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Tests prove cost savings with Atlas Balance Rings

Thousands of Australian truck and bus drivers have conducted their own cost-saving tests using Atlas Balance Rings on their steer and drive wheels – and they’re very happy customers. 

The Atlas Balance Company wanted to back up their research at the Kangan Institute TAFE in Melbourne. Led by institute manager Andrew Robson, before and after testing of Atlas Balance Rings’ wheel balancing properties were carried out on a testing module called a chassis dynamometer – the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere. From 10km to 100km/h, the results easily show that the shaking and rattling, measured in millivolts (mV), were more than double on trailer wheels without the Atlas Balance Ring.

The results show that at 60km/h, with the Atlas Balance Rings fitted, the oscilloscope is picking up 27 millivolts. Without Atlas Balance Rings, the imbalance is over twice as much – at 60km/h, with 63 millivolts imbalance.

At 100km/h, the results are dramatic. With the Atlas Balance Ring fitted, the oscilloscope is picking up 50 millivolts; without Atlas Balance Rings, the imbalance is over twice as much – 114 millivolts imbalance.

Dekecat recently took delivery of two Robuk Trailers and immediately fitted Atlas Balance Rings throughout the A and B trailers.

Dekecat Pty Ltd fit Atlas Balance Rings to new Robuk Trailers. Marty Murphy from Dekecat in Central Queensland, recently took delivery of two Robuk Trailers at  Hemmant in Queensland – another fine Australian company – and he immediately fitted the rings throughout the A and B trailers. This rig is going to be working hard on those central Queensland corrugations – on those harsh roads. It’s vital to keep Murphy’s trailer tyres balanced as well as the steers. 

“Just fitting Balance Rings to the steers and not the drives is like just only balancing the front wheels of the family car, makes no sense at all. And this is the vehicle that’s paying all the bills,” Murphy said.

The Kangan Institute Oscilloscope Reports showed:

• Drive axle with balance rings at 60km/h. Average AC RMS voltage is 27mV.

• Drive axle with no balance rings at 60km/h. Average AC RMS voltage is 63mV. That’s double the balance ring value.

• Drive axle with balance rings at 100km/h. Average AC RMS voltage is 50mV

• Drive axle with no balance rings at 100km/h. Average AC RMS voltage is 114mV. Again, double the voltage

(*Average AC RMS voltage is 50mV accelerometer root means square voltage)

For more information, please call 1300 228 527 or visit atlasbalance.com.au.

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