Wednesday, May 30, 2007

One-stop-shop Citroën bodies

Citroën has relaunched its Ready to Run one-stop vehicle programme, which now includes a variety of new bodies for its recently introduced Dispatch and Relay vans. It also features a wider range of specialist bodies, van racking, tail lifts and a dual fuel conversion. "The programme is unique in that it offers all the customer benefits of high quality, innovative design and shorter delivery times," says Citroën's CV operations manager Robert Handyside. "Thanks to Citroën's unique pricing proposition, it also offers customers the benefits of exceptional value for money, delivering cost savings of up to many thousands of pounds over competitor offers

Ingemex has introduced an all-new dropside body for the new Relay, featuring a new larger ladder-frame with galvanised wire mesh cab protection. Based on the Relay 35 L3 120 chassis cab it has a 1,500kg payload and costs £12,495. "Our problem is trying to get hold of vehicles to convert," says Tony Brown, external sales director. "All manufacturers seem to be suffering from long lead times." He tells MT that Citroën is currently taking 12 weeks to supply chassis while Ford is quoting October or November for Transit.

A newcomer to the Ready to Run programme is Buckstone Motor Bodies, which is offering a Luton body for the long- and extra long-wheelbase Relay chassis cab. The body comes as pictured, but is available with an aerodynamic head cover for an additional £200. "A lot of Luton buyers are in the removals sector and prefer the flat front to maximise interior space," a spokesman says. Unique to the Ready to Run programme is the Supertrucks glass-carrier conversion, which is now available for Berlingo, Dispatch and Relay. Vans include a full-length/full width anodised aluminium roof rack, a side carrying rack, two internal racks, reflective safety markers and an inclinometer.

Lift platform capable of safely lifting a picker as high as 10 meters (33feet) while on a 20º slope

Need to hand-pick an avocado off the top of a tree that stands as tall as the peak of your two-story house? For a world-class solution, you'd buy from Hydralada, the New Zealand-based manufacturer of self-propelled elevating work platforms for the orchard industries.

"We test our applications with other engines regularly, but for the past 28 years, there has been no question: KOHLER is our number one gas-engine supplier," says Andy Smith, President of Hydralada. "When it comes to torque -- which our apps need -- and reliability, no other engine comes close to KOHLER." In case "no other engine comes close" sounds a little exaggerated, Smith offers proof: Hydralada reports "many" elevating platforms have clocked 10,000 to 12,000 hours -- and three KOHLER engines have passed 20,000 hours of service on a KOHLER Magnum 10 or Command 15 rated at 1,500 hours! "There are several reasons for the high average operating hours," says Smith. "Most orchards run the machines about 80 percent of the time at about 1200-1500 rpm, and the environment is very clean. Plus, we stress that customers always use the recommended oil -- 30W for the KOHLER Magnum and the multi-weight oil for the Command. We're convinced that really makes a big difference. Even so, those are some almost unbelievable hours!"

Founded by Smith in 1975, Hydralada -- a phonetic play on "hydraulicladder" -- initially produced a no-frills cherry or apple picker. But company engineers have innovated Hydralada products to world-class levels and the company now offers an impressive array of technically sophisticated models, including a platform designed for the avocado industry capable of safely lifting a picker as high as 10 meters (33feet) while also negotiating an orchard on a slope of up to 20 degrees.

Smith points out that when a customer buys Hydralada, he is buying technology and reliability. "We've worked closely with Kohler on engine specs and refinements throughout the years. And our customers are looking for the KOHLER name on the engine," says Smith.

- Andy Smith, President, Hydralada

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

4-Wheeler Modifications Includes Inclinometer

Inclinometers used for fun stuff too!

2Sweet's 1999 4Runner Highlander Modifications:

Wind Deflectors :
I purchased the 4 piece set (front and rear doors) of WeatherFlectors by ClimAir (purchased from the MacNeil Automotive Accessories web site). These deflectors are of high quality material and are easy to install. The deflectors fit in the window channel and do not require the use of tape during the installation.

Toyota Sunroof Wind Deflector :
Purchased from Texas Toyota Wholesale Parts web site. Not only does the sunroof wind deflector look great, it also reduces the amount of wind noise heard in the vehicle.

Toyota Windshield Bug Deflector :
Purchased from Texas Toyota Wholesale Parts web site. The windshield bug deflector is designed of high quality plastic and looks great on the front of a black truck. It provides an additional 3 inches of height to the front of the vehicle which reduces the amount of small flying particles and bugs from hitting the windshield.

Toyota Smoked Headlight Covers :
Purchased from Shop the Warehouse web site. These headlight covers are only used when offroading to protect the headlights from damage. The covers are not legal in New York State for driving on public roads.

Clear Corner Lights :
These clear corner lights, which were purchased on eBay look great as they take out the yellow reflector of the corner light. It is replaced with a clear reflector and a yellow/orange light bulb that produces a similar effect when the lights are on, but provide a more subtle look to the front of the vehicle when the lights are off.

Floor Liners :
I have the front and rear set of Husky Liners Floor Liners in Black. Purchased from Cabela's web site. They are made of a rubberized thermo-plastic material. These are a great in protecting the truck's Oak colored carpeting, especially in the winter. I have the new version which have stay put nibs (SPiN) on the bottom, the mats do not move around at all. The driver's pedal area does NOT need to be trimmed, as some have had to do with the older versions.

Air Horns :
Purchased from the local automotive parts store, this Wolo Air Horn provides a much louder horn that the standard horn on the 4Runner. I purchased the two horn kit, which I feel is loud enough to accomplish the desired effect.

Toyota Cargo Net :
Purchased from Texas Toyota Wholesale Parts web site. This is the original equipment manufacturer cargo net. This is installed by drilling a 1/4 inch hole on each side of the cargo compartment at 14 inches above the floor level and about 4 13/16" in from the weatherstripping. The purpose of the cargo net is to keep loose items from bouncing around the cargo area.

Factory Roof Rack Rail Removal :
I removed the 3 inner rails from the factory roof rack. These 3 rails were mounted flush against the painted roof of the vehicle. The removal definately makes washing and waxing easier. I keep the inner rails in the cargo area, so that in case I need them, they are there. They can be installed in little time with no tools.

Inclinometer :
Purchased from Rieker Inc.'s web site. The inclinometer measures the tilt of the vehicle while driving on hills and off-road. Although it is not needed on an everyday basis, it is fun to watch while going around sharp turns. I mounted this device with two-sided tape where the CD player would go. It was just about a perfect fit.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Key to Wii's Controller and New iPhone, 'Mems' Are a Hot Product

The market for tiny mechanical motion sensors -- like the ones in Nintendo's Wii -- is taking off. Low-end sensors have dropped in price, opening the market for consumer applications like videogames and cellphones.

read more | digg story

I'm looking for a tilt sensor with voltage output

Someone posted a need to locate a tilt sensor with 0-5V output. Rieker Inc has several inclinometer sensors that will easily meet this. NGU Series, H4 Series are examples.

read more | digg story

Monday, May 07, 2007

Formula for Safety

Here are some regulations and standards (OSHA, ANSI, etc) for safety relating to all types of lift equipment (boom trucks, offroad forklifts, cranes, etc).

Informative Safety Oriented Powerpoint Presentation