IN­NO­VA­TORS WHO LOOK BE­YOND THE OB­VI­OUS

The halls of the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on May 25 to 28 will be filled with in­no­va­tors work­ing on the new­est tech­nolo­gies to make the in­dus­try safer and more pro­duc­tive. The Bris­bane Truck Show beck­ons

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THERE’S A won­der­ful story about a bunch of mon­keys in a cage in a lab­o­ra­tory. The moral is a les­son about or­gan­i­sa­tional cul­ture.

A group of sci­en­tists placed five mon­keys in a cage, and, in the mid­dle, a lad­der with ba­nanas on top.

Ev­ery time a mon­key went up the lad­der, the sci­en­tists soaked the rest of the mon­keys with cold wa­ter.

Af­ter a while, ev­ery time a mon­key would start up the lad­der, the others would pull it down and beat it up. Af­ter a time, no mon­key would dare try climb­ing the lad­der.

That was true when cer­tain in­di­vid­ual mon­keys were re­placed, the new ones keep­ing others in line even if they had never been soaked.

Why? Be­cause ‘that’s how things are done around here’. If you’ve ever worked in an or­gan­i­sa­tion like that, you’ll re­late im­me­di­ately.

Talk to any one of the ex­hibitors at the Bris­bane Truck Show, how­ever, and you’ll find it’s a to­tally dif­fer­ent story. They never just take things on face value.

Rather, you’ll find your­self inspired by their never-end­ing de­sire to look at your chal­lenges and ex­plore so­lu­tions that defy the ob­vi­ous.

The halls of the Bris­bane Truck Show are filled with in­no­va­tors; ev­ery cor­ri­dor and ev­ery cor­ner.

They are peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions who thrive on a con­stant quest – never be­ing sat­is­fied that things are as good as they can be.

Re­ally? Even an ed­u­cated eye would have had rea­son to say they were bloody close.

Nope. For all the in­ge­nu­ity and crafts­man­ship, even beauty, of their cre­ations, they al­ways see a need to go back to the draw­ing board.

If it weren’t for the adop­tion of their inspired de­sign, en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy, we would never have seen the rise of road trains, B-dou­bles and triples, and PBS.

In­no­va­tion, when com­bined with re­spon­si­ble use, opens doors to mas­sive pro­duc­tiv­ity gains.

The Bris­bane Truck Show has come a long way from its hum­ble be­gin­nings when 21 truck, trailer and com­po­nent man­u­fac­tur­ers and sup­pli­ers came to­gether at Haul­mark Trail­ers’ premises in Rock­lea in 1968.

The 2017 Bris­bane Truck Show is the fourth that will be held at Bris­bane Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, and fea­tures close to 300 ex­hibitors dis­play­ing the lat­est trucks, trail­ers, com­po­nents, equip­ment, ac­ces­sories and tech­nol­ogy.

It has al­ways been the forum where these fab­u­lous in­no­va­tors come to­gether and show­case their ideas to the road trans­port in­dus­try – to fleet own­ers, large and small; to fleet man­agers, fleet driv­ers, and mum and dad owner-driv­ers alike.

As a re­sult of this cul­ture, the truck­ing in­dus­try has been the ben­e­fi­ciary of most tech­nolo­gies long be­fore all but the most ex­pen­sive mo­tor cars.

Sure, there are still sec­tions of trans­port in­dus­try that re­sist safety tech­nolo­gies. Maybe there are a few en­vi­ron­ments and ap­pli­ca­tions where all the is­sues haven’t been re­solved.

Well, you just have a chat with this lot and see what they can do about fix­ing it then. They will.

In the mean­time, the vast ma­jor­ity will fall over them­selves to en­joy the ad­vances that make get­ting home to fam­ily safely so much more as­sured.

While we know that the ma­jor­ity of ma­jor ac­ci­dents be­tween cars and trucks are the re­sult of an er­ror made by the car driver, what hap­pens next is very of­ten left to the re­ac­tion of the truck driver and their equip­ment.

When those mo­ments oc­cur, ev­ery sin­gle mo­ment of en­gi­neer­ing bril­liance that has gone into cre­at­ing the driver’s truck and trailer, and the load re­straint de­vices that keep ev­ery­thing aboard in check, will have been worth it.

It’s an un­sung re­ward for the tire­less cu­rios­ity of those who are driven by an in­nate de­sire to keep im­prov­ing.

The heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try con­sists of those who de­sign, en­gi­neer and build heavy ve­hi­cles and their com­po­nents, equip­ment and tech­nol­ogy; it also in­cludes those who im­port, ex­port, sell, ser­vice and main­tain them.

It is a dy­namic in­dus­try whose story is not told of­ten enough or loudly enough.

This year, the Bris­bane Truck Show’s 50-year an­niver­sary, we cel­e­brate all of that and more, as the in­dus­try comes to­gether once more to catch up with old friends and make news ones, all in their favourite mar­ket­place.

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