The Bendix TABS-6 Advanced trailer roll-stability system now offers automatic lift axle control to help reduce tire wear and fuel consumption by maintaining proper per-axle weight load. When equipped on a trailer with a lift axle, it monitors the load on the air bags and will raise or lower the axle as required, without needing driver input, based on the trailer’s suspension capacity and legal load limits.
It prevents the error of overloading a single axle and helps operators avoid the additional tire wear and fuel usage – and possibly extra tolls – associated with running a light load on both axles.
The system’s automatic lift axle control is customizable and can be set to lower the axle automatically when the trailer is parked. This means that when the trailer is subsequently loaded, it’s ready to handle its weight capacity. Because the new automatic lift axle control functionality is part of the system’s control software, it can be configured using Bendix ACom diagnostic software or at end-of-line installation. It can also be added to a retrofitted lift axle on a trailer already equipped with Bendix TABS-6.
Both system are available options at all major trailer manufacturers in North America, with standard position at several of them, including Utility.
The Bendix TABS-6 Advanced system can work with a variety of trailer electrical requirements, handling between 8 and 32 volts without a separate power converter.