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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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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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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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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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The Perfect Crimp

27/11/2014 4:49 PM

It’s the little things that make the difference; in this case they can be as small as the pins in a Deutsch plug.  A properly crimped connection is as good of a connection that can be made; a poorly done crimp can be the source of intermittent failures, increased resistance, even an ignition source and will ultimately fail. Those over at Diesel Magazine wrote an article in the September-October issue of diesel workshop which can be downloaded for free here that articulates how to inspect a freshly crimped connector to determine whether it is acceptable or not.

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The distinguishing lines between road types extend further than just sealed and unsealed, even in the realm of sealed roads the quality of road surface can vary substantially, as is the case between the two perhaps most common seen in modern developed countries.

 Roads

Where this begins to have any real sense of meaning is that asphalt, the smoothest of the two is used to a much higher extent in Europe, Japan, Korea and the U.S.A., whilst Australia is heavily reliant on the rougher chipseal, especially on rural and intercity routes...

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Remote Sense Alternators

6/10/2014 4:24 PM

Remote Sense Alternators – Improved heavy duty charging technology that really makes sense

The battery is the source of a vehicle’s electrical power but the alternator is its true lifeline – the heart that keeps the power available at a constant rate. The alternator voltage regulator needs a connection or reference point to monitor system voltage; this allows the regulator to “see” or “sense” voltage and either increase or decrease the field current to the alternator rotor in an attempt to maintain appropriate system voltage and keep battery charge maintained at the optimal level...

With and without Remote Sense

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This article was in July's edition of Diesel Magazine and analysing every starter failure we come across as the authorized warranty agent for Delco Remy and Prestolite, this really rings home; more often than not the starter is not the root cause of the starter failure, merely swapping a new one in without diagnosing the true cause of the problem will result in a premature failure.

http://www.dieselnews.com.au/common-starting-issues-in-trucking-applications/

Also would just like to point out, the 39MT at 7.8KW that Diesel have used in a comparison would have to be our Dual Earth 8202308!

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Why Brushless alternators?

1/07/2014 12:02 PM

Despite the advent of more efficient LED lighting, with more and more electrical ancillary equipment being present on modern diesel engines like active diesel particulate filtering, the power demands of modern vehicles are ever increasing. Combined with internal lighting and air conditioning it is becoming common to have commercial vehicles averaging in excess of 2kW per hour. In the event that the vehicle is utilized for any decent amount of time per year, this can add up to quite a bit of fuel consumption

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