Making the switch

Electronics company, REDARC, is releasing its latest Battery Master Isolation Switch that fulfils the requirements of the new Australian Dangerous Goods Standard.

Since its launch in 2016, the Australian Made BMIS (Battery Master Isolation Switch) has been trusted by commercial vehicle manufacturers like Kenworth to safely isolate vehicle batteries when required and ensure a reliable performance while the vehicle is operating.

During the development of the BMIS, it underwent extensive independent testing and validation including rugged field trials to ensure the unit could be fitted as OE equipment. This, according to REDARC, is a prime example of collaboration and cooperation with an OEM to ensure a world best product outcome.

Now with the recent release of the new Australian Dangerous Goods Standard AS2809:2020, REDARC is proud to release the next generation BMIS (V2) fulfilling the requirement for a Master Isolation Switch under that standard.

The new Australian standard is referred to within the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (ADG Code) which sets out the requirements for transporting dangerous goods by road or rail. The Heavy Vehicle Industry Association affirms that compliance to the Australian standard is required to make road tank vehicles conformant to the legislated standards. Owners and operators of Road Tank vehicles rely upon the manufacturers of the safety components like REDARC to assure compliance and reliable safety.

REDARC Managing Director, Anthony Kittel, explained that isolation switches are assessed as part of the full vehicle safety system under these standards, and this is why REDARC have ensured that the BMIS meets the criteria and enables the vehicles to operate safely in those conditions.

“We have been working for over 30 years (since 1989) with the truck original equipment manufacturers, supplying products they can rely upon,” he said. “We continue to work closely with our customers to provide products that meet their needs as well as industry standards.

“The upgraded compliance of the BMIS is another example of how our design engineers strive to set the industry benchmark for innovation in electronic vehicle technology.”