Truck and Track Spring 2024

Truck and Track Spring 2024 46 TRAILERS After 70 years in the truck industry, VBG has launched a smart generation of couplings, which may be familiar on the outside, but are completely new on the inside. The new generation of VBG couplings is a major leap in innovation in the industrial segment in which VBG operates. The combination of refined mechanics and new digital technology further increases safety and reliability, while also opening doors for functions that will be offered in the near future. Among other things, the mechanical improvements have resulted in more compact coupling dimensions. The power actuator, manual handle and VBG’s valve box have also been made smaller and more lightweight which creates better options for different types of installation on trucks. The products are now also easier to maintain, which saves time and extends the service life. VBG will continue to serve existing products on the market by enabling upgrades to the new generation of technology. In this way, new functions can be added to today’s couplings, which extends the product life cycle and adds value to customers’ investments. VBG aims to make everyday life in the road transport industry safer and simpler. To accomplish this, a completely new CAN bus-based electrical infrastructure has been developed which, together with digital sensors, will facilitate functional growth in the future. This offers great development potential for the future and serves as the first step towards digitised functions which will help drivers to handle coupling functions sustainably. Extensive road tests have already proved to be extremely successful. The main project has been running for several years. Following field tests in several countries in Europe for more than two years. Also, now that certification testing in accordance with UNECE R55 has been approved, VBG is finally ready to start mass production in Vänersborg. VBG Smart Generation Couplings