Thursday 28 January 2021

Diagnosing brake faults with Knorr-Bremse NEO

Braking technology specialist Knorr-Bremse has outlined some of the adfivantages of its NEO Green diagnostics system.

“With technology advancing at a lightning pace, more and more vehicles are fitted with electronic braking systems as standard,” said Knorr-Bremse.

“This technology is showing no sign in letting up but only increasing as intelligent braking products continue finding their way onto vehicles.

“For commercial vehicle workshop technicians, a diagnostics tool which identifies braking system faults and that can program replacement electronic braking parts is a must and is a highly valuable asset. The ideal solution is an inexpensive fault-finding tool which provides workshops and technicians with the essential functions without sacrificing quality and functionality.”

Knorr-Bremse NEO Green is a modular diagnostics and programming system for Knorr-Bremse braking systems. It can diagnose approximately 95 per cent of Knorr-Bremse truck, bus and trailer ABS/EBS systems that are in service today, says the company, by providing the operator with practical hints on faults and recommended rectification procedures in a user-friendly way.

“While ABS and EBS faults can be tricky and complex to solve, the expertise built into NEO Green enables regular workshop employees to diagnose, repair and reprogram them with ease, saving your business valuable time and money,” said Knorr-Bremse.

“However, NEO Green isn’t just about diagnostics. Our latest software update (part number K023504V20N00) allows the user to programme a wide range of Electronic Air Control (EAC) units, which are typically found on Volvo & Renault (EAC1 2008-2013. EAC2.5 2014 onwards), Mercedes (EAC2 2008 onwards) and DAF trucks Euro 6 models (EAC2.1).

“On some of these vehicles, just replacing an air dryer cartridge (with Oil Separator technology) requires the parameters resetting with NEO to advise the system that a replacement has been made. In short, to enable workshops to replace safety critical, intelligent components themselves today and in the future, a package like NEO is simply a must.”

There are two-base line Knorr-Bremse NEO Green Test Kits available; one is designed for customers who already own the Knorr-Bremse Trailer EBS Diagnostic Test Kit ECU Talk (part number KB915) and want to upgrade to be able to also carry out truck and bus diagnostic work. This is called the NEO Green Upgrade Kit (part number K025340N00).

The other option is for customers who have not purchased ECU Talk and wish to diagnose truck, bus and trailer electronic systems; this is called the NEO Green Starter Kit (part number K019470N00).

“The NEO Green Starter Kit contains all the equipment you need to get up and running, all you need do then is purchase system cables and adapters to allow you to access the OBD socket according to the vehicle makes and models you will be working with,” said the company.

“This way you can tailor your NEO Green kit to suit your needs.”

A user manual (Y037389) can be downloaded from the Knorr-Bremse documentation website page (see the URL below for more information).

NEO is a laptop-based service tool made to work on Windows 7 operating systems and above (laptop not provided).

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