Bendix is crunching the numbers.
The company announced Tuesday at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV) in Atlanta that it has introduced an easy-to-use online value calculator to help fleets determine whether air disc brakes are the best option for their businesses.
Bendix says the new ADB value calculator, available at ValuebyBendix.com, is designed to help fleets understand what savings opportunities are available if they spec all wheel ADB22X air disc brakes on their tractors and ADB22X-LT on their trailers.
“There’s a reason the industry is turning to air disc brakes in ever-increasing numbers. Their advantages, from safety performance to lower total cost of ownership (TCO), are very compelling,” says Keith McComsey, director of marketing and customer solutions at Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake (BSFB). “Since 2005, when we introduced our first ADB to the North American marketplace, Bendix has been committed to supporting fleets, owner-operators, and truck manufacturers with this technology in every way possible. That means meeting and exceeding demand, while developing tools like the Bendix ADB value calculator to help them carefully consider various brake system options.”
Bendix says fleets can go to the website, enter basic fleet information specific to their braking practices and needs, and receive a report to help them decide if spec’ing all-wheel air disc brakes over foundation drum brakes makes financial sense. The user-friendly tool asks for information ranging from drum brake friction and maintenance costs to estimated Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) violation costs for out-of-adjustment drum brakes, the company adds.
“Through the information we ask the fleet to provide, the tool produces a comparison of how air disc brakes may offset initial ADB option upcharges and provide lower total cost of ownership over the life of the vehicle,” McComsey says. “This calculator is a helpful guide for fleets looking at ADB, plus it’s a straightforward process that’s not time-consuming.”