PORTLAND, OREGON…Freightliner Trucks now offers ConMet® CastLite® brake drums for all truck models in the product line. These newly-available brake drums are designed to deliver significant weight savings and improved performance with a lower cost premium than other lightweight drum designs.
CastLite brake drums are available for a wide-range of medium- and heavy-duty vehicle applications. Rigorous specifications and precision machining eliminate vibrations and ensure optimum performance.
“The unique design and quality manufacturing of the ConMet CastLite brake drum make it an excellent option for our medium- and heavy-duty customers,” says Mark Lampert, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Freightliner Trucks.
The brake drums achieve significant weight savings due to a computer-optimized, patent-pending shape. This unique shape allows for up to 15-percent weight reduction over standard, full-cast brake drums while maintaining a high level of durability and performance.
Additionally, the shape of the brake drum offers more surface area for increased cooling and better overall braking capabilities. The drums are made of industry-standard gray iron, a material that provides excellent heat transfer. Optimized heat transfer improves the cooling process, allowing the drum shape to remain consistent even after extensive brake usage.
CastLite brake drums feature a pocket-flange design which reduces weight and improves clamping performance and an improved squealer band which offers better section stiffness for shorter stopping distances.
The ConMet CastLite brake drums are available on all Freightliner Truck models with 10,000-14,700 steer and pusher/tag axles with 15x4 air cam brakes (13,200 pounds per axle) or R-series drive and pusher/tag axles with 16.5x7 air cam brakes (23,000 pounds per axle).
Freightliner Trucks is a division of Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner Trucks produces and markets Class 5-8 trucks and is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.