North America’s first fuel-saving electronic air processing technology introduced by Meritor Wabco


Meritor Wabco introduced fuel-saving electronic air processing technology to the North American truck market last week at the 2014 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Described as a “breakthrough connectivity technology,” its combines the company’s System Saver 1200 Plus air dryer technology with electronic fuel-saving software stored in Meritor Wabco’s antilock braking system.

Integration of these advanced technologies with the new connectivity solution reduces system cost for OEMs and helps fleets improve fuel efficiency, said Patrick Kealy, director of compression and braking for Meritor Wabco. Although mechanical air processing systems for commercial vehicles have been standard technology in North America, electronic air processing technology has been delivering higher fuel economy and lower system costs to major European OEMs and fleets.

Meritor Wabco is a North American joint venture focused on the development and delivery of proven, integrated safety technology and efficiency components.

“We’ve developed a highly intelligent and cost-effective air processing system that will improve vehicle efficiency and boost fuel savings by up to 1 percent for North American fleets,” he said. “The new technology is specifically engineered to the needs of North American vehicle makers and fleets.”


Increased demand

Meritor Wabco reports significantly increased demand from major commercial vehicle OEMs and fleet customers for its innovative System Saver 1200 Plus air dryer technology, which was developed specifically for North American braking systems, Kealy noted.

The high-capacity dryer uses internal air for regeneration, providing a more efficient solution, he explained. “Meritor Wabco’s air dryer system differentiates with best-in-class air drying capacity, lighter weight, lower maintenance costs and higher fuel savings.”

System Saver 1200 Plus is now available on four major commercial vehicle manufacturer brands and is standard equipment for select models at three OEMs.

“The system’s superbly engineered single electronic control unit integrates Meritor WABCO’s proprietary fuel-saving software with braking, air compression and air cartridge regeneration,” said Kealy. “We are delivering an industry-leading solution for the North American trucking industry.”

Sales, service and technical support for this technology will be available from DriveForce and OnTrac, Meritor's industry-leading organization of 110 dedicated support professionals.