Bendix Air Discs Now Standard on Peterbilt’s Steer Axles

Air disc brakes supplied by Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake are now standard on the steer axle of all Peterbilt Motors Co. Class 8 trucks.

The ADB22X is a lightweight air disc brake package designed to reduce stopping distances, something the manufacturer regards as vital as new mandatory stopping distances begin to phase in this fall.

“We are proud to be awarded standard position at Peterbilt,” said Walt Frankiewicz, president of Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake. “This honor is an endorsement of the superior performance capabilities of the ADB22X air disc brake, as well as an expression of trust in our ability to provide the exceptional service and support that Peterbilt’s customers expect.” According to Bendix, the ADB22X offers longer brake life; virtually eliminates brake fad with no degradation of stopping power; and permits straight, stable stops with a “passenger car-like feel.”

Peterbilt is the first major heavy truck OEM to offer air disc brakes as a standard fitment across its product line, Bendix said. On Aug. 1, 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will require a 30% reduction in stopping distance for new three-axle tractors with a GVWR up to 59,600 lbs. Tractors with two axles, as well as severe-service tractors with GVWRs above 59,600 lbs., must comply with the new mandate by Aug. 1, 2013.

“Peterbilt is committed to providing our customers braking solutions that comply with the reduced stopping distance regulations, while enhancing safety, reducing maintenance costs, and delivering high performance,” said Landon Sproull, Peterbilt chief engineer. “Bendix helps us offer this level of quality.”

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