AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Truck-Lite Co., LLC, a worldwide leader in LED lighting, telematics, engine protection, safety and visibility systems, has integrated SKF’s TraX™ wheel-end monitor (WEM) data into the Road Ready system via its SmartBridge Integrator (SBI).
Released in 2018, the SBI bridges “smart” OE trailer systems with the Road Ready network, which communicates crucial trailer data to a fleet dispatcher and provides greater insight into a trailer environment. The recent integration with SKF allows any Road Ready fleet to access this critical wheel-end data and avoid downtime by taking preventive action.
“Truck-Lite’s partnership with SKF allows Road Ready users to receive alerts on a single user interface and take the appropriate steps to avoid unscheduled downtime due to wheel bearing failure,” said Rob Richard, general manager of Truck-Lite’s Road Ready business division. “By partnering with companies like SKF, Truck-Lite continues to lead the industry in offering a smart trailer solution to fleets.”
SKF’s TraX WEM tracks damage to the wheel bearing from an early stage by monitoring vibration and serves as a preventive warning system against bearing failures – well before they lead to an unplanned stop. Integrating the TraX WEM into the Road Ready system enables fleet maintenance and the driver to be notified via wireless communication about potential wheel-end deterioration to prevent damage, interruption of service and safety hazards. In the event of bearing failure detection, notifications are typically made thousands of miles before a problem becomes likely. In the case of an abnormal temperature reading or thermal event, the driver can be notified to pull over immediately.
“If a fleet is able to prevent a breakdown due to a failed wheel end, it can avoid not only expensive repairs and downtime but also danger to other traffic on the road,” said Cengiz Shevket, VP of innovation and customer value for the Americas for SKF. “Integrating this technology with the Road Ready system helps fleets to identify and wirelessly communicate a potential issue before it becomes a serious problem.”
The Road Ready system by Truck-Lite is the leading wireless, multi-functional trailer monitoring network and is easily customizable for any fleet requirement. With its suite of wireless sensors and the largest number of OE trailer system and fleet software integrations, Road Ready provides the most comprehensive and inclusive fleet telematics solution available. For more information, visit www.roadreadysystem.com.
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