22X-LT fully share replacement parts—not just friction, but components like tappets and boots, as well. Shared training and maintenance practices also help increase uptime.”
Bendix BX283 details
According to Bendix, the BX283 ADB pad is designed to extend service life in a range of applications across the severe-duty braking spectrum—mainly applications with increased pad wear due to frequent braking and/or high braking operating temperatures, such as refuse, bus, pickup and delivery, and other applications. The formula of the pad’s friction material is less prone to cracking and shedding chunks, providing reliable performance and more uptime without increased risk of rotor heat cracks, the company said. Bendix also said that the BX283 pad meets the federal Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) requirements mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as FMVSS-121 testing standards.
“Fleets and owner-operators who choose air disc brakes for their severe-duty vehicles regularly cite the advantages of reliable performance and stopping power,” Oreskovic said. “Using the BX283 is the best way to maintain these benefits and protect their investment in air disc braking technology. There are real risks when you replace OE pads with lower-quality aftermarket products. Lower-quality replacement pads can significantly reduce ADB effectiveness and lengthen stopping distances, and they may damage expensive components, such as the rotor. The BX283 is one of the only OEM-approved severe-duty air disc brake pads available today, and for good reason.”