ArvinMeritor, Inc. has announced its Commercial Vehicle Systems business group has been awarded a three-year contract to supply its Meritor Q Plus cam brakes to Volvo Trucks North America, Inc. Under the agreement Meritor Q Plus brakes will continue to be standard equipment on all Volvo trucks sold in North America.

According to ArvinMeritor, its standard Q Plus brake offering is designed to reduce brake system maintenance and downtime. The brake design features linings with extra thickness at the maximum wear point; heavy-duty shoe return springs; and parts commonality between steer, drive and trailer

The company added that its High-Performance Q Plus cam brake offering consists of larger 16.5" x 5" brakes on the front steer axle coupled with standard 16.5" x 7" brakes on the rear axle. ArvinMeritor said this package is designed to provide 30 to 60% more brake torque than conventional cam brakes—to provide 20 to 25% shorter stopping distances on typical tractor-trailer rigs. And the front steer axle brake comes with 65% more wearable lining volume than the standard 15" x 4" brakes, to extend service life.

Both standard and High-Performance Q Plus brakes for the Volvo contract will be provided through ArvinMeritor facilities in Manning, S.C., and Tilbury, Ont.