Bendix Launches Pad Wear Sensing Technology

Source: Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake

ELYRIA, Ohio Bendix is introducing pad wear sensing on all versions of the industry-leading Bendix® ADB22X® air disc brake, available for order on new equipment from select truck and trailer manufacturers.

Bendix air disc brake (ADB) wear sensing technology determines when a pad is nearing its replacement period and provides a signal via telematics that fleets can use to proactively schedule maintenance. The system helps lower maintenance costs by reducing the need for technicians to measure friction, and by optimizing friction replacement schedules. In addition, since the system provides alerts when pads are reaching the point of replacement, it protects costly ADB components, such as rotors, from being damaged by worn-out pads.

“Bendix wear sensing technology removes the guesswork from ADB pad replacement – an enormous advantage for fleets,” said Keith McComsey, director of marketing and customer solutions, Wheel-End, at Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB). “Now fleets can spec wear sensing on their original equipment manufacturer (OEM) vehicles and more confidently know when to proactively schedule those trucks and trailers for pad replacement service. They can increase the cost-effectiveness of their maintenance efforts, significantly reducing time spent by technicians removing tires only to determine that adequate pad life remains – or, worst case, discovering the pad is so worn that it has damaged the rotor or other components, requiring replacement of expensive parts.”

The Wear Sensing Advantage

Bendix air disc brake wear sensing technology consists of sensors mounted to the ADB pads that indicate when pad thickness is approaching a worn-out condition. The system records a diagnostic trouble code and signals a fleet’s office via telematics, if the truck or trailer has that capability. It can also be set up to alert technicians through a remote diagnostic unit (RDU). At the time of notification, sufficient pad life remains to enable the fleet or technician to schedule replacement service before it’s an emergency situation.

With Bendix wear sensing technology, fleets can reduce maintenance expenses by expending labor less often to measure friction. The technology also helps reduce expenses by enabling fleets to optimize their friction replacement schedules: Fleets can plan for replacement – rather than being forced to handle it immediately – and couple it with other maintenance, maximizing efficiency through the best use of their technicians.

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Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.