New from REDARC

REDARC says it is proud to announce the release of its next generation Battery Master Isolation Switch that fulfils the requirements of the new Australian Dangerous Goods Standard.
Since its launch in 2016, REDARC says the proudly Australian Made BMIS (Battery Master Isolation Switch) has been trusted by OEs 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.
REDARC says this 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 says it 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 isolation switches are assessed as part of the full vehicle safety system under these standards, and this is why REDARC has 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,” Anthony 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.”
The BMIS V2 is now available in Australia to comply with AS2809:2020 and in New Zealand where vehicles are required to meet the DG Tank wagons requirements.
Two BMIS models are available. The 4PN (positive, negative isolation – part number BMIS4PNV2KIT) and the 4PP (positive, positive isolation – part number BMIS4PPV2KIT).
There are also supporting accessories in the BMIS-AP Adaptor plate and BMIS-CK connector kit.
Designed and tested to meet stringent industry standards, REDARC says the BMIS reassuringly exceeds the requirements of large diesel engines in 12V and 24V systems and features an ISO 26262 rated dual redundancy system to avoid false triggering that can cause unnecessary electric shutdowns.
The BMIS is easy to install from new or as a retrofit. The BMIS-AP Adaptor Plate reportedly makes retrofit installation as simple as possible.
For new installations, REDARC recommends the BMIS-CK Connector Kit used on vehicles where a factory harness is not available.

Key features:
• Meets requirements of the new AS2809:2020 Dangerous Goods Standard
• Durable, UV resistant housing which is resistant to rocks and fluids
• Dual redundancy feature to avoid false triggering
• Continuous self-checking function with an in-built LED diagnosis tool
• Lockable in the off position for improved safety and theft prevention
• Easy to install from new or as a retrofit
• Compatible with existing roll-over sensors
• Reviewed by independent safety experts

REDARC says you can pair the BMIS with a roll over sensor for an enhanced safety solution, explaining that the BMIS can be complemented by REDARC’s Roll Over Sensor (ROS – part number ROS1224.)
The ROS enables trucks to meet roll-over sensing requirements by signalling the isolation switch to disconnect power to the truck system in the event of a truck rollover while the BMIS is designed to safely isolate the vehicle batteries.

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