WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC) introduced new functions to its Intelligent Trailer Program. OptiLoad, OptiTurn, 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 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 manoeuvres 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.
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.