TROY, Mich. — Meritor Wabco has announced a range of new products and product enhancements to its existing line-up.
The announcement includes the release of electrically controlled air dryers (ECAD) for use on a major OEMs’ trucks. ECAD is an air processing system that officials say meets increased requirements for processed system air. Company officials say the ECAD offers a number of advantages compared to conventional air dryer systems. Its electric air dryer includes two solenoid valves which facilitates pressure control and regeneration. The vehicle’s electric control unit (ECU) compiles such as line pressure, engine speed, engine operating time, road speed and ambient temperature. With intelligent regeneration control, intermediate regenerations take place during long delivery cycles and are determined by delivered air volume.
The company’s System Saver 1200 plus has also been enhanced. The System Saver 1200 Plus, developed for North American braking systems, is a high-capacity, spin-on air dryer that uses internal air for regeneration. By incorporating the wet tank and adding a drain valve, it lets users have one less reservoir in the system, saving space and weight. The company has also announced the marketing of SafeTraK in North America. SafeTraK, Takata’s vision-based vehicle sensor system, monitors the road ahead and audibly warns drivers if they unintentionally depart from a lane or the road. It offers Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Driver Alertness Warning features. SafeTraK alerts drivers of weaving, lane drifts or lane changes that occur without a turn-signal application by detecting and classifying lane markers on the road through a fully integrated, compact unit.
Installation of the camera, optics, and power supply is simple and the system automatically calibrates itself using the unit’s integrated diagnostics.
“With more than 800 million miles of proven performance on commercial vehicles, SafeTraK LDW continues to assist in driver safety and awareness across North America,” said Kurt Hall, senior director of vehicle dynamics and controls at Meritor Wabco. “While it is ultimately the driver’s responsibility to make sure that they are alert and engaged, a significant reduction in the number and severity of roadway departure crashes involving commercial vehicles could be achieved simply by alerting distracted or fatigued drivers of unintended lane drifts and changes.”
The roll stability support (RSS) 1M is a two-sensor, one-modulator system that reduces the risk of rollovers by accounting for the load status and calculating lateral acceleration while driving. If the lateral acceleration exceeds a specific value, low-pressure check brake applications are applied. If the system detects a potential rollover during the brake check process, a full brake application occurs.
The system is based on the RSS 2M, available for nine years.
This RSS 1M safety system is targeted for vans, reefer units, flatbeds and is easily retrofitable to upgrade existing equipment, the company says. Features and benefits includ anti-lock brake performance, stability control, integrated control and supply port screens, a tank mountable ECU/valve assembly, optional lift axle control, and Meritor Tire Inflation System by PSI monitoring. Additional capabilities include air and spring suspension applications, generic input and output, onboard data recorder and telematic broadcasting capabilities.
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