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 …

Modern Digital Tapley Meters

The Tapley meter has long been in use in garages to allow simple brake performance checks to be conducted but the old mechanical type with spring arm has long been superceded and replaced by a modern, electronic version which can test all vehicle types and provides even more data than previous mechanical versions. A traditional …

GE5700 Heavy Truck Play Detector

GETECH GE5700GB play detectors are designed for Bus, Coach & Truck Applications. They are controlled using a wired remote control which contains an inspection torch with integrated controls that control a twin plate play detector which operates in the lateral and rotational directions. During the test procedure, the play detectors operates in different directions through …

Vehicle maintenance checks during winter

First published in 2016, this advice still holds true for the winter months ahead... Keeping your business on the road is always challenging and particularly so during winter when severe weather could strike at any time. It’s important to check the weather forecasts for the areas you’ll be operating in so that you can plan …

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 …

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 …

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 …