Hand-held, Cost effective, Repeatable & Accurate

<<Re-posted from CV Workshop Magazine>> The Tapley meter continues to be widely used in vehicle testing stations and repair workshops today, with the tool still approved for performing a decelerometer test. However, accountability and duty of care are playing a significant role for technicians in more recent times, with an increased requirement to provide more …

Connected Brake Meter – Available Now; Required from Feb 2020

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The Bowmonk BrakeCheck has long been synonymous with vehicle brake testing both for fleet operators and MOT testing stations where the unit is used as a back-up to the roller brake tester or for testing 4x4 vehicles. The latest version of the Series II unit now comes with connected technology allowing it to be used …

Understanding Wheel Alignment

Wheel Alignment is an area of vehicle repair and assessment which is very often misunderstood. Many garages cite a 2x2 laser wheel alignment system for measurement, the adjustment being controlled by inspectors manually using eyes only. These systems are the cheaper end of the alignment scale. In fact, as a wheel alignment tool they are …

Trailer Brake Testing – A Guide to Interim Brake Testing

The Traffic Commissioners Office have warned operators on many occasions that brake testing must be carried out to a higher standard and more regularly - ideally as a part of routine safety inspection. They say that far too often, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) enforcement officers are finding that testing of brake performance is …

You try to say Decelerometer…I say Brake Meter

A decelerometer (dee-sell-a-rom-meter) is a small hand held braking meter which is used to calculate braking efficiencies and when customers call us we have heard it called many different names...it is a bit of a tongue twisting name after all!! Brake meters use gravity as a constant in order to be able to calculate a …

Measurement & Analysis of Decelerating Force Components using Brake Meters.

Adhesion There is a frictional grip between the tyre and road and it varies dependent on the nature and condition of both. The braking force at any wheel cannot exceed the available adhesion or that wheel will lock and the retardation will be reduced, resulting in a lower value of efficiency than would be the …

6 Weekly Brake Testing on Fleet Vehicles

It has become commonplace for HGV, Bus & Coach operators to conduct regular vehicle checks on fleets. These checks are required as part of a continuous "Duty of Care" regime which should ensure that vehicles are regularly monitored to ensure that the mechanical condition of the vehicle meets a satisfactory minimum level. As far as …

6 Weekly Fleet Brake Checks: PC Download or Print to Hard Copy?

The subject of this blog article pertains to the methods that can be employed to maintain vehicle testing data as part of a schedule of 6 weekly checks. The Bowmonk Brake Meter is a means to measure and record braking forces and efficiencies, and this data can be quickly acquired during a simple single test …