Bendix adds trailer roll stability control system
May 1, 2005 12:00 PM
BENDIX Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has enhanced diagnostic capabilities for its new trailer antilock braking system, TABS-6, and has added TRSP trailer roll stability system to its portfolio of advanced electronics technologies designed specifically for trailers.
Bendix TABS-6, a scalable ABS technology for trailers, offers robust diagnostic capabilities that help technicians pinpoint causes of system faults. Advanced blink codes provide timesaving, detailed information. To further streamline troubleshooting and repairs, technicians can now use the company's trailer remote diagnostic unit (TRDU). This low-cost, full-function ABS diagnostic tool fits right in the technician's pocket and provides immediate system status, displaying ABS fault information using colored LED lights. A green LED indicates power and active communication with the electronic control unit (ECU), eight red LEDs indicate the fault status of each ABS component, and a blue LED provides odometer mileage.
Bendix also saves technicians time after repair work is complete. This feature eliminates the time-consuming task of moving or lifting trailers to clear trouble codes, a common aggravation with European-designed systems used in North America. The TRDU, which can reset all active diagnostic trouble codes by use of a magnet, is compatible with TABS-6, A-18, and MC-30 trailer ABS models.
The TRSP trailer roll stability system is an addition to the Bendix stability systems offering, providing sophisticated braking for trailers. The TRSP system is a trailer-only system designed to mitigate rollovers through advanced sensing and automatic application of the trailer brakes. It is supplied as a kit designed for North American trailer mounting.
The TRSP system provides stability on medium- and high-friction surfaces by detecting a vehicle's impending loss of stability. The TRSP system utilizes a lateral acceleration sensor to determine if the trailer's lateral force is high enough to cause instability. Based on this information and other factors, the system may automatically intervene to attempt to regain stability.
“The addition of a roll stability system for trailers to the Bendix portfolio emphasizes our commitment to providing a multitude of safety options tailored to the trailer market. This investment in trailer-oriented stability will help fleets and operators realize safer cornering, lane changing, and obstacle avoidance maneuvers,” said Paul Waszkowski, product manager for trailers, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems. “In addition, TRSP and TABS-6 both have the potential to reduce the cost of vehicle ownership for fleets and vehicle operators.”
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