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U.S. Xpress specs Bendix air disc brakes on tractor steer axles


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U.S. Xpress is spec’ing Bendix ADB22X air disc brakes (rebadged German* Knorr-Bremse SK7) on the steer axles of more than 2,800 tractors, including vehicles manufactured by Freightliner, International, Kenworth and Peterbilt. Delivery began last year and continues in 2016.

“When it comes to safety, we are proud to be recognized as an industry leader, and we work very hard to maintain and improve on that position. This means the brakes we choose must meet an exceptionally high standard for safety – as well as for performance and value,” said Gerald Mead, senior vice president of maintenance for U.S. Xpress. “Bendix air disc brakes help us repay the trust and confidence our customers and drivers place in us.”

“The Bendix ADB22X air disc brake offers straight, stable stops along with greater reliability due to virtually no brake fade or degradation of stopping power,” the company said. “Uptime benefits of the technology include longer brake lining life and quicker pad replacement, leading to lower maintenance costs.

The internal self-adjustment mechanism can help lower the risk of out-of-adjustment brakes during roadside inspections, which can affect Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scoring.

While routine maintenance is still important with any brake system, air disc brakes – unlike drum brakes – do not require any additional maintenance associated with out-of-adjustment brakes.”

“In addition to safety, reliable performance and total cost of ownership are essential to today’s fleets. The team at U.S. Xpress understands and strives for that goal every day. It’s a true honor to be a partner with them – a responsibility we take very seriously,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales, marketing, and business development. “Working together, we have helped the team at U.S. Xpress equip their vehicles with solutions for outstanding performance and responsiveness for their drivers as well as strong support when it comes to both driver and service training.”

* Germany’s Knorr-Bremse AG of Munich bought America's Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC from Honeywell International in 2002.

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