Knorr-Bremse: One Step Ahead

From the October 2014 issue.

It’s fair to call a truck’s braking system an engineering masterpiece, but only few of us ever pause to appreciate the immense amount of development work going into it behind the scenes.

It’s fair to call a truck’s braking system an engineering masterpiece, but only few of us ever pause to appreciate the immense amount of development work going into it behind the scenes. The braking system is not only essential from a performance point of view, but also from a maintenance and payload perspective. 

The trailer braking system is especially underrated, even though it’s equally important for road safety and load capacity as every kilogram saved on the brake is payload won. Finding the right balance between functionality and cost efficiency – i.e. reducing unwanted bulk – has therefore become the supreme discipline of modern engineering.

Munich-based family business Knorr-Bremse is one company that is renowned for going the R&D extra mile. At the 2012 IAA, the company caught the industry’s attention with the launch of a new generation TEBS module offering added value through the integration of Electronic Levelling Control (ELC) and a second, trailer-based CAN bus. In 2014, it will use the industry gathering to unveil a new trailer disc brake called ST 7-430. By the time we will be able to experience the new unit live in Germany, it will have gone through a straining three-year development and testing process. An early prototype of the 430 model was already on display back in 2012, but it took until now for it to get clearance for serial production.

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