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Electronic Braking Systems (EBS)

Panus Semi-Trailers chooses to equip all new trailers (built after 1st January 2015) with Electronic Braking Systems (EBS). Partnering with Australia’s leading transport brake and equipment component suppliers, we work with you to define the EBS functions that are most relevant to the load and environment the trailer will be working. Whilst only slightly more expensive than ABS systems, EBS provides operators with the greatest level of safety. Some of the key operator benefits are:

  • Improved vehicle efficiency, road safety and cost management. The core functions of EBS allows for roll stability control, load sensing and Anti-lock Braking System.
  • EBS is able to indicate dangerous situations where a driver is cornering too fast, potentially risking a rollover and the EBS can apply the brakes, even when the driver has not yet realised the full extent of the situation.
  • EBS is able to sense load movement and can apply the brakes according to the amount of weight working on a certain part of the trailer. Where operators are carting a lot of freight, the EBS will automatically apply more braking pressure, however, if the trailer isn’t fully loaded, it does the opposite – thereby improving both driver performance and vehicle control, with less wear and tear on the system.
  • While ABS prevents locking of the wheels when braking, EBS integrates that more ‘basic’ function into one electronic system. The advantages of electronic control over conventional pneumatic control are shorter response time and braking distance – resulting in increased road safety.
  • EBS can also collect downloadable data based on the driver’s actual performance behind the wheel, including the time and location when and where the brakes were used. Useful information that transport companies can use to improve their fleet efficiencies.

Note: As EBS is based on pneumatic valves with electronic control, electric power will be required, generally from the prime mover through the EBS socket.  Where the prime mover does not have EBS, the trailer EBS system will operate as a straight forward pneumatic system. Presently, operators are able to tow trailer fitted with EBS behind non-EBS trucks.

 

AUSTRALIAN DESIGN RULES (ADR)

All Panus Semi-Trailers presently meet Australian Design Rules (ADRs) and regulations.  The ADRs are national standards for vehicle safety, anti-theft and emissions. The ADRs are generally performance based and cover issues such as occupant protection, structures, lighting, noise, engine exhaust emissions, braking and a range of miscellaneous items. 

The current standards, the Third Edition ADRs, are administered by the Australian Government under the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989. The Act requires all road vehicles, whether they are newly manufactured in Australia or are imported as new or second hand vehicles, to comply with the relevant ADRs at the time of manufacture and supply to the Australian market. When a road vehicle is first used on Australian roads the relevant state or territory government’s legislation generally requires that it continue to comply with the relevant ADRs as at the time of manufacture.

Click here to read more on the current Australian Design Standards applicable to Vehicle Category Code – Trailers.

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