Bendix Next-Generation Drum Brake Provides Cost Savings Through Reduced Weight

Bendix's next-generation foundation drum brakes are lighter in weight to help reduce fuel costs, and are available factory-installed at all major North American medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturers.

Offering cost savings through reduced weight – without sacrificing reliability or performance – next-generation foundation drum brakes from Bendix are now available factory-installed at all major North American medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturers. 

“What sets these brake assemblies apart from their earlier design is the newly designed stamped spiders. The greatest weight savings – at up to 16 lbs. per tandem axle set – comes from converting a cast spider to the heavy-duty stamped spider,” says Keith McComsey, Director of Marketing and Customer Solutions at Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB). 

“At the same time, from a safety standpoint, we’ve engineered our spiders to be stronger and more durable, ensuring that it delivers the high level of quality that fleets and drivers expect from Bendix braking components.” 

A joint venture between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC, BSFB produces the full lineup of commercially available Bendix brand foundation drum and air disc brake solutions at its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, KY. 

These improved brake designs have recently been implemented on Freightliner, Western Star, International, Volvo, and Mack trucks. Kenworth and Peterbilt have been utilizing Bendix stamped-spider brakes since 2016. 

Two versions of Bendix’s next-generation drum brake are available. The lightweight version is utilized for standard line-haul applications, while the heavy-duty version is more suitable for severe-duty applications. In most cases, the stamped-spider brakes will take the place of existing factory-installed Bendix drum brakes, although cast-spider brakes are still available to meet specific severe applications. The new brakes continue to offer stopping power meeting OEM requirements that exceed federal Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) standards. 

“High-performing, dependable foundation drum brakes remain incredibly important to fleet safety equations across North America,” McComsey says. “And this new generation of drum brake will certainly make a difference in the increasingly popular ‘hybrid’ braking systems, in which air disc brakes are equipped on tractor steer axles, while drive axles are fitted with drums. Bundle your Bendix drum brake systems with the new Bendix EnduraSure Spring Brake series and the Bendix Versajust LS Slack Adjuster, and you’ve got a complete wheelend package that’s unmatched in quality and reputation, and delivers lower total cost of ownership (TCO).” 

Bendix’s full line of wheel-end solutions delivers on safety, reliability, stopping power, and vehicle performance and efficiency – all areas critical to the success of fleets and owner-operators. In focusing on these needs, as well as providing unparalleled post-sales support, Bendix aims to lower TCO and strengthen investment in technologies that make North America’s highways safer for everyone. 

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