Text: Juliane Gringer
BPW is launching a plug-and-play auxiliary steering system with innovative sensor technology.
Tankers that collect milk on farms or trucks that deliver drinks to supermarkets generally have to manoeuvre in tight spaces when loading and unloading – which makes it a very time-consuming process. A self-steering axle could previously only be of assistance during forwards travel in these situations. Now BPW is launching an innovative electro-hydraulic auxiliary steering system that provides steering functionality – and therefore trailer manoeuvrability – during reverse manoeuvres. It is a lightweight, independent, cost-effective and low-maintenance plug-and-play system that can be retrofitted depending on the type of chassis and is particularly easy to install. “Active Reverse Control” is the name of the electro-hydraulic auxiliary steering system, which was first shown at the IAA commercial vehicles fair 2018 in Hanover and is available for vehicles with 22.5-inch tyres.
Save fuel and protect tyres
Albayrak considers the most important areas of application to be in distribution and consolidated transport and the low loader trailer segment. The use of self-steering axles has such a positive functional influence on cornering in forward travel that it reduces fuel consumption and protects the tyres. For an annual mileage of 100,000 kilometres, around 1,000 litres of diesel and four tyres can be saved. The use of the electro-hydraulic auxiliary steering system from BPW now also provides steering functionality – and therefore trailer manoeuvrability – during reversing manoeuvres.