Auto Service World
Feature   February 1, 2003   by Auto Service World

A New Standard for Brakes

A new performance certification procedure, the Brake Effectiveness Evaluation Procedure (BEEP), has been introduced into the aftermarket.

Created by the Brake Manufacturers Council (BMC) of the Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), the guideline is designed to provide brake and shoe performance that is consistent with OE requirements.

“BEEP is the culmination of more than 10 years of hard work and collaboration between numerous brake manufacturers and an SEA taskforce which aimed to develop a comprehensive procedure for friction performance to be evaluated in a viable manner,” says Walter Britland, BEEP chairman and director of aftermarket engineering for Federal-Mogul Corp.

The certification uses the SAE J2430 procedure for testing.

BEEP-certified products will carry a seal on packaging, literature, and promotional materials.

Britland says that the BEEP certification provides confidence to the end user that he is receiving high-quality product manufactured by QS9000/ISO9001 certified companies, and provides the technician a guideline to compare brake pad and shoe products.

Though several companies have been through the certification procedure, Jobber News was unable to determine if any products are currently being marketed with the BEEP certification.