GRAPEVINE, Texas – DuraBrake this week will be exhibiting its lightweight steel shell brake drum at HDAW (booth 1831) in addition to its current brake drum and Air Disc Brake Rotor offering.
This brake drum is made using a formed steel outer shell for greater strength and then liquid cast iron is poured as the shell is spun centrifugally in order to ensure even distribution of the braking material.
The result is a lighter, stronger and safer brake drum. The steel shell is stronger than normal cast iron, so it prevents drum from shattering or falling apart in extreme circumstances. The steel shell allows weight to be 15-20 percent lighter than a normal cast drum leading to better fuel mileage and increased payloads.
Additionally, the new plant process has successfully achieved significant cost savings of 20 to 30 percent from the current offering of steel shell drums, to help expand the market.
“We introduced this product in order to offer our customers a premium, safer product at competitive pricing,” said Shaun Shroff, vice president of DuraBrake. “With increased volumes of lightweight drums needed, one day we should be able to offer this drum at the same pricing as a normal cast iron brake drum.”
DuraBrake™ Co. was started as Durametal Brake Co. in 1998 upon acquisition of the brake drum business from Durametal Corporation in Tualatin, Ore. Under new ownership, the goal of the company is to become the leader in brake drum, brake disc, and hub market for trucks, buses and off-highway vehicles.
DuraBrake™ strives for customer satisfaction through engineering design and metallurgy , quality systems and manufacturing experience. Customized part design for customer-desired performance and market share is why its customers come to them. As a niche supplier, their specialized services include supplying customers that need custom or hard-to-find brake drums for any quantity of parts. This is made possible by continuing to use flexible processes and quality systems used by Durametal Corporation for over 50 years. DuraBrake™ has manufacturing facilities domestically and worldwide as well as sales offices and warehouses.