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TMC Australia: out on its own
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TMC Australia has long been known for supplying the special purpose trailer axle and air bag suspension market in Australia. Two of its products – A new row of eight and its self-steer axle – are great examples of why the company is so highly regarded.
 

TMC’s range of special purpose axles now includes a new row of eight compatible axle with a narrower 335 mm x 160 mm ‘S’ cam brake developed in conjunction with Australia’s leading low loader builders. Rated above eight tonne per axle, TMC’s new product is specifically designed for use in multi-axle configurations.

The new row of eight axle had its first public outing at the Queensland Truck and Machinery Show in Brisbane this year, although TMC has already supplied close to 100 axles to be fitted to the fleet of logistics giant Toll, who will be partnering the axles with hydraulic suspensions.

“TMC continues to direct more attention towards product specialisation, in particular special purpose axles for road-going, mining and agricultural applications,” TMC Managing Director Brendan Dullard says. “We made the decision a few years ago to leave the volume trailer axle market alone in favour of finding our own space in the market. This has proven to be a great move for us, as it allows us to concentrate on products like our new row of eight.” Brendan adds that the expectation at TMC is for the row of eight to become as successful in the marketplace as TMC’s self-steer axles,which have been available since 2003. TMC’s self-steer axles can be mounted to either a mechanical or air bag suspension and are adaptable enough to suit both tri-axle and quad-axle configurations. Such multi- axle set-ups frequently result in the customer specifying a front lift axle, which includes TMC’s fully automatic control system with auto up/auto down functionality.

When mounted to an air bag suspension, the self-steer axle usually comes with TMC’s which have been available since 2003. TMC’s self-steer axles can be mounted to either a mechanical or air bag suspension and are adaptable enough to suit both tri-axle and quad-axle configurations. Such multi- axle set-ups frequently result in the customer specifying a front lift axle, which includes TMC’s fully automatic control system with auto up/auto down functionality. When mounted to an air bag suspension, the self-steer axle usually comes with TMC’s ‘easy fit’ LMV suspension, complete with a reinforced shocker mounting system and a ride height that suits each trailer’s application. In fact, as Brendan points out, a fair bit of customisation occurs before each and every axle is attached to a trailer chassis.

“There’s no requirement for us to seek approval from an engineering department overseas, just to make some minor modifications to our axles, we don’t have a parent company in North America, Europe or Asia,” he says.“This is definitely TMC’s advantage over our competitors: we can modify any design to suit the customer – and in a timely manner.” TMC’s standard 9 tonne rated self-steer axles can be fitted with either drum or disc brakes and with optional hub wheel fixing types, to suit 17.5”, 19.5” or 22.5” wheels. The self-steer axle incorporates an 11-degree steer angle and a pneumatic reverse lock.