WABCO displays Technology Showcase Trailer at MATS
Thursday, March 23, 2017
by THE TRUCKER STAFF
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — WABCO, a global supplier of technologies that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, is introducing its Technology Showcase Trailer at the 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show under way here.
The Technology Showcase Trailer highlights WABCO innovations through hands-on, interactive displays and demonstrations of industry-leading safety and efficiency technologies, as well as comprehensive wheel-end solutions, according to Jon Morrison, WABCO President, Americas.
Morrison listed innovations found on the trailer:
Air Disc Brakes (ADB): WABCO MAXXUS heavy-duty ADB for trucks and MAXX22T ADB for trailers deliver high-performance braking power fueled by its industry-leading single-piston design, he said. With 25 percent fewer parts, WABCO ADB feature superior reliability, faster serviceability and expanded service intervals of up to twice that of traditional drum brakes. In addition, WABCO MAXXUS ADB reduces stopping distances up to 10 percent compared to today’s average drum brakes.
MAXX22T is the unique ADB system for trailer applications in North America. The system combines WABCO’s leading braking technologies with Hendrickson’s INTRAAX and VANTRAAX integrated suspension systems. WABCO’s MAXX22T contributes to WABCO and Hendrickson’s system offering overall weight reduction of up to 100 lbs. on tandem axle trailers, thereby helping to improve vehicle fuel efficiency and enable an increase in transport payload.
WABCO OptiFlow AutoTail: The first aerodynamic tail in the U.S. to feature automatic deployment and retraction, WABCO’s OptiFlow AutoTail delivers fuel savings of up to 4.3 percent at highway speeds, Morrison said, adding that WABCO’s OptiFlow AutoTail deploys and retracts tail panels based on driving speed as determined by sensors linked to WABCO’s Trailer Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS). The device automatically deploys at vehicle speeds of 45 mph ensuring it is consistently used at speeds that maximize aerodynamic fuel savings. The tail panels automatically retract at a vehicle speed of 10 mph.
TRISTOPTM D Brake Chambers: WABCO’s innovative brake chambers for air disc and drum brakes feature an Internal Breathing Valve (IBV). This technology allows only clean, dry air from the braking system to enter the braking chamber, protecting against contamination and corrosion and thereby improving vehicle uptime and reducing service costs.
Integrated Vehicle Tire Monitoring (IVTM) System: WABCO’s IVTM system continuously monitors and displays tire pressure data, enabling commercial vehicle operators to maintain optimal tire pressure. This helps extend tire life, improves safety and reduces downtime. In addition, optimizing tire pressure helps avoid under-inflation, a major contributor to increased fuel consumption. Leveraging telematics, tire pressure data is shared with fleet managers and dispatchers, helping to optimize scheduled maintenance.
WABCO EasyFitTM Automatic Slack Adjuster: WABCO EasyFit is a maintenance-free brake adjuster with clearance sensing, the most efficient adjustment design. Simple and quick to install, it maintains a constant clearance between brake lining and drum even under extreme temperature conditions and features best-in-class corrosion protection. WABCO EasyFit significantly reduces service costs as it eliminates the need for quarterly brake service.
Visitors to the Technology Showcase Trailer will also have access to an advanced digital display featuring WABCO’s complete product portfolio available in North America and worldwide.
“We are excited about WABCO’s Technology Showcase Trailer and to be able to embark on a hands-on exploration of WABCO innovations with commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators alike from across the United States,” Morrison said. “As the road show crisscrosses the U.S., we’ll further differentiate how WABCO leads the industry in technology that helps make commercial vehicles safer and more efficient.”
Following MATS 2017, WABCO’s Technology Showcase Trailer will travel across the United States over the course of the next eight months. Staffed by WABCO product experts and industry veterans, the trailer will visit dealerships and commercial vehicle fleet operators in cities throughout the nation.
The first leg of the tour runs through May and currently includes the following sites:
April 10-14, Portland, Oregon; Salem, Oregon, Ridgefield, Washington; and Pacifica, Washington. April 17-21, Salt Lake City. April 24-28, Omaha, Nebraska; Omaha, May 1-5, Kingsport, Tennessee. May 8-12, Hickory, North Carolina; Greensboro, North Carolina; May 15-19, Wilmington, North Carolina; Florence, South Carolina; May 22-26, Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas, and San Antonio.
For more information or to schedule WABCO technology demonstrations, contact Carlos Francisco at email@example.com.