Toronto-based Spectra Inc. is designing new features for its Brake Inspector diagnostic system, including pad wear and temperature monitoring functions using a modified in-cab diagnostic module and wheel-end sensor interface.
The company says brake-pad wear and temperature monitoring will give drivers and maintenance staff real-time data on the braking and service needs of truck, trailer or bus air-brake systems. The system is being designed to identify progressive stages of pad wear and pad temperature. Prototypes will be field-tested in conjunction with a leading supplier of friction brake material and several large, national fleets, the company says, adding that the system will be particularly useful to severe-service applications with a lot of stop-and-go driving.
Among other things, it will warn drivers of impending brake fade and allow maintenance departments to maximize lining life.