Meritor WABCO Announces Air Disc Brake Availability on Meritor Trailer Suspensions
TROY, Mich. (June 21, 2010) – Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems has announced the availability of its patented single piston PAN 22 Series air disc brake on three Meritor trailer suspensions – the new Meritor Trailing Arm air suspension 23,000 lb. unit, and RideSentry air-ride trailer suspension (MPA 20 and 38/40,000 lb.) models. The brake can be specified immediately.
With the new Meritor integrated weld on the axle’s torque plate, an aluminum hub, flat style rotor and axle ratings up to 23,000 lbs., the air disc brake model has become one of the lightest disc brakes packages available today. The lightweight and long pad life single piston air disc brake utilizes WABCO’s tested and field proven technology.
An optimized pad size increases lining life to maximize vehicle up time. An integral molded friction pad virtually eliminates rustjacking.
“We continue to expand the availability of PAN 22 – which is now available on the most popular trailer suspensions in the industry,” said Mark Melletat, director of Trailer Systems and field operations for Meritor WABCO. “Our reliable internal-sealed, automatic adjuster lessens brake out of adjustments, along with minimal fade. This provides uniform stopping performance, which is especially important with the demands of today’s highly congested roadways. It’s a cost effective and lightweight solution that is optimized for on-highway line haul axle ratings up to and including 23,000 lbs., and ideal with 22.5 inch wheels.”
At 79 pounds including pads, the PAN 22 weighs less than any other air disc brake in its class. Unique brake design that results in fewer parts to service. It also delivers powerful braking torque performance—up to 24,000 Nm. It has larger, thicker pads than competitive designs, which results in longer pad replacement intervals.
Melletat added that the brake is perfect for customers who want the outstanding stopping performance, directional stability, and superior fade resistance of an air disc brake but “at a life-cycle cost that adds value to trailers.”
Meritor WABCO1 is a joint venture of ArvinMeritor, (NYSE:ARM) and the WABCO Automotive Control Systems, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of WABCO Holdings, Inc.
WABCO Vehicle Control Systems (NYSE: WBC) is a leading supplier of safety and control systems for commercial vehicles. For over 140 years, WABCO has pioneered breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, stability, and transmission automation systems supplied to the world’s leading commercial truck, trailer, and bus manufacturers. With sales of $1.5 billion in 2009, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com.
ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket for the transportation and industrial sectors. The company marked its centennial anniversary in 2009, celebrating a long history of 'forward thinking.' The company serves commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets, and light vehicle manufacturers. ArvinMeritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM. For important information about the company, visit the company's Web site at: http://www.arvinmeritor.com.
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1 Meritor WABCO products are available in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
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