Purpose-built Freighter trailers are helping a new haulage company offer specialist transport services to the pipe industry.
Established six months ago by Brett and Kirilly Butterworth, Brilly Haulage is a specialist pipe transporting business. Brett was a part-owner of Dewatering Services Australia, an industrial pipe manufacturer and installer performing pipework and earthworks for industrial shutdowns, maintenance upgrades and emergency repairs. Resource Equipment Ltd (REL) eventually purchased DSA, leaving Brett as a Regional Manager in the Goldfields.
Having noticed a requirement for pipe transport services in the region, the couple decided to set up a business transporting the pipes that Brett’s company had once needed. After discussing the plans to offer specialist extendable transport services to the pipe industry, plus any other operators who needed them, Kirilly got clear direction from their contacts about the equipment she’d need for the business. Freighter was the only recommendation for trailers.
Brett approached Mike Dawson, Northern Area Sales Manager for the local Freighter dealership, MaxiTRANS W.A. with some clear ideas of the kind of trailers required by Brilly Haulage. They needed to be able to carry large pipes while also having the flexibility to transport standard loads should the need arise. Based on these multiple task requirements from Brilly, Mike worked with Freighter’s engineers to design a custom drop deck extendable semi-trailer.
At the first stage (closed), the trailer is rated at 32 tonne, stepping down to 20 tonne when fully open. Self-supporting loads up to 32 tonne can be carried at maximum length, allowing Brilly to haul mine site dongas without pedestals as well as handling their customers’ longest pipe sections.
On Brett’s request, Meritor’s reliable CS9 tri-suspension module and wireless air scales were also included in the design. With read-outs on each axle, the scales send live data via Bluetooth to the cab, where the driver can keep a close eye on weights without getting out and around the rig. According to Brett, the system allows Brilly Haulage to comply with regulations as well as improve efficiency and operator safety.
A key strength, according to Mike is the dealership’s ability to work directly with Freighter engineers to design purpose-built transport equipment solutions for customers to fit their freight requirements.
The Freighter trailer technology has helped Brilly secure WA Heavy Vehicle Accreditation and the business is already fitting interstate work in with local jobs.
Brilly Haulage is currently operating with two custom built Freighter trailers including the new drop deck extendable and the existing flat top extendable. Both trailers are road train rated, and the unitised bearings insisted on by Brett mean Kirilly is expecting 1 million kilometres between replacements. She also specified Volvo rims for the trailers, as she wanted to maximise interchangeability of as many key components between the prime mover and the trailers as possible.
Kirilly says her next trailer will be a multi-role Tautliner, which is being designed with the guidance of Mike Dawson. According to Kirilly, a key requirement for Brilly is that the equipment used in the business reflects the image of quality of their services. She believes that the Freighter combination of market-leading technology and engineering as well as outstanding manufacturing quality is a critical partner in Brilly’s emphasis on customer satisfaction and future growth.