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Faulty Brakes are Costly

United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) requires trucks have 80% of their total braking capacity to operate. If a truck is found to be more than 20% out-of-adjustment, that truck is immediately placed out of service until the brakes are adjusted. Out of service trucks result in expensive delays for trucking firms and their clients due to emergency service, delayed deliveries, lost opportunity cost and dangerous traffic incidents.

44% percent of trucks are found to have brake problems.

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Brake Inspections Are a Hassle

Performing a semi-truck brake inspection requires one person to press the brake pedal while another person has to crawl around under the truck to take the push-rod measurements, regardless of weather conditions or terrain. This process is time-consuming and expensive.

SeeBrake Makes it Simple

SeeBrake saves time and money because it measures push-rod activity automatically. SeeBrake also measures air values sequencing to provide balanced braking, to maximize stopping power and assist in preventing jackknifing.

The driver or maintenance person can view the readings for each brake on the in-cab display, and the data may be transmitted to the company maintenance facility.

SeeBrake will not replace physical brake inspections, but it will improve highway safety and reduce maintenance costs by enabling the operator to regularly inspect their brake performance.

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SafetyWatch Technologies, Inc. (SWTI) has been developing since the 90’s a durable and accurate brake reporting platform for heavy trucks. Your trailers can now pull their own weight in the overall equation of stopping power. And know that ABS do not have anything to do with stopping power. However, if the tractor-trailer brakes are not in adjustment, none of the technologies forming the pyramid that sits on top of each brake will work to their potential. These technologies include: Anti-lock braking system (ABS), Automatic tracking control (ATC), electronic stability control (ESC), and at the top are various versions of collision avoidance systems (CAV).

Our SeeBrake system can read brake push-rod data from the tractor and the trailer or just the trailer only [can multiple trailers]. The system consists of sensors at each brake, electronic control units connected by signature [2 issued utility patents] software that manages the data in real time. The system shows both the pushrod travel of each brake, the timing of each brake, and when the brake is released will report a hung up, dragging, or stuck brake possibly reducing trailer fires. Brake data is sent over Bluetooth to the SeeBrake Phone APP. You now know if the truck’s air valves are firing in sequence and that the truck/trailer pushrod travel are within DOT allowed specifications.

  • Show whether pushrod travel is within USDOT specifications.
  • Detect air leaks or valve problems via pushrod travel information.
  • Show whether the timing of the brakes is balanced, i.e. left and right, as well as the timing of the crack pressures which should activate from the back to the front.
  • Notifies operator if one or more brakes are out of service and catch the problem brake before the mandatory 20% of the brakes become out of service which puts the entire tractor-trailer out of service on the spot if the operator should get pulled over.
  • Will report hung up, dragging, or stuck brakes; information to possibly reduce trailer fires.
  • Brake data is sent over Bluetooth to the SeeBrake Phone APP for the operator.
  • SeeBrake can integrate with fleet management systems interface with Bluetooth.

Comments made by DOT/CVSA Inspectors; the system is:

  • Passive, does not interact with the brake.
  • Is simple and can be easily checked for accuracy.
  • If one sensor fails, this event doesn’t affect the readings of the other system sensors.
  • Its operation requires only one person to operate without leaving the cab of the truck.
  • Data is retrieved by simply depressing the brake pedal. The data is then captured and moved to a screen in the cab. Or, the system can be integrated with your on-board computers.
  • Currently, it takes two mechanics to check the brakes. One mechanic underneath the truck or trailer sliding from brake to brake hand-measuring the pushrod travel. If the tractor-trailer has 5 axles, the operator must check ten brakes. During this time, the second person is sitting in the cab and depressing the brake pedal for each individual brake test. Therefore, if it takes two minutes to check each brake (there are ten brakes on a standard five axle semi-truck) and you had two technicians each working 20 minutes, there would be a total of 40 minutes of work time versus one technician that can do the test in less than five minutes.

Additional Savings:

  • By reducing time required for physical brake checks will mechanics increased time to conduct expanded truck maintenance.
  • Reduce brake part throw-aways.
  • Reduce down-time for a truck and its driver.
  • Reduce penalties from USDOT or State DOT for brakes not in compliance.
  • Save payloads.
  • Prevent environmental spills from payloads and on-board fuel.
  • Save lives.
  • Save court awarded damages.