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Progressive Car Freighters

Application Snapshot - Transport and Logistics

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The Problem

Progressive Car Freighters is a vehicle freight and transport service based in Bairnsdale Victoria.  They operate a fleet of vehicle transporters which all need to be maintained and presented professionally to reflect their business.  The hours put in cleaning this fleet quickly consumed any spare time and became costly with wages. 

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The Solution

Spitwater model SW21200DE, 21 lpm at 3000spsi diesel powered hot wash pressure washer, 50 metres of high-pressure hose in a top mount hose reel. This was setup in a dedicated wash bay which made the system easy to setup and use.  Town water supply at 21 LPM can be a problem.  This was solved by providing a buffer tank of 1000 litres. The bypass return was piped back to the buffer tank, so no water is wasted.To reach the high sides of the transporters, Progressive chose our 2000mm lances to reach those hard to get areas. The end of the lance was further enhanced with a multireg nozzle which also gave the ability to apply soap through the venturi system. 

Time for an Upgrade

Progressive Car Freighters are not new to Spitwater equipment. They had a SW21200PE that they updated to the Diesel engine powered replacement. This unified fuel supply as per their transporters and a new unit for more hard work to come.  The old unit was serviced and a new lance and gun fitted and redeployed at one of their other sites. 

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The Benefits  

A 50% reduction in cleaning times were achieved cutting costs on labour and freeing up time to perform the other tasks around the yard.   Working with Spitwater, giving a fast turn around service with no downtime.

Recent News

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Why We Use Interpump
For over 30 years, Spitwater has used only one make of pump in its high pressure washer range: the Interpump pump, produced by the Interpump Group. INTERPUMP – THE WORLD'S LARGEST MANUFACTURER OF HIGH PRESSURE PUMPS Based in Italy, Interpump Group S.p.A. is the world's largest manufacturer of high pressure pumps. The company was founded in 1977 as an ambitious project by the company’s founder, Mr Fulvio Montipò and was based on his vision about designing and building pumps that were more compact, quieter and easier to service. As his vision developed, Mr. Montipò, introduced substantial technical modifications to the product, including innovations such as use of full-ceramic pistons, which ensured a higher degree of overall pump reliability. This revolutionary design enabled the Interpump Group S.p.A to achieve the worldwide leadership from the early 1980's, with the company becoming the recognised reference point for the high-pressure pump industry and even for its competitors. The Interpump Group leadership has strengthened throughout the years mainly thanks to unparalleled quality standards, guaranteed by total control of the production process, starting from raw materials up to the finished product. INTERPUMP BRANDED AS GENERAL PUMP FOR THE US MARKET Interpump Group today manufactures pumps with pressure up to 500 Bar with 75% of its production destined for export all around the world including to the US, under the brand name of General Pump. In addition to this, the company has expanded its range of products through strategic acquisitions of brands such Pratissoli, the leader in the ultra-high pressure pump market. Unfortunately, like with everything these days, there are some common misspellings for Interpump, usually written in the two word forms and including: inta pump, as well as inter pump and intapump. However, the product should always be correctly referred to in singular form: Interpump. INTERPUMP – THE HEART OF ALL SPITWATER HIGH PRESSURE WASHERS Spitwater and the Interpump Group have grown together and are intrinsically linked, benefiting from each other’s experience in this highly competitive industry. As the world becomes smaller with the globalisation of markets, it is reassuring to know that Spitwater is the official distributor of the Interpump pumps and components in Australia. Spitwater exclusively chooses Interpump for the supply of high pressure pumps in it’s Australian manufacturing of high pressure cleaners. This partnership is delivering to Spitwater customers all the experience and strength of the giant Interpump Group in the heart of every Spitwater high pressure water cleaner. SPITWATER - PROUD OF ITS FIRST CLASS PARTNERS One of the areas that sets Spitwater pressure washer products in front of its competitors is its strategic alliances with industry leaders like Interpump, Honda, Kubota and PA Products. Spitwater is proud of the association with these quality brands. For more information please don’t hesitate to contact Spitwater or 1800 172 005
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Pressure Washers Make A Clean Engine Bay
In May 2019, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) held its first heavy vehicle fire roundtable in Brisbane. It was a result of an ongoing investigation following a series of fires last year involving primemovers. The regulator announced its plans to release a series of safety bulletins to help raise awareness of the common fire risks that have been identified in the probe and to outline the actions required to help mitigate the risks. NHVR executive director of safety standards and assurance Geoff Casey said the May roundtable, which brought together leading forensic fire investigators, fire service officials, police and members of the heavy vehicle industry and supply chain, was aimed at identifying causes and preventative actions. The NHVR bulletin identified a number of common fire risks in heavy motor vehicles, predominantly: shorting of electrical cables and connectionsinappropriately rated electrical componentsfuel line failuresheat generated by a turbochargerengine bay maintenanceIt also outlined preventative actions that operators should undertake, including:reviewing the common causes of fires and identifying those that may be present in their fleetreviewing maintenance management systems to remove or reduce any risk factors, and improve the safety of their transport activitiesensuring those who carry out servicing or modification on higher-risk components or systems on their vehicles, such as electrical systems, have measures in place to verify that fire risks are not introduced. Spitwater , one of the leading Australian manufacturers of high pressure water cleaners , talks to Owner//Driver magazine about one of the most common fire risks in heavy vehicles and how to prevent it. “Engine compartment fires are a reality,” Spitwater director Gary Rodgers says. “However, some simple maintenance and cleaning can prevent this from happening.” Rodgers shares a few tips that can help reduce the risk of such fires, including: keeping the engine and the engine compartment clear of fuel and oil residue through regular cleaningidentification and timely repair of fuel and oil leaksmaintaining efficient electrical connectionscarrying out regular checks for leaks and wiring condition. THE IMPORTANCE OF A CLEAN ENGINE BAY CANNOT BE OVERSTATED. The importance of a clean engine bay cannot be overstated. But not everyone has the proper knowledge how to perform this important task. Spitwater has outlined a step-by-step cleaning method that can help you maintain a clean engine bay: •Prepare your pressure washer, degreaser and applicator for action •Allow the engine to cool before cleaning as applying chemical or water to a hot engine can create problems, particularly electricals •Fasten or remove any loose items such as covers or guards to avoid damage from chemical or water •Disconnect the negative terminal on the battery – this will help protect electrical components from being damaged by water •Use plastic bags or wrapping to cover any sensitive areas including ECU’s or air intakes •Spray the engine and surrounds with degreaser using an applicator sprayer or soft brush to assist the cleaning before applying any water •Depending on the grime level allow between three minutes to 20 minutes dwell time for the degreaser to work, and repeat the process if necessary •Clean off using your pressure washer and then pass over once more for a final rinse avoiding any sensitive areas. Spitwater says this simple method can go a long way in preventing engine compartment fires. While any pressure washer can be used for this task, Spitwater says using a hot water pressure washer will produce the best results. It also recommends using a good quality degreaser such as Nerta Super Degreaser. The degreaser must be applied with a pump up sprayer for best results. Spitwater Pressure Washers To find these and other high-quality products, head to your nearest Spitwater distribution centres in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. The company also has dealers and distributors throughout each state and territory, all offering sales, parts and service support to customers. The Spitwater brand of high pressure water cleaners, vacuum cleaners, extraction cleaners, Jetfire heaters and dryers have a long-standing history of proven quality and reliability across the Australian marketplace. Operating since 1983, today Spitwater is the only Australian manufacturer of a complete range of high pressure water cleaners. All products are manufactured at Spitwater’s 15,000 square metre manufacturing facility in Albury, New South Wales using the latest state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. The company also distributes a range of fan forced, popular, portable industrial space heaters as well as a high-quality range of industrial and commercial vacuum cleaners.
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RABS Group
The Problem RABS Group work is to provide road & civil construction services. All of their machinery are backed by an experienced and enthusiastic team of operators and support staff. Most of RABS client work is best conducted overnight.  This provides less inconvenience in public spaces and with a safer work environment. Cleaning of their equipment is then done in the early morning when the trucks and plant are returned to the depot.  The cleaning needs to be quick, yet effective as they have road grim, dirt and bitumen tar to deal with. The Solution With a new wash pad being built a high flow cold pressure washer was the order of the day.  They use specific truck wash chemicals to deal with the bitumen tar and then wash with Bio Wash truck wash. As the wash pad is used at 5am it needs to be simple to use and provide maximum uptime.  A Spitwater HP201/S with 2l lpm flow and 3000 psi chosen for high use.  Adding a foaming bottle to allow for better chemical adhesion and dwell time was installed as well. This was all installed in a container with external mount reel with 20m of hose and simple lance storage for simple operator use was KEY. The Benefits High water flow has meant less brush work is needed.  This means that operators spend less time washing, impacting less paid overtime. RABS are extremely proud of how they present their fleet for both presentation and maintenance levels.  Working with Bitumen tar is challenging as it stains and marks trucks and plant very quickly when left to build up. Office staff fleet vehicles are also being cleaned more regularly, resulting in better image & less maintenance issues.

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