Centramatic, Balance Masters & The Atlas Balancing System
As a transport operator in Australia, you need to be on top of the game to make sure you’re keeping your expenses in check & staying competitive. A good place to start is by investigating any ways you could potentially reduce running costs for your trucks & trailers, & in particular two of your largest expenses - fuel & tyres.
As former transport business operators, this is something we did several years ago. We became very particular with assessing our steering & suspension components, having regular wheel alignments, & then ultimately adding in a little known product - truck wheel balancing rings.
There are several options from reputable brands such as the Centramatic Balancing System & Balance Masters System which have been available in Australia for several years. By using either of these systems, you can reduce or eliminate vibrations through steering components & through your wheel assemblies as the wheels are balanced “on the fly” while you drive. This also counteracts imperfections in tyre manufacture.
These advantages save you on running costs by improving tyre life, reducing component wear, improving handling, & streamlining/reducing resistance as the vehicle travels down the road, therefore reducing fuel consumption.
Being inspired by these existing wheel balancing solutions, we decided to introduce our own truck wheel balancing system that was locally produced right here in Queensland & specifically designed to deal with Australia’s harsh driving conditions.
There were a few things we wanted to address in our own Aussie made Atlas Balance product:
We decided to keep things simple by designing two balance ring products that can be fitted to Euro & American stud pattern vehicles, which will suit almost every heavy vehicle within Australia.
Due to only having two balance ring products, it allows many fleet operators to interchange balance rings between vehicles, or even transfer the balance rings from old vehicles to new when replacing trucks & trailers.
Our balance rings are designed to fit between the wheel assembly & the rim, keeping them protected from external damage, and they’re so easy to fit on the steers, or between the drive and trailer rims.
Traditionally, some other balance ring providers have used ball bearings in the ring, which over time will deteriorate & may require premature replacement. We went back to the drawing board & decided to replace these ball bearings with a natural liquid metal based material which is fully secured inside the ring, therefore causing no friction & will never wear out.
We’re confident in the ability of our product to make your vehicle handle better, reduce your wheel shimmy, reduce your fuel consumption & increase tyre life by up to 50%. So, we offer all our Australian & New Zealand customers a 100 Day Money Back Guarantee if they’re not happy with the balance rings for any reason.
As we said at the start of this article, there are numerous balance ring options in the Australian & New Zealand market, we hope you’ve found this information useful & can see the benefits of having balance rings fitted to your trucks & trailers.