Winter Stopping Components
We’ve already had a few blasts of winter weather here in Calgary, and as the season goes on, there’s bound to be days where you can’t avoid hitting the roads, even when they’re covered in ice. Modern vehicles have all kinds of safety systems built in to help you keep control on slick surfaces – but they rely on proper maintenance and upkeep in order to work their best and do what they’re meant to.
One of these systems is traction control, which is a real-time analysis of how your wheels are moving and whether they are getting any traction on road surfaces. The computers send power back and forth from one wheel to another to try and maximize friction and grip along the road surface, leaving you with (hopefully) better chances of not ending up stuck in a snowbank, or skidding out on the side of the road. Your heads-up display (HUD) on the dashboard should have lights or other indicators to show that the system is working, when your wheels are spinning on gravel, ice, dirt, etc. – and if not, then you know there’s an issue somewhere along the line.
Another system is your shock absorbers, which allow your tires to keep better contact with the ground while driving through rough or bumpy terrain. However, like all good things, they don’t last forever, and when they start to wear away, your driving experience can be significantly lessened: not only will your ride be bumpier and rougher, but factors like your stopping distance will be increased as well. Because bad shocks are less effective at keeping your tires down on the road surface, during a hard brake the rubber is likely to actually lift up off of it as the weight and momentum of the car builds up and releases again and again. From there, it’s simple math – less contact with the road, more time to stop. In fact, depending on speed, it can take an additional 15-20 feet to stop if your shocks are worn down, and in a potential crash situation, that can literally be the difference between life and death.
To know if your shocks are nearing the end of their usefulness, look for some common warning signs: besides the warning light on your HUD, listen for bumps or squeaks when you brake or drive over rough terrain; uneven wear on the tires; loose hardware at the connection points; or leaking fluid or increased wetness around the shield by the shock. A little bit of attention goes a long way!
As for anti-lock braking systems (ABS), they operate by preventing your wheels from locking up and skidding along a surface when the brake pedal is held. This allows for improved steering in a skid and less wear on the friction points when emergency brakes are held. In these systems, the computers track wheel speed, hydraulic pressure, air pressure, and other factors, and if they cross certain thresholds in combination – like when the hydraulic pressure increases while going highway speed – then the ABS system kicks in. It will input and remove pressure from the system, increasing and decreasing the braking ability, to allow for maximum control at the most efficient stopping speed.
There’s no doubt that these systems are great, and that their implementation has revolutionized the safety of the vehicles they are in. But they are all dependent on proper maintenance in order to function, and require systematic checks to make sure they are operating at their best potential. Don’t wait until the snow falls again, or an accident almost takes you out, before you think about what’s going on in your engine and throughout your vehicle. Be proactive, get everything looked at, and save yourself trouble and worry by knowing that you’re doing all you can in order to be safe on the road.
At West Tech Mobile, we are certified to inspect these systems and many others, and our knowledgeable technicians can make sure you’re roadworthy, even in our rough Alberta winters. With our fleet of service vehicles, we can even come to you for an added layer of convenience. Contact us today to find out more, and stay safe out there.
Fifth Wheel Safety and Maintenance
If you’re a truck driver or a heavy equipment operator – or even if you’re just someone who loves to camp! – then chances are good that you’re familiar with fifth-wheel configurations. These setups, in which a trailer is hooked into the tractor or semi by a “kingpin” held in place in the centre of a disc or other mechanism, are very common and can be seen all over the roads you travel.
There are many different kinds of fifth-wheel connectors. Aside from the common vertical pin type that you’ll likely see on semis and tractor-trailers, there are also pintle hitches, which use a hook and a ring to allow greater flexibility on rough terrain; gooseneck hitches, which are used in pickup truck beds to pull campers and horse trailers; ball hitches, which usually attach to the back end of a truck for a variety of towing needs, and low-mount car-haulers – kind of like miniature flatbeds. With so much variation in style and capability, it’s easy for some telltale signs of danger or incorrect weight distribution to go unnoticed. And that means bad news!
It’s fairly obvious what will happen if your fifth-wheel detaches while you’re driving, and it is improperly attached or maintained – the trailer will drop, with no way to stop or steer it! If it’s heavy and you’re going highway speeds, that can spell catastrophic danger for anyone around, and virtually guarantees a trailer that will soon be smashed into scrap metal. This is a headache that you absolutely want to avoid, for many more reasons than we could list here.
It pays to be familiar with the different styles of connectors, and what their benefits and disadvantages are in terms of weight distribution, capability on different terrains, etc. Make sure you are familiar with handling before you set out on a long trip, too. But by far, the most important step you can take is simply to keep up with your maintenance, and make sure there are no underlying problems that will cause a failure.
Always use your senses and do a visual inspection of the connection point, brake lines, safety chains, and other vital places around the truck and trailer, but remember – just because it looks good, doesn’t mean it is! Listen as you drive for anything that sounds out of place: do you hear binding or snapping sounds, especially around corners? That’s inertia and momentum, throwing weight out of place and putting too much stress in certain areas. Are you finding it difficult to disengage the pin when releasing the fifth wheel? You could be lacking grease, or have misaligned parts. Signs like heavy pitting on the top plate or a wrongly set adjustment rod (on some styles) can indicate big problems further in. And as we’re a fan of saying – use preventative maintenance now, to save time, money and stress later!
Oftentimes, fifth-wheel systems can be rebuilt or repaired for a fraction of the cost of replacing the entire thing. But it all depends on how early you catch any issues, and how well you’ve taken care of your equipment over the many miles along the road. You don’t want to be stranded on the roadside, at best, or – at worst – cause a major accident that could have lethal consequences for you or someone else.
If you want to be sure that your trailer is working at its best, bring it to West Tech Mobile for an inspection – or let us come to you with one of our fully equipped service trucks. We may not find anything major, and in fact, we hope we don’t, but when it comes to safety, there’s no substitute for doing it right!
Trucking Accidents Change Lives
Driving has become so commonplace now that we often forget just how dangerous it can be. While safety precautions have come a long way since the first motor vehicles appears at the turn of the 20th century, one of the most effective precautions a driver can have is to simply be prepared and know that everything under the hood is performing well. After all, even minor road accidents can have life-altering consequences – or even worse, ones that end a life altogether.
These dangers increase even more when bigger, heavier trucks or other machinery is involved: with more mass, they take longer to slow and stop when moving, and they cause much more damage when they hit something smaller.
Many factors contribute to accidents when out on the road, beyond the usual blame of weather or unforeseen circumstances. When it comes to collisions between passenger cars and trucks, statistically what happens most often is that the cars veer into the truck’s lane and end up hitting the front, or getting caught beneath the side or rear bumper of the trailer. (The last one is especially dangerous, as the frames of those bumpers collapse when a vehicle breaks it, falling onto a smaller car with deadly results.) While it can be tempting to blame the passenger car drivers for these accidents, inspections have shown that about 75% of the trucks involved had defects that contributed to the final crash.
A report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that a truck with an “out-of-service” violation from a Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program (CVIP) is four times more likely to be in a crush incident than trucks without. These violations can be issued for problems like faulty brakes, fraying tire sidewalls, worn shocks, burned-out headlights, and improper tail or brake lights. Faulty brakes alone can triple the risk of being involved in a crush, and worn shock absorbers can add meters of stop time to a fast-moving rig – which could literally mean the difference between life and death.
Furthermore, there is only so much a truck driver can do once on the road – they will accommodate extra space for longer braking (on average, about 40% more than passenger cars), and are more careful around intersections and other vehicles. But once up to highway speed and making split-second decisions, it comes down to the mechanical parts of the truck itself. That’s why we want you to be prepared before you even start the engine – so you won’t find yourself in the ditch after an accident.
New technologies are extremely helpful in reducing the risk of a crash. Anti-lock braking systems, for example, allow wheels to spin during hard braking, which improves driver control of a skid and reduces the crush risk up to 65%. Electronic Stability Control, now mandatory on trucks and buses made after August 2017, also mitigates the chances of an uncontrollable truck. And even newer systems, like lane departure warnings, blind spot alarms, and forward collision detection are becoming increasingly common in the battle against automotive accidents.
There’s no substitute for proper inspection and preparation, though, which will ensure your truck is ready for the road and up-to-spec on all its safety systems. West Tech Mobile is a professional CVIP inspection facility, and your safety is our main concern – our technicians will make sure you are as safe as you can possibly be before you leave our shop. And our repairs and recommendations are always made with the utmost quality in mind.
Even if you’re out on the road and run into trouble – please don’t take the risk of trying to drive an unsafe truck. Call West Tech Mobile and our rescue mechanics will come to you in a fully-tooled service vehicle, ready to go the extra mile to reach you and get you home safely to your family. It’s what we do best!
For further information on Truck driving accidents causes and statistics please visit https://www.truckdrivingjobs.com/faq/truck-driving-accidents.html
How Will New Tariffs Affect Your Heavy Truck?
It’s hard to escape the news these days – every radio, TV, website and magazine is blaring headlines about some big bombshell that’s ready to go off. So unless you’ve been living in a cave with your hands over your ears, you’ve probably heard about the ongoing trade disputes between Canada and some other important trade partners.
On one hand, we are in the midst of renegotiating tariffs and trade terms with our largest ally and trader, the United States. NAFTA, a longstanding agreement that regulated the amount of taxes and fees that import/export items had between the three North American countries, is currently being drawn up anew, and what that will mean for our automotive supplies still remains to be seen. On the other hand, one of the world’s – and Canada’s – main suppliers of oil, Saudi Arabia, is now at odds with our government as well, meaning that there could be trouble on the horizon for all Canadians.
So what would this mean for the automotive industry, or any other business dependent on fleets of vehicles and efficient maintenance schedules?
If relationships degrade further, buying parts for your trucks or other heavy equipment could become more expensive, as the cost of import taxes is passed along to the end consumer, or they may even be harder to get in the first place, since many shipping companies will not be able to handle the increased costs and will simply go out of business! And beyond that, a dispute with a major oil supplier would likely mean higher gas and diesel prices and increased freight rates. Not a good scenario, no matter how you look at it!
One possible piece of advice we have for anyone facing this situation: keep up with your preventative maintenance! If parts and transportation become more expensive, then any repair that requires materials to be brought to you will – you guessed it – be more costly. Being able to anticipate these costs and incorporating them into your plans can help mitigate their impact.
Of course, it’s too early to say for sure what the fallout of these trade wars will really be, so we’ll simply have to wait and see as time goes on. Whatever happens, though, West Tech Mobile will be here to give you the best advice, service, and prices on preventative maintenance in Calgary, repairs on your truck or heavy-duty vehicle, and the most up-to-date information in our industry. Contact us today to find out more!
Humboldt Bus Crash and New Alberta Trucking Regulations
Canadians are known for their patriotism, community, and love of hockey – and it’s not often that all three of these combine under the umbrella of a nationwide tragedy. But this was the case back in April when an under-qualified truck driver caused a collision on a rural Saskatchewan highway, killing 16 young hockey players and injuring over a dozen more. And now, due to this accident, the trucking industry guidelines across Alberta are set to change in order to prevent it from happening again.
Here at West Tech Mobile, we’ve been in the business for a long time – and we’ve seen the best and the worst scenarios imaginable when it comes to heavy-duty trucking. The nature of our work means that we must be familiar with every standard, law, guideline, regulation, and permission throughout the province, and since we are trusted to keep our customers safely within them, it is a job that we take very seriously. We are keeping a close eye on how the rules for drivers of heavy equipment, trucks, and passenger vehicles is about to change, so that we can keep every visitor to our shop informed!
One of the biggest changes to the government regulations is the introduction of a reconfigured mandatory training program, which will be implemented early in 2019. This training will apply to anyone seeking a Class 1, 2, or S license, and will require not only a more in-depth technical test, but will likely involve systematic performance and compliance reviews for all new carriers within their first year of operations. In addition, the province will no longer be giving out temporary 60-day safety certificates to newly-registered companies – a move that should eliminate the troublingly common practice of suspended companies changing their name and reopening.
On top of all that, there will be new requirements for training time that must be completed before a potential truck driver can take a tractor-trailer out onto the streets for the first time.
To sum it all up – there’s a lot of change coming! But it should help streamline the skills of the truck drivers on the road, and help avoid horrendous accidents like the Humboldt crash in the process, and that’s something we can all get behind.
It’s important to be aware of your industry and how it’s changing. If you’re unsure of how these new regulations will affect you, your company, your license, etc. then simply give West Tech Mobile a call, or ask us about it the next time you’re in for some preventative maintenance. After all, it’s our job to know the rules inside and out so we can ensure compliance on every unit we work on. There’s no better people to tell you what to expect, than the ones who already know what it will mean.
Find us in southeast Calgary at 5555 51 Ave SE, or use our easy contact page to get a hold of us by phone or email. We’re your most reliable source of direct information on the Alberta trucking industry and the new standards coming in 2019. Don’t be left behind – find out more today!
UPDATE (October 23, 2018): Earlier this month, it was announced that in addition to the charges laid against the driver of the truck in the Humboldt accident, the owner of the trucking company itself, Sukhmander Singh, would also be prosecuted for federal and provincial crimes in relation to the crash. Facing tens of thousands of dollars in fines at a minimum, many of the charges relate to poor maintenance, falsified daily logs, and non-compliance with standard regulations. The importance of proper upkeep, familiarity with the rules of the road, and making sure that you and your vehicle stay safe cannot be overstated! Don’t take the chance – come to West Tech Mobile today and get the peace of mind that comes with a professional team of technicians on your side
CVIP versus Preventative Maintenance
It’s not always easy to maintain a single vehicle that gets used every day, let alone an entire fleet of them. Between dust and debris, bad driving conditions, extreme temperatures, and just plain old wear and tear, it won’t take long to run into trouble somewhere if you’re not keeping up with inspections! Today we’re going to talk about two similar maintenance and inspection routines – different, but each necessary in their own way.
The first one is the CVIP, or Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program. These mandatory inspections have high standards, set by the government, and are intended to ensure that any vehicle on the road is actually worthy of being there! They check out your brakes, steering, structural integrity, emissions systems, and the other parts of your vehicle that keep it running smoothly.
The second is preventative maintenance, or PM. While not strictly mandatory, this routine means you are getting regular check-ups on the overall function of your vehicle – everything from the tires being a little low on air, to the A/C needing a recharge soon, or even the door handle sticking now and then. The whole point of this program is to catch issues when they are small, fix them before they become large, and save you plenty of time and money along the way.
So why are they both needed? Couldn’t either one catch everything at a time?
While they are both done for the performance of your vehicle, CVIP is generally only concerned with the things that would make your driving unsafe, while preventative maintenance will catch any issue, even if it is only cosmetic or simply inconvenient. Beyond that, CVIPs are only done at specific intervals – in some cases, once a year – and let’s just say that there’s plenty that can happen to your vehicle in a year! While the inspection itself may have a fixed cost, if you run into surprises that you weren’t aware of, that cost can balloon substantially when you find them.
By using a consistent PM schedule, you have much more control over your time and money when it comes to what you’re spending on your heavy-duty equipment. Small issues are fixed before they become crippling. Large repairs can sometimes be dealt with in stages, helping to alleviate immediate expenses, and you’ll be aware of anything that might be problematic in the near future, allowing you to budget accordingly. And of course, you get the peace of mind knowing you won’t have any trouble while trying to get your work done, or when you’re heading home after a long day.
Many people wait until their truck is in the shop for a CVIP inspection, and are then blindsided with costs for repairs to joints, chassis parts, or other engine components that they didn’t expect. By using PM to your advantage, you can not only avoid this, but increase the longevity of your vehicle, too! Think of something simple, like engine oil: it’s critical to the function of your engine, but it’s not even one of the criteria in a CVIP inspection. If you’re waiting for them to catch an issue with it, you’ll be waiting a long time – so it’s better to be proactive.
Need even more benefits? Chances are, if you’re concerned about a CVIP, you use your truck or heavy equipment to make a living, and if that vehicle is out of commission for even a few days, you can lose hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars. You’re losing out twice, because you’re not only spending money on repairs, but you’re not making any while the repairs are being done! So if you want to make sure everything is running smooth, get started on preventative maintenance as soon as possible. For example, if you notice some leaky shocks and you get them fixed before they run dry, you just potentially saved thousands of dollars and a whole lot of stress; but if they technically pass the CVIP, and you forget about them for six months until you get pulled over? That’s going to be one big headache.
Just don’t risk it – get going on your preventative maintenance program today, to help make your CVIP routine painless and easy! With West Tech Mobile, we have our top technicians ready to serve you, and we can make sure that your job doesn’t get any harder than it already is. We’re always trying to keep our clients on the road, and giving them helpful tips on how to get the most out of their engines.
Give us a call at 403-265-5699 today to find out more about CVIPs, preventative maintenance/PM, and why we’re one of Calgary’s favourite heavy-duty maintenance shops!
The 5 Senses of Truck Service
Have you ever wondered just how to tell when your truck or other equipment needs a tune up? You don’t have to be an expert to get a sense for what’s happening when you’re driving. Just let your senses help you out! Here are some ways to discern potential problems using nothing more than what you’ve already got.
1. Listen: This is one of the most helpful senses when trying to find out what might be going on in your engine. If you hear knocking coming from under the hood, possible causes could be mechanical parts – like valves, injectors, gaskets or pistons – or even some sort of mechanical failure in the engine itself. It could be an exhaust leak, badly aligned tires, or any number of issues. The only way to be sure is to get a mechanic to take a look – ideally before major work is needed. So call us, and save stress and your money! And if you hear honking from other drivers while you’re behind the wheel, then that is probably a good sign that something might be wrong. Stop right away, check over your truck, and make sure everything is okay to drive!
2. Feel: If the steering wheel pulls on one side when you drive it could be a wheel alignment issue, or even a blown tire – which, if you have 18 of them, you might not even notice until your control starts to slip! If the steering pulls to the side when you apply the brakes it could be air lines, or a hydraulic brake system problem. Keep alert and be aware of what your truck is telling you, through every vibration, jolt, and drag.
3. Smell: This is one of the least desirable senses to encounter in a truck, as it’s very rare that a noticeable smell means something good. It could be burned oil, rubber, brake pads, friction dust from the transmission, or even an exhaust leak into the cabin (for which you’d notice a smell of combustion), or coolant vapours, which are somewhat sweet and very distinct.
Brake fluid can leak by the push rod inside the cabin and smell oily, and the engine air HVAC system can sometimes smell if the air conditioning hasn’t been used for quite a while (get a mechanic to take a look if it doesn’t go away within a day). Even the smell of diesel can seep into the cabin if there’s a faulty fuel line. Keep your nose attuned to what’s going on with your truck and you will likely end up saving yourself a lot of trouble!
4. Sight: You might see more than hazy heat lines coming up from your engine one day! There might be smoke, steam, or coolant vapours – and if that last one happens, it can be very dangerous, since it means coolant has splashed on the exhaust manifold, leading to a possible fire, where you’ll see the flames and feel the heat!
If any of your dash lights come on, take notice immediately! Don’t ever assume they’re an erroneous warning. If the lights are yellow, make plans to get the systems checked out, but if they are red then you must stop immediately or the engine will seize. Even something as simple as a warning light for oil pressure should be followed, because if you keep driving, the engine will seize due to friction…and it is much more expensive to change your engine than to swap out your oil!
5. Taste: While taste generally isn’t something that helps identify engine trouble, we hope it goes without saying that you should not taste any of the substances and fluids that you might find in your engine or other systems – but we’re not the only ones to worry about. Due to the sweet smell of coolant that we mentioned earlier, furry friends like dogs usually love the taste of engine coolant and should not be allowed into any areas where they might encounter it in a container or on the ground. It’s fatal if they ingest it, so we make sure not to let any dogs into our service bays, and we hope you do the same.
If you’re ever unsure of what might be going on with your truck, don’t take the risk of letting it turn into something major – call West Tech Mobile to get an expert opinion on how to keep your rig flowing smoothly when you need it. Use our contact page to get a hold of us by phone, email, or message, or even drop in to our shop at 22-5555 51 Ave SE in Calgary, Alberta!
Can your semi truck maintain itself?
One of the biggest costs of running a vehicle is that of the ongoing maintenance it needs – and of these, the most common is the oil change. For big trucks and specialized units, it can costs hundreds of dollars to flush out the system and buy the filter and oil necessary, and if you’re on the road as part of your job, you can rack up the mileage extremely quickly. What’s the best way to get the most life out of your oil and filters?
Well, we’d like to introduce you to the Kleenoil bypass filtration system!
West Tech Mobile is now a Kleenoil bypass filtration authorized dealer, and that means we are excited to now be offering this cutting-edge technology to our customers. The system is an Onboard Oil Recycling System that doesn’t simply clean the oil in your engine – it filters it in a never-ending, constant process. Dirty oil from the line is passed through and cleaned down to particles that are only one micron in size, leaving oil that may have a better particle count than new oil itself. In comparison, a regular inline oil filter only cleans to as high as 35 microns, and a hydraulic filter to just 25 microns. It’s easy to see which one really removes the most contaminants!
So what are the benefits of the Kleenoil bypass filtration system?
We are very excited to be able to add this new technology to our already long list of customer offerings! With gas prices rising and many people feeling the pinch on their wallets, we know that many people in Calgary are looking to save money any way that they can. To learn more about the Kleenoil bypass filtration system and its onboard oil recycling method, visit www.kleenoil.ca or simply call West Tech Mobile at 403-265-5699. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have, and to book you in for an appointment to get your own Kleenoil system installed. We look forward to hearing from you!
Is Your New Battery Dead? It could be Parasitic Power Draw!
If you’re reliant on your vehicle to work, one of the most frustrating events that can happen is your engine not starting when you need it to. You could have sworn that everything was checked out, that your battery was still pretty new, that it hasn’t been that cold outside lately…so what’s going on? Well, you might be experiencing a phenomenon known as parasitic power draw.
What this means is not that your battery is the problem. In fact, your battery is likely perfectly fine! Instead, it’s the vehicle’s electrical system – all the chips, clocks, monitors, and other components that take power from the battery – that has an error somewhere that is keeping the circuit open, and pulling power from the battery when it shouldn’t be. This results in a loss of power, and ultimately the inability of your starting apparatus to turn the engine over. If you just got a new battery and you’re experiencing this problem, now you know where to start looking for the trouble!
If your old battery was “bad” and drained of power, don’t rush in to buying a new one just yet – because if phantom power draw is your problem, you’ll just have the same issue with a new one, and you’ll drain your pockets too. Before replacing the battery, bring your vehicle in to West Tech Mobile and let our mechanics double-check all the electronics to identify the true problem.
Our techs will fully recharge the battery, and use what’s known as a battery cranking amps test, to see if it is capable of putting out enough power to start the engine. For example, a battery might be rated for 1000 cranking amps, so if it is tested and only has 700, that might be the problem. Of course, this is all dependent on the age and condition of the battery, among other things, but in any case, a battery that is less than two years old should still work well.
So how to check for parasitic power draw? This is a good trick to be able to do on your own before you buy a new battery, because you can discern whether the battery is the problem, or a faulty circuit. You’ll need some basic tools, as well as a multimeter, and you’ll have to be familiar enough with your vehicle to know where the fuse box is.
If you’re not sure you want to dig under the hood of your vehicle, or you don’t have time to do the whole process on your own – we’re more than happy to help get to the root of your parasitic power draw. Wherever you are in Calgary, Alberta, or the surrounding area, our fleet of mobile technicians can come to you to get you back on the road. At West Tech Mobile, it’s what we’re best at!
We Have Brand New Ownership!
It looks like the city is finally coming out of the bitter cold of winter, and spring will soon be on its way. That means change is coming, and like the saying goes, change is good! That rings especially true in the technical industries, because as technology increases and improves, new methods and tactics are needed to stay current with trends. That’s why West Tech Mobile is happy to announce a change in ownership, and some great new results coming to our clients!
We’d like to give an official welcome to Sorin Deaconu, a Red Seal-licensed mechanic and an APEGA professional engineer. He has a background in lean manufacturing, maintenance and reliability engineering, quality engineering, and heavy-duty equipment design. All of that makes him a perfect fit for our industry, and for our customers!
With his expertise on our side, we are excited to be expanding our abilities and our dedication to providing heavy equipment services to the people we work with. As always, we will stand behind our work, but the biggest change is that we can now do more of it, and keep it all in one simple and convenient place.
One of the areas we are redeveloping is our certification system: we can now certify cranes, man-lift equipment, and trucks with buckets, cranes, and booms. This means that for all our customers who, in the past, had to go to multiple places for service, certification, inspections, renewal stickers, etc., you are now able to get it all done here with us for one price, under one roof. How simple is that? If you are also part of our Preferred Customer Program, then the benefits of this compound: along with all the discounts you already receive as a member on your other trucks and heavy equipment, you can now apply the same benefits to the buckets, cranes, booms, or man-lifts.
But it still gets better! With these new goals in mind, West Tech Mobile has acquired a company-wide APEGA permit necessary to practice engineering. That means we are able to approve structural modifications to these vehicles, as well as inspecting and testing them to be in accordance with governmental standards. And this goes beyond just a regular after-market part that you might find – we will now even be able to assist with custom parts building and modifications, and help you do research and development to find a solution that works best for you. From conceiving the idea, to creating blueprints, to finding the right materials and design, making it a workable addition that helps you get your job done more effectively, and making sure it’s safe and inspected, West Tech Mobile can now help you through every step of the process. You already know us, and trust us with your heavy equipment, and we’re glad to be able to expand that to include even more services. We are very excited to see what kind of work we can do in this field!
And down the road, when you need anything tested or certified again, we are able to perform Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) on your structural steel components, which helps ensure that you and your teams are staying safe while you’re out on your equipment and working hard.
So, whether you own a single man-lift or a whole fleet of rig-bound trucks, contact Sorin Deaconu and the rest of the West Tech Mobile team to find out more about how we can keep you going strong! We have reliable roadside assistance, an incredible maintenance work system, and some of the most experienced and knowledgeable technicians in the business. Find us at 22-5555 51 Ave SE, or by phone at 403-265-5699!