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Saf-hol­land launches dig­i­tal sys­tem to man­age trail­ers

SAF-HOL­LAND LAUNCHES DIG­I­TAL SYS­TEM THAT MAN­AGES, OP­ER­ATES AND MAIN­TAINS TRAIL­ERS IN AC­COR­DANCE WITH LEG­IS­LA­TION

Saf-hol­land has launched the Trail­er­mas­ter, a dig­i­tal sys­tem that man­ages, op­er­ates and main­tains trail­ers in ac­cor­dance with leg­is­la­tion and reg­u­la­tions.

The ap­pli­ca­tion re­places sev­eral pre­vi­ous sys­tems in trail­ers and semi-trail­ers, mon­i­tors their func­tions in real time and dis­plays readi­ness for op­er­a­tion through the trailer sta­tus.

With the patented func­tions of the Trail­er­mas­ter sys­tem, any semi-trailer can be up­graded or retro­fit­ted to a smart trailer with nu­mer­ous data-based func­tion­al­i­ties. The in­tel­li­gent in­ter­face for line con­nec­tion tech­nol­ogy takes on a range of tasks, which were pre­vi­ously dis­trib­uted through­out dif­fer­ent sys­tems:

• load­ing sta­tus and op­ti­mi­sa­tion

(also when un­hitched)

• light­ing func­tions check • patented per­for­mance data and con­di­tion eval­u­a­tion of the brak­ing sys-tem

• data eval­u­a­tion from tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem and EBS • GPS data trans­mis­sion for trailer

track­ing

The main­te­nance plan­ner sys­tem is a new tool for main­te­nance plan­ning with the Trail­er­mas­ter: it au­to­mat­i­cally in­forms fleet man­agers via email or text mes­sage when a trailer is due for rou­tine ser­vice or a tyre check.

The trailer sta­tus in­di­ca­tor is an­other new devel­op­ment, which uses a traf­fic light sys­tem to show the sta­tus of the trailer: If the light at the front of the trailer is green, ev­ery­thing is OK. A yellow sig­nal, on the other hand, warns of oc­cur­ring prob­lems, while a red light is a rec­om­men­da­tion to stop us­ing the trailer. The data col­lected from the in­te­grated func­tions are trans­mit­ted and eval­u­ated through the Trail­er­mas­ter even when the trailer is not hitched. This pro­vides fleet man­agers with the trans­parency they re­quire to save time and money and to use their fleets more ef­fi­ciently. Fast re­ac­tion op­tions in case of da­m­age and a quick link to the next work­shop ad­di­tion­ally keep down­times and main­te­nance costs to a min­i­mum.

The Trail­er­mas­ter also in­creases safety for driv­ers and other road users: Be­fore set­ting out, for ex­am­ple, the user can check whether the trailer is in the cor­rect con­di­tion via Blue­tooth. The con­trol for the side marker lights of­fers ad­di­tional safety. These are con­fig­ured to light up si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the lights on the truck.

“Man­ag­ing large trailer fleets is a com­plex task and will al­ways be a chal­lenge. Our Trail­er­mas­ter com­bines dif­fer­ent sys­tems to sim­plify trailer man­age­ment,” said Glenn Young, UK sales man­ager, Axs­cend. The Bri­tish telem­at­ics and con­nec­tiv­ity spe­cial­ist de­vel­oped the so­lu­tion with patented func­tions for dig­i­tal trailer man­age­ment. In sum­mer 2018, Saf-hol­land ac­quired the soft­ware and telem­at­ics ex­pert, pro­vid­ing a boost to this devel­op­ment: Es­pe­cially for check­ing the brak­ing per­for­mance of trail­ers and semi-trail­ers as a first step, the two part­ners in the Saf-hol­land Group com­bined me­chan­i­cal sus­pen­sion sys­tems with the new tech­nol­ogy.

“Axs­cend makes trail­ers in­tel­li­gent and its know-how – es­pe­cially in the soft­ware area – have made a cru­cial con­tri­bu­tion to our progress in this field,” said Ni­co­las Pütz, man­ager - dig­i­tal solutions, Safhol­land.

The Trail­er­mas­ter is in­stalled in new trail­ers at the fac­tory, but can also be retro­fit­ted. It is com­pat­i­ble with all com­mon EBS sys­tems and valves from Knorr-bremse, Wabco and Haldex.

Saf-hol­land Trail­er­mas­ter

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