What are a Service, Secondary and Parking Brake Systems Used For?

After a long discussion with a customer this morning on our various decelerometer packages for vehicle testing, I thought it prudent to explain, very briefly, the three primary types of brake system used on HGV's. The three main braking systems on a HGV are the service brake (which performs the primary function of stopping the …

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 …

Do I really need a specific Bowmonk for HGV Truck & Trailer Testing?

Technically speaking "No" (but in reality: "Yes".) Let us expand on what could possibly have been the worlds shortest and most contradictory blog post! The Bowmonk range of products for HGV testing is limited in reality to 2 options. A standard Bowmonk unit is suitable for LGV and some HGV rigids without secondary braking systems …

Accurate Brake Testing on Any Road Surface!

The BrakeCheck4Quarries is a portable brake tester designed specifically for quarry and plant vehicles (including mobile cranes). The Bowmonk BrakeCheck4Quarries is a fully self-contained, user-friendly, portable brake tester, suitable for quarries, coal sites, concrete plants, brickyards, recycling plants and HGV workshops. The instrument records the braking efficiency in a matter of minutes, and can optionally …

HGV Truck & Trailer Testing

In order to establish that your HGV fleet is in a well-maintained state it is important to conduct regular assessments of vehicle safety systems to ensure that they are functioning correctly. From a brake testing perspective, regular checks ensure that vehicle braking performance is maintained and in order to analyse and record those checks most …

The Industry Standard for CV Brake Checks

When VOSA first offered guidance on testing commercial trailers they advised,     “The way to use a decelerometer is to first test the drawing vehicle on its own. Then connect the trailer and the deceleration rate should be similar i.e. the trailer is doing its fair share of work. This is not an exact science …

IN FOCUS:Motorcycle Brake Testing

There are a number of different ways to analyse the braking system of a motorcycle or sidecar combination. Quick diagnosis for the DIY enthusiast can be quickly achieved by purchasing the affordable BrakeCheck unit which fits onto the motorcycles handlebars and measures the deceleration of the bike during a braking phase from 15 kph. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I-EagZLwQE

Do it Right…and for Less

Our brake testing kits for commercial vehicles are very popular with fleet operators as they contain the necessary equipment necessary for regular brake testing to be conducted and evidenced. Brake meters allow a quick analysis of a vehicles braking system and for the data to be analysed to make sure that no underlying problems exist …