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TSE Brakes Launches TSE-Sense Smart Air Brake Actuator

Patrick McNamara
"Basically, we understood that customers don’t want three or four different types of telematics, they want one,” says TSE Brakes' Patrick McNamara. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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CLEVELAND — Brake actuator and adjuster manufacturer TSE Brakes Inc., announced on Sept. 12 the launch of its TSE-Sense smart air brake actuator during American Trucking Associations’ 2021 Technology & Maintenance Council Fall Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition.

The system consists of smart brake actuators and a data integration box (DIB), a patent-pending TSE-Sense that continuously monitors brake stroke at each wheel end. TSE-Sense can diagnose brake issues in real time, including nonfunctioning brakes, dragging brakes, overstroke conditions, emergency spring failure and cross-axle brake imbalance.

The TSE-Sense brake actuator measures the brake stroke of each actuator, monitors the emergency spring condition and logs the brake performance data in the DIB. By performing brake diagnostic checks, it verifies that each actuator and the entire brake system is functioning properly.


TSE-Sense brake chamber (TSE Brakes)

Patrick McNamara, vice president of sales and marketing, described the process of developing the product as a reaction to customers wanting a “plug and play” device versus a system that sends data to multiple locations.

“Basically, we understood that customers don’t want three or four different types of telematics, they want one,” he said.

McNamara also stated that TSE-Sense integrates into the tractor or trailer telematics monitoring system. The collected data from each TSE-Sense smart brake actuator sends regular updates to the user interface, as well as providing real-time status for key parameters.

Such alert messages include dragging brake, overstroke and slow brake release as well as several system status and wheel-end alert messages. McNamara stressed the importance of fleets meeting such issues head on.

“With the wheel-end alerts, it is just our customers saying, ‘Tell me when I have problems,’ ” he said. “And that is what we are focused on.”

McNamara also announced partnerships with trailer OEMs such as Great Dane, and plans to mass produce its product in the near future.

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