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Knorr-Bremse at the IAA: Augmented Reality Tour shows off latest trailer technology


Knorr-Bremse is  using  iPads  and  augmented  reality  to  show  what’s  possible  in  the  fields  of  brake control, chassis management and wheel end for trailers. 
At the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles show, Knorr-Bremse, is adopting a new approach by showcasing  all  aspects  of  its  trailer  and  aftermarket  offerings  at  a  separate,  dedicated booth.  At  booth  D107  in  the  outdoor  area,  in  line  with  the  motto  “The  Trailer  Experience Featuring TruckServices”, the company will be presenting not only the latest state of the art but also the next generation of its trailer brake control and chassis management solutions, along  with  its  comprehensive  range  of  aftermarket  services.  At  the  same  time,  Knorr-Bremse will also be offering insights into the future of the trailer sector, using augmented reality to illustrate the finer points.  
According to Dr. Peter Laier, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG responsible for the Commercial Vehicle Systems division: “With the third generation of our trailer EBS and the next generation of our park and shunt valve, Knorr-Bremse is actively driving forward the greater integration of individual components in the brake control and chassis control sector. The benefits for vehicle manufacturers are obvious: added functions combined with reduced cost and effort at the planning and installation stages. Another products that stands for greater efficiency is our NEXTT® single-piston disc brake that we have developed specifically for the trailer market.”  
Product engineering present and future  
Thorsten Seehars, Member of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicle Systems adds: “We are using three different ways to show visitors to our Trailer and Aftermarket booth the technical advances that we’ve made: First we have direct comparison of the product components; then we have a container chassis tipped on its side in which the latest components are installed; and finally we have animated displays that let visitors look inside the individual components and compare the different system generations.” iPads enable visitors to dive into the present and future of trailer engineering with the aid of augmented reality.  
Along with developments on the control system side, Knorr-Bremse will also be showcasing the evolution of the wheel end. The latest ST6 and ST7 dual-piston brakes and the NEXTT single-piston brake that made its debut this year will be presented side by side, making it easier to compare the details. Here too, iPads provide insight into the inner workings of the products.
Trailer EBS systems compared: more functions, easier installation
Three generations of Trailer EBS systems will be on show at the Knorr-Bremse booth: a remanufactured G1 product, the current TEBS G2.2 and the up-and-coming solution, TEBS G3.  The  third  generation  features  integrated  controls  and  actuators  for  both  the  electro-pneumatic  air  suspension  and  the  lift  axle.  For  manufacturers  that  means  fewer  system parts, easier planning, more simple piping and less cost and effort during installation. This development is due not only to the increasing popularity of lift axles but also to increasing levels  of  vehicle  automation  that  require  central  control  and  continuous  monitoring  of  the individual functions. In this respect, TEBS G3 takes the next step toward the future.  
Other  trailer  products  on  show  will  include  the  iTAP  trailer  remote  control  system,  RDC ramp docking control and the tire pressure monitoring system TPMS.
Parking and maneuvering valve (POM): built in raising/lowering function
Much like the current POS parking and shunt valve, the new generation (POM) enables the trailer parking brake to be released without the trailer being hitched up to the truck. As a result, the vehicle can be repositioned and safely re-parked with no need for an external connection to a compressed air line and power supply. The POM system also integrates control of the raising/lowering function for the electro-pneumatic air suspension. So in addition to parking and maneuvering, the height of the load bed can be easily and conveniently adjusted with the same device. This new module too saves manufacturers significant cost and effort at the planning and installation stages and makes the ideal complement for TEBS G3.  
Knorr-Bremse TruckServices: Keep it running
In line with its Lifetime Efficiency approach, at its booth Knorr-Bremse TruckServices will be presenting  its  solutions  for  the  aftermarket.  From  tried  and  tested  service  concepts,  not least for the ST7 trailer  brake, via remanufactured mechanical  and mechatronic products from the EconX portfolio, all the way to special tools for specialist workshops, there is a solution to meet every service need. Also on show will be ProFleet Connect, the cross-brand telematics  solution  from  Knorr-Bremse  TruckServices,  with  full  details  available  at  the booth.
Back on the road fast with the new Knorr-Bremse Warranty Claim Handling Concept
With trailer operators in mind, Knorr-Bremse is working on a new Warranty Claim Handling Concept.  From  early  2019,  the  company  is  planning  to  work  together  with  the  Alltrucks workshop network to offer a solution designed to simplify the claim management process, making  for  faster  and  less  complicated  help  in  the  event  of  a  warranty  claim.  Selected workshops will then be empowered to make the necessary decisions on the spot, with the aim of getting the vehicle back on the road as simply and quickly as possible.
Special events at the weekend
On the weekend of September 22 and 23, Truck Grand Prix Champion Jochen Hahn will be signing autographs at the Knorr-Bremse booth (from 12 noon). In addition, students from RWTH  Aachen  University  will  be  informing  visitors  about  their  Formula  Student  activities and their electric race cars.
Knorr-Bremse: Shaping tomorrow’s transportation. Together.
Along with traffic safety, the megatrends that will shape the mobility sector in the next few years  will  be  connectivity,  emissions  reduction,  electric  mobility,  and  automated  driving. Against  this  backdrop,  Knorr-Bremse  will  be  the  systems  partner  for  its  customers  going forward and will be driving forward developments in all four core areas in close collaboration with its customers. Knorr-Bremse will be presenting its portfolio of products and services at the commercial vehicle industry’s key trade fairs in 2018 – IAA and Automechanika. Activities  and  innovations  on  show  will  include  pioneering  traffic  safety  technologies  and automated transportation solutions for highway and city applications, set out under the motto Shaping tomorrow’s transportation. Together.

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