AI enhances BPW running gear applications

The artificial intelligence revolution in transportation is making huge strides and trailers have not been ignored. This is how trailers and AI are working together to reduce operating costs.

Whether it is recognising its optimum load or checking critical components and issuing warnings, trailers and artificial intelligence are joining forces more and more.

The new iC Plus running gear generation from BPW is using intelligent algorithms to analyse braking performance, something that has been saving testing and downtime in the UK for a number of years. It’s now rolling out across Europe for the first time.

The BPW Group has been steadily driving forward digital networking for drivers, freight and vehicles so transport companies can achieve greater efficiency with their trailer fleets.

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“Together with idem telematics, BPW has created a new generation of running gear that makes both vehicle operation and the entire transport process more economical,” said Product Manager at BPW, Caren Freudenberg. “Rolling data analysis saves the fleet operator unnecessary visits to the workshop and maximises vehicle availability.”

At BPW, trailer running gear has long been created as a digital twin. Digital DNA opens up efficiency gains along the entire life cycle – from design and assembly to driving operations, maintenance and repair.

Now, with the new iC Plus running gear generation, which comes with telematics hardware as standard, BPW is creating the basis for the introduction of artificial intelligence into the trailer.

Intelligent algorithms detect data patterns in the running gear that can, for example, indicate the need for maintenance of critical components. This also includes the brakes, with iC Plus informing the driver, fleet manager and dispatcher when the brakes need to be checked in the workshop. Causes can include a defective air hose, a sluggish brake calliper or a weakening spring on the cylinder.

Either way, typical maintenance and repair tasks are recognised by artificial intelligence before expensive breakdowns or even accidents can occur.

What makes the system standout however is that BPW doesn’t need separate sensors to analyse the braking performance, accessing the data collected in the EBS instead.

In addition to the brake lining wear sensors, the AI interprets the need for maintenance and repair in a differentiated manner in context. This means that temporary reaction patterns – triggered by a severe pothole, for example – are filtered out.

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“All information relating to utilisation, operation, driver and vehicle performance is available to the fleet operator at any time at the click of a mouse via the cargofleet 3 telematics portal from idem telematics,” said Freudenberg. “The open-system platform also enables controlled, secure data exchange with external applications, such as transport management or ERP systems. Transport today couldn’t be smarter or more efficient.”

Brake lining wear measurement is also tried and tested with iC Plus. It works with a sensor which gives the fleet manager sufficient flexibility to plan a workshop visit to change the brake lining.

The digital maintenance management system from BPW and idem telematics also integrates statutory inspection regulations, maintenance instructions for BPW axles and vehicle status and fault messages. It documents maintenance work down to the last detail – creating a digital vehicle file without any paper, hole punches or folders.

Brake performance measurement has already proven its worth in the UK, where close-meshed brake checks for trailers are required by law.

For years AI has been saving fleet operators expensive downtimes on the brake test stand. With the iC Plus running gear generation, BPW will be introducing its innovation to the rest of Europe.

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