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The Importance of Checking All Your Light Systems With Regular Light Maintenance

Light systems are vitally important to the maintenance of every truck. Without properly functioning light systems you run the risk of getting into serious trouble on the road. If you are unable to see the environment around you due to faulty lights, you could get into a major accident, injuring or killing yourself or others. Regular light maintenance on your truck and trailer is a mandatory practice in the transport industry.

 

Faulty light systems are also a problem when it comes to safety and regulation compliance. Trucks need to be lit up to be on the road, and if your light system suddenly fails, you could end up with a large fine, leading to lost time and money for you and your business.

 

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How can you avoid these issues? Instead of waiting for your lights to fail and dealing with emergency repairs, schedule regular light maintenance with the Triton Truck & Trailer Repair Shop. Regularly inspecting your light system will reveal issues that can be dealt with while they are still small, instead of waiting for larger problems to occur.

 

Having your light systems regularly inspected will save you money over the long run. Replacing and repairing aspects of your system on a non-emergent basis allows you and your truck repair team to have options instead of needing to scramble for a quick fix. It also ensures that you will not be surprised by a regulation or safety issue on the road, as you will have confidence that your lights are in good shape.

 

Regular light maintenance is just as important as any other inspection and repair work on your truck. Consider your light systems as integral as the engine – unless it is in good shape, you should not drive. Talk to one of the qualified mechanics at the Triton Transport Truck & Repair Shop about setting up a light system inspection and maintenance schedule.

Doing the impossible is kind of fun!

In July of 2014 Sonic Enclosures of Delta, BC was approached to build 7 buildings for a pair of new oil sands projects in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The catch was that for Sonic to be able to be competitive in the bidding process, they had to be able to ship the units at the size and weights required by the end user. The original design required for the buildings, was for them to come in at 70’ Long x 16’6” Wide x 14’6” High weighing in at 160,000lbs! This  weight that was too heavy for BC highways and wouldn’t have been possible. But for us – doing the impossible is kind of fun!

In August of 2014, Sonic brought Triton in to discuss the feasibility of the project and how it would be possible for the units to be shipped. After dozens of meetings, weeks of re-designs and countless moments where it didn’t seem possible (at some point someone suggested chartering an Antonov airplane to fly them there) a transportation plan was developed that made it feasible for Sonic to win the bid and guarantee transport feasibility.

The plan called for Sonic to complete the building to its full size and then remove two portions of the internal structure of the building. This way, the buildings would be light enough to be shipped through British Columbia to our Edmonton, Alberta facility. The buildings would still have the same dimensions, 70’ L x 16’6” W x 14’6” H but they would be reduced to a weight of 130,000lbs, (which was the determined maximum in British Columbia.) Our expanding perimeter frame 13 axle (Eleanor) would be utilized to transport all of the buildings to Edmonton where they would be unloaded via crane.

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Once the first two buildings had arrived in Edmonton, Triton would move the components that Sonic had removed from the buildings to Edmonton and Sonic would mobilize one of their fabrication teams to complete the re-assembly in Alberta.

With the significantly higher weight tolerance allowed in Alberta it would be no issue to move the buildings at there full weight from Edmonton to there final destination near Fort McMurray, AB.

Each building required 2 days of re-assembly, with Sonic utilizing Triton’s facility to complete the re-integration and inspection of the removed components.

When complete, the buildings, now back to their full 160,000lbs weight, would be loaded onto a hydraulic platform trailer (Karolina) and shipped to site for final delivery.

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What this project proves is that with the right amount of determination, and a client who is willing to do what is necessary, even a project that initially seemed impossible can be completed.

With the right equipment, the right people and the right plan anything is possible.

2 buildings down, 5 to go in early 2016!

Special mention to our Drivers Scott Lovell and Chris Southgate and Triton Pilot Cars: Sam Waldner and Randall Bell.

10 Ways to Workout Without Equipment

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Home Fitness – 10 Ways to Workout Without Equipment

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to afford all of that fancy equipment found in the professional gyms?  Well, as nice as it sounds, it just isn’t an option for most people.  And since exercise is so important, you need exercises that are effective and don’t require any equipment at all.

To make these exercises even more fun and keep your momentum going, you can blast music while you’re working out, watch your favourite television program or invite a friend, co-worker or even a neighbour over to join you and keep you on track and accountable with your fitness goals.

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10 great exercises that you can do at home, without any equipment:

1. Walking – If the weather is nice, it’s wonderful to get outside and enjoy the scenery around you while you exercise.  However, if the weather has other ideas, you can just as easily get an effective walking workout at home.  If you have a flight of stairs, go up and down them a few times.  (You could even grab a load of laundry as you’re going that way anyway!)  This will help to tone up your legs, while getting some low impact aerobic exercise as well.  If you don’t have any stairs available, just walk around the house a few times – it may not be very exciting, but it will do the j

2.  Jumping Jacks – These are always fun, as they bring back memories of being a kid!  Who hasn’t done jumping jacks for fun as a child?  Well, surprise – they are also great cardio exercises, and good for warming up, too.

3. Pushups – These are probably not the most favourite exercise of many people, but while they can be hard to do, you can find easier ways to do them.  You don’t need to pretend you’re “Rocky”, and do them with one hand; just do what works for you.  Do them on your knees, instead of keeping your legs straight.  Or, do them standing up against a wall.  You will be building up arm strength and working out muscles in your chest area.

4. Leg Lifts – These are great for building up strength and muscles in your legs.  If you find it hard to do the exercises with your legs straight, try bending them slightly.

wall crunches5. Crunches – The best exercise for building up and strengthening abdominal muscles.  When you’re just getting started, don’t worry about getting your head all the way up.  So long as you’re going up until you feel the stretching of the muscles, you will see some benefit.

6. Jogging In Place – Jogging is a great exercise for your heart.  You can jog in place at home while watching TV or listening to music.  The only equipment you will require is a good pair of shoes, to eliminate any stress to your legs.

7. Squats – These are wonderful exercises for your legs and buttocks.  You can even just try these by sitting and standing up again from a regular chair, if you’re finding them to be too difficult.  As long as you’re able to do a few repetitions, you will be providing some benefit to your body.

8. Light Weight Lifting – No, you don’t need to go out and buy expensive weights for this!  Just use whatever you can find in your house.  Start out with something lighter, such as a can of peas, and work yourself up to heavier items.  You can use milk jugs, laundry detergent bottles or even water jugs.

9. Dancing – Dancing is a wonderful exercise, which is great for your heart.  Not only that, but it can lift your spirits as well, and give your overall feeling a boost.

10. Step Exercises – Using the steps in your home, you can do repetitions which will tone your leg muscles.  (Just remember to be careful!)

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Getting some exercise is important, but you don’t need to go out and join a gym, paying a large amount in membership fees each month.  You don’t even need the expensive equipment in order to give your body an effective workout.  Use what you have in your house, and work out in the comfort of your home.  You will be more likely to keep up with the exercises when you’re comfortable, so just get up and start exercising!