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R&D Key To Success Of TRW Braking Range

by Digital Mayne Media

For more than 100 years the TRW brand – part of ZF Aftermarket – has earned a reputation as an expert in automotive braking and safety systems.

ZF’s Aftermarket Division is leading the field with TRW OE quality braking components for passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, heavy commercial vehicles, as well as motorcycles, with products also covering steering and suspension.

Available throughout Oceania via ZF Services Australia, the TRW brake program offers over 9,000 part numbers, with the range featuring superior solutions for a wide array of applications, covering the majority of the local car parc.

The range covers brake pads and discs, as well as companion products like brake hoses, brake fluid, brake grease and brake cleaner.

Safety is at the forefront for ZF, conducting rigorous testing of all items, giving vehicle manufacturers, aftermarket suppliers, workshops, and ultimately consumers, the confidence to trust the wide array of products available from its brands.

RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION
The success of the TRW range has largely grown thanks to the focus on ongoing research and development programs, which are carried out with extensive input from vehicle manufacturers globally.

In recent times, ZF’s Aftermarket Division has focused on developing products specifically for the e-Drivetrain market, which has resulted in many new innovations, including the TRW Electric Blue brake pad for electric and hybrid vehicles, which limits noise and vibration while reducing brake dust.

Products such as TRW Electric Blue are the result of ongoing consultation with vehicle manufacturers on future product lines, with recent trends seeing development centre on regenerative braking systems, vehicle motion control surrounding automated/autonomous driving, reducing CO2 emissions, as well as digitalisation.

Another instance of innovative technology in play is the advanced copper-free COTEC coating applied to the friction material of all TRW brake pads as standard.

Produced from natural occurring silicates, the treatment allows for improvements of 7m in stopping distance when fitted new.

TRW DTEC brake pads take the COTECcoated range to the next level, by reducing rim surface dust by up to 45 per cent, all while making significantly less noise.Green credentials are also at the heart of the design and production of the braking range.

TRW brake pads are produced using Powder Adhesive Technology, which bonds the pad to the carrier plate without the use of solvent-based adhesives.

By using powder, a total of 150 tonnes of solvents are eliminated from the manufacturing process each year, a process which was honoured with the Partslife Environmental Award for 2019.

This manufacturing takes place in fully automated factories, which feature the latest in cutting edge systems, such as scientific manufacturing employing statistical quality control methodology, which works hand-in-hand with the environmental production aims.

These practices have led to ISO/TS 16949 and ISO 14001 certification.

Ultimately, the high level of precision in the manufacturing process produces final products that conform to exact tolerances, which in the workshop, provides hasslefree fitment.

The TRW brand is also a leader in the fields of Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS), Electric Park Brakes (EPB), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Integrated Brake Control Systems (IBC), vacuum boosters, brake callipers, as well as new-generation drum brake systems.

For further information on the TRW braking range, visit TRWbraking.com.au

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