The precision of the technological process allows us to adjust the thickness of the friction material to hundredths of a millimetre, and the control of the production process factors such as pressing pressure, firing temperature, infrared radiation are in line with the highest standards applicable in the OE and OES market.
Advanced composite material formulations consist of the highest quality ingredients, which are always checked against quality certificates and are mixed according to strict technological parameters to ensure one hundred per cent homogeneity of the friction compound.
Precision, fully automatic cutting of brake pad plates. The computer system ensures the highest quality and dimensional reproduction according to the parameters of OE products.
The purpose of the operation is to mechanically clean the brake pad plates of various types of contamination and to develop the surface of the connection with the friction material. Each production batch is inspected using a profilometer and also based on complex laboratory tests and controlled throughout the process using SPC methods.
The brake pad plates are coated with a top-quality adhesive to reinforce the connection to the friction material. Both the thickness of the applied adhesive layer and the surface coverage are always strictly controlled.
The process involves forming a friction material, bonded to a brake pad plate, under high temperature and pressure. Each block is pressed in accordance with the “Pressing technology sheet”. These sheets have been developed on the basis of years of experience and research to ensure that all pressed blocks are of equal quality.
“Pad heat treatment” aims to achieve optimum mechanical strength through the thermosetting friction material. This process ensures that the binders are homogeneously cross-linked so that uniform material properties are obtained throughout the pad.
A mechanical operation that involves the alignment of the friction pad surface by a modern surface grinder. The fully automated line constantly controls all process parameters. The aim is to achieve a product of uniform thickness. In selected pads, the bevels are additionally ground and the grooves cut according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
The process of tempering organic components from the top layer of the material in order to shorten the bed-in time of the brake pad. Modern infrared heaters are used to generate high firing temperatures, which ensure that the temperature of the operation remains stable and that the heat energy is delivered only to the surface of the friction material. A tempered brake pad provides high braking performance immediately after installation.
TOMEX brake pads are painted using the modern “Tribo” powder coating method. As a result, our products feature 100 per cent paint coverage, and ensuring a consistent paint thickness of 40-80 micrometres meets the requirements of both the OE and OES markets, as well as influencing the correct handling of the pad in the brake calliper.
The paint used also provides high thermal and chemical resistance to the product, ensuring that it remains effective throughout its service life (protection against aggressive external factors, corrosion). During the process, the thickness of the applied powder paint is controlled, which guarantees its even distribution over the entire surface.
Whenever the design of the braking system requires it, noise-dampening anti-squeak plates (SHIM) are used on TOMEX brake pads, i.e. a metal sheet coated on both sides with a special layer of rubber. The installation process is carried out hot under pressure and at the correct time, which guarantees maximum adhesion of the anti-squeak pad throughout the life of the pads.
Each production batch is tested and then released for sale by the Quality Control Department. The product thus prepared is then sent to the packaging plant and warehouse, and onward to distributors around the world.