Fu­ture tech­nolo­gies brought for­ward

PBS is­sues plus Ian Wright’s at­ten­dance high­light ComVec 2018

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NEW BLOOD and fresh ideas were in abun­dance at Heavy Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try Aus­tralia’s (HVIA) bi­en­nial en­gi­neer­ing con­fer­ence, ComVec 2018, held in Mel­bourne on April 12 to 13.

With more than 120 at­ten­dees, the con­fer­ence was an op­por­tu­nity to hear from re­spected in­dus­try ex­perts in pre­sen­ta­tions and panel dis­cus­sions, HVIA pres­i­dent Nathan Usher says.

“ComVec has al­ways been a unique op­por­tu­nity for heavy ve­hi­cle in­dus­try engi­neers to get to­gether and look at is­sues and op­por­tu­ni­ties that are on the ta­ble, on the hori­zon and even beyond, and this year’s pro­gram cer­tainly did all of those things,” Usher says. “We were de­lighted and grate­ful with the many new­com­ers who joined a host of in­dus­try stal­warts in at­ten­dance, both as speak­ers and as del­e­gates, all tak­ing the time away from their busy sched­ules to par­tic­i­pate in ComVec.”

For many at­ten­dees one of the ma­jor high­lights was the pre­sen­ta­tion given by Tesla co-founder Ian Wright – and par­tic­u­larly, his fore­cast that the 15-litre diesel en­gine is set to dom­i­nate long-haul truck­ing for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

Con­fer­ence at­ten­dees did not shy away from tough top­ics, with con­ver­sa­tions about per­for­mance-based stan­dards (PBS) and the com­po­nent sub­sti­tu­tion is­sues that they stan­dards cre­ated also prov­ing pop­u­lar.

HVIA pol­icy and govern­ment re­la­tions man­ager Greg Forbes said sub­sti­tu­tion of tyres within PBS de­signs has been a con­tro­ver­sial is­sue for some time – with one di­rec­tor es­ti­mat­ing it was cost­ing the in­dus­try up to $2 mil­lion per year.

“Many op­er­a­tors and equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers have learned the hard way that fit­ting un­ap­proved tyres and com­po­nents can be an ex­pen­sive mis­take when it comes to hav­ing a PBS com­bi­na­tion cer­ti­fied,” he says.

In­dus­try ex­perts on the panel ad­vo­cated an ap­proach to in­creas­ing the range of ap­proved tyres avail­able for PBS de­signs and en­sur­ing that any ap­proved so­lu­tion must be ap­pli­ca­ble to all com­po­nents that could rea­son­ably be re­placed dur­ing a ve­hi­cle’s life­span.

The Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor’s (NHVR) Les Brusza ac­knowl­edged that work needs to con­tinue to­wards re­solv­ing the is­sues.

“HVIA will use th­ese dis­cus­sions to fur­ther in­form our on­go­ing work with the NHVR, and to of­fer so­lu­tions to th­ese is­sues in­clud­ing en­sur­ing in­dus­try is ed­u­cated to un­der­stand the is­sues and their im­pli­ca­tions,” he says.

ComVec will re­turn to Mel­bourne in 2020.

“Fit­ting un­ap­proved tyres and com­po­nents can be an ex­pen­sive mis­take when it comes to hav­ing a PBS com­bi­na­tion cer­ti­fied”

The NHVR’s Les Brusza says more work is needed on PBS is­sues

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