Bludot Manufacturing

Bludot highlighting new products, custom capabilities

Jan. 17, 2020
Indiana-based trailer brake systems manufacturer, under new ownership, making first appearance at NATM Show in Las Vegas

Bludot Manufacturing, a North American supplier of custom pre-packaged trailer brake systems, will showcase new brake line materials during its first trip to the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) Show.

The trailer brake systems manufacturer, established in 1975 in South Bend IN, is under new ownership and “aggressively” seeking to expand its product offerings and customer service systems.

The NATM Convention & Trade Show is slated for Feb 11-13 at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas NV.

“Bludot will be showcasing several new product offerings to distributors and OEM customers this year,” said Patrick Turley, the new president and co-owner of the firm. “Bludot has been a quality brand in the trailer brake industry for decades. We are in the process of enhancing our current high level of customer service with modernized product delivery systems to accommodate today’s fast-paced production levels.

“We also have some new materials and production capabilities to announce.”

Turley said Bludot will highlight its new copper nickel brake lines at the show. In many cases, the new lines offer a more affordable alternative to stainless steel brake lines, while offering strong corrosion resistance, the company maintained. Copper nickel lines also are DOT-approved for hydraulic use, Turley added.

“We are finding that the new copper nickel is easier to work with than stainless steel,” he said. “Although we continue to provide stainless to customers who require it, stainless can be a bit harder to work with on the assembly line due to the hardness of the material. The copper nickel is easier to bend and flare and provides tighter seals. Copper nickel is growing in popularity with our OEMs and parts distributors needing custom bending and pre-packaged, batched kits for manufacturing assembly lines and repair shops.” 

In addition to the new brake line materials at NATM, Bludot will showcase its custom bending capabilities.

“We now have the capability to provide OEMs with custom bending of brake lines in an infinite array of angles and engineering specifications to meet the demands of any trailer,” Turley said. “Ordering pre-bent tubing can dramatically improve the efficiency of the OEM manufacturing process by reducing labor and scrap while improving consistency of installation.”       

Bludot provides an array of trailer brake systems designed to meet specifications of a wide range of trailer products and manufacturing budgets for OEM trailer manufacturers, assemblers and maintenance facilities. Each system is uniquely engineered using high-quality custom fabrication and pre-assembled components. 

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