In­tel­li­gent Tata DLT trailer

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Tata In­ter­na­tional DLT has in­tro­duced an ‘in­tel­li­gent’ trailer. De­but­ing at the re­cent Truck Trailer and Tyre Expo held at Gand­hi­na­gar, the ‘in­tel­li­gent’ trailer is fit­ted with state-of-theart tech­nol­ogy that pro­vides the re­quired data to op­ti­mise its oper­a­tion, and to main­tain it. Claimed to be the first of its kind in In­dia, the ‘in­tel­li­gent’ trailer will help the fleet op­er­a­tor to en­hance op­er­a­tional ef­fi­ciency and make the life of the fleet man­ager less wor­ry­ing ac­cord­ing to Ra­jeev Ba­tra, CEO, Tata In­ter­na­tional DLT. Drawing at­ten­tion to his com­pany’s feat of be­ing In­dia’s first AIS 113 man­u­fac­turer with cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from Au­to­mo­tive Re­search As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (ARAI) in ad­di­tion to hav­ing ac­quired TS16949-2009 and ISO 9001:2008 cer­ti­fi­ca­tions for 25 types of its trail­ers, Ba­tra men­tioned that ‘in­tel­li­gent’ flatbed trailer is the first in a se­ries of in­tel­li­gent trail­ers of var­i­ous types that his com­pany will launch. “These are light­weight trail­ers,” he added.

Aimed at re­duc­ing the de­pen­dence on man­ual track­ing, the ‘in­tel­li­gent trailer’ has been de­signed and built to de­liver higher pay­load. Cus­tomised ac­cord­ing to Ba­tra, the trailer has been de­vel­oped to en­sure su­pe­rior prof­itabil­ity to the fleet op­er­a­tor. “Com­ing from In­dia’s largest trailer man­u­fac­turer, which is also one of the big­gest brands for trail­ers and truck bod­ies in In­dia, the ‘in­tel­li­gent’ trailer is part of our en­deavor to keep in­no­vat­ing and de­vel­op­ing rev­o­lu­tion­ary prod­ucts for our cus­tomers,” he ex­pressed. En­gi­neered to en­hance safety, se­cu­rity and ef­fi­ciency, the ‘in­tel­li­gent’ trailer is part of the com­pany’s strat­egy to be­come a com­plete solutions provider in the trail­ers and trans­porta­tion in­dus­try. Said Ba­tra, “We are on the right path and at the right speed to be­come a com­plete solutions provider in the trail­ers and trans­porta­tion in­dus­try with a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage in cost, qual­ity and de­liv­ery.” Claimed to of­fer a sig­nif­i­cant value ad­di­tion, the ‘in­tel­li­gent’ trailer lever­ages the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of trailer anti-lock or elec­tronic brak­ing con­trol sys­tems to pro­vide a plat­form for up to 40 in­no­va­tive trailer op­er­at­ing func­tions. Pro­vid­ing a way to the trailer in­dus­try in In­dia to up­grade from a ‘ba­sic’ trailer with a ba­sic brak­ing and sus­pen­sion sys­tem to a trailer that in­cor­po­rates an ad­vanced brak­ing and sus­pen­sion tech­nol­ogy, the ‘in­tel­li­gent’ trailer is a step in the di­rec­tion of ris­ing au­to­ma­tion in trucks and trail­ers ac­cord­ing to Ba­tra. The ad­vanced T-EBS (Trailer Elec­tronic Brak­ing Sys­tem) the ‘in­tel­li­gent’ trailer is equipped with, op­ti­mises stop­ping dis­tances and con­trols the trailer brake and sus­pen­sion func­tions. The sys­tem has been de­signed such that it en­ables the trailer to con­nect driv­ers, fleets and cargo own­ers to rich sources of on­board sys­tems and op­er­a­tional in­for­ma­tion. What makes it most in­ter­est­ing is the amount of cus­tomi­sa­tion the ‘in­tel­li­gent’ trailer could be sub­jected to. Tata In­ter­na­tional DLT of­fers a com­pre­hen­sive range of customising solutions for trail­ers. These are pri­mar­ily aimed at en­hanc­ing op­er­at­ing safety and re­duc­ing trans­porta­tion and fuel costs. The ‘in­tel­li­gent’ flatbed trailer pro­gram has func­tion­al­i­ties on ad­don ba­sis, and aimed at el­e­vat­ing per­for­mance. Some of these in­clude Tail­guard, Op­ti­turn, Bounce Con­trol, Smart­board, Trailer re­mote con­trol, Op­tiLevel and Op­ti­tire. Tata In­ter­na­tional DLT is claimed to have col­lab­o­rated with Wabco and some other spe­cial­ist sup­pli­ers to de­sign and de­velop the ‘in­tel­li­gent’ trail­ers. The global know-how and ca­pa­bil­i­ties of such sup­pli­ers have lever­aged to ar­rive at the ‘in­tel­li­gent’ trailer.

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