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’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.