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U.S. Xpress Adding Webb Vortex Brake Drums to its Trucks and Trailers

April 1, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Equipment, Fleet Management, Technology
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Alabama-based U.S. Xpress Enterprises, among the nation’s largest privately owned truckload carriers, has selected Webb Vortex Unlimited brake drums for its fleet of 8,000 over-the road tractors and 22,000 trailers when replacement drums are required.

U.S. Xpress will spec the Webb Vortex Unlimited drum for new equipment purchases as well.

“At U.S. Xpress we continually look for ways to increase uptime for our vehicles and to lower total cost of ownership,” said Gerry Mead, vice president of maintenance for U.S. Xpress. “We have found that Webb Vortex drums help us do that. In addition to the cooler-running temperatures, I especially like the wear indicator machined right into the drum that really saves time in our maintenance shops. Our techs can easily see when drum replacement is required.”

The Webb Vortex Unlimited premium brake drum offers extended life and reduced maintenance costs. The patented Webb Vortex Unlimited brake drum has external cooling ribs that conduct heat away from the brake surface for superior heat dissipation and 10 percent lower operating temperatures.

Running at these lower temperatures means the Vortex Unlimited performs better than standard drums and can last more than 25 percent longer. The Webb Vortex Unlimited brake drum also includes a patent-pending wear indicator that takes the guesswork out of wear measurements, saving maintenance dollars.

Johnathon Capps, vice president of engineering for the Webb Wheel Aftermarket Business, said, “Within the Marmon Highway Technology group of companies, innovation begins with the customer to truly understand their issues and then provide meaningful solutions.”