AL-KO, the leaders in caravan axles, brakes and components has announced that their Electronic Stability Control (ESC) technology is now also available for installation to caravans with AL-KO hydraulic disc brakes.
Since its release for caravans with electric brakes in 2012, AL-KO ESC has revolutionised towing safety in Australia – automatically applying the caravan brakes to help maintain control in the event of dangerous towing instability.
While electric brakes are still fitted to the majority of caravans in the market, the growing popularity of caravans with hydraulic disc brakes has led to calls for AL-KO to develop an ESC equivalent to suit this segment. In response, AL-KO engineers have now achieved a breakthrough by creating a specific model of the ESC that can be combined with the AL-KO iQ7 Air electric/hydraulic brake actuator resulting in an equivalent system for AL-KO hydraulic disc brakes.
Further explaining the development, AL-KO Technical & Manufacturing Manager Rob Funder said: “In an emergency event where the ESC is activated, the ESC unit can now deliver the brake control signal to the AL-KO iQ7 actuator which converts this to a corresponding hydraulic pressure to activate the brakes.This solution is similar to the operation of power assisted disc brakes found in modern passenger vehicles and offers smooth braking and a fast response time.
AL-KO ESC is now available for caravan manufacturers to fit to new caravans fitted with AL-KO Hydraulic Disc Brakes and AL-KO IQ7 with an ATM of 1250-2000kg for single axle an ATM of 2000-4000kg for tandem axles.
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