TO MAKE the trucking industry safer and more productive, electronic lifting gear is set to replace primitive, man-powered cranking systems.
Developed by Razor International of Melbourne, the new system attaches directly to existing cranking points, using battery power to lift and lower trailers with up to a 25-tonne load.
Covered by international patents, Razor claims it is the only product of its kind in the world.
The vital gearing system uses powder metal gears, pressed and sintered by Shorlube Industries .
Razor designer and managing director Darryl Baird said he first contacted Shorlube about bushes but they told him they could do the three gears as well.
“They certainly were helpful in recommending materials and doing some early prototype batches so we could test different alloys and grades.
“The tooling was not expensive. If you look at the price of a Shorlube gear it pays for itself very quickly, relative to a machine cut gear.
“Now we've got hundreds of units at work around Australia, each lifting and lowering as much as 18 loads a day. After 5 years effort, we're ready to take on the world.
“Shorlube have been very supportive. I can't speak too highly of them," he added.
Shorlube produce bushes, bearings and custom components in most alloys, combining the precision and strength of machined parts with prices close to plastic.