U.S. Xpress selects Bendix as standard supplier of reman’d brake shoes

Nov. 3, 2014

Truckload carrier U.S. Xpress Enterprises has made remanufactured brake shoes from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems the standard brake shoe replacement for its vehicles, Bendix announced.

U.S. Xpress has over 8,000 tractors and 22,000 trailers.

For its friction choice on the remanufactured brake shoes, the carrier is primarily using Bendix Advanced BA202R, Bendix said. The friction is certified to maintain compliance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) mandate for Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD).

Bendix Advanced BA202R is part of Bendix’s three-tiered friction portfolio launched last year.

“We are proud of our position as a recognized industry leader when it comes to safety. It’s an essential part of everything we do. That’s why it was natural to align with Bendix. We know we’re getting a product we can count on. The shoes are safe, reliable, durable, and a good value,” said Gerald Mead, vice president of maintenance for U.S. Xpress Enterprises. “Our customers trust us to move their goods on time, every time. With the recent mandate for 30 percent reduction in stopping distance from NHTSA, Bendix was simply the right choice for us. Their RSD-compliant aftermarket friction offerings allow our fleet to maintain vehicle safety and stopping performance.”

Bendix coins 100% of its brake shoes to return the shoe to OE geometry so it will perform as designed by OE engineers. Additionally, to provide longer service life, Bendix reman shoes are treated with the company’s ProteX coating, a salt-spray-tested coating that virtually eliminates rust jacking, the company explained. Finally, to ensure correct lining attachment for maximum lining service, Bendix reman shoes are assembled with the same riveting procedure and quality checks used in OE production.

Bendix Advanced RSD – Bendix friction code BA202R – was introduced for safety-conscious fleets that want to maintain RSD compliance and performance after the initial service, and is approved for vehicles with Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWRs) up to 52,000 lbs.

Bendix produces reman shoes at its Huntington, IN, plant.

“We are very pleased that U.S. Xpress has chosen to partner with Bendix for replacement brake shoe solutions that meet its needs for safety, value, reliability, and efficiency,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales, marketing and business development. “We look forward to helping keep the U.S. Xpress trucks on the road with our technologies for a long time to come.”

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