Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems is rolling out a new tractor-to-trailer communication option aimed at owner-operators and cost-conscious fleets.
The new InfoLink option for the company’s Enhanced Easy-Stop Basic trailer anti-lock braking system (ABS) is a fully FMVSS-121 compliant product that allows drivers to monitor and control trailer functions from the tractor and is available for semi- or full-trailers.
“Enhanced Easy-Stop Basic is a cost-effective system that offers advanced anti-lock braking operations,” said Jon Morrison, gm of Meritor WABCO Vehicle Control Systems. “When combined with InfoLink capabilities the system offers the ability to monitor and even control some trailer functions from.”
Enhanced Easy-Stop Basic, when used in conjunction with the tractor PLC display, allows PLC messages to be shared over the constant power line between the trailer and the tractor. These J2497 messages are then converted to the J1587 protocol so they can be used by telematic devices or in-cab displays, said Morrison. He explained this enables drivers to monitor data such as trailer tank pressure, axle weight, tire pressure monitoring/inflation readings, wheel-end bearing temperatures, trailer odometer, fault codes, reefer temperatures, slider pin engagement or cargo door status.
When properly configured, the system can also control trailer functions, such as lift-axle actuation and others defined by fleet customers, he added.