Fleet management revolves around three key challenges: cost efficiency, vehicle reliability, and road safety.
One of the best ways to tick all three boxes is by specifying quality replacement parts.
This is especially true when it comes to brake pads. There are a lot of aftermarket options out there… and some of them are completely wrong for the fleet world.
Technicians instinctively understand the value of galvanization. They’ve worked with brake parts enough to know what will last and what won’t. In a recent survey, 92% of technicians identified galvanization as the best protection against rust and corrosion.
Brake pads are exposed to harsh road conditions and the most challenging environmental extremes, from thermal variation to contaminants like sand, salt, water, and ice. Winter is especially tough on brakes. According to Environment Canada, up to nine million tons of salt are deposited on Canadian roads every winter. The result for painted brake pads is predictable: corrosion and premature failure. The steel backing plate rusts, the paint that is meant to protect it chips off, and the adhesive that is meant to bond the friction material fails.
As the part deteriorates, operational challenges arise, including vibration, pulsation, and noise. Ultimately uneven wear, hairline fractures, material loss, edge lifting, and delamination increase stopping distances, and jeopardize road safety.
Check the heap of discarded brake pads from coast to coast to coast: most pads fail long before the friction material is worn down. Corrosion can take root and destroy brake components in a matter of months. That means fleet vehicles are routinely pulled off the road for repairs at very short intervals and valuable payloads are held up unnecessarily.
And it’s not just passenger vehicles. Earlier this year, nearly 1,600 commercial motor vehicles in the U.S. and Canada—approximately 13.8 percent of vehicles examined—were removed from roadways on an unannounced Brake Safety Day for brake violations.
Frequent brake service is an inconvenience that costs fleets money, time, and efficiency, reducing profits and compromising customer satisfaction scores.
But there is a solution.
Galvanized steel brake pads meet the challenge of the road, preventing corrosion, retaining structural integrity throughout the life of the friction, and remaining fully functional until the friction material has given up its last millimeter of useful life. Notably, throughout their life, galvanized brake pads require only a quarter of the time in the bay for repair or replacement – particularly for vehicles that face high-shear and high-load situations. That’s four times as much time on the road.
For fleet managers, that’s a very attractive prospect indeed.
NRS Brakes is a world leader in galvanized brake pads, offering premium products that eliminate the destructive effects of corrosion. NRS brake pads are fully protected against the elements, which means they last longer, there’s less downtime, and maintenance costs are dramatically reduced.
Furthermore, NRS brake pads feature an award-winning mechanical attachment system that affixes friction material permanently onto the backing plate, offering next-level quality, safety, reliability, and performance. Imagine shark teeth with a bite that doesn’t let go. The patented technology is far superior to adhesives which cannot withstand high operating temperatures.
Even under extreme loads, friction material held by the shark teeth remains firmly affixed to the backing plate through the entire life of the pad. The galvanized steel teeth embedded directly into the friction material simply will not let go, eliminating vibration, a leading cause of brake noise.
To further combat unwanted operational noise, NRS Brakes has created a revolutionary noise-cancelling piston insert that reduces noisy stops by over 90%. The unique device has a free-floating design to absorb vibration for quieter braking. It snaps easily into place, and it comes standard with every set of NRS Brakes.
Research and development
NRS Brakes’ patented mechanical attachment system is a product of unparalleled commitment to research and development. Its pads are computer-designed, lab tested, and road proven.
NRS Brakes technology is changing the disc brake friction replacement industry and has become the top choice for quality-conscious professionals.
With zero attachment failures, NRS Brakes offers a unique warranty: a free replacement for any brake that fails due to delamination or friction separation.
Even under extreme loads, friction material held by the shark teeth remains firmly affixed to the backing plate through the entire life of the pad.
Return on investment
Researchers have found that the costs associated with vehicle downtime are typically higher than what fleets anticipate. In fact, some estimate that the yearly cost of downtime is as much as eight times what management tends to forecast.
The obvious cost is the repair necessary to get the vehicle back on the road again. But the loss of productivity and reputation is harder to measure. Suffice to say that when you can’t meet your targets and deadlines, your entire business suffers.
Fleet managers and operators, responsible for safe and efficient transportation, understand the value of achieving return-on-investment targets. Keeping vehicles on the road, where they can make money, is a key objective.
NRS Brakes is part of that solution.
Galvanized steel brake pads with mechanical attachments offer fleet managers a clear path to improved ROI.
And NRS Brakes is a true partner to fleets, with preferential pricing, volume discounts, and annual rebates.
Poor quality brake pads result in profitability issues for fleets. They can’t afford safety concerns, increased time off road, frequent replacement intervals, and higher repair bills.
Inconsistent performance is every fleet manager’s nightmare. Don’t let it happen to you!