As manyheavy equipment owners know, traction system is one of the vital parts of themachine which is basically practical to have.
Tractioncontrols keep the equipment from skidding on slippery roads and limit tire slipby maximizing the friction produced on the impact of tire and road. In thepast, drivers would need to focus his controls on the break to keep the vehiclefrom spinning wildly. Unfortunate fates may sometimes lead to accidents orworse, cause deaths and ample amount of liability expenses and mountain ofcomplaints.
Operatorsand equipment owners nowadays use the assistance of traction system to sustainthe controls. Standards on articulated dump trucks state that the automatedtraction control (ATC) monitors wheel spin and axle speeds per second andresponds quickly when a possible slip is detected. With ATC the truck is alwaysin the correct drive combination for conditions. And ATC is flexible; it can beapplied to a single wheel, one or more axles, all wheels on one side, etc.
Theimportance of traction control reaches out even to distributors in developingnations.
Axis Capital Group, a Singaporean companywhich sells and rents high-standard machineries also servicing to Jakarta,Indonesia, admits to only distributing equipment with traction controls systemsas customers are highly cautious on security and risk reduction on theirequipment.
Axis alsopointed out that traction system is more than its capabilities to providesecurity; it also comes inexpensive for both distributors and end-clients. ForVolvo, for example, the traction system under this brand reduces fuelconsumption and improves productivity by 6%. It can also be easily operatedsince it is compatible to telematics devices, thus, cutting operator’s trainingand saving more. Most importantly, since these trucks are made to withstandrough terrains, slippery roads and steep pavements, maintenance can be cut off.It can moreover last for a long time since it is built in sturdy components.
Morereviews show advanced attributes of electronic traction system. Take forexample Komatsu Traction Control System. Monitoring the relative speeds of thefront and center axles, when slip is detected, the system automatically engagesan inter-axle lock. If a wheel is still slipping, the system applies theservice brake to that wheel and continues to monitor wheel speed and modulatebraking. In the cab, the operator uses a rocker switch to choose betweenautomatic and manual operation of the inter-axle lockup clutch.