Source: Diesel News
The following is excerpted from a post in Australia’s Diesel News on TRW aftermarket-brake components for the commercial-vehicle segment:
ABS anti-lock braking systems, auto-response braking electronics, high-tech carbon and ceramic brake system materials have all contributed to improved safety, putting a stop on poor braking performance in both passenger cars and heavy vehicles. The latest automotive braking systems have revolutionized the way vehicles stop.
When it comes to heavy vehicles in particular, despite the significant advances in braking systems brought about by modern electronics, at the core of every stop made are mechanical components that fundamentally haven’t changed for decades.
Brake discs and drums, brake calipers and brake pads and shoes are the primary parts that make up a commercial vehicle’s braking system, all of which require regular inspections and replacement due to wear.
In 2018, TRW was centrally involved in the creation in Europe of new minimum performance standards for brake pads and shoes, discs and drums. As a result, its brake components all comply with the latest ECE R90 regulations.
Recognizing that with commercial vehicles, time can be money and that downtime is money lost, TRW brake parts are available as kits which include all accessories and instructions for fast fitment.
The components themselves are manufactured to the highest quality and in the case of brake discs, are precision machined on sophisticated CNC machines to the tightest tolerances to ensure consistent minimum DTV (Disc Thickness Variation) and true running, to avoid shudder.
This consistency also ensures a hassle-free fit right first time, while matching the original-equipment specifications determined by the vehicle manufacturer. When it comes to replacement, ZF Aftermarket offers two types of TRW aftermarket discs – High Carbon Discs and Cast Iron Discs.
The advantages of High Carbon Discs include optimal thermal conductivity which promotes cooler running for more consistent braking performance and reduced wear. This in turn delivers increased resistance to distortion and cracking, and ultimately a quieter, shudder-free driving experience.