Pot plants, seedlings, cut flowers: Raeth transports everything that grows and blossoms. Flowers are the mainstay of business for this family-run transport company from the Lower Rhine region of Germany. The firm maintains a state-of-the-art fleet of 60 trucks, including 20 new Actros. Its subsidiary, RM Pflanzenlogistik, has 20 trucks, including five new Actros.
The 15 most recent additions, all Actros 1842 models, are powered by especially economical and efficient Euro VI engines. The Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) assistance system makes further fuel savings possible. The managing directors, brothers Jakob and Lambert Brimmers, also ordered their new Actros with the full complement of safety and assistance systems: from Stability Control Assist and Proximity Control Assist with Stop-and-Go function through to Active Brake Assist 3, which is also capable of reacting to stationary obstacles.
PPC for even greater economy.
PPC further reduces the already low fuel consumption of the new Actros by as much as five percent. It thus promotes high overall economy across the entire life cycle of the truck.
An add-on to the conventional cruise control, PPC integrates a topography-adapted driving style into the automatic system.
Using 3D road maps and GPS data, the system continuously calculates the topography of the road ahead. It detects uphill and downhill gradients, crests and hollows – and supplies this information to the automatic transmission. PPC, which works across Europe on almost 300,000 kilometres of roads, is more accurate than even a driver with the best possible local knowledge. “We’re often under way in hilly terrain,” says Jakob Brimmers. Yet the system pays for itself even where you don’t expect it – such as in the ostensibly flat region of the Lower Rhine.
Less work for the driver.
The key innovation with PPC compared with the conventional cruise control is the lower speed tolerance, known as the lower hysteresis. Down to this limit, the system slows the truck on uphill gradients or before hill crests compared with the set speed.
The driver must make sure not to select too low a setting. Otherwise the vehicle can become an obstacle in heavy traffic. This shows: although PPC doesn’t do all the work for the driver, it still makes his life easier. The system allows the driver to focus even better on the traffic.