Getting Smart About Repairs

For some workshops it’s all about straightforward servicing, for others, handling more repairs can strengthen the business. Diesel News has been talking to one such workshop in Adelaide.     South Australia is tough on trucks. They pull high masses at high average speeds for long trips, this makes plenty of work for repair shops. Engines, turbos, diffs and transmissions need to be replaced and if the truck does crash at high...

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Looking at Smart Fridges

This week Diesel Workshop is looking at smart fridges and the possibilities they offer. The simple refrigeration unit fitted to the front of a trailer is no longer quite so simple. They are now available with telematics offerings handling GPS location of the vehicle, temperature and other important data from the refrigeration unit’s internal microprocessor.There are two main types of monitoring on offer, through the fridge maker’s own...

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Brakes Are Brakes, Or Are They?

As far as the trucking industry is concerned, brakes are brakes – or are they? There is a choice – drums or discs, and then the size of the drum being used, but the actual technology being used has been the same for some time. EBS (electronic braking systems), ABS (antilock braking systems) and stability control have entered the fray in recent years, but only to improve control of existing brake systems.   Researchers in Europe...

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Multiple-Choice Transmission from ZF

The Traxon is a multiple-choice transmission from ZF, an automated manual transmission with a wide range of options available to customise the transmission to different applications. It consists of a single basic transmission which can be customised individually by utilising optional modules. This modular transmission system opens up new dimensions in terms of performance, economy, environmental compatibility and comfort, exactly...

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The Rise of Allison Transmissions

Trucking industry issues have stimulated the rise of Allison transmissions in Australia. There has been an evolution in the skill set of drivers with the workforce becoming more transient and career truck drivers reducing in numbers. This change has been a significant technology driver particularly in the area of truck transmissions. The fully automatic Allison Transmission technology removes the optimal gear-selection decision-making...

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Cummins Eaton Collaboration

The ongoing Cummins Eaton collaboration comes to the fore with the new Cummins X15 in developing a more fuel-efficient powertrain package. The two companies claim to have best-in-class engine-transmission integration in the heavy-duty truck market, a claim emphasising just how important integration has become to providing a more fuel efficient, reliable and robust powertrain package.     Importantly, a lot of engineering...

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