Sphere Brakes, LLC is making history by developing the first sphere brake system. Our patented technology leverages inherent design to outperform disc and drum brake systems in a much smaller package, unlocking new opportunities for multiple industries.
Meet the Founder
A.J. Lewis, P.M.P., Co-Founder and CEO

AJ is a technologist and licensed project manager.  He has demonstrated leadership over 21 years through successful military and business management.  Prior to co-founding Sphere Brakes, LLC, Aaron served 12 years in the US Army as a decorated military officer while leading several business operations at GE Transportation in Erie, PA.  He is named inventor on 5 sphere brake patents and holds a Master’s Degree from Penn State University.

Jason Pintea

Lean Leader

Joe Fiore

Director of R&D

Build – Measure – Learn

We are unlike our competitors because we leverage the power of the Build – Measure – Learn feedback loop to deliver new brake systems at a fraction of the cost while operating with flexibility as a lean start up in the auto industry. The strengths of Sphere Brakes are its people, practices, and unwavering customer service.

1. People

Our team consists of high achievers with unquestionable integrity.  The value-add is immediately evident when interacting with clients and manifests itself through the feedback we receive from our customers and partners.

2. Practices

We fit our solutions to the customer, not the other way around.  We tailor to each individual customer based on their requirements and organization structure and processes through routine Voice of Customer (VOC) visits and meetings, confirming to ISO 9000 and 21500 standards in quality and project management.

3. Customer Service

We are with our customers every step of the way.  Whether we visit local maintenance shops, regional fleet owners, or conduct MVP review days showcasing and assessing products in development – our hands-on approach ensures that an engagement will not end until our customers and partners are completely satisfied with the deliverables.

Sphere Brakes perform. I'm very excited about Sphere brakes for a few reasons. It performs as-good and better than a disc brake with less up-front and maintenance costs. It's much safer for our technicians to replace the brake pad because you do not have to remove the wheel. For these reasons, we're excited to integrate Sphere Brakes into our fleet. - Harold H. Bender - President, Team Hardinger


Disc and drum brakes were invented at the turn of the 20th century, back when electricity was in it’s infancy. AJ invented the first sphere brake more than 110 years later while serving in Kuwait, heading into Iraq. The sphere brake unlocks new value to any industry leveraging more surface area in a smaller diameter. These systems directly compete in size, weight and performance. We are focused on optimizing this sphere brake technology by aligning with strategic partners in multiple industries.
Air and AOH Sphere Brakes

In service brake applications, the patented sphere brake technology leverages new v-channel shaft actuation in compression.  When the brake is applied, segmented hemispherical pads enclose on an outer segmented sphere surface.  This inherent design allows multi-directional brake force application around the brake surface generating more torque with a smaller brake effective diameter.

Sphere Driveline Brakes

In driveline applications, the sphere brake mounts in line with the drive shaft between the transmission and drive axles; It’s actuated by an electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, or hydraulic system controlled by the driver.  Like the service brake, hemispherical pads compress around the sphere brake surface typically in an enclosed housing.

Press Releases


Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) has partnered with Sphere Brakes, LLC to stimulate economic growth and development in Pennsylvania.  For more than 31 years, BFTP has provided both early-stage, technology-based firms and established manufacturers with funding, business and technical expertise, and access to a network of innovative expert resources.  BFTP is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and is funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority.  http://benfranklin.org

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

Sphere Brakes, LLC has partnered with the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute (LTI) to conduct vehicle testing and MVP reviews.  LTI is Penn State University’s (PSU) transportation research center.  Since its founding in 1968, LTI has maintained a threefold mission of research, education and service.  The Institute brings together top faculty, world-class facilities and enterprising students from across the University in partnership with public and private stakeholders to address critical transportation-related problems.  http://www.pti.psu.edu

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Contact Details

We want to hear from you!  Please use the contact form to submit your message, or call us directly at (814) 898-4321 x266.  We promise to get back to you in an extremely timely fashion.

Business Location:
2008 East 33rd Street
Erie, PA 16510

Mailing Address:
2012 East 33rd Street
Erie, PA 16510

(814) 898-4321 x266

Tel: (814) 898-4321

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