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Bendix kicks off MATS 2017 with air disc brake discussion

Bendix ADB22X air disc brake

The Bendix ADB22X air disc brake has sold more than 1.5 million units since its introduction in 2005.

Bendix says its ADB22X air disc brake continues to gain momentum in the marketplace, exceeding the 1.5 million-unit production milestone since its introduction in 2005.

In 2016, the take rate on air disc brakes was 16 percent for trucks, with trailers at 6 percent.

Keith McComsey, director of marketing and customer solutions for Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake said Wednesday at the Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville that he expects a steady increase to 27 percent for trucks and 20 percent for trailers by 2020.

The ADB22X brake is standard on the steer axle position on Kenworth and Peterbilt Class 8 tractors and trucks and is available through all six major truck original equipment manufacturers.

Bendix ADB22X-LT

Keith McComsey, director of marketing and customer solutions for Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake said the Bendix ADB22X-LT for trailers can help stop the truck up to 3.5 car-lengths sooner.

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Bendix’s ADB22X platform gave rise to the ADB22X-LT for trailers late last year. When spec’d together, McComsey says an air dic brake combination unit can stop up to 3.5 car-lengths sooner than a truck similarly spec’d with drums.

The new air disc brake have a 40-pound weight savings on a tandem axle set, providing fleets the opportunity to increase payloads or offset options that increase weight.

Air disc brakes feature a pad life improvement of 1.5 times with 25 percent of labor cost when it comes time for replacement and depending on trade cycle, could eliminate a friction change entirely, McComsey says.

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Jason Cannon is the Equipment Editor for Commercial Carrier Journal and Overdrive, and is a Class A CDL holder. Reach him at jasoncannon@randallreilly.com.