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Peter Hart
ARTSA

The Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association was formed in the mid 1980s with the vision of being the technical resource for the road transport industry in Australia. It seeks to bring together manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, parts and services to the road transport industry to promote safety, productivity and the general reputation of the industry. Current Chairman is Peter Hart.

  • Weld quality

    By: Peter Hart

    October 2017

    A flowing weld of constant width can be admired – a lumpy, discontinuous weld not so much (I have a friend who refers to the latter as a haemorrhoid weld). In simple terms, a welded joint has adequate quality if it performs satisfactorily throughout its design life. But how can this be predicted? This article is intended to educate the observer about the factors that determine weld quality.

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  • How Australia reformed its heavy-vehicle access rules

    By: Peter Hart

    September 2017

    Australia can claim to be the world leader in allowing access of high-productivity heavy vehicles onto public roads. A milestone was reached recently when VicRoads released a bulletin setting out the conditions for 30m A-double access to the Victorian level 2B Performance-Based Standards B-double road network. This follows a previous bulletin concerning access by 30m 85.5t A-doubles on the more restrictive HPFV network. I want to describe the 25-year reform history that has led to these significant developments.

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  • Fire and flame retardant conduit

    By: Peter Hart

    July 2017

    ARTSA recently proposed that polymer conduits that are used to protect main electrical cables should have flame retardant properties.

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  • Hooray for the Braking Guide

    By: Peter Hart

    June 2017

    The Brake and Stability Guide for Heavy Vehicle Combinations was released at a ceremony at the Brisbane Truck Show in May.

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  • Some key requirements in the modifications code – VSB6

    By: Peter Hart

    May 2017

    ARTSA, in conjunction with the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Australia (CVIAA), recently ran a ‘Modifications and VSB6 Review Conference’. We did so with the active support and participation of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) office.

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  • Road-friendly suspensions and the great airbag controversy

    By: Peter Hart

    April 2017

    Road friendliness depends upon the size of the peak force that is transferred to the road just after a bump is experienced and how fast subsequent force peaks decay. Vehicle Standards Bulletin 11 gives a definition of road friendliness and describes the testing that can be used to prove that a suspension is ‘road friendly’ (see my November 2016 Prime Mover article for details about road-friendly suspension testing).

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  • The nuts and bolts of things

    By: Peter Hart

    March 2017

    The long-term reliability of bolted connections will often depend upon the correct combination of bolts, nuts and washers for an application. With a large selection of different sizes, strengths, thread types and head types, knowing what the markings mean and what the tightening torques are can be the difference between keeping a vehicle on the road and finding a vehicle at the repairers. This article is intended to inform you about the common types of fasteners that are used in our industry.

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  • A roadmap for truck replacement parts recognition

    By: Peter Hart

    February 2017

    Australia has failed to develop effective certification procedures or technical standards for safety-related truck and trailer replacement parts. The states and territories regulate in-service vehicle standards. They rely upon the general principle that modified vehicles must continue to comply with the Australian Design Rules, but their rules were developed for new, complete vehicles and they are not in a format that can be applied to safety-critical replacement parts.

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  • Heavy vehicle manufacturing in Australia – the silent achiever

    By: Peter Hart

    December 2016

    I have had enough of economic commentators telling us that there is no manufacturing left in Australia. Australia has a skilled and resourceful design and manufacturing capacity for heavy equipment.

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  • In-cabin noise

    By: Peter Hart

    October 2016

    In-cabin noise is an important influence on the driver’s comfort level. The driver’s seat is a workplace and the driver is likely to spend up to about 60 hours per week sitting in it. So what is a legal level for noise and what is a comfortable level?

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