Electronic Braking Performance Monitoring System (EBPMS)

The Electronic Braking Performance Monitoring System (EBPMS) is a crucial tool for fleet managers. It gathers real-time data from a trailer's braking system, allowing managers to analyse and improve braking efficiency. Ultimately, keeping your trailers operational and eliminating the necessity for mandated roller brake tests at a DVSA test centre every 12 weeks.

What is EBPMS?

What is EBPMS?

The EBPMS is an innovative system designed to monitor, analyse, and document data through the brake performance of a commercial vehicle (trailer) during daily fleet management operations using sensors and electronic components to produce braking performance value over time.

With EBPMS braking incidents are used to create a braking effect in response to the driver’s request and it concludes when the driver’s speed is lessened, or a minimum velocity is attained.

EBPMS has the capability to use a series of data readings taken before, during or after a braking event not limited to but including changes in vehicle speed, demand pressure, time/date stamp, axle/bogie load and road gradient/angle.

The EBPMS is also used to calculate the efficiency of the braking system by constantly monitoring data while the vehicle is active. It provides a measurement of the vehicle's braking capacity, indicated as a brake value in relation to the maximum static axle/bogie load for a certain pressure requirement.

How does EBPMS work?

How does EBPMS work?

  • EBPMS can be integrated with broader vehicle telematics systems, allowing for real-time monitoring and management of fleet vehicles.
  • The performance data from EBPMS is collected and stored to give an overtime measure of the trailer's braking performance.
  • EBPMS utilises an array of sensors to gather real-time data, monitoring various braking events like brake deterioration, fluid quantities, braking strength, and effectiveness. This data is then measured against the requirements set by both the trailer operator and tractor unit.
  • EBPMS uses a combination of wear sensors, pressure sensors, and temperature sensors to monitor vital braking data. This information is then processed to predict maintenance requirements, maximise performance, and boost safety measures.
  • The performance data collected by EBPMS is recorded and maintained over a period to provide an analysis of the trailer's braking performance.

What are the rules and regulations on EBPMS?

What are the rules and regulations on EBPMS?

Regulatory Compliance

EBPMS supports fleet vehicles in meeting various safety norms and regulatory compliance according to UKI DVSA Standards Agency which are essential for lawful compliance and public safety such as:

  • Sending crucial alerts to the trailer vehicle operator via the telematics dashboard. Available via the Webfleet Brake Performance Report as part of the Webfleet Trailer solution.
  • Ability to identify the trailer vehicle.
  • The date the braking performance value applies to.
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  • Graphical reports of the brake performance value throughout the report show an occurring trend.
  • It is to be utilised to minimise braking events including data that can hurt the validity of the braking performance value.
  • It must provide the trailer vehicle operator with the ability to generate a braking performance report.
  • It must report if there is not enough data to generate a braking performance value.
  • It must provide access to view historical braking performance reports up to 36 months and should be verified as an accurate record.
  • Develop a brake efficiency assessment report for use in preventative upkeep inspections conducted by the maintenance provider, supplying a value for brake performance during the inspection period, along with a graph displaying the trend of performance.
  • A general document that has the name of the manufacturer, system name, system variants, software version, identification of units and an explanation of its basic function.
  • A document listing the vehicle type in which the braking performance monitoring system can be installed.
  • The report should include information supporting how these requirements have been fulfilled.

HGV Inspection Manual Standards

Heavy Duty Vehicles are by UKI standards expected to perform a roller brake test up to four times a year.

For heavy goods vehicles, EBPMS assists in complying with the standards set out in the UK HGV Inspection Manual, particularly in maintaining the required braking performance. To effectively monitor your fleet's braking performance, discover the Webfleet Braking Performance Report as part of the Webfleet Trailer solution.

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