Bendix announces new automatic slack adjuster

Products Truck Parts and Service Staff April 7, 2010

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake announced it will introduce a new automatic slack adjuster with “industry-leading durability and an extended warranty in the field” during the third quarter. Called the Bendix Versajust, it will ease upgrades and replacement of all link-style adjusters including the Bendix ASA-5 model, according to the announcement.

“In designing the Versajust slack, we preserved all of the outstanding engineering elements of the ASA-5, while engineering new features to make it best in class,” said Mark Kromer, engineering manager for Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake (BSFB). “Among the capabilities we maintained was the infinite adjustment rate, which is unique in the industry and makes this slack adjuster less sensitive to varying temperatures and duty cycles than comparable designs. This advanced design was developed to combat the extreme corrosive environment seen by today’s vehicle undercarriage. Plus the slack’s design features industry-standard clevis pin dimensions, making it easy to install as a replacement part in the aftermarket.”

Ease of installation is improved with a design which eliminates the need for templates, special brackets, attachments or tools. BSFB said features of the Versajust include:

  • Patented bronze friction rings;
  • Increased corrosion resistance and stronger seals, making it more robust, longer lasting and conducive to severe environments and duty cycles;
  • Optimized adjustment rate for modern friction material and foundation brake designs; and
  • Simple replacement if competitive models through a design that accommodates welded yokes or link-style yokes already installed on air chambers with 1.3-inch pin-to-pin dimensions.

“Because of our high level of confidence in the robust design of the Versajust automatic slack adjuster, we will extend the warranty on the product to six years,” said Kromer. This six-year warranty will help to differentiate Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake from several other link-style automatic slack adjuster manufacturers.”