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Always Fit Genuine BPW Brake Shoes For Performance And Security

Transport operators today face an ever-growing number of costs and regulations, which can affect their profitability. To succeed in this environment reliability is key for the modern fleet engineer, looking to maximise fleet utilisation and minimise trailer downtime. It is perhaps these pressures that has seen a growing shift in the industry towards replacing brake shoes in their entirety, and moving away from relining. Traditionally, relining is seen as a less costly alternative to new brake shoes, although in the long run, this can prove to be a false economy, from both a safety and performance perspective.

With new brake shoes, this removes the possibility of new trailers being fitted with old, worn and damaged brake platforms, which can result in the incidence of brake noise, vibration and premature lining degradation. All new BPW brake shoes are supplied complete with rollers, removing the problem of seized or damaged rollers caused by shot blasting. This damage can affect the braking performance and cause impact wear on the camshaft.

BPW has long recommended fitting new brake shoes to get the most out of your BPW axle and suspension systems. This is not just a sales ploy, but because the friction surfaces of BPW brake pads and linings are specially matched to compliment the metallurgy in BPW disc or drum brakes. It is this important detail that ensures the best possible braking and wear behaviour for your trailer.

Long service life doesn’t happen by chance. The low wear on BPW brake drums and shoes is the result of many years of experience and extensive testing to ensure that it delivers consistent, efficient braking and that the wear components remain constant, right to the end of their service life. This is of particular importance where the brake drum torque is higher and the shoes are from the smaller brake sizes that are used with 19.5, 17.5 and 15.0 inch wheels, such as those on double-deckers, where the increased height also increases the braking challenges.

Renowned for their quality engineering, BPW’s manufacturing sets our brake shoes apart from the competition. Made in BPW’s own factory using a specially developed steel alloy, the pressed and cold-hardened shoes are dip-coated with zinc-phosphating (KTLZN) for enhanced surface protection, a cataphoretic process that takes 4 hours. As the brake shoe is profiled to optimally match the BPW brake drum, there is no difference between BPW’s OE and the Aftermarket. So, for a long and safe service life with low operating costs, it pays to fit new BPW genuine brake shoes everytime. Call your local IFA Member to order.

Image: Brake shoe production in BPW's Brüchermühle factory using a specially-developed steel alloy.

Video: To watch our new video showing the brake shoe production process visit www.bpw.co.uk/parts or our YouTube channel BPWUK www.youtube.com/user/BPWUK

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