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MTQ Engine Systems knows common-rail

The common-rail system takes its name from the shared high-pressure line (the ‘common rail’) that supplies all cylinders with fuel and serves as a pressure accumulator.

Unlike other injection systems, in common-rail systems pressure generation and injection are separate from each other. A separate high-pressure pump continuously feeds the fuel into the rail, allowing the system to have fuel available at the right pressure at all times, even at low engine speeds. Other diesel direct-injection systems have to build up the high fuel pressure anew for each injection process.

The primary pump supplies fuel to a high-pressure reservoir (the fuel rail), where the fuel is stored at the optimal pressure for the engine’s instantaneous operating conditions in preparation for subsequent injection. Each of the engine’s cylinders are equipped with an injector featuring an integral solenoid valve. This solenoid valve opens and closes to define the starting point and mass of the injection process. The driver’s demand is defined by the accelerator pedal. An engine control unit (ECU) registers driver demand and current vehicle operating conditions as the basis for calculating the required fuel pressure and injection timing according to the parameters defined in the program map.

Common-rail technology differs from conventional systems by providing multiple injections per working cycle. The cycle is divided into pre or pilot injection for reduced engine noise, main injection for optimal power deployment and secondary injection for reduced emissions. The fuel reaches the injection nozzles via short pressure lines.

The first generation of the common-rail system permitted an injection pressure of 1300 bar. At present, the second generation of the system generates 1600 bar. The third generation introduced in 2003 achieves pressures of up to 2000 bar at the nozzle. For injection, newly-developed piezo injectors are used instead of conventional solenoid valves. Piezo injectors operate up to five times faster, allowing an even greater degree of freedom in designing the rate-of-discharge curve with both pilot and post-injections.

MTQ Engine Systems Australia is a common-rail specialist with the capabilities to repair or remanufacture all components of the various common-rail fuel systems available today.

Due to the advanced technological nature of the common-rail system, repairs of the components require advanced equipment and highly trained technicians to ensure that the system is working harmoniously. MTQ’s branches are equipped with the latest technology and factory-trained technicians to ensure you get vehicles back on the road with minimal downtime. MTQ is also a Bosch common-rail repair partner, meeting the strict criteria for equipment, tooling and facility capabilities.

Along with common-rail repairs, MTQ offers a ‘Reman’ exchange program where you bring in your worn or damaged unit and replace it from an expansive range of remanufactured units, saving you time and money. All of MTQ’s remanufactured units come with a 12 month, unlimited kilometer/hours warranty to give you piece of mind.

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HD wipers you can trust

With 95 per cent of decisions while driving based on vision, wipers are critically important in driving safety.

For more than 90 years, Trico has offered superior wiper products that drivers, owner/operators and fleets can depend on for OEM quality and unsurpassed driving visibility.

Trico research shows that up to 75 per cent of vehicles on the roads today have faulty wiper-blade assemblies or wiper refills.

Trico heavy-duty wiper blades are designed to perform in the toughest environments and help protect precious cargo – whether products or people – while out on the road.

Trico’s full line of HD wiper blades, refills and arms is ideal for virtually all of your heavy-duty truck, bus and recreationalvehicle needs. Trico blades fit both curved and flat windshields, new and older models and come in a variety of lengths and arm styles. They have durable metal construction, a heavy-duty natural rubber wiping element, are quick and easy to install and available in a variety of styles. Blades are also available in lengths from 400mm to 700mm.

Trico recommends wiper blade refills be replaced every six months but the complete blade assembly is more often than not the cause of most wiper problems. A wiper blade will not function effectively if the blade or the wiper arm is in poor condition. Due to wear and tear generated by friction pressure over the wiper-sweeping action, the blade assembly over time becomes loose at the refill mounting points, arm-toblade connection and also at the wiper-blade tension points that provide downward force onto the glass surface. Wear at these integral points of the wiper system adversely affect overall performance, vision and noise. The complete wiper blade assembly should be replaced every 12 months.

For best wiper-blade performance, don’t forget to keep windshields clean by adding Trico Vision Wiper Additive to the reservoir. Trico Vision Wiper additive provides much more than a clean screen. The special ammonia-free formula will not damage the rubber, plastic or paintwork, lubricates wiper components and is formulated to fight algae build-up in the reservoir.

“For durable, dependable heavy-duty wipers that perform time after time, count on Trico, the leader in wiper products,” says National Sales Manager for Trico Products Daniel Harper.

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Six Common Signs Of Wear And Tear – And Solutions

For more information contact: Trico Products Toll Free 1300 698 742

Engines Australia Service Engineering Bulletin: Pre-lubing’ Rebuilt Engines

Dry-running pistons, rings, bearings, gears, etc is at any time clearly detrimental to the life of the engine. It will cause either unnecessary, premature wear and damage and if prolonged, engine seizure and failure. Rebuilt engines and engines that stand for extended periods between starts are most susceptible to dry-run when they are first started. After an engine is rebuilt, all oil feed pipes and galleries are dry of lubricant. When the engine is first started, if the oil system has not been ‘pre-lubed’/pressurised, there is a significant period before oil is pumped through the engine’s oil system, thrown onto cylinder walls and reached other critical areas. This delay is the result of the time it takes for the oil pump to prime itself, pressurise the oil galleries and remove air from the system. This process can take from several seconds to several minutes, depending on the capacity and condition of the oil pump, the volume of the lubrication system, the ambient temperature, oil viscosity, etc.

While the use of a good-quality engine assembly grease (not just oil) will help protect engine components on initial start-up, it is best to ‘pre-lube’ the engine before the oil pan is fitted. This is best done using a commercially available oil pressure tank, although many engine reconditioners have made their own. The tank should hold in excess of 30 per cent of the normal engine oil capacity and be capable of safely holding 40-50psi pressure, although pressurising the engine should be done at normal engine operating pressures. The oil feed from the pressure tank is connected to the engine by a threaded connection that opens directly into the oil pressure system and as close to the oil pump as is practical. The oil is pumped into the engine until it flows freely (i.e. no bubbles or frothing) from the furthermost lubrication points from the oil pump (e.g. rockers or overhead camshafts). It is imperative that the oil level in the pressure tank does not drop too low, such that air is pumped into the oil system. If this does occur, the whole process must be repeated.

This is also a good time to check that the oil flow rate past the crankshaft bearings is correct and for engines fitted with piston spray cooling nozzles, that these nozzles are operating correctly.

For more information contact: Engine Australia 07 4679 8500 Toll Free 1300 364 463

Q8 Oils means quality

Q8 Oils uses only the highly prized Kuwaiti Export Crude in its lubricants, which possesses a very unique chemistry.

According to the company, it is superior in quality and consistency to all other crude available today, making it the ideal raw material for the manufacture of finished lubricants (oils). Quite uniquely, all Q8 Oils base stock comes only from the country of Kuwait, meaning that every drum of oil you use is identical, unlike Australian imports that utilise crude oil from a multitude of countries, wells and, ultimately, producers from around the world.

This base stock is then refined at Q8 Oils Euro port base oil refinery in the Netherlands, which has one of the best refining processes available today. This oil refinery is renowned in the industry for producing some of the finest base oils available.

Due to high quality of the base oil and the refining process, the oil produced is very stable and less prone to oxidisation. This, in turn, results in longer life and ultimately better protection for your vehicle.

Tranzmile took on the Australian and PNG distribution of Q8 Oils a little more than a year and a half ago and is starting to make some big inroads into the highly competitive oil market.

An expanding number of fleets and workshops from around the country have made the switch to Q8 Oils with outstanding results.

This includes ScuzzTrans, a south-east Queensland-based company that specialises in the transportation of shipping containers. ScuzzTrans service the Port of Brisbane 24 hours a day, seven days a week with its fleet of 11 trucks, as well as covering northern New South Wales. It operates some of the best-known trucks in the industry, including NED, probably Australia’s most famous Western Star. NED features an impressive Ned Kelly themed custom paint job and a unique interior featuring various calibre brass casings for switches.

Owner Andrew McSweeney says that ScuzzTrans takes great pride in the presentation of its fleet. It amongst the best presented on the road, so when it came to choosing the highest quality oil to keep the fleet running ScuzzTrans chose Q8 Oils.

“Our motto is, ‘You care, so we care’ and this influences every decision we make as a business,” he says. “I care about the quality of oil we use, and after trialing a range of products we chose Q8 Oils. It’s giving us fantastic results, and has even sorted some oil consumption issues we had in a couple of trucks. I highly recommend it.”

Tranzmile Managing Director Cameron Black says the feedback the company has received since taking on Q8 Oils has been overwhelmingly positive.

“We have a large number of fleets and workshops as customers of Q8 Oils now, which is really great, but a not so well known fact that many people may not realise is that we also use Q8 Oils exclusively in all of our own company-owned workshops,” he says. “Tranzmile’s sister company, Black Truck Sales, operates full-service Iveco, Western Star and Isuzu Truck dealerships in Toowoomba, Dalby, Roma, Goondiwindi and Moree, and we have been really impressed with the quality of Q8 Oils. Q8 Oils claim that it is the highest quality mineral oil available, and I have to say based on its performance with us I would have to agree with that. This consistently high performance it is delivering for us and for our customers has really contributed to the rapid uptake of the product, which is really pleasing.”

If you are looking for a higher quality oil that will improve performance, reduce wear and ultimately lower your running costs, you should speak to Tranzmile about Q8 Oils. If you are interested in trialing Q8 Oils, or perhaps in becoming a distributor, contact Tranzmile Managing Director Cameron Black on the number below.

For more information contact: Tranzmile Toll Free 1300 442 142.

Castrol RX Super steps up

Castrol RX Super has been protecting Aussie engines for more than 30 years and now it is delivering even greater protection. An extended family of Castrol RX grades with Durashield Boosters has been developed to take protection to a new level – for every engine type – and they are now available at your nearest Truckline store.

Durashield Boosters are new technology, exclusive to Castrol. They’ve been specially engineered to fight wear, deposits and corrosion, the main causes of engine damage, to deliver superior protection in three ways:

• Durashield Boosters help prevent soot particles agglomerating (fusing together) into larger, damaging particles, and also help remove harmful soot particles from metal surfaces, resulting

• Durashield Boosters provide a protective film on moving metal surfaces even under difficult conditions, maintaining the oil film layer, and preventing damaging metal-to-metal contact.

• The increased operating temperatures generated in engines designed to meet stricter emission control laws can lead to increased deposits and corrosion within the engine. Durashield Boosters deliver improved deposit and corrosion protection compared to industry tests and specifications. Extensive research has proven that Castrol RX with Durashield Boosters delivers up to 40 per cent less wear for longer engine life. For any truck owner, that’s as good as money in the bank.

To find out more about the extended family of Castrol RX grades, speak to your friendly and experienced Truckline staff member, who is always there to help.

For more information contact: Truckline Toll Free 1300 552 525

Fuchs emissions-reducing lubricant

Fuchs, one of the world’s largest independent manufacturers and suppliers of lubricants, has developed Titan Cargo 15W-40 to maintain the emissions-reducing capabilities of heavy-duty diesel vehicles.

Fuchs says its Titan Cargo products have proven their ability to reduce wear, their suitability for extended drain intervals and compatibility with after treatment devices and can be used in a diverse range of applications.

Original equipment manufacturers are continually developing new ways to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy and performance. One of these developments is the use of exhaust after-treatment systems, which are common in today’s diesel engine fleets. Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and diesel particulate filters (DPF) are some examples of these modern developments, all of which put increasing demands on the lubricant.

The lubricants used in these newer vehicles require low SAPS (sulphated ash, phosphorous and sulphur). These chemical elements have been present in lubricants for many years and in the incorrect amounts can damage and significantly decrease the life of the aftermarket-treatment devices.

Low SAPS lubricants contain lower levels of sulphated ash, phosphorous and sulphur than traditional lubricants and can be used in place of traditional lubricants with no detriment to vehicles that do not specifically require low SAPS.

Fuchs Titan Cargo 15W-40 can be used in older diesel engines regardless of mileage with no flushing required, reducing the need for multiple lubricants to be used within a fleet.

“We are seeing a wider range of diesel vehicles being introduced, both in Australia and worldwide, with an increasing emphasis on reduced emissions and fuel efficiency,” says Tony Swiatek, Automotive Product Manager at Fuchs Lubricants (Australasia).

“More and more engine fleets are requiring these lubricants, which are backwards compatible to reduce the need for buying a different product for the older diesel engines and the new. While they won’t harm the older engines, they will preserve the capabilities of newer engines to reduce emissions.”

There are a number of high-performance, low-SAPS products in the Titan Cargo range, including, Titan Cargo SL SAE 5W- 30, Titan Cargo SAE 10W-30, Titan Cargo SAE 15W-40, Titan Cargo SAE 5W-40, Titan Cargo MAXX SAE 10W-40 and Titan Cargo MAXX SAE 5W-30.

Titan Cargo 15W-40, however, is Fuchs’ most popular Titan Cargo lubricant, being used successfully in some of Australia and New Zealand’s largest fleets. It can conveniently be utilised in heavy-duty diesel vehicle engines in either on or off-road applications.

For more information contact: Fuchs Lubricants (Australasia) Toll Free 1800 180 013

Cut costs, maximise protection with Penrite

Attention all truck workshops and fleet owners looking to minimise inventory while maximising engine protection.

There are now two OEM-approved products that cover more than 99 per cent of the heavy-duty truck market, allowing you to economise on products but never compromise on quality.

Penrite has been making engine oils for harsh Australian conditions since 1926 and only produces high-quality oils that meet OEM approvals to maintain engine warranty.

Penrite’s Diesel HD is a SAE 15W-40 high-performance heavy-duty diesel engine oil. It is made from a combination of hydrocracked base stocks.

Penrite Diesel HD is approved by Cummins, Mercedes-Benz, MAN, Volvo, Mack and Renault and meets the requirements of:


• Caterpillar ECF-1-a/ECF-2/ECF-3

• JASO DH-2, MTU Type 2

• Allison C-4, MB 228.3

Penrite’s Enviro Plus 10W-40 is a state-of-the-art, fully synthetic, European extended drain/mixed fleet, ultra high performance (UHPD) diesel oil formulated with additives of the highest standards to ensure protection against wear, corrosion, oil oxidation and sludge.

Penrite Enviro Plus 10W-40 is approved by Volvo, Mack, Cummins, Renault and Mercedes-Benz and meets the requirements of:

• API CJ-4/SM, ACEA E4/E6/E9

• MB228.31, MTU Type 3

• MAN 3277CRT/3477/3575

• Caterpillar ECF-3-a

For more information contact: Penrite Oils Technical Hotline Toll Free 1300 736 748

Experience the Prolube advantage

Prolube was formed in 1988 to formulate, blend and market a range of automotive, industrial and agricultural lubricants specifically for Australia’s arduous climatic and operational conditions.

Prolube is wholly Queensland owned and operates a production plant in Brisbane. The company uses a revolutionary in-line blending system which uses little energy and is widely accepted overseas as one of the most environmentally satisfactory methods of blending lubricants.

Prolube’s manufacturing process uses the highest quality solvent-refined virgin base oils and Lubrizol additive chemistry and blends them to produce lubricants meeting the upper limits of the relevant specification range. The company has access to international technological support, including advice and development of new specifications and products.

Prolube’s range of products includes engine oils, transmission fluids, gear oils, hydraulic oils and a diverse range of specialist products. The company supports a growing network of distributors throughout Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory, as well as exporting to New Zealand and PNG.

Prolube products are available in a variety of pack sizes, including 205-litre, 60-litre, 20-litre, five-litre and one-litre.

Prolube aims to build long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with all of its customers. It prides itself on its reputation for the consistent quality of its product and service to its customers while still being competitive in the market place.

For more information contact: Prolube Lubricants 07 3881 1733

Simple ways to monitor complex lubricants

Technology is becoming more sophisticated and operators of diesel powered vehicles and equipment are constantly searching for reductions in operating costs, increased productivity and extended reliability.

They are demanding a lot more from their lubricants: compatibility with the latest engine technology, optimum lubricity and dispersal, foam suppression, corrosion protection, oxidative stability and longer staying power. To name a few.

Manufacturers are responding with more sophisticated formulations which in turn require improved monitoring methods by equipment operators. A holistic approach using the following methods will ensure optimum lubricant performance and protection of equipment.

Each task is relatively simple but together they represent a formidable method of monitoring: daily one minute inspection (check oil colour, foam, aeration and water content) primary and secondary sampling ports in active “live zones” (more effective than taking samples from sump bottoms or large reservoirs).

BS&W bottom sediment and water inspection (where you find heavierthan- oil contaminants including wear particles, sludge, water, anti freeze, dirt) laser particle counting to identify the type and quantity of contaminants (mobile particle counting services are available which come on-site to monitor and filter lubricants; alternatively “bolt on” units are available which can be plumbed into equipment to provide 24/7 readings) regular on-site oil analysis for instantinformation complemented by laboratory testing inspection and analysis of filters (contain a vast amount of root cause and symptomatic information relating to equipment machine and lubricant performance) use filter cartridges with built-in oil analysis sensors and “smart technology” look for and respond quickly to aeration and foaming caused by entrained air headspace inspection (contaminants can enter a lubricant by means of the headspace above the tank or sump oil level) check expiry date markings on lubricant containers (unlike a fine wine they do not get better with age - even in storage).

Workshop Manager Chris Mifsud, from the Victorian-based transport company Palm Trans, is someone who monitors lubricants for a fleet of 40+ modern prime movers and Tautliners. His preferred lubricant is the 100% Australian owned and operated Anglomoil,

“When we changed over to Anglomoil we ran many tests on our fleet. We conducted extensive oil sampling. We noticed the engines ran a lot cleaner, there was less sludging, we were able to extend our drain intervals which also meant the trucks spent less time in our workshop being serviced. We know that the Anglomoil products are delivering a good return on investment.”

“I’ve got an engine in the workshop which has done nearly one million kilometres and the bearings are still in great condition. I’ve noticed across our whole fleet that by using the Anglomoil oils the valve train and overhead gears are living a lot longer than before.”

Since 1975 Anglomoil has been renowned for its no-compromise approach - it insists on having world-best base oils in all of its synthetic and mineral oil products. Their 15W40 Roadmaster 600 CJ-4 diesel oil is a classic example of lubricant technology keeping abreast of changes in engine and fuel technology. It features Group II base oils and advanced chemistry which meets the toughest EPA2007 standards and those in America (API CJ-4, CI-4 Plus, SM) and Europe (ACEA E9.08, ACEA E7.04). Used in Cummins, Detroit Diesel, Caterpillar, Mack, Mercedes, MTU, Volvo, Renault and Deutz diesel engines, Roadmaster 600 CJ-4 has been proven to reduce piston deposits, control soot, improve bearing protection and protect the valve train and cylinder liners. It was developed specifically for new generation diesel engines operating in the harshest conditions with long drain intervals.

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Shell launches hard-working new Rimula R4 X

Win a chance to upgrade from your truck or tractor cabin to a firstclass cabin with Shell Rimula

Shell Australia has launched Shell Rimula R4 X, a new heavy-duty engine oil designed to meet the needs of hard-working truck drivers and fleet operators.

Designed for protection in three critical areas – engine cleanliness, acid corrosion and engine wear - Shell Rimula R4 X fills a gap in the high-power, heavy-duty diesel engine-oil market.

Shell Rimula R4 X has been rigorously tested in real-world operating conditions and has been approved for use by various truck manufacturers.

To celebrate the launch of Shell Rimula R4 X, Shell is offering customers a chance to win exciting prizes from now until Sunday November 24, 2013.

By simply purchasing any one-litre to 209-litre Shell Rimula product from participating retailers, customers are eligible to enter a draw for the opportunity to be upgraded from their truck cabin to a first-class cabin by winning the major prize of a first-class trip for two to LA and Las Vegas, valued at up to $50,000.

A Gold Coast holiday valued at $3000, as well as 15 Red Balloon vouchers valued at $200, will also be given away each week during the 10-week promotion.

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PJL Diesel Electric is growing

National heavy-duty auto-electrical specialists PJL Diesel Electric is turning 21 this year. To mark the occasion it is embarking on an expansion program that is seeing some exciting new products becoming available through its nationwide branch network.

With an established range of lighting, accessories, safety and units to suit transport, mining and other industrial applications already available, this year is seeing PJL Diesel Electric expanding its offerings through established partnerships with leading brands such as Vision X (lighting), Oricom (communications) and Hella (lighting, accessories).

Vision X: LED driving lights Vision X’s compact LED Cannon series is an innovative transport driving light. The compact 4.5-inch light takes automotive-lighting technology to extraordinary lengths by shining more than 1000 feet of usable light from a single 25-watt LED.

The Cannon also breaks ground in versatility with “click ‘n’ swap” lens covers that provide a range of light colour and beam-pattern combinations. Four tints and three beam patterns are all available from the one ultra-versatile heavy-duty LED driving light.

Oricom: Affordable UHF CB radios Oricom’s range of quality hand-held and in-vehicle UHF CB radios are recognised as being some of the best available in Australia today. PJL Diesel Electric’s range of Oricom radios includes the new UHF five-watt CB radio that has been specifically designed for the transport industry.

12V/24V auto switching makes it quick and easy to install in any truck regardless of power supply. The external heat sink ensures you maintain a full five-watt power output and has tuned sensitivity to ensure optimal reception. A range of Oricom original accessories such as antennas, mounts, speakers and microphones are also available through PJL Diesel Electric.

Hella: Driving, work and utility lights PJL Diesel Electric’s extensive range of Hella lighting and accessory equipment continues to expand with the recent introduction of Hella LED and HID daytime running kits, driving-light kits, work lights, utility lamps and beacons

Order your 2014 GENR8 catalogue now Vision X, Oricom and Hella are all available as part of the GENR8 range of highperformance auto electrical equipment. With a new GENR8 catalogue announced for Spring 2013, now is the perfect time to order a copy. Contact PJL Diesel Electric to get yours now or find out more online at

For more information contact: PJL Diesel Electric Toll Free 1800 814 332

Catch it on camera

This pocket-sized unit (product code: REVDVRHD70GPS) is one of the best DVR dash cameras on the market. It features 1080p full-HD video recording, 5 mega pixel CMOS sensor for still photos, built-in microphone, 1.5-inch LCD screen, Li-ion rechargeable back-up battery and G sensor to monitor impacts, harsh braking and acceleration, as well as internal GPS for recording position, time and speed.

It automatically turns on and records when the vehicle starts or starts recording when it senses movement with its built-in motion sensor. It’s a highly recommended device for insurance and litigation protection as well as recording your road trip.

For more information contact: Alanco Australia Toll Free
1800 252 626

Redarc has your CAN solution

Redarc Electronics is a privately owned company with more than 30 years of experience in the research, design and manufacture of a wide range of electronic components for the automotive industry.

The company’s ability to tailor the design of a product to a customer’ specific requirements and its commitment to quality (it meets ISO9001 standards) makes it a top choice for OEM and aftermarket customers alike.

Innovative thinking and capabilities in advanced electronics designs means Redarc customers can expect cutting-edge products with the flexibility of multi-voltage inputs and universal applications, whether it’s the HBA1224 handbrake alarm, BCDC in-vehicle battery chargers or a CAN Bus Interface module.

Redarc’s commitment to advancing technology is evident with its developments in Control Area Network modules, also known as CAN Bus modules. Redarc engineers are experts in CAN communications and work with vehicle manufacturers to develop integration systems that communicate with the vehicle’s Equipment Control Modules (ECMs). These integration systems allow the customisation of a vehicle’s electrical system like never before.

ECM systems were introduced into the automotive industry to simplify a vehicle’s wiring harness. This is achieved by eliminating mechanical relays which, in turn, minimises weight and therefore brings fuel-economy benefits. Redarc CAN control systems allow customisation of the vehicle’s control module to suit any application, from data logging in the heavy-transport industry to custom configurations on fleet mining vehicles.

Fitting third-party equipment can present challenges for body builders and trailer manufacturers. Redarc can assist by providing interfaces for setup, configuration and monitoring. The company offers data loggers and customer-specific solutions for individual tasks and requirements, including system tests, fleet trials, quality assurance and locating intermittent faults in trucks, emergency vehicles or agricultural machinery.

There are many different standards for CAN, with multiple standards defining each level of the OSI model, including the hardware layer, data link layer, and application layer. Redarc has developed products for many of these standards. One such product was developed using the standard ISO11992, whose hardware layer specifies signal voltage levels as one-third and two-thirds of the supply voltage.

This was a major problem for the customer as the vehicle had a supply voltage of 24V but was attempting to communicate to a 12V trailer electronic braking system (TEBS). This meant that the signal voltage levels were different and therefore communication was not possible between the vehicle and the TEBS. Redarc solved this problem for the customer by developing a signal-level converting ISO11992 gateway with the vehicle side referenced to 24V and the trailer side referenced to 12V.

Redarc has also developed products using ISO11898 as the hardware layer, as well as other communication standards that are often used in conjunction with CAN, such as LIN, RS-485 and SAE J1708. The products developed may operate solely on their specific bus or they may be used as gateways between two different communications standards, such as the J1939 to J1587 translator mentioned earlier. This device was requested by the customer as the engine that used to transmit J1587 data to the instrument cluster had stopped supporting J1587 and would now only support J1939. This problem required knowledge of not only different application layer standards but also different hardware layer standards as J1587 operates on a non-CAN hardware layer known as J1708, while J1939 operates on its own CAN hardware layer standard. The CAN control device developed by Redarc allowed the customer to continue using the J1587-based instrument cluster with the new J1939-based engine.

Perhaps the standard that Redarc is most familiar with is SAE J1939. This is the main standard used in most heavy vehicles, from prime movers and buses to agricultural machinery, as well as some passenger vehicles and even some ships. Some of the products developed by Redarc that use J1939 include a data-logging device to read and store many weeks worth of vehicle data on a USB flash drive, an interface to improve the performance and response of an automated-manual transmission in a truck, generic CAN gateways and the aforementioned J1939 to J1587 translator.

CAN is certainly going to play a big part in the future of the transport industry. Redarc’s knowledge and experience in the area means it has a solution for all your CAN requirements.

For more information contact: Redarc Electronics 08 8322 4848

Why go LED?

Did you know that LED is only the third revolution in illumination technology since the dawn of fire?

LEDs are being used with increasing frequency in automotive lamps. They offer a very long service life and extreme vibration resistance because they do not have filaments or glass and can permit considerably shallower mountings compared to most bulb-type assemblies.

LEDs also offer a significant safety performance benefit when employed in stop lights as they rise to full intensity approximately 250 milliseconds (about a quarter of a second) faster than incandescent bulbs when full power is applied. This fast rise time provides following drivers with increased time to react.

The commercial-vehicle industry has rapidly adopted LEDs for virtually all signalling and marking functions on trucks and buses because – in addition to the fast rise time and safety benefits – their long service life reduces vehicle downtime. Almost all commercial vehicles use exteriorlighting devices of standardised format and fitment, which has both reduced costs and sped up changeovers.

LED lamps are also used for flashing beacon lights on vehicles and as safety lighting for construction and maintenance industries. Previously, traditional light sources required the engine to continue running to ensure that the battery would not become depleted if the lights were to be used for more than a few hours.

The energy-efficient nature of the LED source allows the engine to remain turned off but the light to continue to flash.

LED lamps also stand up well to their HID (High Intensity Discharge) equivalents.

While HID or ‘xenon’ lighting does have a reduced startup time compared to traditional lighting it is still slower than LEDs, which generally turn on at full brightness almost instantly.

Action Auto Electrics has an extensive LED range and friendly staff to help you find the best lighting solution for your needs.

For more information contact: Action Auto Electrics 07 3623 3200

The next generation of diesel

  1. Features
    The next generation of high-efficiency diesel engines achieve some of the world’s lowest compression ratios while at the same time clearing all emission regulations without the use of a costly nitrogen dioxide (NOx) post-processing system.
  2. Common-rail system (CRS) configuration
    The Denso CRS uses a type of accumulation chamber called a rail to store fuel pressurised by the supply pump. The high-pressure fuel (maximum 200 megapascals) is then sprayed into the cylinders by piezo-actuated injectors. The engine-control unit (ECU) controls the injector injection quantity, injection timing and the pressure of the fuel accumulated in the rail.

    The common-rail system in these next-generation engines is equipped with a supply pump that can handle pressures up to 200 megapascals (MPa). In addition, the supply pump has a port to feed fuel to the injector back-pressure system. The backpressure system prevents air from intermingling with fuel on the fuel-return side of the pump. The fuel-temperature sensor is set in the back-pressure system, separate from the pump.

  3. Rail
    The rail used with the next-generation Denso CRS engine is compliant with pressures up to 200MPa. The rail accumulates high-pressure fuel delivered from the supply pump for distribution to the injector for each cylinder. A pressure-discharge valve controls fuel pressure inside the rail, while a rail-pressure sensor detects the fuel pressure in the rail and then transmits corresponding signals to the ECU.
  4. Injector
    The piezo injectors equipped with the next-generation Denso CRS can inject fuel at extremely high pressure (200MPa). As a result, the atomisation of the fuel mist from the nozzle is improved, leading to increased combustion efficiency and reduced exhaust-gas quantity. Piezo injectors use a characteristic of piezo elements, in which the application of voltage causes the elements to expand or contract. A slight displacement of the piezo stack causes expansion due to the transmission of actuation force to the piston, thereby moving the control valve. By regulating the control-valve pressure, the nozzle needle can be moved up and down to inject fuel.

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Cornell Fuel Injection and Turbo Service, an approved Bosch Diesel Centre

Bosch Diesel Centers provide a dedicated, expert diesel service for all makes and models. Using state-of-the-art Bosch diagnostic and testing equipment, Bosch-trained technicians ensure the efficient operation of your vehicles and take preventative action to stop minor issues developing into major repairs.

Bosch Diesel Center technicians have expert knowledge of diesel engines, systems and components. They provide maintenance, diagnosis and repair for all diesel vehicles using genuine Bosch expertise, equipment, tools and parts, as well as full component testing and a repair service with a performance guarantee. In identifying potential faults before they become actual problems, they can also deliver reduced costs.

Bosch Diesel Centers can deliver made-to-measure repair solutions for workshops, business customers and fleet operators.

Bosch Diesel Service, meanwhile, provides specialist diesel-component service for both conventional and modern diesel systems. It finds individual, cost-effective solutions for your diesel problems using Bosch equipment, tools and spare parts.

Bosch Diesel Service is the diesel-component repair service to go to for maximum cost-effectiveness. It guarantees peak performance of repaired components and excellent value for money, with technicians always aiming to find the best solution for your individual problems.

For more information contact: Cornell Fuel Injection 03 9312 1288
fax: 03 9312 1633

Diesel injector coding and pilot learning

Common-rail diesel injectors are manufactured with very tight tolerances but slight variations will always occur. For this reason, all new injectors are tested and then stamped with a coding number that is used to inform the electronic control unit (ECU) how much compensation is required to achieve the optimum in lowering emissions and delivering smooth running.

The injector coding number should be noted by the technician prior to fitting the new injectors. After replacement is completed the technician can then program in the new injector numbers to replace the ones previously programmed into the ECU. Injector programming can be carried out with high-level diagnostic scan tools such as G-Scan or Opus CMT.

Care must be taken when reading the identification code stamped on the injector to ensure the correct number is entered into the ECU for the corresponding cylinder. Inputting an incorrect number or fitting the wrong injectors for the engine will result in the injector failing the programming procedure.

The actual number of characters to be entered will depend on the vehicle and can vary greatly.

If injectors have been removed from an engine and are to be reused, the injectors should be tagged to ensure they are being fitted back into the correct cylinders. Alternatively, they would need to be recoded to the new cylinder in which they are fitted. Should a technician wish to swap injectors between cylinders to help diagnose a problem, the correct coding must be also changed with the injector to the new cylinder.

Pilot injection In order to reduce engine noise and exhaust smoke in commonrail diesel vehicles, a small amount of fuel is injected through one or more small microinjections, also called pilot injection. These microinjections occur just prior to the main injection pulse. The actual number of microinjections will vary between vehicles or ECU programs for a particular vehicle. The number of pilot injections will also depend on the running conditions at the time (i.e. engine temperature, speed, load, etc).

Microinjection learning maybe performed automatically while driving under certain conditions by the ECU monitoring changes in rpm immediately after pilot injection has occurred. The ECU can then increase or decrease the microinjection quantity to achieve the optimum quantity required.

As described below, a scan tool may also be required to perform pilot learning in some vehicles.

Injector pilot learning or small quantity learning Following injector coding or, in some cases during routine servicing, manufacturers may require the technician carry out a procedure to teach the ECU the ideal pilot injection for the engine. This is called ‘pilot learning’ or ‘small quantity learning’.

The procedure for carrying out Injector pilot learning will vary, depending on the manufacturer. The exact procedure and prerequisites must be met otherwise the procedure will fail. One example of pilot-learning procedure requires the technician to enter pilot injector learning mode on the Scan tool and then accelerate the engine a number of times as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Performing small quantity learning Small quantity or pilot learning will be found in ‘special functions’ on G-Scan.

Pilot injection testing may be performed on some vehicles in the G-Scan actuation test, as seen below using the new G-Scan 2.

Checking injector compensation values in data analysis In closed-loop systems, the ECU will output ‘compensation values’, which can be read in the scan tool data. The compensation values show any corrections required to obtain the desired fuel delivery. The closer the compensation value is to zero, the closer the delivery is to the optimum delivery.

As time goes by injector contamination or other cylinder-related problems will cause the compensation values to increase in either a ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ direction.

As long as there are no engine mechanical faults, higher than normal compensation values (+ or -) for one or more cylinders usually indicate that the injectors require service/replacement.

Other on-car tests used to assist correct injector diagnosis include:

• Carrying out a power balance using the scan tool actuation test.

• Testing injector back-leakage using a common-rail injector test kit.

For more information contact: Mount Auto Equip 02 9905 8055

More power with Cost Effective Maintenance

A power and torque increase is easily and cheaply achievable with Cost Effective Maintenance products. Knight’s Toyota of Leongatha, Victoria, says it has been delighting its customers by taking this value-added approach to vehicle servicing and – as a result – word-of-mouth business is booming.

Whether it’s a LandCruiser, Hilux or Prado, Knight says it has never failed to measure a power gain on the dynometer with CEM’s Flushing Oil Concentrate, CRD Fuel Enhancer and AW10 Antiwear. Tristan Wilson from Knight’s Toyota provides this recent update.

“I have attached a dyno sheet for a stock-standard 2008 Hilux common-rail diesel manual we did recently,” says Wilson. “This dyno run was done after the vehicle had already done a run to Cape York with CRD Fuel Enhancer. Before it had left for Cape York all injector feedback values were off the scale, all reading –5 to +5 when they should be around –1 to +1 to be in spec.

“It was rattling, shaking and knocking a lot. We sent the customer on his way with CRD Fuel Enhancer, trusting it to make the trip without damage. Once the vehicle returned, the feedback values on all injectors were around –0.5 to +0.8, a perfect score.

The customer couldn’t believe the results. “While here for the service, we put the vehicle on the dyno both before and after using Flushing Oil Concentrate and AW10 Antiwear. You can see the broad increase in torque and power right through the rev range; this vehicle was still using CRD Fuel Enhancer at the time it was on the dyno.

“From experience, brand-new Hiluxes we have put on the dyno are only making 70 to 85kW at the rear wheels. So the results of CEM products on a car that has done 160,000km are absolutely outstanding – 105.4kW at the rear wheels. We have never seen a stock Hilux make this much power!

“I look forward to using CEM products on more vehicles in the future and keeping you updated with dyno results to prove your products.”

Brid Walker from Cost Effective Maintenance explains how it works: “Engine deposits do build up over time and reduce the efficiency of moving parts, fuel systems and the flow of lubrication,” she says.

“CRD Fuel Enhancer and Flushing Oil Concentrate restore full cleanliness to the fuel system and all lubricated components. AW10 Antiwear’s load-carrying ability boosts the oil’s lubricating ability and reduces frictional losses within the engine.”

For more information contact: Cost Effective Maintenance 07 3376 6188

Say Hi to Super Seal Premium

Cliplight Manufacturing Company, one of the world’s pioneer air-conditioning and refrigeration leak-sealant manufacturers, has modernised its Super Seal Pro line by rebranding it Super Seal Premium and bringing the packaging in line with its commercial-refrigeration products.

Premium is the same trusted leak-sealing formula used in the Super Seal Pro line since its introduction to the automotive industry in 2002, with more than one million applications to date. It gives technicians the benefit of leak prevention and sealing, all in one can.

The rebranded products, Super Seal Pro and Super Seal Total Auto, will change their original part numbers of 940KIT to 946KIT and be known as Super Seal Premium, while Super Seal Total Auto will now be known as Super Seal Platinum and the part number will remain the same – 976KIT.

As part of the rebranding, Cliplight has also revamped its logo and packaging for its entire product line, which also includes ‘Flash’ leak detection dye, Dry R and Super Seal Total, the combination sealant/moisture eliminator/UV dye product for leak detection, sealing and prevention.

Super Seal Premium repairs micro leaks of up to 300 microns, flows freely with refrigerant and oil without reducing compressor efficiency and is compatible with all mobile a/c refrigerants. Comes in Cliplight’s patented vacuum-packed can that flows naturally into a system’s low side port without the use of contaminating propellants. Each can also features its own charging hose with a patented orifice design to prevent system contamination and liquid slugging.

Super Seal Premium seals leaks in evaporators, condensers, accumulators, as well as o-rings, gaskets, metal lines and rubber hoses.

For more information contact: Gary or Ros Oborne, Go Distribution 02 6026 4886

Cutting the cost of refrigeration

As most of you will know, the refrigerated food-transport industry ‘cold chain’ has been significantly impacted by the ‘Carbon Equivalent Levy’.

The refrigerant most commonly used is R404A, the price of which has gone up by several hundred per cent. The quantity of refrigerant required for the pantech units on a B-double refrigerated truck is typically about 9-12kg per trailer. The 18kg cylinder of R404A required to recharge those systems can now cost up to $2500 with the levy and other mark-ups applied.

These systems are known to leak on a regular basis, so there is a significant incentive to seek a solution that will avoid this cost.

A number of trucking companies are already using hydrocarbon refrigerant in the driver cabin air-conditioning system and have done so successfully for many years. A few of these are now using hydrocarbon refrigerant to replace the R404A.

A cylinder of hydrocarbon refrigerant for the same B-double mentioned here could cost as little as a tenth as much as a cylinder of R404A.

There are other cost benefits resulting from the change to hydrocarbon as well.

HyChill Australia has had feedback from a food-transport company testing its hydrocarbon refrigerant in the rear trailer of one its B-doubles. It says the rear unit pulls down the temperature much faster than the front unit that is still on R404A. It also says fuel economy has been improved – usually following a run from Brisbane to Melbourne the rear trailer takes about 90 litres of diesel but on hydrocarbon the trailer only requires 72 litres.

For more information contact: HyChill Australia Toll Free 1300 HYCHILL

Clima 9000P Bus Pro AC service station

There are many air-conditioning service stations on the market but few have the innovative, patented advantages of the Brain Bee ‘P’ Technology.

Some systems rely on the gas being poured in or drawn into the system by vacuum. This is both slow and inaccurate. The ‘P’ technology of the Clima 9000P Bus Pro employs a volumetric injection technology using a pneumatically operated piston to push the gas into the system. This can be much faster and more accurate than the traditional method and is unique to Clima 9000P.

An electrically operated injector fitted to the HP connector works in conjunction with the piston and is electronically controlled to assure the accuracy of the gas dose. The injector is used to make the coolant pass from the charge hose to the system in a controlled and synchronous way following the dosing cylinder movement. It contains a 24V DC controller solenoid valve; the control power cable is coupled with the HP charge hose. An extension is available to be used when access to the HP joint of the vehicle does not allow the insertion of the injector.

No scales are used so no problem is caused by moving or transporting the Clima 9000P Bus Pro. There is a level sensor without contact (magnetostrictive technology) which requires neither maintenance or calibration.

The ‘dosing cylinder’ is fitted with a rod connected to a potenrometer to control the stroke. There is also a temperature sensor for thermal compensation in automatic mode. Clima 9000P Bus Pro features the necessary electronics to carry out a self calibration of these components if necessary.

Safety against any over pressure of the compressed air inner circuit is guaranteed through the use of an over-pressure valve limiting the supply pressure to the dosing cylinder. It is possible to control all the operative functions of the unit, to perform all the routine maintenance operations, all the service functions, select the vehicle from the data base and check the status of the unit at any moment.

The touch screen is the essential element of interaction with the AC unit. You can shift the different selection items using your finger, touching the point where there is the relevant icon or shifting among the different screen pages of the same level. To return to the previous screen page, slide your finger from left to right inside the operating area delimited by a white rectangle. Pressures and quantities are displayed numerically, there are no gauges.

The patented ‘Eco Lock’ quick-release couplings, with the suitable automated procedure in the software, enable the reduction of non-condensable gas inside the strong vessel. They also avoid the refrigerant dispersion in the air during disconnection (puff effect) and check possible Schrader valve leaks before removal. The Clima 9000P Bus Pro’s multi-pass filter system delivers the coolant, after recovery, to the storage vessel in pristine condition with the used oil directed to a sealed container for dispensing

One of the many unique features of the Clima 9000P Bus Pro is its ability to flush the system after a component failure in the AC circuit. With the aid of an integrated solenoid valve the system can be flushed with the coolant, which is filtered through a sealed debris filter and returned to the storage vessel when cleaned. The oil is recharged automatically.

The long life pump only requires the oil to be changed every 1000 hours of use. This is due to the automatic purification and compares against many systems with only 60 hours between changes.

The printer allows the keeping of a precise records of all service procedures and the details of your customer base (up to 100 individual customers).

As well as ease of operation and accuracy, the time saved servicing large systems is significant; a 15kg system can be serviced in four to five hours. This is a potential saving of 10 hours.

The Clima 9000P Bus Pro is suitable for cars, buses, trucks and agriculture machinery. It can be retrofitted for use with 1234yf and has the software to allow for a charge in oil for hybrid vehicles. It can also be used with hydrocarbons.

For more information contact: Autoequip 1300 322 700

CoolDrive 2014 Air Conditioning catalogue

It is with great excitement that CoolDrive announces the launch of its 2014 Air Conditioning catalogue, available Australiawide from October 2013.

The catalogue features 956 pages of the latest air-conditioning parts available at CoolDrive and includes components from leading automotive parts manufacturers such as Jayair, Denso, Sanden, Delphi and many more.

The 2014 Air Conditioning catalogue has been designed to the company’s benchmark standard, with usability at the forefront of its design.

The catalogue features detailed graphics, easy-to-use contents/index pages (including a part-number index), application guides and detailed product descriptions intended to enhance customer knowledge and enhance their purchasing abilities.

CoolDrive is dedicated to keeping customers ahead of market trends; the 2014 Air Conditioning catalogue is an example of its on-going investments to ensure customers receive industry-leading publications.

With a comprehensive range of automotive air-conditioning, engine cooling, engine management and electrical parts and accessories.

For more information or to receive a copy of the catalogue contact: CoolDrive Distribution 03 9896 7333

Truckline knows hydraulics

The selection of the correct components in a hydraulic circuit is paramount to the efficient running of the system. Take a water truck for example – these are commonly set up incorrectly if all the information relating to the system is not given to the person setting it up.

Most water pumps run at 2500rpm for maximum water flow and are fitted with a hydraulic motor to drive them in the majority of cases. These motors all have a size, measured in cubic centimeters (cc). Sometimes they are stamped with this size but otherwise your hydraulic supplier can find out from the part number on it. If a motor, for example, is a 30cc, this means that if you give it 30 litres per minute (l/min) hydraulic flow it will spin the water pump shaft at 1000rpm. So to run this water pump correctly you would need to provide a flow of 75 l/min (being 2.5 times the cc of the motor).

This then brings us to the next piece of the equation, hydraulic pump flow. This is generated normally by a power take off (PTO) and pump-mounted to the transmission of the truck. All PTOs have a ratio relative to engine speed and this is used to determine the correct hydraulic pump for the application. We also need to know at what engine rpm the truck is to be run at when performing its task.

As an example, a commonly used transmission is the RTLO18918B Eaton Fuller gearbox and generally trucks are required to be run between 1200 and 1500rpm to maintain correct road speed when watering as a dust-suppression vehicle. The PTO used is what is known as a ‘hotshift’ or ‘hotshot’ unit – this type of PTO allows its engagement while the vehicle is in motion, making it ideal for a dewatering truck.

The Powauto hotshift PTO ratio on this gearbox is 110.2 per cent of engine speed, so when this truck is being run at 1500rpm the ratio of the PTO is now up at 165.3 per cent. So to achieve a hydraulic flow of 75 l/min to run the water pump the hydraulic pump needs to be a 45cc unit for optimal water flow (1653 x 45 = 74385, then divide this by the cc of the hydraulic motor, being 30. This gives us an answer of 2497.5, which in turn is the rpm of the water pump!).

We have had examples of customers putting pumps onto trucks that “looked the same” only to have hydraulic motors and water pumps destroy themselves because they were running at three and four times their allowable limits. It certainly pays to have the hydraulics system specified correctly.

Truckline stores across Australia stock various brands of PTOs and pumps suitable not only for water-cart hydraulics but also for tippers of all types and sizes.

For more information contact: Truckline Toll Free 1300 552 525

Norden is Power-Packed for trucks

Power-Packer makes hydraulic systems for lifting, leveling, stabilising, tilting and latching mobile equipment. The range is stocked by Norden Hydraulic Connections and includes landing legs, stabilisation legs and cab-latch systems, as well as cab and tilt systems.

Norden Hydraulic Connections started off around 50 years ago as a commercial truck body builder and so understands the need for high-quality components for applications in the transport industry.

Pumps Power-Packer hydraulic pumps are efficient, safe and versatile pumps that satisfy many actuation requirements. They can be used on trucks, trailers, off-road equipment, material-handling equipment and numerous other applications.

Hand pumps feature tamper-proof flow control in return lines, swivel-beam operation, screened ports, built-in pressure relief and 35 or 65 cubic inch reservoirs.

Air-powered pumps feature manual override, operate on 60-120psi (4.1-8.3 bar) air supply, are three times faster than hand pumps and require no manual effort. There are no electric motors, wiring or spark hazards. A swivel air inlet allows use of shop lines or hand pumps.

Electric pumps feature 12V or 24V DC input, integrated motor, manual override, push-button switch assembly and internal thermal overload.

Cylinders Power-Packer hydraulic cylinders are single or double-acting and come in various rod-end and base-mounting configurations. They have optional internal tamper-proof velocity fuses or built-in flow control.

Bonnet assists feature an internal spring-mechanism that hold the bonnet in the open position even in wind or uneven terrain and substantially reduce the effort required to open or close bonnets.

Stabilising legs Power-Packer stabilising legs use a design that incorporates safety, longevity and performance. The rod-up, tube-intube design provides complete isolation of the rod and seals from external damage from rocks, dust and debris, so less money is spent on repairs.

Landing gear Power-Packer’s air-powered hydraulic landing gear eliminates the back-breaking hand-cranking typically required by other landing gear. Instead, you load, unload and move with ease and efficiency.

Valves Power-Packer hydraulic valves optimise the use of the hydraulic leg assemblies. These integral flow-control valves provide controlled actuation and the configuration options allow up to eight valve sections to be assembled.

For more information contact: Greg Allsop, Norden Hydraulic Connections 03 9793 2515

Control temperature and increase output

The addition of AW10 Antiwear to hydraulic oil can cut wear, operating temperature, reduce cycle times and improve equipment productivity. It’s a worthwhile addition, especially if you have high-pressure, hard-working hydraulic equipment.

Hydraulic problems commonly start with increased operating temperature. Like all oil-lubricated components, hydraulic temperature increases are caused by a combination of two factors:

1. Frictional heat caused my metal contact when the oil film has been broken.

2. Fluid friction during movement of the oil, particularly bypass or leakage from high-pressure areas.

An efficient hydraulic system should run at a maximum of about 38°C above ambient temperature. Once the oil temperature reaches around 80°C, wear tends to increase due to reduced oil viscosity and deterioration of seal material, both of which can increase internal leakage, causing further heat increase. That leakage can be within pumps, past seals, valves or actuators.

This is a bit like a dog chasing its tail. High temperature causes loss of oil viscosity, which causes more internal leakage, which causes more heat, continuing the vicious cycle. Excessive heat will cause faster wear and also contaminate and degrade the oil through oxidation, requiring an earlier change out.

Addition of AW10 Antiwear reduces frictional heat and wear and, in doing so, minimises oil thinning and further heat buildup. Because everything rides on a more powerful film of oil, the immediate benefits are quieter, more powerful operation, faster cycle times and cooler fluid temperature.

The harder working the hydraulic system is the bigger the benefit as AW10 Antiwear provides the strength to fully lubricate all components with minimal frictional drag and wear. Excavator operators with 3000-hour AW10 use have reported no loss of hydraulic efficiency and zero repairs in that time.

For more information contact: Cost Effective Maintenance 07 3376 6188

Protect your engine compartment with 303 Aerospace Protectant

We all know how oily and filthy the engine components can get. Because of grease, oils, fluids and the ozone generated by the engine during operation, radiator and air-conditioning hoses, belts, CV boots and other rubber pieces often have to be replaced prematurely. These replacements are annoying and expensive.

With a dirty engine it is also difficult to tell if vehicles are losing fluids. 303 Aerospace Protectant used in the following manner is an excellent way to maintain and extend the life of underhood rubber and plastics, at the same time keeping the entire area looking like new.

After cleaning the engine with a degreaser and waiting the recommended time, use a high-pressure hose to wash away grease, oil and accumulated dirt. Wipe up pooled water with old towels or blow it away with an air hose. Spray 303 Aerospace Protectant liberally to entire engine compartment, covering the rubber, plastic and painted surfaces.

Use an air hose to blow excess 303 down through the engine and dry surfaces completely with dry, clean, absorbent cloths to remove excess. Use care to avoid getting water into distributor or unsealed electronic components. The result – a beautiful, perfectly clean engine!

303 repellent will keep your engine looking great for months and when your entire engine compartment finally needs cleaning again it’ll just take a few minutes for the engine components to look new again.

303 is manufactured by Gold Eagle and exclusively distributed in Australia by Trico Products

For more information contact: Trico Products Toll Free 1300 698 742

More bite!

The new Great Whites dual-bar LED driving lights have arrived.

They are ideal for mounting on sport bars of 4X4s, giving the driver whiter and brighter light in a compact stacked-bar design.

These new additions to the range are available in a 24-LED bar version producing a massive 10,003 effective lumen output and an 18-LED bar version with an effective lumen output of 7502. They have all the same features and benefits of Great Whites lights but with a shock proof rating up to a massive 60G, so they are lights to be reckoned with.

Great Whites dual bars boast cutting-edge LED technology and are engineered to deliver stunning performance and longevity (50,000+ hours operating life), as well as a massive volume of whiter light where you need it. They feature instant on with no warm-up period required and are waterproof up to three metres (IP68 rated).

For more information

Bulletproof heavy-duty cooling

Typical industrial radiators are designed to cool engines in trucks, buses and assorted large equipment but certain vehicles can require unusual or highly specialised radiators to cope with unique and extremely demanding operating environments.

Adrad, one of Australia’s largest radiator manufacturers, has innovative designs that meet the unusual operational needs found in highly specialised vehicles such as trains or tanks.

Mechanically bonded radiators are often used in locomotive engines, heavy mining equipment and in power generation. The main difference is the use of super heavy-duty materials, which provide exceptionally long service life.

With 16mm thick steel header plates on these Adrad radiator cores, it would be appropriate to call them bulletproof. Instead of soldering the thick-walled brass tubes to the headers, each tube is mechanically expanded (flared) using enormous force until it fits tightly into the header. The super strong and durable join created will resist vibration, high pressure, high heat and corrosion.

Most people associate the term ‘bulletproof’ with armoured military vehicles and Adrad has a special radiator design for tanks, too.

The company’s ‘Leopard Core’ is named after its application in the Australian Army’s Leopard tanks.

Tubes in the Leopard Core are arranged in-line and very close together for enhanced cooling performance.

Since tanks are required to operate off road and in sandy environments, the radiator fins are spread much further apart to make a square aperture that resists clogging from sand, soil or mud. The Leopard Core is suitable for a variety of military, agricultural, earth-moving and mining applications where airborne debris can foul the radiator.

Using a custom radiator for particular vehicle applications and operating environments is one of the reasons why aftermarket Adrad radiators often outperform the standard OE units.

For more information contact: Adrad Toll Free1800 882 043

Workshop steamer shines

Experienced operators know a clean machine is a well maintained machine and Australian Pump Industries has designed one of the best steam cleaners on the market specifically for cleaning trucks and heavy equipment.

“We have developed an innovative blaster with the truck operator in mind,” says Aussie Pumps’ Hamish Lorenz. “We know that workshops and wash-down bays are one of the most demanding situations for machinery and we’ve made our blasters tough enough to take it.”

The Aussie Super Indy range, as it’s called, includes single and three-phase steamers with pressures as high as 3000psi and temperatures up to 120°C.

“This provides real shifting power,” explains Lorenz. “It’s obvious that if you can’t see the fault for the dirt it isn’t going to get fixed quick enough. Prompt preventive maintenance reduces downtime, increases efficiency and delivers a better bottom line.”

The new machines feature a heavy-duty stainless-steel cover that is impact resistant. The cover is mounted on a robust steel chassis with an integrated front-mounted bumper.

“We have consulted with the industry and these machines are designed to take anything an Australian wash bay or maintenance depot can deliver,” says Lorenz.

The pumps are heavy-duty Italian triplex design running at 1450rpm for a long, continuous and trouble-free life. The range starts with a 240V single-phase machine delivering 1500psi (100 Bar) and 12 litres-per-minute flow. The machine reaches 120°C, providing loads of steam power when needed.

Three-phase machines are also available when more performance is required and feature flows of up to 21 litres per minute. Stainless-steel burner coils are available for applications involving ‘hard’ water.

The new Aussie Super Indy range offers a timed ‘Total Stop’ that’s designed to shut the machine off after the operator releases the trigger of the gun. This not only reduces wear on the machine but saves power.

Other intelligent features include a ‘Micro Leak’ control that shuts the machine down if a leak is detected in the high-pressure system. This is essential for maintaining optimum performance and eliminates breakdowns and subsequent downtime. Low water and low fuel cutouts have also been incorporated to offer state-of-the-art reliability.

Ergonomic dials give the operator infinitely variable temperature control. That means the machine can vary from cold water to full 120°C steam by simply turning a dial. This steam function shifts heavy grease and dirt efficiently and economically.

Australian Pump has also developed a great range of stainless-steel high-pressure hose reels. These can be either machine or wall mounted. They have the ability to hold up to 75 metres of high-pressure hose and the reel is rated for hot water up to 200°C and pressures as high as 5000psi.

“The new stainless-steel hot-water reels go hand in hand with the Super Indy range,” says Lorenz. “They are a real safety asset and substantially aid productivity and reduce wash-down times.”

For more information contact: Australian Pump Industries 02 8865 3500

Enerpac cordless maintenance kit

Powerful, precise and totally portable cordless hydraulic tyre-maintenance kits have been released by Enerpac to help take the hard work, hazards and time wastage out of changing and maintaining tyres on large trucks, tractors and implements.

The high-value PXCTM cordless tyre-maintenance kits are powered by Enerpac’s new-generation XC Series cordless pump, which offers the performance capabilities of an electric or pneumatic-powered pump with the convenient portability of a hand pump.

This all-new cordless powered pump – which delivers the speed, power and longevity of a corded pump – is combined in the PXCTM cordless tyre-maintenance kit with Enerpac’s:

  • EBB180 giant-tyre/earthmover bead breaker, weighing just 9kg, designed for use on vehicles using five-piece rims measuring 25-51 inches with pry bar head-loosening pockets. Its 140kN (15.5 ton) hydraulic cylinder has a long 100mm stroke for tough-to-break tyre beads.
  • WR 5 one-ton hydraulic wedge and spread cylinder for use in confined work areas, needing tip clearance of 12.8mm and having a maximum spread of 94mm from a tool weighing just 2.3kg.
  • HC 7206 high-pressure 1.8m hydraulic hose and coupler assembly for optimum safety with the cordless maintenance kit and the wide variety of other 700 bar (10,000psi) with which it can be used.

“The tools in the PXCTM kit are especially selected from the globally respected Enerpac range to be among the best value, safest and most efficient solutions to tyre-maintenance needs in remote areas and workshops where total portability is a priority,” says Enerpac Australia and New Zealand Regional Manager Tony Brooks.

“They are designed to be safe, fast and ergonomic to use, cutting out handling hazards and time wastage from one of the most common jobs involving heavy vehicles.”

Value pack PXCTM kits can be complemented with a value pack, which consists of a 10,000psi 63mm glycerine-filled gauge, gauge adaptor and a rugged (ST1140) metal carry case. The Value Pack option is available only to purchasers of PXCTM kits. In addition, optional RC hydraulic cylinders and nut splitters are available as part of the tyre-maintenance kit range.

XC Series pump The XC pump in Enerpac kits is designed to satisfy the need for a long-lasting pump that can be used in hard-to-access areas, including confined spaces and remote sites typically encountered by industries such as resources, energy, construction, civil engineering, infrastructure and onshore and offshore maintenance engineering. XC series cordless pumps are constructed of lightweight materials, equipped with a powerful half-horsepower motor and feature 28-volt, lithium-ion battery technology.

The XC Series promotes operator safety by removing trip hazards associated with traditional powered pumps. Safety features include overload protection circuitry, which safeguards both the pump and the operator from excessive amp draw or temperatures, and a trigger lock-off mechanism that protects against unintended operation during transport. Ideal for a wide range of industries, the XC Series solves diverse and demanding applications requirements, including:

  • Tyre maintenance
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling and cutting
  • Mobilising heavy equipment
  • Gear pulling
  • Servicing machinery
  • Moving paper rolls
  • Lifting rail cars and rail alignment

With their bladder reservoir, Enerpac cordless pumps eliminate venting and offer leak-free operation in any orientation. The body, handle and trigger have also been ergonomically engineered to maximise ease of use and portability.

XC Series cordless pumps deliver oil flow of 2.05 litres (125 cubic inches) per minute at their low-pressure setting and 0.25 litres (15 cubic inches) per minute when operating at full pressure, up to 700bar (10,000psi).

Additionally, the lithium-ion technology ensures XC Series pumps provide end users with the battery runtime necessary to accommodate demanding application requirements.

Enerpac is an international market leader in high-pressure hydraulics, with 28 offices in 22 different countries and more than 1000 employees.

For more information contact: Enerpac 02 9743 8988

Braking into the future

Doctor Air Brake is pleased to announce that ‘E’-version diagnostics has now been added to the Wabco electronic braking system (EBS) diagnostic software within Code-Talk, the handheld all-makes device that diagnoses trailer EBSs and anti-lock braking systems (ABS).

In addition to providing all diagnostic-code information, invaluable data such as wheel speeds, pressures, supply voltage and auxiliary states is written in a straightforward, easy text style.

Code-Talk draws heavily on Doctor Air Brake’s experience in diagnosing truck and trailer ABS/EBS setups. Whether it’s a Wabco, Haldex (Transpec) or Knorr-Bremse system, just plug Code-Talk in and away you go – simple.

With increasing numbers of trailers now being fitted with EBS as standard and the mandating of ABS on the horizon, today’s mechanics need all the tools available to read electronic-system faults.

Don’t get left behind or waste time and money with a try-this/try-that approach – knowledge is power and Code-Talk gives you that power. You can trust the Doctor.

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JW Speaker goes extreme

The mining and haulage conditions in Australia are some of the toughest and most unforgiving in the world. With temperatures potentially reaching close to 50°C on site, machinery has to be of superior quality to be able to operate in such a climate.

JW Speaker is proud to release its XL range of LED worklights, designed specifically for the toughest mining conditions on earth. With an IP69K Rating and completely hard-wired cable system, these worklights could be considered the ultimate mining range.

The range starts with the compact 4410 series that is designed for lighting in confined spaces and goes up to the high-powered 623 series scene light that produces a staggering 40,000 RAW lumens of pure white light from its bank of 48 high-powered LEDs.

This extremely powerful scene light is designed with solid-state LEDs that will withstand continuous shock and vibration, a diecast aluminum housing, extra-heavy-duty stainless-steel bracket and a heavy-duty glass lens. The 40,000 RAW Lumens of light is carefully distributed with four beam-pattern options, wide flood, medium flood and narrow flood.

“JW Speaker is the most experienced LED heavy-duty lighting company in the world today and the company has years of hands-on experience in the mining industry,” says Wayne Blackman, Managing Director of Invision Sales. “This experience and technical know-how has led to the development of this highly targeted range.”

The complete range operates on very low power consumption, has a four-year limited warranty, reverse battery and transient voltage suppressor (TSV) protection, operates in temperatures from -40°C to 65°C and are easily identified by the rugged diecast housing in high-visibility yellow.

For more information contact: Invision Sales 03 9336 2066

Heavy-duty diesel CNC camshaft grinding

HM Gem Engines is always researching ways to improve its service. Because of this it can boast many industry firsts in Australia, including CNC machines specifically designed for diesel-engine component remanufacturing.

The latest edition to HM Gem’s CNC fleet is the Berco camshaft-grinding machine that has recently been commissioned in the company’s Brisbane branch. The Berco is specifically designed to service the heavy-duty diesel and gas industries Australia-wide.

Although initial development was focused on Caterpillar C, 34 and 3500 series camshaft profiles, extensive work has since been completed to extend this range to include many other diesel and gas-engine manufacturers’ models.

HM Gem’s camshaftremanufacturing process is designed to ensure component longevity when returned to service. Before a camshaft can be remanufactured several critical checks must be performed to ensure its serviceability; MPI crack and Rockwell hardness testing, checking straightness, inspection and measurement of all bearing journal and cam-lobe locations is carried out. The Berco camshaft grinding machine can replicate the original manufacturer’s finish, including the degree of accuracy of the cam-lobe profile and surface finish.

Expectations for a full life on return to service are not unreasonable and a camshaft that has been correctly remanufactured will ensure this expectation is met.

HM Gem Engines is committed to providing a worldclass service and knowledge, accuracy and efficiency is its mission.

For more information contact: HM Gem Toll Free 1300 767 040

Alemlube spill pallets and spill trays

Alemlube has added two spill pallets to its already extensive range of spill-containment products. Alemlube’s spill-containment range assists in addressing OH&S concerns and helps to create a safer, more functional workplace.

SJ-100-051/SJ-100-061 205L drum spill pallets Designed to carry containers and drums up to 205 litres, the SJ-100-051 is a single 205-litre drum spill pallet with 250-litre capacity whereas the SJ-100-061 with 235-litre capacity can hold up to four 205-litre drums.

Both static spill pallets have a removable platform, are compatible with most forklifts and pallet trucks and are manufactured from 100 per cent recyclable UV-resistant polyethylene. Ease of cleaning is a real feature of these spill pallets and the stackable design allows convenient and safe storage.

In the interests of safety it is recommended that drums/ containers are removed before forklifting and moving to another location.

ST1-100C/ST1-60C/ST1-30C spill trays Alemlube’s spill trays have been specifically designed to assist in the safe and clean handling and transfer of liquids in a variety of containers and to effectively capture any spills.

Available in 100-litre, 60-litre and 30-litre capacities, these spill trays are manufactured from 100 per cent recyclable polyethylene and can be used with or without the non-slip surface platform supplied as standard.

Convenient in size for use on a workbench (ST1-60C/ ST1-30C) or on the workshop floor, Alemlube spill trays are stackable for easy transportation and storage.

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Genex LED lighting

As part of the rapid expansion of the Genex brand of automotive electrical products, Auto Parts Group has released the first of its ADR-compliant truck and industrial LED tail lights, light bars and spot lights. Here’s a snapshot.

Offering long service life – up to 100,000 hours – Genex LED truck tail lights offer a hassle-free replacement for traditional tail lights, needing no bulb replacement ever. Features include high-impact polycarbonate lenses and vibration/weather-tolerant circuitry. Units can be purchased as complete assemblies or as individual stop, tail, indicator and reverse sections.

These LED tail lights are a direct replacement for common ‘jumbo’ truck/ trailer tail lights and represent some of the best-value ADR-compliant units available on the market.

For extreme illumination in a compact solution, look to Genex Cree LED light bars and spot lights.

The robust aluminium housing features adjustable mounts for easy installation. The power of Cree LED is such that a single Genex spot light with only 10 LEDs can produce an impressive 5000 lumens up to a distance of 500m. Make the switch to Genex Creed LED work lights and experience the power, reliability and value today.

In addition to lighting solutions, Genex is fast becoming known for its starter motors, alternators, globes and electrical consumable parts.

With warehouse distribution in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, SA and stockists nationally, Auto Parts Group has the Genex lighting solution for your rig or fleet in stock now.

For more information contact: Auto Parts Group 07 3865 2599 (Qld) 02 8785 4599 (NSW) 03 9548 7109 (Vic) 08 8277 2211 (SA)

Keylok Brake Technology

Keylok Brake Technology is a name that has been around for many years now. However, not all spare-parts personnel and mechanics understand the design or potential financial gains of using the Keylok system.

The Keylok design is competitively priced against other braking systems. It has the added benefit of no rivet holes and eliminates issues such as the confinement of dirt or grease, which causes premature lining wear and uneven drum wear.

In a workshop there can be no guarantee that every rivet is securing the lining. Keylok provides a safety advantage by using a Keylok torque-limited wrench or standard torque wrench to torque the fasteners to 15Nm, thus allowing every fastener to be fastened to the exact same rating and providing the perfect amount of tension holding the lining to the

platform. Steel rivets, contrastingly, cannot be properly fitted consistently to fill the holes in both the platform and the lining without a workshop and proper tools, which leads to noise, vibration or rivet failure.

Keylok uses high-tensile fasteners which are stronger than rivets and, due to the unique geometric elongated key design, able to distribute the clamp force on the lining over a greater area. The result is a clamping force greater than traditional steel rivets only using half the quantity of fasteners.

Shear tests conducted using the Keylok system exceeded riveted lined shoes by up to 40 per cent while using only half the anchor points on a shoes platform.

The increased life of linings and drums with Keylok is similar to that of bonded linings. Test have shown results of 1.3 to 2.5 times the service life of riveted linings depending on the severity of operating conditions.

The Keylok system offers the service-life advantages of a bonded shoe, shear strength greater than a riveted shoe and no chance of bond failure due to extreme temperatures. The combination of no rivet holes, seven per cent greater surface area than a riveted lining and Keylok’s proven AF557 Fras- Le material gives it an advantage over traditional bonded or riveted shoes.

The Keylok system has been tried and tested in a wide range of applications and different conditions, from logging trucks on the east coast and the mines of Western Australia to long-haul cartage and council garbage trucks.

For more information contact: Brake Friction Technology 03 9701 5999.

Go Chrome

LED Autolamps has introduced its new Chrome 57 series marker lamps. These lamps are part of the company’s new Chrome series and feature a clear lens and quality LED components in an attractive chrome body.

The lamps appear clear with solid chrome trim and light up according to their function when illuminated. The 57 series comes with white, red, or yellow LEDS that look sleek and clear when inactive. They are ADR-compliant and come with a minimum fiveyear warranty.

The 57 series marker lamps are a smart addition to the Chromeseries range and suit any vehicle or trailer application. They are shock resistant, dust and waterproof and suitable for dual-voltage applications.

Other lamps in the chrome series include rear lamps, indicator lamps and licence-plate lamps.

With an innovative product range and renowned warranty support, LED Autolamps products are a popular choice for all vehicles.

The LED Autolamps Chrome range can be found all automotive specialist stores.

For more information or to find your nearest stockist contact: LED Autolamps 03 9466 7075

Calfinn launches new website

Calfinn is launching a new website this October. The new site will mirror Calfinn’s new catalogue and flyer styles and is designed to be much more user friendly. The home page will be easier to navigate and will take you directly to the product you wish to view.

There will be more technical information on the site, including a spare-parts section for customers who have old products and wish to keep them in service, as well as a troubleshooting section. There will also be links to a range of product videos showing Calfinn products in action.

For more information contact: Calfinn 02 9548 5350

Shell celebrates contributions to the transport industry

Shell Australia was proud to again partner with the National Road Transport Hall of Fame to celebrate the 18th annual National Road Transport Hall of Fame Reunion held in Alice Springs from August 22 to 25.

The event, sponsored by Shell Rimula for the past 13 years, recognised approximately 100 new inductees for their lifetime of service to the transport industry. They were inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame on Saturday August 24.

"Shell is committed to supporting Australia's road transport industry," says Shell Transport Marketing Manager Gavin Corcoran. "It is a great honour to come up to Alice Springs and celebrate the achievements, moving stories and hardworking nature of the dedicated drivers and operators from the Australian transport sector."

"This is a particularly important relationship for Shell as it significantly supports the longevity of the road transport industry's heritage in Australia."

"It also provides us with the opportunity to interact face-to-face with transport customers and highlight our continued product and network investment - sharing information on our quality lubricants and fuels which can help reduce costs and enhance productivity."

For more information contact: National Road Transport Hall of Fame 08 8953 8940

MaxiPARTS announces Mackay expansion

Australian truck and trailer-parts supplier MaxiPARTS, has announced the expansion of its network of retail outlets into Mackay.

MaxiPARTS was launched in May following the announcement from parent company MaxiTRANS that it would be combining its three parts chains (then known as Colrain, Queensland Diesel Spares and Gladstone Air Cleaner Services) to form the new entity in an attempt to provide customers across the nation with easier access to its range of truck and trailer parts. The Mackay store is expected to be open for business by November of this year.

"Mackay is a key supply point for a majority of central Queensland" says MaxiPARTS General Manager Peter Loimaranta. "It has significant transport, agricultural and mining markets which all require local access to products such as our range of truck and trailer parts, tools and accessories.

"We have found a suitable site in the heart of the Paget, the industrial centre of Mackay. It has more than 820msq of showroom and warehousing space, meaning we will be able to carry sufficient stock to fill the requirements of the busy Mackay industry."

Loimaranta says that Mackay's unique requirements mean the new store will stock not just truck and trailer parts but a large range of tools and accessories in order to provide greater assistance to the sector.

"To meet the market's needs we plan on making a significant investment in inventory across a very diverse group of products, making MaxiPARTS a one-stop shop for anyone in Mackay," he says. "So whether our customers are after a car fridge, tool kit, LED light, tyres or axles and suspension, they will be able to find it at the new store.

"It is exciting to be focusing on expanding MaxiPARTS and we certainly intend this expansion to be the start, not the end, of the process," he says, hinting that there may be similar announcements soon to come from the growing parts chain.

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AllRig Rewards saves Aussies big dollars

One of the truck industry's leading customer-rewards programs - AllRig Rewards - has set a new milestone in customer rewards with news that its 7246 Australian members have redeemed more than $1 million worth of savings since the scheme started in 2010.

This year's AllRig End of Financial Year sale period (EOFYS) generated double the number of redemptions (i.e. rewards) activity for the equivalent period of just one `year earlier.

Figures show the EOFYS promotion also delivered a record-breaking month in June 2013, with 2003 customers collectively saving nearly $175,000 for just one month through their AllRig Rewards membership. This represents a new record for Paccar in Australia. 'We're delighted to have put over one million dollars back into the hip pockets of owners, drivers and operators who demand the best value in the business' says Paccar General Manager James Mackie. 'Passing the million mark shows Paccar is all about delivering big instant savings to reward our loyal customers'.

The AllRig Rewards card provides Aussie truck operators with exclusive membership access to over 120 discount coupon offers that save them money on truck and trailer parts and accessories throughout the year.

The scheme has seen more than 137,000 coupon redemptions in the three years it has been operating. Owner-operators, fleets, repair shops and businesses of all sorts and sizes have benefited from the card's extensive range of coupon offers on brake boosters, lubricants, alternators, steering boxes, filters, air springs, brake drums, shock absorbers, GPS tracking units or high-pressure cleaners.

To become an AllRig Rewards member visit your local participating AllRig dealer or register online at

Hardcore Euro-spec. batteries

In keeping with R&J Batteries' policy of always providing the most comprehensive and complete range of genuine quality batteries, the company is proud to announce the all-new ‘Exact-Fit’ OEM replacement range of Hardcore batteries, designed specifically for all European trucks, buses and agricultural machinery.

Like all Hardcore commercial batteries, the European range has been designed to outperform and outlast all comers in every respect. They can be fitted with total confidence – maintenance-free, no corrosion, spill-resistant and boasting up to two times the life of an average battery for real TCO savings, they are no ordinary batteries.

There are a number of significant features that set the new Euro-spec. range apart from the pack. Most significant is the thicker and more robust full-frame plates which utilise lead-tin-calcium technology for true maintenance-free characteristics, with added silver in the positive plates to provide unrivaled strength and durability in harsh operating environments including high heat, high vibration, high mileage and heavy electrical-load applications.

To further enhance durability and reliability in severe-service applications, all Hardcore Euro-spec. commercial batteries feature both PE-enveloped separators to prevent internal shorting and thick-wall glass-mat separators to hold active material on the battery plates on rough roads or in high-vibration applications.

All Hardcore Euro-spec. commercial batteries are designed to fit quickly, easily and exactly into all European trucks, buses, tractors and headers, meaning no costly and time-consuming modification or alterations trying to fit ordinary commercial batteries that often feature different dimensions, specifications and construction type to OEM European batteries.

DAF, IVECO, MAN, Mercedes-Benz, Scania and Volvo trucks and buses, as well as all makes of European farm machinery, are now catered for by R&J Batteries and are now available Australia-wide.

For your nearest store or distributor or more information contact: R&J Batteries Toll Free 1300 769 282

Testing safety out on the road

The MAHA MBT 5251 portable roller brake tester meets the current challenge of taking safety in any location. It is designed especially for the mobile application of brake and suspension tests on cars, vans and commercial vehicles, anywhere and anytime.

MAHA has achieved this by utilising the main internal parts of the already world proven MBT5250 above-ground brake tester and then fitting the rollers and a single-action suspension test plate system into an all-new, purpose-built trailer. The entire system can be towed to virtually any location. Set up is a simple one-man operation as the main test bed is lifted on and off the trailer via its own internal hydraulic-driven rams.

Low drive-over height of only 150mm allows for almost any vehicle with up to an axle load of 18 tonnes to be tested, even those with low ground clearance. Another advantage of the low drive-over height is that only short and light-weight ramps are required. The three-tonne trailer is also equipped with shaker plates for forward and lateral movement operated by a cordless controller with built-in LED light. The unit is operated off its built-in generator which drives the computer and the two 11kW motors.

The MBT5251 series utilises digital data storage for recording and storage of measurement values. The display of data with the Eurosystem software is via the radio touch-screen and includes large, easy-to-read dials displaying colour-coded measurement values. Axle weight, Kns of brake force, deceleration and percentages of force are all measured or calculated and clearly displayed or printed.

The MAHA MBT5251 is perfect for truck and bus companies with several depots as the unit can quickly be packed up and transported from one depot to another, allowing compliance testing of the entire fleet with a single unit. The quality and accuracy is guaranteed, as are all German-made MAHA units, now numbering over 60,000 brake tester units worldwide since the company's inception in 1969.

To book a demonstration or for more information contact: MAHA Australia Toll Free 1300 006 242

Victorian Premier supports Melbourne ITTES

The Premier of Victoria, the Hon Dr. Denis Napthine MP, recently issued a statement in full support of the International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show (ITTES), underscoring the show’s importance to both the industry and Victoria.

“The International Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show is a growing event expected to attract over 40,000 people, with an additional day added to the 2014 Show,” said Dr. Napthine. “As the freight and logistics capital of Australia, Victoria is the ideal location for this event.

“The Victorian Coalition Government recognizes the importance of the freight and logistics sector to Victorian businesses and the wider Victorian economy. In the 2013-14 Victorian budgets more than $500 million was provided for road projects that will benefit freight networks.”

The Victorian Government has compiled its Freight and Logistics Plan that will guide the effective management of the growing freight task in Victoria, which is expected to double between 2006 and 2020, and triple by 2050.

Dr. Napthine said the ITTES was “a key opportunity for people and transport companies to meet and share ideas, showcase new vehicles, equipment and technologies, and to establish business relationships.”

“I warmly welcome our international and interstate visitors to Victoria, and encourage you to experience all Melbourne has to offer during your stay, including our acclaimed shopping districts, vibrant arts scenes and diverse cuisine,” said Dr. Napthine. “I congratulate the organizers of the International Truck, Trailer and Equipment Show on what is sure to be another successful event.”

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Alemlube oil-filtration systems

Oil cleanliness is a critical factor in ensuring that engines, gearboxes and drive-trains perform as intended and achieve their maximum life. Many equipment manufacturers now require oil to be filtered to ISO cleanliness levels in order to maintain warranty coverage.

Alemlube, one of Australia’s largest suppliers of lubrication equipment, has developed two oil-filtration systems to help service providers achieve manufacturers’ required levels of oil cleanliness; one for 205-litre drums and one for 1000-litre intermediate bulk containers (IBCs).

Both systems are designed to deliver clean oil filtered to ISO 16/13 cleanliness levels. Capable of recirculating oil in a ‘closed loop,the systems clean oil that is initially above this level and maintain oil in that condition prior to delivery to equipment.

Alemlube oil-filtration systems operate with clean, dry air at 90psi and are suitable for use with a range of oil grades from SAE 10 hydraulic oil up to 85W-140 gear oil.

Alemlube oil-filtration drum trolley
The 378702AA Alemlube oil-filtration drum trolley design allows a full 205-litre drum of oil to be easily loaded into position. Featuring large, solid castor wheels (two fixed and two swivel), the 378702AA trolley is easily maneuvered over rough or uneven surfaces and incorporates full bunding for the oil drum and all filtration and transfer equipment.

Equipment includes a Samoa 5:1 ratio oil-stub pump with pick-up tube and connections, Samoa oil-hose reel with 10m x 0.5-inch hose and Samoa metered nozzle,non-bypass filter head, moisture-absorbing drum breather, thermal valve and 0.25-inch air filter, regulator, lubricator and gauge.

Alemlube portable IBC oil-filtration kit.

The 454151AA Alemlube portable IBC oil filtration kit includes a Samoa 5:1 ratio oil-stub pump with pick-up tube and connections, wall bracket, non-bypass filter head, IBC lid with two ports for moisture absorbing breather and circulation hose, thermal valve, 0.25-inch air filter, regulator, lubricator and gauge. This system can easily be adapted to an existing workshop piping and hose reel setup.

Alternatively, the 454151AA can be fitted with an optional Samoa 10m x 0.5-inch oil-hose reel, Samoa metered oil nozzle and Samoa IBC top-mounting brackets for both hose reel and nozzle to provide a stand-alone dispensing system.

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