As the trucking industry seeks sustainable solutions, Canada's leading engineered materials and interconnect partner is uniquely positioned as a top resource for engineers. The integration of electric axles and hub motors in trailers presents a significant opportunity to enhance a vehicle's tractive effort, thereby reducing fuel consumption. Matrix's range of products, including ruggedized interconnect, battery storage materials, and specialized adhesives, supports the transition towards electrification.
According to industry insights, a substantial portion of diesel fuel energy is lost due to factors like internal engine friction, pumping losses, and electrical loads. To address these challenges, Most industry solutions focus on improving driving resistance, such as aero drag and rolling resistance and advocate for the use of electric generators in trailer axles or wheels to recover kinetic energy during downhill braking or coasting. This recovered energy can be stored in batteries, easing the load on the engine during acceleration and peak power demand moments. The optimization of endurance braking strategies, with e-axles and motor/generator systems in trailers, becomes crucial. The integration of trailer and tractor systems, managed by advanced powertrain controllers, becomes key for maximizing energy recuperation.
Looking ahead, Matrix envisions a future where electronic brake controls, utilizing the CAN network, enhance brake force modulation, response time, and overall vehicle stability during braking maneuvers. This evolution may include electronic control of pneumatic brakes, potentially shortening stopping distances and eliminating the need for air compressors in favor of electric brakes. Matrix has consistently served as the primary source for ruggedized interconnect in Canada, uniquely positioned to manufacture solutions that excel in critical braking functions and withstand the extreme conditions encountered by trailers in the Canadian landscape.
The introduction of these system makes heat dissipation and thermal management a growing issue in design. Matrix’s Customized Thermal interface management solutions enhance manufacturing efficiency and contribute to prolonged lifespan by addressing specific assembly needs and ensuring thermal conductivity and electrical isolation.
While the trucking industry is yet to fully embrace these advancements, Matrix's products position the company as a leading materials and interconnect supplier for trailer manufacturers at the forefront of electrification. These solutions contribute to sustainability goals and pave the way for a more efficient and environmentally friendly future in the transportation sector.