New Boss at Jost and Blue for Safety

Truck and trailer component maker Jost have appointed a new Managing Director for Australia. James Mackie has been appointed to the role, four months after the heavy vehicle equipment specialist announced the retirement of long-standing Managing Director, Ed Crowther, in late September.     Mackie will take over from Jost Asia President, Peter Ormond, who has led the Sydney-based company on an interim basis. Moving from...

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But for the grace of god

At the ATA ARTSA Technical and Maintenance Conference this week the safety message comes up over and over, to the point where we can become quite blasé about it. Then reality kicks in!   This video looks like it was filmed on a flyover ramp on Melbourne’s Western Ring Road as a trailer detaches itself from the lead trailer in a B-double set. It is difficult to work out exactly what happened here but the turntable is still...

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Jost turntables now standard with LubeTronic

Leading turntable manufacturer Jost is now fitting its automatic mini lubrication system known as LubeTronic to all low-maintenance turntables in its JSK 37CW and JSK 42W ranges. Jost turntables in these series have top plate liners which allow greaseless operation of the coupling plate, in addition to a plastic seal and maintenance-free joints or sliding bearings. Therefore, the addition of LubeTronic – which automatically greases...

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The Expanding Empire of Fuwa KHitch

  The coming together of two companies always poses an element of risk. Yet when a Chinese manufacturer and an engineering expert from Perth united to form Fuwa KHitch (FKH), the fusion produced one of the strongest entities in the transport component business. And as PATRICK O’BRIEN discovered, while China and Australia are becoming increasingly linked economically, at FKH the bonds start with the people at the top. A perfect...

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Individual Wheel Operating Temperature Indicator from HotWheel

Wheel heat warning label HotWheel heat indicator labels are a convenient and inexpensive way to keep tabs on individual wheel operating temperatures on trucks and trailers. Each self adhesive label features a white arrow which changes permanently to a bright orange colour if the wheel reaches 120 degrees C (250 degrees F). Therefore, a simple walk around or pre-trip inspection can alert the truck operator to excessive bearing or brake...

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