Leicestershire-based passenger transport provider Orbit Coaches has upgraded its workshop with Totalkare equipment.
Having purchased three sets of T8AC cabled mobile column lifts from the workshop equipment experts since 2021, the firm has now installed an in-ground brake tester and smoke meter to improve the testing facilities of its in-house workshop.
Established in 1995, the family-run business manages a fleet of varied vehicles from 16-seater minibuses to 87-seater double-decker coaches.
As part of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, Orbit Coaches has committed to reducing the environmental impact of its activities. As part of this the fleet must be well-maintained to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency.
By investing in a DS2 XP-0 smoke meter for in-house testing, Orbit Coaches now has a diagnostic tool at its disposable to ensure proper maintenance of its diesel engines.
The cable-free device is accredited to the latest Euro 6 standards and meets DVSA requirements for the bus and coach industry.
Its accurate readout display provides data on smoke density and the efficiency of combustion within an engine.
The installation of a TK-7000 in-ground brake tester will also further these environmental goals, using DVSA-approved diagnostics software to present data on brake performance.
A variety of models are available with maximum axle loads of between 7,000 and 20,000kg available, the model installed for Orbit Coaches has a 13,000kg capacity to cover its entire fleet.
With bi-directional rollers, mobile tablet interface and a cover plate to minimise tyre damage, the brake tester is both safe and efficient – with tests able to be conducted directly from the driver’s seat.
The brake tester was installed as a stand-alone to fit seamlessly into the workshop and maximise the use of space.