- Bartlett’s customised solutions
Two generations of Bartletts – Allan and his daughter Sarah Amid the accessory and ancillary stands on the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre’s plaza level, Bartlett Integrated Transport Solutions was making its third appearance at the Brisbane Truck Show with a range of truck towing systems. However, as Allan Bartlett points out, the Bartlett brand has been around much longer. In fact, it began shortly after World War II; the year 1946 to be exact, when his grandfather, Norm Bartlett began connecting trucks to trailers. Consequently, Allan is the third generation of Bartletts in the business. His daughter, Sarah, also on show stand duties, is the next generation. Bartlett Integrated Transport Solutions is based in Hallam, Victoria, although its equipment is sold through distributors around Australia. "We also have direct contact with fleets, so if there’s a large fleet that has towing issues, we come in, maybe look at custom design or custom equipment to help mitigate their problems," Allan continues. "We also have 20 different towbar models and we have a unique grading system that we rate to the maximum that the truck can tow, and the maximum that the trailer coupling can tow. We look at all the aspects of the lowest common denominator on the vehicle combination, and then we rate to that. We serial number the towbars, we match the serial numbers to the bin, and the outcome for the fleets is that they get complete traceability so they can start managing their fleet. So if they want to know something about what that truck can tow, we can tell them," Allan says. The 2021 Brisbane Truck Show, to be held from May 13 to 16, will be a landmark occasion for Allan and Sarah, and Bartlett Integrated Transport Solutions. "The next time we come here will be 75 years in business," Allan says. Originally published in Owner Driver Magazine. Published online at ATN, date: 25.06.2019
- “Truck driving is considered the deadliest profession in the country”
NEWS.COM.AU: "Workers in one Australian profession are far more likely to die on the job than any other workers, a Melbourne University study has found. Truck driving is considered the deadliest profession in the country, with drivers being 13 times more likely to die on the job than any work, Monash University researchers found. The university analysed more than 120,000 compensation claims lodged and accepted between 2004 and 2015. The study found truck drivers have a 13-fold higher risk of fatal injury compared with other professions." Click here for the full story. Driver and vehicle safety is a huge part of our focus At Bartlett, we pride ourselves on pulling our weight when it comes to the safety of drivers, trucks and trailers. Not only are our products professionally engineered, tested and made to above industry standard, we are actively involved at all industry levels as a business and individually. We use our experience and knowledge to advocate for safety measures and standards across the industry. Bartlett’s Managing Director Allan Bartlett is an active member of the VACC Industry Policy Council and chair of the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association Victoria (CVIAV). Through his role with VACC and CVIAV he directly advocates and promotes safety and compliance within the industry.
- Antarctica, Alabama, Australia—just some of the places where Bartlett products are used for their reliability, flexibility and safety.
Bartlett Ball Sleighs Antarctica [caption id="attachment_2309" align="alignright" width="480"] Click the image and choose video #10 to watch the video. Source: Patrice Godon Polar Engineering[/caption] The Bartlett 127 Ball trailer coupling recently played a crucial role in supplying fuel and other equipment to a European Antarctic Research Base. The client required a slack-free, articulating coupling that would remain functional in an environment where temperatures can reach -40ºC. The idea to use the Bartlett 127 Ball to connect this most unusual snow train was devised by specialised heavy Antarctic equipment engineering firm Travtech based in Hobart, Tasmania. Towing a sled loaded with supplies and two 15 000 litre fuel bladders through challenging and dangerous terrain, the coupling was ice cool under pressure and performed admirably. The Bartlett Ball has now been in production and operation for over 50 years. It has proved itself in some of the harshest conditions on the planet. For further information about Bartlett couplings, click here. Bartlett gets it done in the USA In Alabama USA a regional city council has chosen to use a customised Bartlett Towbar Solution that is fit-for-purpose for their heavy industrial municipal applications. With growing interest from the USA we look forward to providing towing solutions and products to the USA market. Feedback from the USA: "Allan, I can not believe how easy it was to install. It went perfectly. Only took about 2–3 hours to install and ready to try out. All measurements were right on the money. I have one picture I’m sending now. Your company is the only one I was able to find that makes a plug-and-play item that I needed and without a doubt It was just that. Thanks for everything." Fleet Superintendent, Alabama, USA" ...at Home [caption id="attachment_2312" align="alignright" width="490"] Werribee Open Range Zoo Train. Source: https://www.zoo.org.au/werribee[/caption] At home, Bartlett products are proven performers in our extreme and harsh conditions and across a variety of industries. From the Victorian snowfields to outback Australia. At Melbourne's Werribee Open Range Zoo, complete towbars, 127mm ball trailer couplings and safety chain systems provide a safe, smooth ride for train passengers as they're towed through the open range zoo. Bartlett specialises in fleet solutions whether it be be road transport, defence, agriculture or any other heavy vehicle towing application. If you have a challenging fleet or individual towing need, please contact our experienced staff.
- Heavy vehicle towbar news from New Zealand
Radio New Zealand has reported: "A second engineer has been suspended amid safety investigations into broken and cracked towing connections on heavy truck-trailers. Before this latest suspension, more than 1400 trailers had already been taken off the road for checks, repairs and replacements. The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) said it now recognised it had "issues" with its certification system." Radio New Zealand touched on the wider industry issues within New Zealand: "The wider issues are that trucks have been allowed to get bigger, while at the same time the rules have been getting looser: For instance, truckers no longer need to get semi-trailer kingpins checked at 100,000km like they used to. In addition, the New Zealand Standard that governs engineering quality is seen by some in the industry as being weak, and some engineers prefer using the Australian Standard." Read the full story here. Photo: NZTA Media Release www.nzta.govt.nz/pwe-revocation
- National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR)
Bartlett MD, Allan Bartlett recently attended and participated in the combined ARTSA and NBTA meeting with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) in Brisbane. The meeting identified and discussed key disruptors and the innovation challenges that are facing heavy vehicle industry. NHVR also presented and discussed their national Performance Based Standards Report a joint report by the NHVR and ARTSA. Click here for more.
- Charting uncharted territory
With imminent changes to chain of responsibility laws, operators will have additional factors to consider to ensure compliance. As such, the new updated customer Bartlett Data system (towbar rating report and compliance plates) were recently featured in the Trailer Magazine highlighting the issues and steps involved with meeting the new CoR laws. The Trailer Magazine feature focused on how unique Bartlett towbar reports bring clarity into an area of management that is often misunderstood. Bartlett Equipment will launch a new detailed support system designed to assist operators in safely setting up their trucks to tow trailers. Click here to read the full story.
The BARTLETT team would like to thank all those who came up and said hello, and learnt more about our products, brand and team at the inaugural MEGATRANS 2018 held in Melbourne last month. The BARTLETT team really enjoyed the conversations and insights learnt from engaging and networking with industry all under one roof. “Any event where transport and logistics productivity, safety and efficiency are discussed will only benefit the whole industry and should be encouraged” Allan Bartlett Managing Director Bartlett Integrated Towing Solutions
- New Bartlett Towbar Rating Reports & Plates to be rolled out in 2018
Keeping on top of vehicle data and safe operating capacities is a constant challenge for fleet operators, especially where trailer towing is concerned. Bartlett currently leads the industry with its comprehensive range of ADR62 compliant towbar kits which include a customised rating plate and printed report displaying vital rating data for safe trailer towing management. Great products supported by great information. In January 2018 Bartlett will raise the bar dramatically with the introduction of an innovative and world leading dashboard for safe towing management. Bartlett’s engineering team will generate Towbar Reports that include a tailored graphical layout of the vehicle’s towing limits to help operators understand vehicle and component capacities and to plan safe load distribution. Please visit our website or phone us if you would like to find out more.
- It’s been a big year at Bartlett. Here are some of the highlights...
It is critical that regulators engage with industry to strike the correct balance between safety and commercial viability. In this respect, our MD Allan Bartlett was kept very busy during 2017 in his role as Chair of the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association Victoria (CVIAV) advisory committee. Allan and other CVIAA National members partnered or participated in the following major industry events in 2017. - Presenter / co-organiser - Heavy Vehicle Modification and Innovation Conference in March run in partnership with the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) at CVIAA’s Melbourne headquarters in March 2017. www.artsa.com.au/conferences/past/amic2017 - Presenter - Brisbane Truck Show. ARTSA and the National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA) held a combined meeting on 25 May to update industry on trends, valuable data and notable safety issues. Attendees included vehicle and equipment manufacturers and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. Allan revealed the Practical Guide to the Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 (VSB6) poster and participated in a panel discussion. VSB6 is the transport industry Code of Practice for the modification of heavy vehicles. Allan was a key player in the design and production of the poster. - Speaker - Technical & Maintenance Conference (TMC), Melbourne in November (see above photo). Featured in both Diesel and Trailer trade mags highlighting and discussing the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) changes coming in 2018 for the industry. 2018 is promising to be an equally busy year when it comes to Bartlett being a key player in the formulation of policy and useful information and tools for industry. On the home front, Allan and the Bartlett team spent 2017 updating Bartlett’s unique towbar compliance reports and rating plates (see article, below) whilst also developing the very exciting Bare Knuckle® heavy vehicle towing chain system for impending release. Bare Knuckle® safety chain system will be the world’s strongest dedicated trailer safety chain system. From 2 tonnes up to 50 tonnes, Bare Knuckle is the passive safety system that stands guard, ready to jump into action in the event of accidental coupling separation.
- Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws coming in mid-2018
BARTLETT Managing Director Allan Bartlett, in National Industry Magazine TRAILER With changes to Chain of Responsibility laws coming in mid-2018, it’s crucial that fleet procurement personnel Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws coming in mid-2018 understand their responsibilities in terms of tow coupling safety. Allan Bartlett, Managing Director of Bartlett Integrated Towing Systems, was recently featured in the Trailer Magazine highlighting the issues and steps involved with meeting the new CoR laws. To say Bartlett Equipment is just another towing equipment brand would be an understatement. The Hallam-based family company has established a reputation as one of the safest equipment suppliers in Australia, last year celebrating its 70th anniversary of service to the transport and logistics industry. Since its inception in 1946, Bartlett has firmly focused its constant tow coupling developments on improving the critical component’s safety features. As such, the company has become a reliable source of compliant equipment – a requirement that is becoming all the more important with the changes to Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws due mid-2018.In some vehicle purchasing situations, the responsibility for towing system safety is ‘offset’ from the vehicle supplier to the equipment supplier creating a chain of compliance responsibilities. However, Bartlett says this may not stand up as a defense under new CoR laws, where the onus on understanding equipment specification falls to the first link in the chain – the buyer. Fleet safety officers can take charge of their compliance and be the first controlling link in the CoR by specifying Bartlett towing systems, the company says. “It is time for fleets to take charge of towing system build specification and Bartlett is the one company in Australia that specialises in towing system compliance with a holistic approach,” Bartlett says. Bartlett provides a detailed rating report that explains the safe towing capabilities of the truck and towing system – a level of information it says no other manufacturer provides to the vehicle operator. Every Bartlett towbar also has a serial number for traceability and the towbar rating plate is generated by collecting specific data relating to the vehicle and towing equipment, then processing it to provide a safe and accurate placard for vehicle-operator reference. “Fitting a Bartlett towbar kit on a typical rigid truck is a logical and straightforward task, and customisation is possible for vehicles with geometric constraints,” Bartlett says. “Approved Vehicle Examiners (AVE, ed.) can also reliably input Bartlett’s Component Registration Numbers (CRN, ed.) to streamline the approval process. “ Just as the CoR is a chain, so is the towing system. Typically, the buyer will first ask for a preferred type of trailer coupling to connect a truck and trailer. Bartlett designs and manufactures a wide range of complete towbar kits that are made to suit the majority of mainstream trailer coupling types, and there are models to suit virtually all truck configurations. Fitters can respond to a client’s coupling type request by matching it with a corresponding Bartlett towbar kit to guarantee a compliant towing system, the company explains. Trailer couplings are highly regulated devices often made from precision machined, forged or cast components. Assemblies are dynamic fatigue–tested in laboratories to prove that the device will withstand the types of loading that it will experience in service, and appropriate maximum ratings are applied. Two other devices in the towing system are equally regulated on paper but often not so much in the field. In widespread practice, many of the regulatory requirements for towbars and safety chain systems are overlooked, however Australian regulations call for maximum test forces in several directions for safety-chain attachments. Without evidence of compliance, these fabricated devices are worthless to a fleet safety manager and dubious with respect to their ability to restrain a breakaway trailer. Bartlett says its safety-chain attachments are designed and tested to meet Australian regulations and the range extends from the lightest trailers right up to maximum Performance-Based Standards (PBS) applications. “If you specify a Bartlett towing system, you know that you comply and you are in control of towing safety.” For more information about how Bartlett products and solutions can help you prepare for the 2018 CoR changes contact email@example.com Ph (61) 3 9796 3222. For more information about Trailer Magazine click http://www.trailermag.com.au/