Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC, has now produced more than 10 million units of remanufactured brake shoes, according to the company’s press release.
“We’ve got 40-plus years’ experience in remanufacturing, combined with decades of brake manufacturing leadership, so it’s no surprise that professionals across North America have come to expect the best from Bendix remanufactured brake shoes,” said Mark Holley, director of marketing and customer solutions, Wheel-End. “With Bendix, you’re not just getting a shoe that’s been cleaned up and had new friction attached: We return brake shoes to their original equipment (OE) specifications, so they’ll perform to safety and compliance standards while offering the cost advantages that come with choosing reman components.”
Bendix is involved in the development and manufacture of active safety, air management, and braking solutions for commercial vehicles. The company also handles the complete salvage, coining, and assembly processes of brake shoe remanufacturing at its Huntington, Indiana, facility.
The Bendix Remanufactured Shoe Center Opened in 2012 and expanded in 2014 to more than 74,000 square feet on the Bendix manufacturing campus in Huntington.
Bendix coins all of its brake shoes to return them to OE geometry, so they perform as designed by OE engineers.
“Without this step, an uncoined reman brake shoe will not have the correct geometry and may not provide full drum contact, resulting in unpredictable brake performance and uneven wear – regardless of whether it is relined with new friction,” Holley said. “Uncoined reman shoes may even pose problems with reinstallation of the drum.”
Bendix’s remanufacturing efforts include air compressors, air dryers, steering gears, air disc brake calipers, and electronic control system components.
“At Bendix, our focus is listening to our customers and meeting their needs, and it’s clear what they require in a reman brake shoe,” Holley said. “Every step of our remanufacturing process is focused on addressing those needs and providing equipment that keeps drivers safe and trucks on the road.”
Bendix supports and advances its remanufactured brake shoe product portfolio through field-tested sales and service professionals.
“It’s important for fleets to understand that to take full advantage of advanced safety systems, the wheel-end must be equipped with quality components.” Holley said. “That’s why it’s important to continue to utilize OE replacement friction when making replacement shoe decisions. That means choosing like-for-like friction to help maintain OE performance.”