Webb Wheel Products debuted its new Vortex drum brake package this week at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting in Tampa. According to Webb, the Vortex is a ”high-performance, cost-efficient solution for fleets looking for the best alternative” to meet the new stopping distance regulations.”
Webb noted that over the next year, it will expand the number of vehicle applications for the Vortex drum to include drums for larger and/or wider S-cam drum brakes, which many fleets will choose as their option given the new stopping-distance regulation.
The company believes drum brakes will be the best stopping-distance solution for many fleets because:
- Weight. Since fleet have already incurred additional weight associated with diesel emission regulations, weight will continue to be a key consideration in new vehicle specs
- Cost. Lower overall lifecycle cost for drums.
- Serviceability. Fleets will be more interested in technology that uses existing maintenance procedures and technician knowledge.
- Parts. Nationwide availability of drum parts minimizes vehicle downtime
“The Vortex drum is lighter than standard drums, yet is manufactured from the same, reliable ‘grey iron’ material,” noted Ken Kelley, Webb vp. “They also run cooler because of the Vortex’s unique patented design reduces wall thickness and offers a centerline squealer band plus external ribs. The superior heat dissipation characteristics of the Vortex drums can maximize lining life and reduce life cycle costs.”