WABCO Introduces Suite of Innovations in Intelligent Trailer Program; Further Enhances Electronic Braking and Air Suspension for Trailers
As a result of the company's deep understanding of its customers' needs, WABCO's new Intelligent Trailer Program further automates the vehicle and actively supports original equipment manufacturers, trailer owners and truck drivers. It improves their daily operations through increased vehicle performance, safer operation, more efficient loading and unloading, and more cost efficient maintenance.
New functions such as OptiLoad(TM) , OptiTurn(TM) , Tilt Alert and Bounce Control are featured on the E1 version of the company's Trailer EBS E generation, marking the latest innovation in WABCO's industry-leading Trailer EBS series that was launched in 1998. As of 2008, WABCO has sold more than 843,000 trailer electronic braking systems worldwide.
"WABCO pioneered trailer electronic braking systems in 1998, and we have been driving Trailer EBS innovation ever since based on our deep connectivity with trailer builders, fleet managers, truck drivers and workshop mechanics around the world," said Nick Rens, WABCO Vice President, Aftermarket and Trailer Systems. "Our newest version of Trailer EBS continues to set the industry's benchmark for end-user benefits, demonstrating our passion to help transport professionals reduce costs while further improving safety and protecting their profitability."
New OptiLoad automatically redistributes cargo weight over the truck-trailer combination. As a trailer's cargo is partially delivered along its route, the remaining cargo can exceed the legal maximum weight limit on the truck's rear axle. With new OptiLoad and existing air bellows, the trailer's suspension system redistributes load weight without physically moving any cargo. It helps truck drivers and fleet operators remain in compliance with regulations for maximum weight per axle while preventing axle damage due to excessive weight.
New OptiTurn automatically recognizes curves and reduces tire friction on rear axle wheels by partially or fully lifting the axle when the vehicle navigates curves at low speed and maneuvers at loading docks, eliminating the scraping of tires on the road surface. Using existing air suspension bellows, new OptiTurn can replace steering axles and significantly reduces tire wear. It also allows dispatchers to schedule delivery routes via smaller roads as drivers can maneuver short turns more easily.
New Tilt Alert assists truck drivers to safely operate trailers that raise one end to unload. It warns drivers when the tilting angle reaches the trailer's physical limits of stability. This means increased safety for drivers and vehicles alike.
New Bounce Control prevents a trailer from pulsing up and down as brakes are released after the cargo has been loaded or unloaded. It improves safety in the loading zone and avoids damaging vehicles or loading docks.
WABCO's Trailer E1 version continues to feature roll stability support (RSS) as well as an operating data recorder that registers the trailer's technical data much like an airplane's black box. It can be optionally equipped with SmartBoard, an easy-to-use control box that graphically displays the trailer's critical real-time operating information in a choice of 15 different languages.
WABCO Fahrzeugsysteme GmbH
WABCO Vehicle Control Systems (NYSE: WBC) is a leading supplier of safety and control systems for commercial vehicles. For over 140 years, WABCO has pioneered breakthrough electronic, mechanical and mechatronic technologies for braking, stability, and transmission automation systems supplied to the world's leading commercial truck, trailer, and bus manufacturers. With sales of $2.6 billion in 2008, WABCO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com