A vehicle’s brake system allows the driver to slow or stop the vehicle and prevents a stationary vehicle from moving. The major components of a vehicle’s brake system are calipers, rotors, drum brakes, master cylinder and vacuum booster, controlled brake modulator, brake pedal, park brake lever/pedal, cables, pipes, hoses, sensors. Some vehicle manufacturers prefer to purchase components separately, while others want to purchase a system or modules that are engineered to work together. A brake corner, for example, consists of a knuckle, a caliper/rotor or drum brake, a wheel bearing and various fasteners.
While there are many global manufacturers that can machine and assemble these components, BWIGroup is one of a select few that can provide fully integrated brake systems including controlled brakes as well as engineered components per customer requirements.
BWIGroup also has extensive experience designing and resolving issues related to customer requirements such as, brake roughness / pulsation, noise, pedal feel and brake wear life. This can lead to component changes that impact the overall brake system performance. Brake pad / lining selection for example is driven from a system perspective due its impact on system performance.
BWIGroup employs robust proprietary modeling tools for brake pedal feel and brake balance as well as thermal and brake wear prediction. Vehicle and lab test procedures (both proprietary and customer) are performed at our global technical centers. BWIGroup truly offers the value of brake system, component, and vehicle level knowledge.