The quality and condition of your brakes have a significant impact on your truck’s performance. A truck with an efficient braking system is easier to control in a variety of challenging driving conditions. This enables your trucks to reach destinations faster but more importantly, safer.
Investing in reliable brake pads can help you to prevent accidents, loss of property and road fatalities. Read on if you are interested in knowing more about Textar and the brake pad technology it deploys for heavy commercial vehicles.
Who is Textar?
Textar is a world-leading manufacturer of original equipment (OE) and aftermarket parts for European Trucks. It is a major brand that was developed by the TMD Friction Group, which was established in 1913.
TMD Friction’s brake systems are compatible with all the European truck brands. As such, Textar brake pads are installed as a standard feature in more than 70% of all commercial vehicles in Europe.
How Brake Pads Work
Brake pads consist of two parts, a steel backing plate and friction material or lining. The brake pad’s steel plates are mounted on the brake calliper with the friction material facing the brake disks.
The friction material or brake lining converts the kinetic energy in the truck’s wheels into thermal energy. This is done through friction between the brake pads and the disks. The brake pads are made from strong materials that can resist extreme temperatures without wearing out quickly.
Textar has developed a range of durable ways to join the backing plate to its friction material. Here are some examples
- Steel or Cast Plate with Brass pins
- Integral Cast plate with cast-on pins
- Weld-Mesh Steel plate
Here are a few innovative braking solutions that Textar has to offer.
1. Textar lightweight technology
Textar has developed a quality lightweight yet durable brake pad for the heavy vehicle industry. In the transport industry, any weight reduction can improve your truck’s fuel economy.
The new lightweight brake pads shed a considerable amount of weight from your truck without compromising on the brakes’ strength. The weight savings were all centred on the brake pads backing plate.
Also, Textar used the brake pad’s original shape and dimensions to fabricate the new lightweight design. This enhances the brake pad’s compatibility across a variety of platforms.
2. Textar Epad
The Textar Epad is a unique brake pad material designed to improve the driver comfort and performance of conventional braking systems. Using state-of-the-art friction technology, Textar developed brake linings that don’t produce any wheel dust. The following are some of the features that the new Epad is offering.
The formation and accumulation of dust particles on conventional brake pads are the main sources of unnecessary brake pad abrasion. The prevention of dust particle accumulation in the brake pads also reduces abrasion and accelerated wear and tear.
The Epad brake pad has a chamfered design, which contributes significantly to the reduction of noise. The epad system also contains dampening shims, which help to reduce your truck’s stopping distance. The dampening shims are also very effective in reducing the noise generated by the brake pads.
Long Service Life
Reduced rates of abrasions have increased the lifespan of the brake pads. With fewer abrasions, the rate of wear and tear is reduced significantly.
Textar has maintained a leading position in its field for decades because of its dedication to excellence and customer satisfaction. Every product goes through rigorous tests before it is launched commercially. The brake pad solutions discussed above went through road tests that covered up to 300,000 Km.