SAF-Holland launches digital system that manages, operates and maintains trailers in accordance with legislation and regulations

The TrailerMaster system can be retrofitted to a smart trailer to provide numerous data-based functionalities

Telematics, Saf-holland, Trailer, TrailerMaster, Regulations


SAF-Holland has launched the TrailerMaster, a digital system that manages, operates and maintains trailers in accordance with legislation and regulations. The application replaces several previous systems in trailers and semi-trailers, monitors their functions in real time and displays readiness for operation through the trailer status.

With the patented functions of the TrailerMaster system, any semi-trailer can be upgraded or retrofitted to a smart trailer with numerous data-based functionalities. The intelligent interface for line connection technology takes on a range of tasks which were previously distributed throughout different systems:

• loading status and optimisation (also when unhitched)
• lighting functions check
• patented performance data and condition evaluation of the braking system
• data evaluation from tyre pressure monitoring system and EBS
• GPS data transmission for trailer tracking

The maintenance planner system is a new tool for maintenance planning with the TrailerMaster: it automatically informs fleet managers via email or text message when a trailer is due for routine service or a tyre check.

The trailer status indicator is another new development which uses a traffic light system to show the status of the trailer: If the light at the front of the trailer is green, everything is OK. A yellow signal, on the other hand, warns of occurring problems, while a red light is a recommendation to stop using the trailer.

The data collected from the integrated functions are transmitted and evaluated through the TrailerMaster even when the trailer is not hitched. This provides fleet managers with the transparency they require to save time and money and to use their fleets more efficiently. Fast reaction options in case of damage and a quick link to the next workshop additionally keep downtimes and maintenance costs to a minimum.

The TrailerMaster also increases safety for drivers and other road users: Before setting out, for example, the user can check whether the trailer is in the correct condition via Bluetooth. The control for the side marker lights offers additional safety. These are configured to light up simultaneously with the lights on the truck.

“Managing large trailer fleets is a complex task and will always be a challenge. Our TrailerMaster combines different systems to simplify trailer management,” said Glenn Young, UK sales manager, Axscend. The British telematics and connectivity specialist developed the solution with patented functions for digital trailer management.

In summer 2018, SAF-Holland acquired the software and telematics expert, providing a boost to this development: Especially for checking the braking performance of trailers and semi-trailers as a first step, the two partners in the SAF-Holland Group combined mechanical suspension systems with the new tech-nology.

“Axscend makes trailers intelligent and its know-how – especially in the software area – have made a crucial contribution to our progress in this field,” said Nicolas Pütz, manager - digital solutions, SAF-Holland.

The TrailerMaster is installed in new trailers at the factory, but can also be retrofitted. It is compatible with all common EBS systems and valves from Knorr Bremse, Wabco and Haldex.

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