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Brake tester becomes star attraction for Transam Trucking

Transam Trucking invests in Totalkare in-ground brake tester with load simulation

A specialist East Anglia transport company that is responsible for making sure music and stage equipment is on time has been given a workshop boost by Totalkare.

Transam Trucking, which works with global stars including Elton John, Jess Glynne and the cast of Strictly Come Dancing, has invested in a brake tester that can automatically simulate the load, removing the need to do it manually.

In what is believed to be a UK first, the company has reduced the time it takes to test each of its 130 vehicles at full load capacity from one hour to just 15 minutes – a major time and cost saving with staff redeployed elsewhere in the business.

Technical experts from Totalkare worked quickly to identify the right solution and install the in-ground brake tester, which needed some form of civils work but not the usual deep pit.

It also provided extensive training for all Transam Trucking staff so they can get the most out of the technology as quickly as possible.

“Regulation is coming in that will require you to ensure that every vehicle you put on the brake tester has a full load on it, which will be very time intensive when you’ve got 600 tests to do a year,” explained Mike Wickham, Workshop Manager at Transam Trucking.

“We knew we had to find an alternative to the manual approach of loading, so spent a long time researching different technologies, finally settling on the Totalkare in-ground brake tester with load simulation automatically applied.”

“The difference is already huge”

He continued: “It has only been in a few months, but the difference is already huge, with the capacity to test 20 vehicles – ranging in size from a sprinter van to a 53 ft arctic – every day.”

Totalkare has been a market leader in providing heavy-duty lifting solutions for more than 40 years.

In April last year, it introduced mobile and in-ground brake testers to its mobile and fixed post column lifts portfolio for the first time, with the technology recognised to be amongst the strongest and most reliable systems currently available.

All options are hot galvanised to improve durability and are run by app technology so that data and subsequent analysis can be completed on a smart phone or tablet.

Adam Bowser, Area Sales Manager for Totalkare, added his support: “The brake tester installed at Transam can test up to 16 tonnes per axle, which is ideal for what the firm needs.

“Through the built-in technology, our product sets the required load in advance, before the vehicle is driven on for testing. Previously this was done by staff manually loading items to arrive at the desired weight, but this was taking too long for the output required by the workshop.”

45 minutes saved per test

He continued: “We have been able to deliver a solution that gives our client complete peace of mind, data that can easily be sent to the right organisations and, importantly, technology that saves them about 45 minutes per test. When you’re dealing with major global entertainment events you can’t afford to be late.

“Our dedicated service and maintenance package is also in place to ensure that any downtime is kept to a minimum.”

Totalkare is set to increase its product range even further when it showcases its new smoke meters and headlamp testers for the first time at the Commercial Vehicle Show in April (28th – 30th).

Thousands of visitors to the sector’s largest exhibition will be able to see this latest technology on Stand 4E80, with experts also on hand to explain the additional flexibility and unrivalled performance these products will deliver for firms looking to achieve compliance on their HGV or van fleets. The new additions will be displayed alongside Totalkare’s core portfolio, including its market-leading T8DC mobile column lifts, heavy-duty two post lifts, light commercial four post lift and the increasingly popular G8AC wash bay column lift – all of which can be lease purchased over a period of time to suit workshop requirements.