How is the braking system optimized for North American tractor trailer combinations?
One size does not fit all when it comes to brakes. Until now, the assumption has been that a standard European configuration transfers seamlessly to the North American market.
As we researched the migration of air disc brakes from Europe to North America, we discovered that not much analysis had been done to understand how a European brake design functions in North America or how the differences in NAFTA tractor-trailer combinations could dictate a distinct air disc brake design for this market.
For instance, differences in wheel base dimensions on vehicles in Europe versus North America translates to contrasts in workload distribution on typical NAFTA tractor trailer combinations compared to European vehicles. Other factors including regulations, certifications and maintenance practices contribute to the unique performance characteristics required for each market.
The MAXX22T brake system is tuned to match the performance needs of a typical North American trailer and is approved for brake performance in 20,000 pound applications or up to 23,000 pound applications with appropriate tire SLR. See L809 for Brake Certifications.