In less than four years, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems’ remanufactured brake shoe operation has topped the four-million-unit production milestone. Bendix’s rate of production has steadily increased to meet growing demand from fleets and owner-operators wishing to maintain the quality, performance, and compliance of their Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) brakes when replacing shoes, while optimizing value.
Bendix, a leader in the development and manufacture of active safety and braking solutions for commercial vehicles, began serial production of reman brake shoes at its 74,000-square-foot Huntington, Ind., facility in the fall of 2012. The facility handles the complete salvage, coining, and assembly processes that make up start-to-finish brake shoe remanufacturing in Huntington.
“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s RSD mandate, which took full effect in 2013, ushered in a new era of stopping requirements (under FMVSS-121) for drum brakes. In servicing these brakes, more and more vehicle operators are choosing RSD-compliant remanufactured shoes from a trusted original equipment (OE) supplier to preserve that high level of safety,” said Keith McComsey, Bendix director of wheel-end marketing and customer solutions.
“Bendix achieves OE quality in our reman brake shoes by bringing them back to full OE specifications, rather than just relining them. Shoes remanufactured in this way deliver the durability, reliability, safety, performance, and extended lining life expected of original equipment – and needed for operators to compete in today’s industry.”
The value of Bendix remanufactured brake shoes is enhanced by the company’s friction portfolio, also engineered to meet the complete range of customers’ need for safety, performance, and value. Bendix continues to add new friction materials to its portfolio, which includes options ranging from economy and extreme-duty offerings to OE friction, and features the industry’s first RSD-certified aftermarket friction.