The world is constantly on the move, and when there’s work to be done a company cannot afford to have their truck or van off the road for too long. This makes mobile servicing a far more appealing prospect as a technician can come out to them and service their vehicles, significantly reducing their vehicle downtime and meaning they can get back to business much quicker.
Ford launched its own Mobile Servicing Programme nationwide at this year’s CV Show after a successful trial in Greater London. From the summer there will be more than 100 Ford Mobile Service Vans operated from over 90 Ford Transit Centres up and down the country, including Northern Ireland and Scotland. They will be equipped to deal with servicing, maintenance and repair work, including warranty and pre-delivery inspections. Ford claims each van will be able to service up to four vehicles per day, and have the potential to undertake multiple services at any location.
It is not just the convenience that mobile servicing and technicians can offer to haulage companies, says Chris Bailey of Bowmonk, who manufacture a range of equipment suitable for mobile servicing. He explains that in many cases mobile technicians can also offer companies better value for money as their costs are less than those of an established vehicle workshop.
So, What Do You Need?
To be able to offer an extensive and competitive mobile servicing package, investment in the right tools and equipment is essential.
“Aside from the usual spanners, sockets and hand tools, there will also be specialist tools like bearing pullers, vehicle jacking equipment and power tools. All necessary equipment to provide a comprehensive ‘on-site’ maintenance service,” says Chris.
“More recently, safety inspections are now being carried out as part of this service. Inspections that require scheduled checks on items which affect the operational safety of a commercial vehicle.
“Whilst most of these inspections will be nothing more than a visual check, there are aspects of the inspection which will require the provision of more detailed information, such as braking performance.”
The Traffic Commission now requires all ‘O’ licence holders to have their brakes checked more regularly, and for those offering a mobile service this is where the Bowmonk BrakeCheck can help.
“For a mobile technician, the BrakeCheck is seen to be a very popular addition to their hardware, as it will enable them to also provide a meaningful brake test as part of their ongoing service provision,” says Chris.
Bowmonk have been manufacturing portable brake testing equipment for 50 years, and the BrakeCheck provides a compact, easy to use, cost-effective solution.
Approved by the DVSA for interim safety inspection brake tests, the BrakeCheck shows the test results on the display panel, and these can be downloaded to a computer. Alternatively, a printed version can be produced there and then thanks to the portable infra-red printer that comes with the BrakeCheck, so a record of the maintenance can be kept by the owner for future reference.
Conveniently sized and weighing just 0.4kg, the Bowmonk BrakeCheck is an ideal addition for any mobile technician. It is designed to be self-compensating, and has a simple LED indicator system to display the results of the checks.
The screen informs you when the BrakeCheck is level enough to perform a test, and has a generous tolerance to make sure this is easy to achieve.
The BrakeCheck can tell if the vehicle is pulling to the left or right when braking, and can measure and display the peak acceleration for left/right, as well as both the peak and average deceleration for the front/rear. The unit can also calculate stopping distance, which is displayed in metres, but can be shown in feet by special request.
BrakeCheck also measures the braking efficiency of the Service Brake (Foot Brake) and Hand Brake by calculating the rate of deceleration from a speed of around 10mph until the vehicle comes to a standstill.
The device is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, and will power-down after a period of inactivity to conserve energy, as well as indicate when it is running low on power; helpful for a technician who could be out on jobs all day.
Bowmonk states the BrakeCheck can operate for approximately five hours (or 120 tests) from a full charge, plus it can be used after just five minutes of charging.
When ordering a BrakeCheck it doesn’t matter which country you reside in, as the instrument comes with a battery charger and plug that is compatible with the destination country. There is also a wide range of accessories available.