ConMet to Debut Industry’s First Real-Time Wheel End Monitoring System
VANCOUVER, WA | September 25, 2017 – ConMet, a leading global supplier of components to the commercial vehicle market, announced today it will be introducing the industry’s first intelligent wheel end at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACVS booth #2620). This new product will allow drivers and fleet managers to monitor the health of the wheel end through access to real-time data on important hub functions, creating a safer, better maintained, and more profitable vehicle performance. ConMet’s SmartHubTM, along with three additional products being featured at NACVS, is the foundation for the company’s innovation initiative.
“ConMet’s SmartHub is being developed with the purpose of providing better prognostic capabilities around the health of the wheel end. As market trends, like autonomous vehicles and commercial vehicle platooning continue to grow, this self-monitoring, predictive technology will be critical to the safety of the wheel end,” said Beto Dantas, Vice President of Innovation, Strategy, and Marketing at ConMet. “Our longstanding experience and knowledge of wheel end performance enables us to be uniquely positioned to develop this technology.”
The SmartHub contains embedded sensors that will measure and transmit data on wheel end health indicators, including: hub temperature, lubricant level, hub vibration, speed, miles traveled, spindle nut torque readings, hub load, and bolt tension. “Knowing and tracking these details becomes a tremendous advantage in predicting and preventing downtime,” said Dantas.
While the data will be available for viewing at anytime, drivers and fleet managers are immediately alerted to any variations outside of the acceptable operational parameters.
The introduction of the SmartHub, combined with the company’s showcasing of three new technology-driven products, is indicative of ConMet’s efforts to be recognized as a transformative leader in trucking technology. The three additional innovation product concepts being featured are:
- The Preset Plus Electric Hub, powered by ProteanDRIVE®, offers electrification powered at the wheel end.
- WheelShield™ is an aerodynamic wheel cover providing tool-less installation.
- A tire alignment device geared towards increasing tire life.
ConMet, a division of Amsted Industries, is a leading global supplier of components to the commercial vehicle market. ConMet products are standard equipment on every major commercial vehicle manufactured in North America and are growing in popularity worldwide. Amsted, a 100 percent employee-owned company, is one of the world’s largest transportation component manufacturers.
Jessica Ferguson, Marketing Manager