PRATTVILLE, Ala. – Fras-le North America will showcase new designs at Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) 2020, one of the leading U.S. commercial vehicle aftermarket conferences held in Grapevine, Texas, from January 27th to 30th.
Fras-le will use the technology it has been applying to each new line of product development: smart materials and trend anticipation. One of the highlights will be the newly launched GRN Tech, a copper-free air brake pad, which offers a longer useful life, without harming the environment.
GRN Tech formulations are already in compliance with Level N regulations, which limits the coefficients of heavy metals, in this case copper, is required to be less than 0.5 percent of the weight. Fras-le has anticipated the increased level of U.S. environmental regulations, by restricting the use of copper in its friction material and eliminating by 2025.
GRN Tech is manufactured from an innovative formula, providing increased braking efficiency and rotor and pad durability. The product already is being used in fleets within the United States, Europe, and Brazil with extremely positive results, meeting the highest requirements and performance standards of OEM customers.
“It is a unique product because, in addition to being environmentally friendly and technologically advanced, it offers the OEM market a quality, state-of-the-art, copper-free solution that exceeds the highest performance expectations,” said Fras-la North America Unit Director Anderson Pontalti.
The development is the result of years of Fras-le engineering studies and intensive testing in our own labs and the Randon Technology Center (CTR) world-class innovation hub. Pontalti noted that, thanks to its innovative stance, the company was recently recognized as the “2019 Industry of the Year” by the Prattville, Ala. Chamber of Commerce, where it owns a hydraulic and air pad plant.
Hydraulic Brakes and Medium Commercial Vehicles
Fras-le also brings two other high-tech solutions to HDAW 2020, with specific developments that are already widely accepted in the North American market. For school bus, ambulance, and truck applications, the Copper-free Extreme Service hydraulic brake pads ensure increased durability and braking efficiency under severe conditions, demonstrating high performance at high temperature.