As many heavy equipment owners know, traction system is one of the vital parts of the machine which is basically practical to have.
Traction controls keep the equipment from skidding on slippery roads and limit tire slip by maximizing the friction produced on the impact of tire and road. In the past, drivers would need to focus his controls on the break to keep the vehicle from spinning wildly. Unfortunate fates may sometimes lead to accidents or worse, cause deaths and ample amount of liability expenses and mountain of complaints.
Operators and equipment owners nowadays use the assistance of traction system to sustain the controls. Standards on articulated dump trucks state that the automated traction control (ATC) monitors wheel spin and axle speeds per second and responds quickly when a possible slip is detected. With ATC the truck is always in the correct drive combination for conditions. And ATC is flexible; it can be applied to a single wheel, one or more axles, all wheels on one side, etc.
The importance of traction control reaches out even to distributors in developing nations.
Axis Capital Group, a Singaporean company which sells and rents high-standard machineries also servicing to Jakarta, Indonesia, admits to only distributing equipment with traction controls systems as customers are highly cautious on security and risk reduction on their equipment.
Axis also pointed out that traction system is more than its capabilities to provide security; it also comes inexpensive for both distributors and end-clients. For Volvo, for example, the traction system under this brand reduces fuel consumption and improves productivity by 6%. It can also be easily operated since it is compatible to telematics devices, thus, cutting operator’s training and saving more. Most importantly, since these trucks are made to withstand rough terrains, slippery roads and steep pavements, maintenance can be cut off. It can moreover last for a long time since it is built in sturdy components.
More reviews show advanced attributes of electronic traction system. Take for example Komatsu Traction Control System. Monitoring the relative speeds of the front and center axles, when slip is detected, the system automatically engages an inter-axle lock. If a wheel is still slipping, the system applies the service brake to that wheel and continues to monitor wheel speed and modulate braking. In the cab, the operator uses a rocker switch to choose between automatic and manual operation of the inter-axle lockup clutch.
On most roads less traveled, there will always be a demand of construction equipment. As the world always has the need to expand and widen our scope for the growing civilization. When the paths are still uncommon, there are times when we face conflicts and delays on the construction. Fuse broken down, lack of fuel, machine malfunction are only some of the fears many construction workers try to prevent.
Well-maintained equipment is important as it determines the productivity and quality of the works carried out. Malfunctioning or poorly performing equipment is the most common reason for slow progress of a road works project. Aside from ensuring your machines and its components are not fraud, you would have to put extra precaution when doing road construction in rural areas.
Axis Capital Group, a company which sells and rents heavy capital equipment in Singapore has stood adamant on the hardship one should endure when paving way for road construction. Twice did their machines broke in one of the forestry place in the furthermost parts of Jakarta, Indonesia and those two situations cost them hundreds of dollars lost and a night spent in an unfamiliar place.
Equipment is also expensive and can easily be destroyed if it is not operated correctly and supervised by competent staff. Construction equipment also plays an important role on road project relying on labor-based works technology. By definition, labor-based methods consist of an appropriate combination of manual labor complemented with a limited use of equipment. Equipment used on labor-based road works projects is mainly for operations such as haulage of materials and water, compaction and rock breaking. In addition, there will be vehicles and possibly motorcycles used for work supervision. A major concern when reviewing the appropriate type of equipment for road construction works is:
• Its availability in the region or vicinity to the work site,
• How to deliver it to the construction site,
• How easy is it to operate and how easily it can be reversed?
• Its cost and reliability, and
• The availability of spare parts and repair facilities.
Fortunately, there are now available machineries which can withstand the harsh travails of rural construction. From haulage equipment which can travel with tons of gravel to dump trucks, albeit limited, a wide variety of study materials especially made for road construction and expansion are now available in the market. Small and large scale project can now be at ease with manual labor construction assisted by pertinent equipment. Under the right socio-economic conditions, road pavings, water ways and construction are made viable and technologically possible.