September 16, 2016 11:40 AM, EDT

Bendix Spicer Offering Air Disc Brake Engineered for Trailers

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake said its first air disc brake engineered specifically for trailers is now available in the commercial vehicle market.


The component, with a 23,000-pound brake rating, is 40 pounds per tandem axle lighter than its companion Bendix ADB22X air disc brake, making it the lightest air disc brake available in North America, the Elyria, Ohio-based company said.


The new pad meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2021 Copper-Free Brake Initiative requirements, and the brake comes with a five-year warranty, Bendix said.


“Our ongoing dialogue with fleets reinforces the growing interest in air disc brakes as more operators understand their impact as a strong contributor to help drive lower total cost of ownership,” Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake President Eddie Wilkinson said in a statement. “That’s true of trailers as well, where increasing numbers of carriers are choosing this superior technology.”


Bendix unveiled the ADB22X-LT in conjunction with Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co., the first builder to offer the new brake, it said. City of Industry, California-based Utility is the industry’s largest manufacturer of refrigerated trailers.


Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake is a joint venture formed in July 2004 between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems — a unit of Munich-based Knorr-Bremse Group — and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, a unit of Dana Inc.