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Fleet Owner  /  September 26, 2016

The new Bendix ADB22X-LT – the first Bendix air disc brake engineered specifically for trailers – is now available to the North American commercial vehicle market, the company announced.

Bendix unveiled the ADB22X-LT in conjunction with Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company.

The new brake “advances the design” of the Bendix ADB22X. Like the ADB22X model for tractors and trailers, the ADB22X-LT – exclusively for trailers – is produced by Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake (BSFB).

“In the decade since Bendix introduced the first air disc brake to the North American commercial vehicle market, we’ve had many customers equip their trailers with ADBs; their positive feedback and effective on-road experience played a big part in developing the ADB22X-LT,” said Keith McComsey, director, marketing and customer solutions, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake. “We put Bendix’s wide-ranging braking expertise to work to help meet the challenges presented in trailer applications, and the end result is an air disc brake that offers the advantages of lighter weight and more convenient servicing – while still performing at the high levels demanded in today’s trucking environment.”

The Bendix ADB22X-LT – with a 23,000-lb. brake rating – weighs in at 40 lb. per tandem axle lighter than its companion Bendix ADB22X air disc brake.

“Lighter wheel-ends deliver increased payload capacity and value for trailers – such as refrigerated units – particularly sensitive to brake weight. Lighter weight wheel-ends can also help a fleet significantly improve its overall fuel efficiency,” according to Bendix.

“Though the ADB22X-LT has been specifically designed for trailer use, it’s built on the same proven, successful platform as the ADB22X brake,” McComsey said. “In terms of uptime, that means the two brakes share replacement wear items, which helps to streamline maintenance and training plus reduce inventory requirements. In addition, the same skill sets fleet technicians use for installing and maintaining the ADB22X are equally applicable to the ADB22X-LT, making it a great candidate for installation by trailer builders. That’s a real cost-saver when compared to axles with preinstalled brakes.”

The Bendix ADB22X-LT offers the same 5-year warranty as the ADB22X air disc brake.

“Our ongoing dialogue with fleets reinforces the growing interest in air disc brakes as more operators understand their impact as a strong contributor to help drive lower total cost of ownership,” Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake president Eddie Wilkinson said. “That’s true of trailers as well, where increasing numbers of carriers are choosing this superior technology. We’re proud to bring the industry a second high-performing air disc brake, with unique advantages for trailers. And we’re honored that Utility – which shares our commitment to safety, performance, and value – is the first to make it available.”

For more information about the Bendix ADB22X-LT trailer air disc brake, call 1-800-AIR-BRAKE.


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