New enforcement regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration allow Hunter’s B400T Brake Tester to be used to test brake compliance without a follow-up physical inspection to take non-complying vehicles out of service, the company announced July 23. In a mere 30 seconds, the B400T determines whether a vehicle can continue to its destination or be taken out of service for further inspection and repair, according to the company.
The B400T utilizes a PC-based system with Hunter’s proprietary WinSI software to measure brake forces and vehicle weight at each wheel on multi-axle vehicles such as tractors and semi-trailers, tandem-axle tractors and buses; and two-axle vehicles such as passenger cars and light trucks, the company says. Single-, tandem- and triple-axle vehicles can be tested with full loads.
To perform the test, a technician drives the vehicle onto the tester plates and applies the brakes, according to Hunter; the precision load cells within the plates automatically measure a variety of brake performance conditions, which then are digitally transferred to the computer, analyzed and displayed on the monitor in color-coded charts.
Hunter says the B400T identifies many conditions that affect brake performance:
For more information, go to www.hunter.com.