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ATA and MaxiTRANS partner on proof of concept

Leading Australian trailer builder, MaxiTRANS, has partnered with the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) on a new project it hopes will lead the way in innovation.

The proof of concept involves the development of a rigid drawbar converter dolly following discussions by members of the ATA Industry Technical Council in relation to brake relativity and tyre wear resultant from issues prompted by hinged drawbar converter dollies.

ATA Chief Engineer Bob Woodward said manufacturers and suppliers were looking for safer designs and operators sought continued improvements in productivity with safer outcomes.

“With immense support from MaxiTRANS and ITC members Hendrickson, Alcoa Wheels, Bridgestone, JOST and WABCO, the project is a collaboration of the resources and knowledge of manufacturers, suppliers and operators all working towards a common goal,” he said.

MaxiTRANS recently previewed the converter dolly project at its Brisbane Truck Show exhibit.

According to Andrew McKenzie MaxiTRANS Group General Manager Sales and Marketing, the display generated an extraordinary amount of interest over the four day event.

“Despite being an essential part of the trailer combination, it is sometimes neglected or overlooked," he said.

"However due to the advent of A-Doubles, it has certainly become increasingly important," said McKenzie.

MaxiTRANS, who have been working on the concept for quite some time with the ATA, understood the rigid drawbar was not suited to every combination but that initial trials had already proven the safety benefits it would deliver for the wider transport community.

ITC members and MaxiTRANS customers and support companies would trial the dolly next.

Interest in the dolly project, according to Woodward, had been overwhelming, with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator recently requesting to participate in the trial.

“The project and trial play an important role in enhancing safety and productivity," he said.

“The needs of our industry are constantly changing, and the ITC is essential to ensuring operators and businesses stay up to date with best practice,” he said.

(Image: Bob Woodward ATA Chief Engineer).

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