Meritor WABCO Announces Availability of New PLC Display for Tractor-Trailer Communications (March 22, 2006)
Meritor WABCO Announces Availability of New PLC Display for Tractor-
Trailer Communications LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March. 22, 2006)
Meritor WABCO, a joint venture between ArvinMeritor, (NYSE:ARM) and the WABCO Vehicle Control Systems of American Standard Companies Inc. (NYSE:ASD), announced the availability of its new PLC Display for tractor-trailer communications. This new system allows the display of communications
between the tractor and trailer, communicating important information concerning the status of trailer-mounted systems. A significant addition to the
communications capabilities is the transmission of critical information from the
Meritor Tire Inflation System by P.S.I. and other tire inflation systems.
“Our new PLC Display provides the driver with the information needed to easily monitor vital trailer systems, and for the first time links the trailer and the
tractor as a unit,” said Jon Morrison, general manager of Meritor WABCO. “In
addition, telematics compatibility with the system means fleets can stay in touch with the vehicle to monitor vehicle usage or service requirements to keep their fleets operating at peak efficiency.”
The InfoLink™ communications gateway allows more complete monitoring of Anti-Lock Braking Systems and integrates functions, such as brake control, sensor inputs, output drivers, and provides a communications link to the existing tractor data bus.
Examples of the tractor-trailer-oriented communications and control that are
•Wheel end over temperature
•Low tire pressure
•Trailer ABS diagnostics
•Trailer air supply
•Wheel drag warning
•Lift axle status
•Trailer back-up lights and steer axle lockouts
•Reefer zone temperature and fuel warnings
•Trailer dome light status
“The PLC Display’s low cost, ease of installation and maintenance, make it attractive to our fleet customers, who must balance the driver’s need for information with their bottom line,” said Bob Sibley, director, Trailer Products for Meritor WABCO. “Drivers like InfoLink’s user-friendly operation, ease of readability and warnings for critical information.”
The PLC Display’s viewing screen, which mounts to the tractor’s instrument panel for easy visibility, allows information for up to seven I/Os – five digital and two analog –to be displayed. The system also provides physical connection to other SAE J-1587 communications devices, allowing them to link
to the tractor.
Meritor WABCO1 is a joint venture of ArvinMeritor, (NYSE:ARM) and the
WABCO Automotive Products Group of American Standard Companies Inc. (NYSE:ASD).
WABCO, the vehicle control systems business of American Standard Companies, is one of the world's leading producers of electronic braking, stability, suspension and transmission control systems for heavy duty
commercial vehicles. WABCO products are also increasingly used in luxury cars and sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Customers include the world’s leading commercial truck, trailer, bus and passenger car manufacturers. Founded in the US in 1869 as Westinghouse Air Brake Company, WABCO was acquired by American Standard in 1968. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, the
business today employs nearly 7000 people in 34 office and production facilities worldwide. In 2005, WABCO contributed US$1,80 billion to American Standard’s total sales of more than US$10,30 billion. Website: www.wabcoauto.com
ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier $8.8 billion global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The company serves light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., ArvinMeritor employs approximately 29,000 people at more than 120 manufacturing facilities in 25 countries. ArvinMeritor common stock is
traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at: www.arvinmeritor.com.
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1Meritor WABCO products are available in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
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