ZF Group signs landmark agreement with Wielton

German technology company, ZF Group, has agreed to equip Wielton trailers with Transics-branded TX-TRAILERPULSE telematics and provide the Polish OEM with extensive support services across Europe.

“With the TX-TRAILERPULSE onboard Wielton trailers, fleet operators will be equipped to continuously monitor trailer health and thereby significantly increase operational efficiency and vehicle safety,” ZF said in a statement.

TX-TRAILERPULSE is designed to capture a maximum of data on trailers with limited electronics, such as curtainsiders or box trailers. This solution is a robust trailer telematics solution which combines real-time track and trace functionality with additional remote trailer health and diagnostic information. It also combines both trailer tracking and advanced remote diagnostics at what ZF considers an affordable cost for fleet-wide deployment across all trailer types.

“ZF offers one of the commercial vehicle industry’s most advanced fleet management solutions,” said Wielton Commercial Director, Andrzej Mowczan.

“With real-time access to rich data and information from this advanced telematics solution, we can help our customers truly manage the lifecycle of their vehicle.

“Connecting our fleet with ZF’s telematics, [Internet of Things – IoT] and connected services will help us gain an understanding of actual trailer use on the road.

“Critical insights on the health of the trailers will prove valuable for Wielton’s engineering teams to further adapt our future trailer technologies to our customers’ needs. In parallel, these data can be harnessed to further upscale our value offering in maintenance and safety optimisations for fleets.”

Trailer telematics is reported to be one of the fastest-growing branches of Internet of Things (IoT), with subscriptions expected to increase by 16 per cent through to 2023.

ZF, with the integration of WABCO, provides cloud-connected Trailer Electronic Braking Systems (T-EBS) that feature dedicated portals for each customer segment while also leveraging unique data access.

The telematics device can also receive tyre pressure data transmitted directly from WABCO’s OptiTire Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. As part of ZF’s digital services offering, TX-TRAILERFIT is a diagnostics-oriented back office platform that processes and visualises the technical performance and health of trailers, providing Wielton and its customers the opportunity to optimise trailer maintenance activities and to enhance the safety through driving style analysis.

“We are honoured to welcome Wielton as a truly valued trailer customer,” said Peter Bal, Business Leader Digital Customer Services EMEA with ZF Commercial Vehicle Control Systems.

“TX-TRAILERPULSE will enable Wielton and its customers to benefit from cloud-based digital services. Combined with our extensive service network and proven product quality expertise, we are committed to supporting Wielton in its journey towards digitalisation and help boost its already highly rated customer service.”

ZF Commercial Vehicle Control Systems Business Leader Trailer EMEA, Christian Hainzl, said the agreement strengthens ZF’s relationship with Wielton.

“Given our extensive knowledge, customer base and local presence in the European trailer market, we are delighted to present this unique solution to our trailer and fleet customers as we pave the road towards an increasingly connected trailer of the future,” said Hainzl.

Under the agreement, the installation of the telematics services in Wielton trailers will be carried out at the company’s locations. The offering will be launched on the Polish market as optional equipment for new trailers.

ZF, following the acquisition of WABCO, provides cloud-connected Trailer Electronic Braking Systems (T-EBS) that feature dedicated portals for each customer segment while also leveraging unique data access.

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