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Safetyshunt in ABC Magazine

3/06/2016 3:46 PM

Baxters Safetyshunt was featured in the May 2016 edition of Australiasian Bus & Coach Magazine.

You can read the article here

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The Navigator

23/05/2016 11:47 AM

V701C-ECEDesigned specifically for Australian conditions, the Navigator 7” driving lamp produces a highly effective beam pattern delivering even light from directly in front of the vehicle eliminating black spots produced by leading competitor’s lamps. The Navigator not only meets but exceeds the minimum requirements for ADR and ECE approval ensuring better performance and visibility. With reduced glare, comes reduced eye strain and greater driver comfort, not only for the vehicle operator but also for on-coming traffic.

 

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Introducing the Safetyshunt, an intelligent high current circuit protector

Vehicle electrical fires represent a growing financial exposure for many truck owners and fleet operators. Truck fires continue to account for 1 in 10 truck loss incidents, with electrical failure accounting for nearly 70% of fires ignited in the cabin or engine bay region1.  The cost of a truck loss due to a fire can venture into the hundreds of thousands of dollars with loss of load, vehicle downtime, repair costs and insurance claims all contributing to a significant financial loss.

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Upgraded Australian designed safety switch is now best-in-class and IP69K rated.Baxters 2nd Gen DPS series Electronic Battery Master Switch

The second generation of Baxters DPS series Electronic Battery Master switch has been designed from the ground up to provide the highest level of safety achievable. It is manufactured to meet and exceed Australian ADR standards, European EC and EX requirements and now includes additional features for the global market. Along with the high level of safety achieved, the electrical design of the switch is efficient and it will not negatively impact the start or charge circuits of the application.

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Inside you’ll find Baxters extensive range of lighting solutions for all automotive applications. Baxters lights are known for their industry leading luminous efficacy and are packaged in an IP67 rated housing and shielded behind a polycarbonate lens. They are built for the rough life. All Baxters branded lights also come with a 5 year warranty!

 

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National Transport Insurance's (NTI) 2015 Major Accident Investigation Report identified non-impact truck fires as a growing area of concern representing 10.7% of large losses (losses exceeding $50,000). www.nti.com.au

Not surprisingly, when fire is involved the losses tend to be greater (averaging $170,000 per claim using the 2012 data).

The focus of this post is electrical failure which accounts for nearly 70% of cabin and engine bay fires. More specifically the operation of the starter motor and the starter motor circuit which together are probably the major cause of electrical fires.

We started looking into this issue a couple of years ago after reading earlier reports by NTI and ARTSA that raised concerns about the lack of protection for starter motor cables. www.artsa.com.au

At around the same time we were doing some work for Anglo Coal to mitigate the risk of electrical fire in face shovels and it occurred to us that the circuit protection developed for Anglo could be adapted to protect the start circuit.

The outcome of our project is the SafetyShunt.

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The beauty of coming from a heavy duty background is that in a year heavy duty products will receive the sort of usage that a lot of light duty won’t even receive over its entire lifetime, allowing us to quickly identify issues with various designs long before we would in a light duty application.

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OEM's move on counterfeiters

7/05/2015 11:35 AM

OEM’s Move On Counterfeiters

Counterfeiters don’t have the same interest in quality as the OEM’s and they aren’t forced to undergo the testing and validation that the vehicle manufacturers impose on their OEM partners. So while the knockoff might fit ok and look the part it may not perform to the standard of the original OEM component. In a truck travelling at a 100 kms and with a GVM of 60,000 kgs … counterfeiting becomes a road safety issue.

Leaving aside the potential safety issues, consider the costs and inconvenience of a truck parked up on the side of the road due to component failure. Our fleet customers tell us the minimum cost of an on-highway breakdown is $2500 and the average around $5000 per incident.

And consider the view of an owner-driver or fleet operator who has unknowingly fitted, or had fitted, a counterfeit component to his truck.

I experienced this first hand last week. We manufacture the starter motor fitted OE on a popular make of prime mover. When a major fleet in Darwin had a failure of a recently replaced starter they gave me a buzz to share their displeasure and organise a replacement. The first thing we did was get a new starter on the truck. The second thing we did was arrange to get the failed starter back for a complete failure analysis.

The product that turned up looked the same and was sporting the OE packaging but key components had been substituted with cheap copies.

read the full article here on Baxters CEO Scott Mitchell's linkedin

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Does The Cost Of Repairs Matter?

What are the key drivers of a profitable linehaul operation:

  1. Load factors?
  2. Vehicle utilisation?
  3. Customer relationships?

And what keeps you awake:

  1. The looming driver shortage?
  2. A growing compliance and regulatory burden?
  3. Vehicle breakdowns?

Against this background, does the transport industry have an appetite for pursuing savings in repairs and maintenance?

A few years ago we introduced a new alternator to the Australian market to suit the most common linehaul applications. With the benefit of about 10 years of data that alternator was purposely designed for the road and environmental conditions experienced in local applications...

We are about to start working on the next generation of this unit and would really appreciate some industry feedback to help build the business case for the investment.

View the full article here on Linkedin. 

 

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Size Matters

12/12/2014 9:52 AM

Yet another article relevant to our industry has popped up in the November-December issue of Diesel Magazine, this time on choosing the correct size alternator for the job. All too often the assumption is that the original alternator is the one best suited to the application, which it may be, but when you consider that the alternator chosen by the manufacturer is the smallest one that will competently cover the load of the vehicle and a base additional load in order to keep the vehicle price down, it may not meet the needs of your setup. The article found here goes through the process to find the best alternator to suit you.

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