There is always a lot to learn when it comes to maintenance, today we bring you 3 myths and truths about Brakes.
Myth: Air disc brakes are checked only once a year
Truth: Air Disc Brakes (ADB) should be checked at every preventive maintenance inspection.
One of the benefits of air disc brakes is that the service intervals for friction or rotor replacement are longer than those of drum brakes, but this is not to say that ADB maintenance intervals are also longer. long,” says McComsey. “Doing a check at every preventive maintenance inspection is necessary to make sure everything is working fine – and doing it regularly helps extend the life of the brake. Most of these checkups don’t even require removing the tire, making it a quick and easy process.
Myth: Adjust auto sliders at every overhaul
Truth: If you have automatic regulators (ASA), do not manually adjust them if the brake goes above the upper limit.
When servicing drum brakes, technicians adjust the ASAs at every preventative check. But automatic slack adjusters that are properly installed, functional, and lubricated should never need adjustment after initial installation – outside of brake refacing. Therefore, Bendix recommends that ASAs never be manually adjusted.
Myth: Brake chambers should not be checked unless you hear a leak.
Truth: You should check your brake chambers at every preventative maintenance inspection. Frequent and thorough inspections are necessary.
In addition to listening for air leaks around the camera, check for missing parts like dust caps, clevises, and clevis pins; look for obvious damage to the camera, such as dents, corrosion, and bent pushrods; also make sure the camera grip is not loose.
Due to the current situation, companies and businesses cannot maintain a normal course in their operations or customer service. The most appropriate way to prevent the virus from spreading is to avoid human contact between people belonging to the company internally and externally.
For this, it is important to create a plan that allows the risks of contagion to be minimal and allows the tasks to continue to be carried out normally in companies, taking into account the following:
Assess whether administrative functions necessarily require face-to-face work and whether or not to opt for teleworking.
In the operational areas we must adjust working distances between each worker.
Develop health and hygiene protocols considering that there may be asymptomatic people.
Do not expose yourself, if one of your collaborators presents symptoms belonging to the current pandemic, do not allow him to work in offices, he must carry out any activity via telework.
Determine the back up of each of your collaborators in case of absence, this will allow that in case of illness the activities do not slow down their course and they can continue with their functions.
Identify the areas of greatest danger due to contact with the public for permanent disinfection and to apply mandatory distance regulations.
Identify the most vulnerable groups, since they must be handled more carefully with these people and not expose them to risky situations.
Example of an action plan:
Take the temperature to all visitors and people who work in your facilities.
Do not allow entry or attention to people who register more than 37 degrees C.
Identify spaces in your business at least 1.5 meters apart between people to avoid crowds.
As much as possible, allow the entrance of only one person per company, client or supplier that arrives at your business.
If meeting with a person is necessary, avoid confined and closed spaces.
Employees using public transportation
The following recommendations should be given:
Wear a mask and gloves when leaving the house and getting on public transport.
Avoid taking full transport units.
Always carry antibacterial gel for personal use.
Basic rules of personal care
Wear a mask and gloves when leaving the house or when close to a person
Always carry antibacterial alcohol for your personal use of at least 70%
In the case of sneezing, use disposable tissues, in case of not having it, use the internal angle of the elbow.
Avoid touching massive use surfaces, handrails, elevator buttons, door handles, etc.
Avoid putting your hands to your face and specifically not touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Wash your hands every 3 hours with plenty of soap and water and apply apply 70% hydroalcoholic gel to your hands.
Disinfect your cell phone with 70% antibacterial gel after your tour has finished.
Cleaning and disinfection of surfaces.
Cleaning removes germs, dirt and impurities while disinfection kills germs. Therefore, it is very important to carry out a thorough cleaning before disinfecting. Another important aspect is the ventilation of closed spaces, trying to guarantee that the air you breathe is safe. Overcrowding and the absence of ventilation are factors that favor the transmission of the virus.
Daily cleaning should be in all areas of work establishments in order to clean and organize the environment, replace daily consumption materials (for example, liquid soap, toilet paper, paper towels and others) and collect waste, according to their classification. Includes cleaning of all horizontal surfaces, of furniture and equipment, doors and door handles, window frames and cleaning of the floor, telephones, light switches and others. The cleaning of the floor of the corridors should be carried out preferably at times of least movement.
Frequent cleaning and disinfection must be carried out on those surfaces in continuous contact with the hands of clients and / or working people (handles of baskets / carts, tape of products for payment, datafast, etc.).
All establishments with a high flow of people must be disinfected with viricides at least twice a week at the end of the working day; however, it is recommended to do it daily at the end of the work day while the health emergency lasts
Protective equipment for personnel
The more care and protection we have when serving customers and handling products, we take care of our health and avoid the spread of the virus. As basic rules, the following is essential:
The use of a mask in case of direct contact with clients.
Regular hand washing, the use of alcohol-based wipes or disinfectant gel.
Have a space of approximately two meters between each job.
Minimize contact between workers, customers and people served.
Establish alternate days or additional work shifts that reduce the total number of workers.
Below we detail the uniforms that each person must have for customer service to minimize all types of risk. Remember that prevention helps us contain the virus.
We are a family business that thinks of families, at this time that union and empathy is necessary, we want them to count on us knowing that together we will overcome this. Learn about the options we offer you to help you reorganize your business.
Count on our commercial advisers
Although we are far away, love for our work unites us. You can communicate at any time with our advisers who are ready to advise you by phone, they will solve your doubts and take essential requests to overcome this emergency.
Delivery of orders
Servifreno continues working to supply the strategic sectors, we receive your orders through our advisers or telephone lines:
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With the responsibility that characterizes us, we are delivering our merchandise with all the biosecurity protocols and responsible product management at the national level because we know that transport cannot stop.
Safety regulations for the commercialization of products
Your health matters to us, so we ask that you take into account the following measures to protect the health of our clients and staff.
Use our telephone channels to request our products.
Only if necessary go to our facilities to make the purchase.
Ask security personnel for antibacterial gel before entering.
Keep at least 1 meter away with customer service personnel.
Avoid physical contact, do not wave with a kiss and / or hand. Avoid crowds.
For your safety, our work surfaces are constantly disinfected.
Use disposable tissues and put them in a covered trash can.
When leaving, request antibacterial gel from the security guard.
Call 171 if you have a cough, fever, or breathing difficulties.
The topography of Ecuadorian roads requires high quality products. The different regions of the country have their particular needs for the climate, slopes, humidity and other geographical situations typical of our country. For this reason, heavy transport, light transport and passenger transport vehicles require specialized products with high technological standards that provide safety during their journey. Carriers are constantly on the lookout for friction materials that offer the strength, comfort, durability and stability that guarantee safe operation.
That is why Incolbest has developed several products that solve the need of each of our clients in terms of duration, quality and costs.
Vehicle manufacturers attach great importance to safety, for this reason they invest a large amount of human and economic resources in research and development of new technologies.
Currently within vehicle safety we can speak fundamentally of two types: ACTIVE AND PASSIVE SAFETY.
Active safety is one that covers all the vehicle systems that help us avoid accidents. It is mainly composed of the brake system, tires, the steering and the lights.
Passive safety is a set of elements that are intended to maintain integrity and reduce physical damage to which the occupants of the vehicle are subjected once the accident has occurred. It is made up of bodywork, airbags, seat belts and bumpers.
In active safety, one of the most important systems is the brakes. Without this we would be before a car capable of traveling, but not stopping in time. The brake system is made up of few and very localized elements, which is why it makes it one of the most effective in the car, but at the same time one of the most critical, precisely because of the importance that each of its components has in set. This system is used continuously, so it is subject to noticeable wear. For it to work properly, it must be checked regularly.
The brakes of our vehicle are the main security system that we enjoy in our car. Keeping it in optimal operating and service conditions should be our main responsibility, since a faulty system not only puts our lives at risk, but also that of other people.
Check your vehicle’s brake system every 8,000 to 10,000 km.
Change the Brake Fluid every year.
When your brake discs or drums show scratches, eyebrows or crystallization symptoms, it is necessary to rectify them. A brake disc or drum can be ground to the minimum of its thickness tolerance.
Every time you change the brake pads, check the condition of the dust covers and caliper kits to ensure correct operation. Clean and lubricate the brake system with lubricants specially designed for the job.
Never contaminate, clean, or lubricate the brake system with grease, gasoline, diesel, or any other petroleum derivatives.
Every brake pad needs a minimum period of seating to the disc. The recommended settlement period is 200 km. During this period the vehicle brake may not perform optimally.
There are over 600 causes of noise in the brake system. The culprit is not always the friction material.
In the event of any strange or abnormal noise in the braking system of your vehicle, it is advisable to immediately go to a specialized workshop.
The parking brake has the basic function of keeping the vehicle static when it is stopped. It is not recommended to operate it when the vehicle is in motion.
Remember to keep the braking system of your vehicle in optimal conditions is our responsibility since this depends not only our lives but also the lives of our loved ones.
Examine the condition of the brake drum surface. If there are grooves, fissures or symptoms of overheating, it must be rectified. Grinding of a brake drum can be carried out as long as the internal diameter is within the tolerance limits specified by the manufacturer.
It is necessary to verify the correct condition of rollers, raches, springs and other parts that make up the brake system. The incorrect operation of any of these parts can have consequences such as short duration, noise, vibration, overheating, etc.
One of the main enemies of friction materials are those derived from petroleum (oils, greases, gasoline, diesel, etc.). We must avoid the contact of the brake shoes with any of these elements as much as possible, since a contaminated shoe can cause problems of low duration and noise.
Adaptations to the brake system (changing chambers, adaptation of drums, etc.) should be avoided. When an adaptation is to be carried out, all the technical parameters of the vehicle must be respected or the advice of an expert in the matter must be respected.
Excessive speed or undue increase in the load capacity of the vehicle results in the brake system being subjected to excessive pressure and temperature stresses, which directly affects a short duration of the friction material.
The brake fluid has a useful life of one year, after which time it must be replaced in order to guarantee the correct operation of our brake system.
Always use the brake fluid recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. This information can be found quickly and easily on the cover of the brake fluid reservoir.
When a brake fluid reaches its useful life, it loses properties, resulting in a spongy or poor brake pedal.
The coloration of the brake fluid is a parameter to be able to assess its condition. If this coloration tends to be dark (black) it could be an indication that our liquid needs to be changed and that we should also check the state of rubbers inside the system.
The brake fluid is not consumed or evaporates, it deteriorates losing properties. When the brake fluid level decreases in the reservoir, it is advisable to check our brake system as there may be wear of friction materials (brake pads or brake shoes) or fluid leaks.
The basic difference between a Dot 3, Dot 4, Super Dot 4 and Dot 5.1 brake fluid is their boiling point, i.e. the temperature they can withstand before boiling (forming air bubbles).
We must avoid contact of brake fluid with the paint of our vehicle as it could damage it. If this happens, it is recommended to wash immediately with plenty of water.