Knorr-Bremse, the leading manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles, presented a portfolio of innovative products and services for distributors, workshops, and fleet operators at the recently concluded Automechanika Frankfurt.
Under the newly-launched TruckServices brand, the company is assembling an attractive aftermarket package of products and services to help keep commercial vehicles of all types and ages operating reliably and economically throughout their entire working life.
Just before the show, Knorr-Bremse launched some of the important elements of its TruckServices portfolios like EconX, Compressor Kits, Clutch Servo Longlife, Compressed Air, and Special Tools for servicing and repairing commercial vehicles.
EconX, the brand name for Knorr-Bremse remanufactured products, is a cost-effective, environment-friendly option for repairing older vehicles. To mark the brand’s introduction in Frankfurt, Knorr-Bremse showcased EconX versions of the SN7 disc brake and the electronic clutch actuator.
The new service kits for compressors contain all the elements needed to carry out repairs and maximize efficiency for distributors and workshops. Knorr-Bremse has concentrated only on those versions required for the independent aftermarket, thereby simplifying and speeding up ordering and inventory processes. The new Clutch Servo Longlife sets new standards of efficiency, functionality, and performance. With its robust design and improved seals, the servo is capable of up to four million cycles instead of the two million achieved by comparable products.
Knorr-Bremse has led the field in air drying and filtering for more than 20 years. Building on its experience in this field and its expertise in air treatment and powertrain systems, the company is now expanding its filter portfolio to cover a full range of products. From 2017 onwards, the company will be able to supply air, oil, fuel and interior filters for virtually all truck and bus applications. The existing portfolio is also being significantly expanded through a distribution partnership with Technomatik in the field of compressed air cylinders.
Returning complex products to their original state through maintenance repair or replacement, calls for special tools. At Automechanika, TruckServices presented a new range of tools developed in partnership with tool specialist GEDORE Automotive for the compressor with clutch and trailer EBS.
Knorr-Bremse TruckServices has also introduced the new TruckServices Expert Network partnership programme, which puts distribution and workshop partners under the same roof. Members of the programme benefit from the expertise and network provided by one of the leading companies in the truck supply sector.
In the future, individual trucks will increasingly be part of an overarching logistics system. Connectivity at multiple levels can lead to a marked improvement in the efficiency of individual vehicles.
TruckServices ProFleet Connect offers more than just a link between the vehicle and the fleet management system: It delivers smart services that use the data collected to generate added value for fleet operators and drivers alike.
This telematics solution for trucks, buses, and trailer applications is modular and compatible with any make of vehicle. Together with its partner Microlise, TruckServices is launching its attractive range of transport management products and services, ProFleet Connect, in 2017 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, prior to rolling them out across Europe in subsequent years.