COVID-19 Response

As the uncertainties of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to evolve, we would like to share with you some of the key actions that Torquepower management is taking to ensure our staff remain safe, and that we maintain reliable and safe services for our customers.


By taking early and decisive steps to prepare for the projected spread of COVID-19, we are confident that we are doing our part to help minimise the impact and disruption to our customers.


Our Senior Management Team is monitoring the developing situation daily and will ensure our response is timely and proportionate to the level of spread and its likely impact on the business, our people and our customers.


The steps we have taken so far include:
• Formalising our General Manager as our Coronavirus Response Coordinator who will report directly to me on all evolving threats.
• Providing our staff with regular communication and updates designed to limit the spread of the virus
• Creating a culture of infection control through raised awareness and support around personal and workspace hygiene.
• Modifying our twice-daily customer delivery services to ensure minimum human contact occurs.
Bringing forward the release of a new interactive Torquepower Online store that will bring opportunities for customers to order remotely and have product delivered. This further assists with human separation.
• Modifying our Sales Counter and Goods receipt areas to increase human separation.
• Identifying and preparing to equip key staff to be able to temporarily work from home as required
• Establishing contingency plans to maintain services and availabilities during times of significant and sustained absenteeism
• Temporarily suspending infield sales activities
• Providing employees with the latest Government updates
• Optimising the use of internal technology for team meetings
• Adapting to customer service process change requests wherever practical to do so.


Cummins engine and associated product supply and support is our primary company function and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure continuity of this service to our customers.


We will continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves and please do not hesitate to contact our General manager or myself directly should you have any questions.

Yours Faithfully,

Ken Roberts
Managing Director

Merry Christmas from Torquepower

Our 41st year has been great! Thank you for your support. Have a wonderful Christmas period with those you love, drive safely, and may 2020 be a prosperous and healthy one for us all !

H O L I D A Y T R A D I N G H O U R S
Monday 23rd Dec – 8am to 4pm
Tuesday 24th Dec – 8am to 4pm
Weds 25th & Thurs 26th Dec – closed
Friday 27th Dec – 8am to 4pm
Saturday 28th – closed
Mon & Tues 31st Dec – 8am to 4pm
Wednesday 1st January – closed
Thurs 2nd Jan & Fri 3rd Jan- 8am to 4pm
Sat 4th Jan – 8.30am to 11.30am
Monday 6th Jan – Normal business trading resumes


For emergency spare parts, please call
Diego on 0407139571
Bruce on 0420767906 or
Zac at 0437207170

EXPAC says ” Torquepower is our first choice for Cummins parts”

“EXPAC is a dedicated procurement and export company that services the Pacific Island, specifically Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Island, Fiji and Noumea. PNG is our key area of business. We export a large range of motor vehicles and heavy vehicle parts to workshops in PNG and support a large fleet of passenger vehicles, heavy vehicles and buses to service our own sites in Papua New Guinea, and the landowner company, NKW Holdings.”

“The products we export are many and varied and include construction materials, electrical cabling and fit out materials, plumbing, toilets, sinks, really everything you can think of, and we freight by sea and air. “

“Torquepower has always been our first choice for Cummins support. They are helpful and knowledgeable, and their response time is the best in the industry. Torquepower understands our clients are in a remote area and don’t have a local garage or Bunnings. If our parts are wrong, or don’t turn up on time, it causes a lot of stress ! “

Barry Long, Procurement Officer, EXPAC Australia.

The three initials, N, K and W, are the initials of the three clans who are the traditional landowners, and manage the catering and camp management, logistics, building and construction and agriculture. NKW Fresh operates fresh produce collection depots in Kainantu, Wau and Lae and support them with highly efficient transport logistics. NKW Catering provides food for 1100 people living and working on the mine sites.

NKW HOLDINGS – MOROBE

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Torquepower is assisting a major mining trade partner by supplying quality filtration products for heavy duty haul trucks and mining equipment in one of the World’s most remote areas.

The mine is one of the most exciting developments in copper and gold mining in the last several decades. It contains enough reserves to cement its status as one of the largest known copper and gold deposits in the world.


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Torquepower is proud to be part of a project which is bringing prosperity to the area.

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JUST $11.22 COAST TO COAST

Clessie Cummins made Diesels king of the road -Part 5

The auto show, record attempt and outstanding fuel economy garnered the publicity Clessie Cummins wanted, but his Cummins Engine Company had no facilities for producing engines in large quantities. Rather than taking deposits and promising delivery dates, Cummins focused on setting up a production line.

Of course, in the intervening time between the release of the Model U and the 1930 publicity events, there was this thing called the stock market crash of October 29, 1929, which would lead to the Great Depression. Cummins Engine was facing bankruptcy and Irwin met with Cummins to determine the company’s future. It was only their close relationship and Irwin’s confidence in Cummins that kept the company out of receivership.

The publicity earned them interest from coast-to-coast heavy truck operators, impressed by the reliability and low cost of operation, but production and sales were still just enough to keep the lights on. Clessie tried another publicity trip in the Packard, this time spending just $11.22 on fuel for the coast-to-coast trip.

While that trip generated local publicity at their stops, Cummins wanted something splashier and decided to go back to his racing roots at Indy. Indiana then was perhaps second only to Michigan when it came to building cars. In Auburn, Indiana, E.L. Cord had taken over the Auburn car company and acquired the Duesenberg brothers’ famous firm.

Cummins wanted to take advantage of some loosened rules for the 500-mile race and approached Duesenberg about building him a chassis. Duesenberg was about the most successful racing chassis builder in the era and a diesel-powered “Duesey” would be sure to create publicity.

With thanks, Ronnie Schreiber, The Truth About Cars.

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CLESSIE CUMMINS INCORPORATES CUMMINS ENGINE COMPANY

It’s not known exactly when, but the first diesel engine that Clessie Cummins saw was probably in 1917 or 1918, and likely made under license from the R.M. Hvid (pronounced Veed) Company. In the early 20th century, a Dutch man named Jan Brons invented a four-cycle, compression-ignition engine and was granted a European patent in 1907. The Brons engine did not use pressurized injection, which would prove to be a technical barrier for practical diesels.

 

Using that engine as a basis, an American named Rasmus Martin Hvid in 1915 patented an “oil injection device” and a “hydrocarbon engine governor.” The first engines built under those patents were made by the Hercules Engine Company of Evansville, Indiana and marketed by Sears-Roebuck for stationary use under the Thermoil brand.

 

Hvid licensed others, including Cummins, to handle any production needs that couldn’t be handled by Hercules. By then William Irwin was an official with the U.S. Department of Commerce, which may have helped in securing the license. Intellectual property in hand, with $10,000 from Irwin, Clessie Cummins incorporated the Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana in 1919.

 

Cummins produced its first licensed diesel engine, an 8-horsepower stationary unit, the following year. They didn’t sell many, but it brought in enough revenue to stay in business. Cummins worked on improving the performance of the Hvid engine, simultaneously working on his own original diesel designs.

 

It was a roller-coaster startup, with Sears initially ordering thousands of engines, only to return many of them and cancelling the remaining order. Cummins company lore puts the blame on cheap farmers, who bought the engines, used them for a season, then returned them for refunds. A more likely reason is that the Hvid Thermoil engines just didn’t work very well. That’s evidenced by other historical data and by the fact that Clessie Cummins diligently worked to improve them.

With thanks, Ronnie Schreiber, The Truth About Cars.

Torquepower, working hard for 40 years to support the owners and operators of Cummins powered equipment right across Australia and the South Pacific. https://www.torquepower.com.au/

FUEL PRICES and FUEL TIPS

OUTLOOK FOR FUEL PRICES & NATROAD FUEL EFFICIENCY TIPS

 

 

With diesel estimated to comprise 99 per cent of trucking and half of the commercial vehicle industry in Australia, according to the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity (AAEP), the recent price trend at the pump has been an unwelcome sight for most operators.

And, with alternative fuels involving one or more economic or operational compromises, including “lower energy density, higher price, reduced driving range (or payload penalty), lower thermal efficiency, or limited availability (of trucks, fuel, or refuelling facilities)”, there may be no short-term magic bullet other than weathering the storm and eking out efficiencies within the supply chain.

That’s according to the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad), which sees no respite in sight due to domestic and international influences.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) cites a weaker Australian dollar (down from around 80 US cents in January to around 70 at present) and supply-side constraints, including the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) cutting production by 1.2 million barrels a day since 2016, as placing upwards pressure on prices, which have risen by 15 per cent in that time.

That is combined with an upcoming initial public offering (IPO) of Aramco, the Saudi Arabian state-owned oil company, which is “reportedly targeting crude oil prices near $80 a barrel in preparation for the IPO”, NatRoad quotes Commonwealth Bank mining and energy commodities analyst Vivek Dhar. By comparison, a barrel was as low as US$35 in February 2016, the lowest it had been this century since the early 2000s.

TIPS FOR TRANSPORT

NatRoad has provided an information sheet with cost-saving and efficiency-maximising suggestions for operators to consider. They include:

Automation and technology: Regulating, automating and optimising manual processes can reduce staff requirements, centralise production operations to provide scale and control costs. Real-time software can help businesses better understand where trucks are going, the routes they are taking, and where opportunities for improvement lie.

Network optimisation: Opening or closing distribution centres or moving facilities to more optimal locations

Fuel management: Streamlining routes, making vehicles more aerodynamic, and considering perhaps more environmentally friendly fuel remixes or alternatives

Reducing idling time: Reducing the idling time of vehicles saves fuel while also reducing engine wear and associated maintenance costs, which will also help save costs. On average, service fleets idle somewhere between three to four hours a day. By simply reducing idle time, fleets can begin to see measurable cost savings

Shipping practices: Consolidating shipments between multiple brand owners can reduce costs and increase shipment density

Rightsizing: Identifying the right vehicle to the right driver is another way to rein in fuel costs. It’s about creating an alternative option to reduce fuel spend to have the right vehicle for the right application.

The ABC also notes fuel comparison apps like MotorMouth and GasBuddy can help find better deals, while independent chains tend to be cheaper.

While barrel prices reached a historical high of nearly US$150 in 2008 – albeit the Australian dollar was tracking at near parity with the American dollar then – Dhar doesn’t see prices quite reaching that level. He predicts prices won’t reach US$100 a barrel.

It proves little consolation for many transport industries, with additional factors such as the drought leaving many operators feeling the pinch in Australia.

“Fuel costs are a significant factor for all businesses operating in Australia’s freight logistics sector – across all modes of freight transport. Those costs end up feeding into all parts of the supply chain, and ultimately, into consumer prices,” Australian Logistics Council interim chief executive Lachlan Benson recently tells Fairfax.

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With thanks, NatRoads

 

Interstate Drought Logistics

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has highlighted the need for regulatory common sense on interstate drought logistics at a summit in Canberra. The harmonised rules for transporting fodder across state borders during the drought should be expanded and made permanent, ATA chair Geoff Crouch says. Crouch was speaking after attending the National Drought Summit in Canberra.

 

“The drought summit was incredibly positive, and I want to thank Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack for bringing us all into one place,” Crouch says.

 

“To make Australia more drought resilient, governments need to remove the unnecessary barriers that stop the efficient and productive movement of stock and feed over large distances. “Governments have taken an important first step by harmonising the rules for transporting baled commodities like fodder.

 

“The message I got from the summit is that governments now need to consider further rule changes to help in both this drought and future droughts.”

The national body says governments should:

 

Harmonise and free up the rules for loading and transporting livestock across state borders

 

Enable fodder and feed to be transported at higher mass limits in NSW without the need for IAP vehicle tracking

 

Review the fit to load rules, because drought affected livestock may be in poor condition

 

Subject to a safety assessment, continue the harmonised transport rules after the drought to increase the productivity of the farm and road freight transport sectors and eliminate delays in responding to future droughts.

 

Crouch says that ATA member associations such as NatRoad and ALRTA, as well as the NSW Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers’ Association, were doing a great job representing rural transporters through the drought.

Torquepower is proud to support Drought Angels. As a major sponsor to this cause, we encourage our friends to join with us in supporting Drought Angels by contributing whatever you can manage, at this link https://www.droughtangels.org.au/donations/

Drought Angels

 

 

Kenworth Aussie US needs different

Kenworth T910 Design Hints? The new Kenworth W990 video has stunning views of Nevada’s Mojave Desert,  bridges and a mighty good -looking truck. The story shows an interesting comparison – Aussie and US trucking needs are different .

The big prime mover with a long bonnet. It is an owner driver favourite. However, due to the low GCM rules in North America and the smooth interstates, the size of the truck is more important than the tough hardworking components underneath, like chassis, suspension and driveline.

If both markets prefer a big rugged prime mover design, but have different requirements for the task it needs to handle, then it would be logical to amortise the cost of developing a new cabin and bonnet for such a truck across as many markets as possible. The cabin and bonnet for the US could well end up as the basis for the design of the planned T910.

This is where we come to the W990, released by the Kenworth organisation in Las Vegas this week. The truck looks the business with the big highway cabin with the high sweeping cabin roof going back over sleeper options on 40 inch, 52 inch and 76 inch cabins. Underneath is a different story, it offers the kind of thing the long haul US truckie longs for, a low ride lightweight chassis, a Paccar MX 13 litre engine and the Paccar own-brand AMT.

This is very different from the heavy duty reinforced chassis, 18 speed gearbox, heavy duty diffs and 46,000lb plus rear end, which would be on the specification lists for many Kenworth buyers here in Australia. There’s no reason why an adaptation of the W990 cabin and bonnet couldn’t sit on top of these components, however.

The video gives us a good idea of how the Kenworth designers are thinking and the kind of components at their disposal when creating the W990 for the US. From the video, photos and limited technical data available at the launch, we can only surmise exactly what we will get and what we won’t.

The basic shape of the front section of the cabin look to be one of the items which will carry over, as does the cabin dash layout. The sleeper designs are likely to be different for Australia, our roads are way too rough for these US cabins to survive. With thanks, Diesel News

 

Drought Angels

Torquepower is proud to support Drought Angels – a small charity run by big hearted people who are passionate about our farmers and passionate about keeping them on the land. Like many of our colleagues and friends, we are deeply concerned for the well being of farmers particularly those in our local states of Queensland, NSW. Many are now without sufficient food and water to sustain their animals, and some families struggle to feed themselves. Such is the impact of the worst drought in the region for many decades.

As a major sponsor to this cause, we encourage our staff and customers to join with us in supporting Drought Angels by contributing whatever you can manage, at this link https://www.droughtangels.org.au/donations/ There are simple ways you can help in the supply of everyday essentials for farm and family – for example by a straight forward donation, with Prepaid Visa Cards or by creative fundraising. Remember that every donation of $2 and over is tax deductible.