Professional uptime management, real-time visibility and efficient transport planning is just scratching the surface of what ZF WABCO Commercial Vehicle Control Systems’ trailer telematics solutions can do for trucking businesses across the nation.
Australian road transport operations are often impacted by supply chain inefficiencies that range from poor transport planning to non-optimised loads to unplanned downtime.
The national freight task is projected to increase exponentially with the volume of heavy vehicles hitting the road expected to double in the next nine years and triple by 2050.
Now is the time to be proactive about road safety and running an efficient road transport fleet with the support of TX-TRAILERPULSE – a robust trailer telematics solution that supplies real-time location and rich Electronic Braking System (EBS) data to a software platform, TX-TRAILERFIT, which can be accessed in an office.
Built on data collected from Trailer Electronic Braking System (T-EBS), the web-based TX-TRAILERFIT portal provides insights into the technical performance and health state of a fleet’s trailer park.
TX-TRAILERPULSE is designed to capture data on trailers and combines real-time track and trace functionality with additional remote trailer health and diagnostic information. It is also the first of its kind, combining both trailer tracking and advanced remote diagnostic in one solution at a price level which allows fleet-wide deployment across all trailer types.
Directly connected to the trailer’s EBS, TX-TRAILERPULSE captures the data and forwards this information to TX-TRAILERFIT which further processes and visualises it. This information can be used to assess the technical health of the trailer and can provide, for example, root cause indication and repair hints. Additionally, users can monitor the EBS’ use over a trailer’s lifetime and check critical EBS events. Health and diagnostics insights can be shared easily and securely with workshops and service partners building a digitally connected repair and maintenance chain, creating a direct positive impact on the total uptime of fleet vehicles.
In general, ZF WABCO telematics solutions provide transporters with trailer information on one back office platform and is designed to optimise logistical processes thanks to its track and trace capabilities, remote diagnostics which allow fleets to provide immediate support to drivers on the road and reduce downtime by allowing them to schedule preventive maintenance and allows vehicle data can be visible to the dispatcher in the fleet’s existing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system or Fleet Management System (FMS).
TX-TRAILERPULSE can be used to remotely monitor the technical status of trailers and can provide systems to support preventative maintenance. These systems can communicate trailer health status to workshop staff, flag technical problems as soon as possible and enable a fleet to quickly react and take data-informed decisions in case of technical incident.
Many fleets own trailers and contract a third party company to move the trailer however, Blair Rundle, ZF Group TR-AM Product Support Manager, asks what systems are in place to check that the asset is safe when it hits the road?
“Trailer EBS and TX-TRAILERPULSE have the ability to advise when a trailer is moving and not powered up, either by email direct to you or via an alarm on a webpage,” he says. “If an EBS fitted trailer isn’t powered up then you don’t have the protection of RSS to prevent a trailer rollover.”
A small robust telematics device, TX-TRAILERPULSE is easy to install on most trailers equipped with WABCO TEBS. It is used to connect trailer information with the back office and is an excellent way to optimise maintenance and repair scheduling through remote diagnostics.