The digital future of vehicle controls
"Finally, a vehicle manufacturer has taken the time to bring the trailer into the modern digital world after it was invented for vehicles in the mid '80s. Now we can implement our consistent trend of digitisation for the last two logistical processes – loading and unloading – and close this gap. Work and process safety will increase considerably, and in turn so will productivity and profitability."
John H. Landwehr
Gerdes und Landwehr Unternehmensgruppe
"We have opted multiple times for Silo 4.0, because everything has its time. Digitisation and open interfaces will need a clear change in how processes are conducted. The system gives us the opportunity to automatically transmit precise data, such as exhaust pressure, geo-coordinates, times and quantities, etc., to our follow-up systems like telematics, dispatching and the ERP system, through various interfaces. This increases process speed, reduces personnel costs, simplifies documentation and ensures the verification obligation for exhaust processes. With this system we will be significantly faster with regard to processing and completion of final order steps, while it will be possible to process and send invoices within minutes (partially or even fully automated as well). All in all, the Silo 4.0 system lets us take a big step toward the future, we can incorporate our wishes and requirements with the specialists from Feldbinder, and are already getting a "sustainable", distinct, and stable position on the market."
Head of Logistics
Future-oriented thanks to digital CAN-BUS controls
The vehicle is controlled centrally via an operating terminal with touchscreen and dial controllers with physical buttons.
All from one source
Traditional operation includes remote control of the tractor unit (motor, auxiliary drive, rotational frequency), electromechanical air distribution (loosening, top air, exhaust, material accelerator) as well as controls for the blocking agents in the material outflow. Optimised air distribution controls save resources and shorten unloading times. Abstaining from conventional control elements provides more space and provides weight benefits as well.
The knowledge stays
One major characteristic of Silo 4.0 controls is the integrated database, in which customer and product data can be stored with the corresponding unloading parameters. This allows for optimised unloading across drivers and vehicles. Driver expertise can be saved and pulled up company-wide. Thanks to the intuitive controls and multilingual operation, inexperienced drivers can safely and quickly operate the vehicle. Vehicle circulations are more efficient, and thus easier to plan.
Geofencing, code scanners or RFID technology help you with loading and prevent unloading at the wrong unloading points. When it comes to critical unloading points, the vehicle can be controlled remotely via app on a tablet. The operator can be present at the location that requires the most attention. Interface communication with dispatching and invoicing systems as well as document management ensure smooth data transfers. Vehicle components like the brake system, tyre pressures or weight can also be incorporated and transmitted over long distances.
Always by your side
Maintenance management reminds you of any scheduled service work and inspection dates. However, in the event of a component failure, the "Plain language error management" helps minimise workshop and outage times. The vehicle can automatically send the respective information via the integrated GSM/WLAN/Bluetooth interface and prepare for the time at the workshop. An emergency activation lets you empty the vehicle first.
In order to give you a sense of security, we provide a 5-year warranty on select control parts! (excluding parts susceptible to wear)
Assists you with all of your daily tasks
The functions of the Silo 4.0 controls make your work safer. Tasks like activating the work spotlight when the sun goes down, or placing the vehicle in a safe driving condition, help improve work safety. Countless external components like fill level measurement or configurable weighing systems can be visualised, evaluated and integrated into the controls.
Optimised from top to bottom
Silo 4.0 can also control FFB automated manlids. This renders climbing up to open the manlid before loading the vehicle redundant, and the risk of an accident is reduced. The optional abstention from climbing ladders and walking grantrys, as well as the vehicle structure optimised for Silo 4.0, saves on weight and improves aerodynamics.
For your safety
The automated evaluation of safety components, such as the excess pressure valves, and datalogging of vehicle and unloading parameters help with process safety and quality improvement. In case of emergency, an "EMERGENCY STOP" disrupts the unloading and places the vehicle in a safe operating mode.
It simply sees more than you do
The optional 3D reverse driving camera independently evaluates the non-visible environment, and detects people, animals and obstacles during shunting. You are warned of a potential collision, or the vehicle can optionally brake. Additional sensors, such as light cabinets for monitoring work and risk areas, can be integrated without issue.
Moving toward the future together
Software updates and function expansions can be installed at any time via the integrated USB interface (wireless connection under development).
The benefits you obtain when you equip vehicles with Silo 4.0:
Suitable for semi-trailers, motorcar structures and trailers
Saves on weight and space due to lack of traditional operating elements, improved aerodynamics
Central operation of all functions via central oeprating terminal with touchscreen functionality
Guided unloading with intuitive menu controls
Avoids faulty loading and unloading
Optimisation of unloading times, thereby saving on resources
Visualisation of blocking agents with precise, recurring target/actual value actuation
Memory function for optimal unloading parameters in special database
Optional app-supported operation via tablet
Traction engine controls regardless of manufacturer
Multilingual software with personalised access
Can be updated (e.g. function expansion, adjustment of operating surface, etc.)
Integration, evaluation, visualisation of external components and control tasks
Plain language error management
Interface communication on brake system, dispatching or invoicing system, etc., via CAN-BUS and GSM/WLAN/Bluetooth communication module
Automatic function test of safety-relevant components, such as excess pressure valve and departure check
Digital tagging and logging of unloading parameters, such as container pressure
Digital engine immobiliser
Improves process safety and quality via avoidance of operating, loading and unloading errors
Have we raised your interest?
If you would like to learn more about the many functions and uses of the Silo 4.0 controls, write us an e-mail at email@example.com or contact our field office staff. We will be happy to let you know how Silo 4.0 can help you with your daily work.