What do Ermax trailer tail
lamps have in common with DVDs, spectacles, medical devices and high-tech
sports equipment? Their outstanding technical properties are attributable to a
high-performance engineering thermoplastic. Polycarbonate is the stuff that
transforms the new LED tail lamps into Eternal Lights that offer incredible
cost savings. There’s never been a better time to exchange old for new.
The colourful transparent
shards of tail lamps are to be found everywhere, swept to the margins, across
Europe’s highway network. They bear witness to the extreme mechanical stresses
to which the lamps are exposed. Potholes, vibration, extreme temperatures and
shunts when parking take their toll on lamp housings. Regularly broken as a
result, they re-appear as microplastics at the edges of roads and in sewers.
It’s no wonder, therefore,
that lamp housings – usually made of inexpensive ABS or PMMA acrylic – have to
be renewed practically every year during the trailer’s lifetime. Cut-price
lamps in particular, however, can quickly erode budgets. Over a period of five
years, the cost of repairs and downtimes can easily amount to well in excess of
200 euros. On top of that, transport companies can also incur substantial fines
for operating vehicles with defective lamps or light sources.
The secret of the new Ermax
LED tail lamps from BPM Group lies in a design that is so rugged it withstands
targeted hammer blows. The LED light sources are protected inside a housing
made of polycarbonate, which is by far the best-performing thermoplastic on the
market. Measured against the acrylics that are conventionally used in the
automotive industry, and ABS, polycarbonate offers 17 times greater impact
resistance alongside an optical quality that exceeds the brilliance of glass.
Its key benefit, however, is its ability more readily to withstand both the
permanent mechanical stresses that arise on structurally damaged roads and the
impacts associated with shunts when parking. As every highway maintenance team
knows all too well, the customary standard plastics shatter very easily in
response to knocks and bumps.
“If they compare costs,
transport operators should get the message,” says Torben Pagh, managing
director of Transport-Teknik A/S, which manufactures the Ermax lamps. “The new
tail lamps reflect BPW Group’s strategy of generating tangible cost benefits
over the trailer’s lifetime. The gains achievable across all components – from
the running gear and body engineering to the lighting and telematics – can give
vehicle operators a massive competitive advantage,” noted Pagh.
The new “hammer-proof” Ermax
lamps are available in a wide variety of formats for both the original
equipment sector and the aftermarket, and manufacturers have various options
for design coordination with an existing brand identity.
Source: IAA COMMERCIAL VEHICLES 2018
Force Motors has won the
prestigious order for the supply of Light Strike Vehicles to the Indian Army
against stiff competition from established players. According to a Force Motors
press release, the Light Strike Vehicle designed and developed by the research
and development team at Force Motors is fully indigenous.
Force Motors has developed the
Light Strike Vehicle for exacting military activities, with the assurance of
speed and reliability. The vehicles not only use the proven, rugged and
reliable aggregates like engines and transmissions from the Force Motors’
stable but are also uprated for the demanding applications of the Armed Forces.
The Force Motors Prototypes
established their superiority in the rigorous user trials, conducted for over
two years, in tough and rough terrains as varied as the scorching deserts of
Rajasthan (50°C) to the freezing Himalayas (-30°C). Designed for quick ingress
and egress, these vehicles are capable of performing on extreme terrain, with
maneuverability, high speed and stability, with 4x4 configuration, and have
differential locks on all wheels, similar to the legendary Force Gurkha. It is
equipped with run flat tyres and has the provision to mount a rocket launcher
and machine guns. The Force Motors Light
Strike Vehicle can be airlifted and dropped into enemy territory, for use as an
advance fast strike vehicle.
Speaking on the occasion,
after the agreement with the Ministry of Defence, the spokesperson from Force
Motors noted, “We are very happy that the Indian Army has reposed trust in the
fully indigenous Light Strike Vehicle developed by our research and development
team. This is a small but significant step in creating fully indigenous
specialist vehicles for the Armed Forces – a truly ‘Make in India’ initiative”.
Force Motors had also supplied
the Indian Artillery with new engines for the famous 155mm Howitzer Guns
(Bofors Guns). Trials are on for the adoption of Force developed engines on the
indigenously developed new generation Dhanush Gun which is expected to succeed
the Bofors Guns. The proven Traveller and Trax range of vehicles are already in
service, with most of the para military organisations in the country.
Source: Force Motors
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