Brisbane Truck Show: parts and accessories highlights

By: Rob McKay and Anjali Behl


VBG’s Niko Verstockt and BPW Transpec’s Wayne Koppman
Gough’s Gary Butler and the Palfinger taillift
SAF-Holland’s Julian Harrison
Corghi's Monster AG TT

Parts, accessories and services supply some of the more colourful stitches in the tapestry of the Brisbane Truck Show and underpin the industry as a whole

 

For many purveyors, it is an unrivalled opportunity to get face-to-face with prospective customers, just as it with the makers of glossy hulking prime movers, rigids and trailers.

Due to its remoteness and relatively small market, Australians could be forgiven for assuming its premier industry event might not garner much international interest from smaller suppliers.

But the international contingent was very much there, as evidenced by the likes of Sweden’s VBG Group Truck Equipment Sales Director Niko Verstockt and Italy’s Binotto representative Marco Monegato.

"BPW Transpec participates on the Brisbane Truck Show for many times and I visited them four times last six years when they were on shows," Verstockt says.

"The big difference this time was the setup of the stand. This time quality, visibility and presence was on a very high level."

BPW Transpec

With so many items on its books, BPW Transpec is spoilt for choice but had no hesitation in making a big deal of VBG’s new Ringfeder 5050 AUS-AMRL coupling.

While air-operated couplings have been around for a while, this number opens the coupling with air power from the truck air outlet.

"In the past, you needed an expensive valve box and time to install this box on the truck, today you store the connector in a simple holder," Verstockt says.

The Ringfeder 5050 AUS-AMRL is not only easier to open by air but three times stronger by opening and thanks to the extra strong springs inside it is three times stronger to close when the drawbar eye comes into the coupling."

For the local man on the ground, the event was as he had hoped it would be.

"The show was certainly very intense with plenty of inquiry," BPW Transpec Product Consultant/VBG Ringfeeder Product Manager Wayne Koppman tells ATN.

Gough Transport Solutions

Gough Transport Solutions has a wealth of products on the market but the show was an opportunity to debut two of them.

In the company of Monegato, Gough Product Manager – Hydraulics Gary Butler was on hand to present Binotto’s new B3 tipping hoist.

Having been proven in other sectors, it features a cushioning system that ensures smoother operation and longer service life.

Binotto says it can work up to 20 per cent faster than others of comparable diameter.

Butler also pointed to Palfinger’s MBB F 600 L Truckunder tail lift.

The foldable aluminium platform that slips under the chassis and provides underrun protection is good for 600kg capacity and comes standard with mechanical auto-levelling.

"There was a lot of interest in them – it’s the best response we’ve had at the show," Butler says.

Gough Transport Solutions has a wealth of products on the market but the show was an opportunity to debut two of them.

In the company of Monegato, Gough Products manager – Hydraulics Gary Butler was on hand to present Binotto’s new B3 tipping hoist.

Having been proven in other sectors, it features a cushioning system that operates at the end of the stroke at each stage by controlling the oil flow.

Binotto says it works 20 per cent faster than others of comparable diameter.

Butler also pointed to Palfinger’s MBB F 600 L Truckunder tail lift.

The foldable aluminium construction that slips under the chassis and provides underrun protection is good for 600kg capacity and comes with mechanical auto-levelling.

"There was a lot of interest in them – it’s the best response we’ve had at the show," Butler says.

PIC: Binotto’s Marco Monegato and Gough’s Gary Butler

+ Gough - Palfinger taillift

Allotrac

Not all the offerings were made of metal – the service providers gave an IT edge to all four days.

Bridging the divide between digital and physical was Allotrac, a finalist in the Best Technology Innovation Award for its latest development, a smartwatch.

The safety focused Allotrac Smartwatch Application sees the device monitor heart rates in real‑time with alerts sent out with any issues detected. It also aims to aid hands-free pre-start check, loading or unloading.

On the digital side, it has a Cloud-based platform for a transport management system that now has have 19 modules and at least 76 subfeatures.

These are informed by an array of items: tablets, phones, smartwatches, and breathalysers.

"It has been the most successful event to-date," CEO Steve Nassar says.

"From enterprise transport and logistics companies right through to owner drivers, the ‘wow’ factor that was delivered is based on our compliance, WHS and job tracking workflows."

PIC: Allotrac CEO Steve Nassar, left, with co-founder Joel Kotamanidis

LogChecker

LogChecker general manager Ross Smith was strong in his praise for this year’s event.

"An outstanding show that will pay for itself across our range of products," Smith says.

"Once again, the BTS has proven to be a class act."

Another IT firm with a range of hardware, come the next show, the company hopes to show off its electronic work diary (EWD)

"We are steadily working towards having an EWD, however, we are currently content on improving our existing services to the transport industry," Smith says.

"LogChecker is a participant in the NHVR EWD Technology Provider Group as the only non-telematics participant. We are firmly of the belief that fatigue is about the driver, not the truck, as such, The driver should not be tethered to a vehicle to make work diary entries."

On telematics, it prefers to be device agnostic and provide easy to use applications for use on customers’ existing hardware – PC, Mac, tablets phones and telematics devices.

It has partnered with several telematics suppliers to supply a fatigue solution.

"In the past few years, we have become fatigue compliance educators to the transport industry, with many clients requesting help in understanding some hard-to-understand breaches," Smith says.

PIC: LogChecker general manager Ross Smith

Meritor Australia

Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems Australia's Aftermarket division supplies replacement parts for trucks, trailers, buses and vans.

Following good runs at the previous Brisbane Truck Shows, the company was back at the event this year. Meritor Aftermarket team leader product and marketing Adam Caroll says the company was pleased with the customer interest at the Truck Show, particularly in its new P600 heavy-haul planetary axle series.

"We were very happy with our experience at the Truck Show. There was good customer attendance and good interest in our products.

"Our P600 range generated considerable interest. There was also a lot of interest in our linehaul and on-highway drive axles, steer axles and brakes."

The company says its P600 series axles, which includes the P610 and P614, offer a "choice of ratios to ensure the gearing, power and torque to do the job without sacrificing payload capacity or efficiency.

"These planetary axles are engineered and manufactured to offer maximum gross axle weight rating to carry higher-capacity loads."

SAF-Holland

International parts giant SAF-Holland had a number of new items to show off at the Show.

But with proud-as-punch marketing manager Julian Harrison obviously enjoying the event, there was a lot of love for its ELI-te Fifth Wheel Coupling Assistant.

The company is making a big play to the market with the product that promises to make any failed coupling attempt quick and easy to become aware of.

White light trained on the king pin illuminates the area on a successful couple, while a red LED light flashes to alert the driver of any issue before a tug test is attempted.

Also on stands were the easy-to-install Centrolube lubrication system that aims to give optimum grease and which can connect to a truck’s automatic lubrication system, along with a centrifugal-cast brake drum said to be 4.5kg lighter than conventional intradrums.  

PIC: SAF-Holland’s Julian Harrison

Corghi Australia

Wheel service equipment provider of Corghi Australia was excited to present its tyre changers and accessories at the Brisbane Truck Show.

The star of the show for Corghi Australia was the newest edition to its range - the patented Monster AG TT heavy-duty tyre changer. 

The company says the tyre changer was developed following pressing demands of tyre specialists in the truck, earth movement and farming machine field and of technicians of workshops of fleets of transport vehicles.

The Monster AG TT tyre changer integrates all the features that make it a valuable tool for the working quality and safety of industrial tyre operators, the company says.

 

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