A diesel fitter has invented a brake diagnostic tool with the potential to slash machine downtime and increase safety.
Sam Lichos told Australian Mining that every component in the device was mapped to Australian standards.
“When the brake pedal is depressed a three dimensional digital image of the vehicle appears on a screen highlighting the faulty component and its location,” he said.
The device can be operated remotely and can identify on a moving vehicle whether or not there is a problem with a vehicle’s brakes, thus limiting downtime.
“The device currently being used in the industry only identifies whether the brakes pass Australian standards,” Lichos said.
“If they don’t, the vehicle has to be hauled away to a factory where it often takes a couple of days to find the faulty component. This device strips that downtime.”
Lichos said the device has been tested on various loaders such as 769s and 773s with brake problems located in seconds.
The device can be installed in the vehicle or uploaded into a computer.
It can be individually programmed so that the exact truck is in the system and therefore the exact component, down to the part number can be identified if a problem occurs.