Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC plans to open a new production line at its Bowling Green, Ky., manufacturing plant in June to meet increased demand for its patented Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes. With a nearly 120% increase in demand from 2009 to 2010 and an expected additional increase of nearly 40% in 2011, the new production line will help BSFB continue to meet the needs of OEMs, fleets and owner-operators.
The new series of brake lining sales sheets offers detailed information on Marathon’s full line of friction products, suitable for vocations ranging from general over-the-road freight to transit and severe-duty applications. The application guide is an easy-to-use resource that helps determine the Marathon products that are most compatible with a given application.
In addition to the free branded POS kit and automatic enrollment in the “Gimme a Reward” box top program, professional repair facilities and their technicians now receive free online training. The two current training modules coach technicians in providing business-building customer service when performing brake and chassis repair work.
Federal-Mogul’s Abex brand offers a complete friction portfolio for the commercial vehicle category, including the new Abex MQ transit block. The new block is engineered to significantly reduce noise and help ensure a stable, reliable and safe braking system.
The company’s Vortex drums will be offered as direct replacements for all its previous MAN transit axle part numbers. Vortex drums are designed to increase safety and performance, give superior durability and help substantially decrease maintenance costs.
Issued in July 2009 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), new tractor braking standards are set to take effect in August of this year. To meet and exceed the rule’s more stringent stopping distance requirements, braking system suppliers have been working in close cooperation with vehicle manufacturers to develop and refine effective solutions
The company’s new OCL430HD rotor lathe improves medium- and heavy-duty service by machining the rotor on the vehicle. This eliminates the need to disassemble the hub to remove the rotor, saving time and effort; it also reduces runout, providing a more precise cut and extending the life of expensive rotors. With a reinforced cutting arm and rugged tool holders, the OCL430HD resurfaces rotors up to 17.5 in. in diameter and up to 3.5 in. in thickness.
The business, which is the leading supplier of new brake shoes to the U.S. aftermarket, will become part of the brake products group of Stemco. The company will now be able to combine brake shoes with Stemco Duroline brake pads to offer a completely lined brake shoe kit to fleet operators.
The 2011 Brake Training School offered by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems teaches maintenance professionals the description, operation and service elements for the total range of components found within foundation and air brake systems. Courses will be offered in nearly 20 cities across the U.S. and Canada.
The company said its next-generation, double-diaphragm spring brake for drum brakes offers the lightest weight in the industry while delivering best-in-class durability and performance. The new spring brake is more than two pounds lighter than competitive spring brakes, helping to offset the extra weight added to commercial vehicles by engine systems designed to meet recent emissions regulations.
The award recognizes suppliers who demonstrate the essential aspects of supply chain performance in delivery, quality, cost, innovation and attitude. Meritor WABCO supplies trailer anti-braking systems, roll stability systems and InfoLink data gateway systems to Wabash National Corp.
SafetyDirect allows customers to use a single point of access to monitor and synchronize driver performance reports on braking, stability control, following distances, collision safety system braking and lane-departure warnings for individual drivers, as well as the entire fleet. The comprehensive reporting includes event location, date, time, speed, odometer reading and safety trending data.