Brussels, Belgium. ZF today announced that it has signed a landmark Long-Term Agreement (LTA) with Wielton SA, the third largest producer of semi-trailers in Europe. Leveraging its recent acquisition of WABCO, ZF’s Commercial Vehicle Control Systems division will equip Wielton trailers with its advanced Transicsbranded TX-TRAILERPULSE™ telematics solution as well as extensive support services across Europe. This follows the recent successful extension of a cooperation agreement between ZF and Wielton to equip Wielton trailers with WABCO Trailer EBS
ZF’s advanced Fleet Management Solutions (FMS) will enable Wielton to strongly differentiate its customer offering through advanced realtime fleet management capabilities and data-driven insights. With the Transics-branded TX-TRAILERPULSE™ onboard of Wielton trailers, fleet operators will be equipped to continuously monitor trailer health and thereby significantly increase operational efficiency and vehicle safety.
“ZF offers one of the commercial vehicle industry’s most advanced fleet management solutions. With real-time access to rich data and information from this advanced telematics solution, we can help our customers truly manage the lifecycle of their vehicle,” said Andrzej Mowczan, Commercial Director from Wielton Trailers. “Connecting our fleet with ZF’s telematics, IoT and connected services will help us gain an understanding of actual trailer use on the road. Critical insights on the health of the trailers will prove valuable for Wielton’s engineering teams to further adapt our future trailer technologies to our customers’ needs. In parallel, these data can be harnessed to further upscale our value offering in maintenance and safety optimizations for fleets.”
TX-TRAILERPULSE™ is a unique trailer telematics solution that captures maximum data from trailers with limited electronics, such as curtain siders. Supplying real-time location and EBS data to the TXCONNECT™ back office software platform, the new TX-TRAILERPULSE™ solution can be delivered with or without a rechargeable battery. In the latter, the telematics device can also receive tire pressure data transmitted directly from WABCO’s OptiTire™ Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. As part of ZF’s digital services offering, TX-TRAILERFIT™ is a diagnostics-oriented back office platform that processes and visualizes the technical performance and health of trailers, providing Wielton and their customers the opportunity to optimize trailer maintenance activities and to enhance the safety through driving style analysis.
“We are honored to welcome Wielton as a truly valued trailer customer,” said Peter Bal, Business Leader Digital Customer Services EMEA with ZF Commercial Vehicle Control Systems. “TXTRAILERPULSE™ will enable Wielton and its customers to benefit from cloud-based digital services. Combined with our extensive service network and proven product quality expertise, we are committed to supporting Wielton in its journey towards digitalization and help boost its already highly rated customer service.”
“This agreement is a further step towards strengthening our relationship with Wielton trailers,” added Christian Hainzl, Customer Business Leader Trailer EMEA with ZF Commercial Vehicle Control Systems. “Given our extensive knowledge, customer base and local presence in the European trailer market, we are delighted to present this unique solution to our trailer and fleet customers as we pave the road towards an increasingly connected trailer of the future.”
Under the LTA, the installation of the telematics services in Wielton trailers will be carried out at the company’s locations. The offering will be launched on the Polish market as optional equipment for new trailers.