If the vans were the stars of the show, there was no shortage of innovative products and services designed to increase operational efficiency, safety and effectiveness.
Compliance in a highly regulated sector can be onerous for transport operators and there was no shortage at the show of companies offering products and services designed to help.
Novadata unveiled several new publications designed to help transport operators faced with “an increasingly complex transport legal framework”. New additions from Novadata include its Driver Eyesight Evaluation record book, the Driver Reprimand Book and a revised version of its Operator Compliance Book.
While much of its work is with the truck sector, Novadata says that van operators are increasingly looking for solutions to help maintain compliance through products and training in areas such as options for completing the daily walkaround check – either online or with paper-based methods.
Overloading continues to be a hot potato in the sector. Established in 1976, Red Forge is recognised as a leader in the on-vehicle axle load indication market.
Red Forge exhibited its full range of axle load indicator and on-board weighing products including Omniweigh, Axalert and the Limitlite systems at the show. All systems offer VTS (vehicle telemetry systems) outputs for allowing remote monitoring of overload conditions, while the Axalert Excel can be used on multi-axle vehicles.
Andy Freeman, MD of Red Forge, said: “Red Forge have long been leaders in axle load indicators offering products that are simple, robust, reliable and realistic.”
Across at Modul Systems (previously Tevo) the company was demonstrating its latest Modul-Connect, its clever digital wiring and control system. It now features wireless switches which can be sited wherever is most convenient in the van and also has the capability to manage the electrical accessories via an app for smartphone or tablet. This means the driver can operate electrical devices powered through the system from their mobile.
The demonstration vehicle at the show was featured with an axle weighing system and the app displayed clearly the available payload on each axle.
Modul also used the show to introduce its new ‘smart’ toolbox – the Multi-Box – as well as its own range of roof racking products. And with payload at a premium particularly in electric vans, the stand featured its lightweight Modul-Express products for the last mile delivery sector in a newly converted electric van.
The increasing levels of ‘connectivity’ demanded by van operators need innovative power management systems and Ring Carnation was showing its latest range of genisys II (gII) power management models.
The company says gII models have been designed to offer “a higher level of control performance with enhanced connectivity and even easier installation and servicing.”
Ring is well established as a supplier of specialist electrical products to the aftermarket and vehicle conversion sector. Operators often need to improve interior lighting as well as providing lighting outside of vehicles and Ring was among several companies which are able to offer transformative solutions, with LED technology ensuring the minimum drain on vehicle batteries.
Hope Technical was demonstrating an interesting development in connectivity. It introduced its new safe-T-bar with Sensor Connect, claiming it to be the only LCV rear protection bar capable of full integration with the van’s OEM reversing sensors. Hope was also showing its heavy duty Safe-T-Stow secure box to prevent tool theft from vans. “Its robust construction and various security features give it an all-round appearance of strength and durability – an immediate and effective deterrent to any would-be thief” says Hope.
Rhino Products returned to the CV Show to launch two new accessories – its lightweight Aluminum Ladder and redesigned pipe carrying system called PipeTube Pro. The Aluminum Ladder replaces its existing van rear door ladder, providing safe roof access for van users, utilising clear adonised aluminium side rails and glass filled nylon rungs. This gives a weight saving of over 50% on all variants over the previous ladder. PipeTube Pro represents the first major redesign of Rhino’s top-selling PipeTube since its launch in 2005. Rhino’s engineers have looked at practically every aspect of the original product, building on its core attributes of strength and style. The redesign also allows Rhino to boast a series of new product features, including a PVC interior lining which protects against the oxidation process of copper pipes or other materials stored inside reacting with the aluminium of the tube. PipeTube Pro will be available in two and three metre lengths.
Accessories specialist VanGuard was at the show, targeting a perceived gap in the market with its “no frills” Trade Van Racking system. VanGuard says it’s a lightweight, strong and flexible metal racking solution to store and organise power tools and components effectively. The systems have the added benefit of next working day delivery.
Van racking provider System Edström was showing off its new look, celebrating a new partnership and introducing new products.
The company was accepted on Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) programme last year and has also kitted out the manufacturer’s fleet of mobile service vans, one of which took pride of place on the stand. Inside was a range of the company’s latest products, from shelving and storage solutions, to on-board power and sanitation equipment.
The Swedish company’s chief executive, Steffen Karlsson, said: “It’s a good example of what you can do with a van. I think we’ll see more of these types of vans in car servicing and other workshop-driven businesses where customers are spread out and need the service quickly.”
The stand also featured an electric Renault Kangoo Z.E. 33 Business, kitted out with the company’s latest products which included reduced-weight products to improve payload efficiency and a new on-board power system suitable for electric and hybrid vehicles.