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It is getting colder – are your heating systems working?

It is getting colder – are your heating systems working?

Now as days are getting colder it is just about the right time to make sure that all the heating systems are in proper working order. This is such an important matter that it has even been regulated by law. Heating Is not just a question of comfort, but also of safety for both the driver and the passengers.

Heating is in fact one of the most important single factors influencing the customer satisfaction of a bus trip. If the heating doesn’t work properly, the feedback is usually immediate. In Finland the Ministry of Transport has issued a decision in which a separate section has been dedicated to heating and ventilation. It states that the heating and ventilation systems must guarantee the driver to have an unobstructed visibility to the front and sides. In addition, the temperature in the driver’s compartment must be adjustable separately to the passenger compartment. The interior of the bus must also be pressurized correctly.

After ensuring that the heating and ventilation are working properly we can welcome the cold weather with open arms!

Smarter maintenance saves money

Smarter maintenance saves money

Sometimes a workshop manager’s entire working day can be spent on hunting missing spare-parts and putting out fires. It is clear that this is not the most cost-effective way to keep the fleet moving. When there’s a great urgency to find the missing parts it’s also not possible to discuss about neither the quality nor the price of the parts. One must take what can be found quickly. This can get expensive, but yet, it is still a common procedure in many companies. However, there’s an alternative for this.

The concept of BusCare and TruckCare, which aim to reduce the costs of maintaining heavy vehicles, is simply based on the idea that things can be anticipated. The life-cycle of equipment components is well known, and preparing for future maintenance needs in advance saves time and money – and also nerves.

The process starts by mapping the vehicles down clearly by registration numbers. The maintenance and repairs performed by mileage are recorded and the needs of the upcoming maintenance are planned. The necessary parts are delivered in advance to the workshop’s own shelf where they are placed in good order and can thus be found quickly and without stress. This commercial warehouse on the company’s premises is the property of BussiPro. This means that the customer’s money will not be committed until the parts on the shelf are used.

This brings many benefits to the company: the work in the workshop is significantly more efficient when you no longer have to run after missing parts. The parts are also available immediately which in turn reduces downtime. As the parts come directly from BussiPro’s own network without any intermediaries, their top-notch quality can also be guaranteed. Direct deliveries also mean that the pricing of the parts is very competitive. In addition, accurate documentation is accumulated for each vehicle’s exact maintenance. This makes it easy to monitor and compare each vehicle’s life-cycle costs.

Together with our partners we are also actively looking for ways to avoid sudden breakdowns altogether. For example, the TPMS system detects starting failures on the bearings, brakes and tires so that they can be addressed in advance before things break all of a sudden on the road.

The newest addition to this total service model are the installation chemicals. Workshop shelves usually have a varied selection of different chemicals – the use of which is unfortunately often inappropriate or even incorrect. By identifying the needs and selecting the right products, the amount of chemicals used can generally be significantly reduced. This makes it easier to learn how to use them properly and also makes it easier to manage the inventory.

BusCare and TruckCare are designed to simplify and streamline a workshop’s daily work. With the help of these services, the operations become significantly more efficient – and this saves money.

A fire emphasizes the importance of maintenance

A fire emphasizes the importance of maintenance

A bus fire is always a serious reminder of how important it is to prevent such situations in advance. We have already experienced a couple of dangerous fires in Finland this summer. The vehicles were destroyed, but luckily no humans were injured. Fire prevention consists of two important factors.

The first thing is of course that the fire prevention system is installed on the bus in the first place.  The automatic shut-off system always protects the engine compartment, auxiliary heater and hydraulics. Most often, the root cause of the fire lies in these very places. Bus fires often develop very quickly and there’s only a short window for emptying the vehicle from passengers.  In addition, it is also very difficult to extinguish an engine compartment fire with a hand-held fire extinguisher.

Another equally important thing is that the equipment is properly and regularly maintained to keep it in working order. Unfortunately, we have noticed that the regular maintenance gets neglected too often. An investment in the equipment can be in vain if it is not properly maintained. In a real situation it is possible that an unmaintained system is not reacting as planned making the whole system useless.

We would like to remind you to ensure that your fire prevention systems are in proper working order. If a long time has elapsed from the previous service, please get in touch and we will take care of the matter.

Case: Starting from March 2020 we have installed fire suppression systems to new Volvo double deckers, which has been built by Volvo´s contract manufacturer Carrus Delta Oy.

BussiPro helps to keep your air-conditioning systems going

BussiPro helps to keep your air-conditioning systems going

In hot weather the inside temperature of a bus cabin can quickly rise to over 40 degrees when the air-conditioning system is not working correctly. This does not improve road safety, the drivers’ working conditions or the passengers’ travel comfort.

An air-conditioner is on principle a long-lasting and reliable piece of equipment, but without maintenance, its power will decrease and in the end there will be no cooling at all. Failure to service also shortens the service life of the most expensive component of the equipment, meaning the compressor. All in all, there are really no gains to be made by neglecting the regular maintenance.

Proper usage of the air-conditioner can also extend its service life-time. It is advisable to use the equipment from time to time also during winter time so that the refrigerant in the air-conditioning system flows through the entire system. This keeps the seals in good condition and the compressor lubricated.

It is a good idea to always clean the condenser during washing to prevent dirt from accumulating and sticking to it as this prevents it from working effectively. It is advisable to check the air-conditioning fluids annually and top up when necessary. The refrigerant can evaporate also from a properly working system little by little.

A more extensive maintenance should be scheduled for every two years. This maintenance should include for example changing the oils of the compressor. During the annual maintenance, the dryer cartridge and filters are also replaced or washed. Otherwise, the power of the equipment will be reduced and the fan motor will be strained, which can cause it to break prematurely.

Repairing air-conditioning equipment requires special equipment and expertise, so good daily maintenance of the equipment saves costs in the long run.

BussiPro also serves in air-conditioning matters. We supply spare parts quickly and reliably and our professional customer service can give advice on air-conditioning related issues. This is all part of our unique BusCare concept.

Busworld was a great success

Busworld was a great success

The just finished Busworld 2019 exhibition proved that we at BussiPro are on the right track with our unique BusCare service. BusCare is designed to make buses more efficient, to keep them on the road instead of standing in a service garage.

At BussiPro we provide excellent old-fashioned service with modern tools and are very pleased that this message seems to be of great interest to the operators now. At the exhibition we received a large amount of quotation requests, which we will now start taking care of. Busworld Daily Times and Omnibus Revue also took notice of BussiPro’s advanced concept in their publications.

E-buses, their transmission and batteries were of particular interest at the exhibition. We at BussiPro are strongly involved in also these technologies.

Our Fire Care concept, which focuses on preventing and extinguishing fires, also aroused great interest. The new products behind the concept are more versatile and efficient than ever before.

The next large bus industry event is organized in Moscow next year and the following year it is again Busworld’s turn. BussiPro will naturally take part in both events.

BusCare EXPO 2019

Thank’s for everybody

Very big and humble thanks for the interest our event has received and especially for all of you who participated in the EXPO the event with your participation
There were over 200 professional visitors during the day, they spent most of the day listening to the OEM / Valeo, Mekra, Meritor, ZF-TRW, Fersa Bearings, CEI and Loctite company / product presentations and afternoon technical presentations.
Also present were Cummins, Fleetguard, Optibelt, Bridgestone, Winnard, Knorr-Bremse, Dayco, Dinex, Mitsubisbi Eletectric, and after-sales from DPF-Pro, Diesel-Technic, Hamofa (one of Central Europe’s largest engine builders), AVA Cooling / TitanX as well as the small bus vendors AutoWay and Vehico / BusPartner.
Safety and automatic fire suppression were also a key role.
BusPro offers all this and much more. Naturally, technical support and training as needed are part of our service package. Thank you very much for being here.
Finally one important news. Now we also have TrucCare by BussiPro for Transport companies. Here link to Video

BussiPro Oy launch new BusCare Expo in Lahti, Finland 15.3.2019.

All companies in Passenger transport business are invited.

BusCare -concept is a tool to get more safe and cost-efficient kilometers for your fleet. Come and meet other bus operators at BusCare Expo to see how they have gained time and money savings with BusCare.

The BusCare Expo 2019 is a great opportunity to update your knowledge about the maintenance and spare parts of busses. This is an assembly of bus experts and operators in Passenger transport business from Finland and all-around Europe.   BusCare Expo is the place to meet other operators, spare part manufacturers, fire suppression specialists and many more. You can also find representatives from Autoway Ltd. There are several product demos and maintenance work show. Also, we have fire suppression demo trailer to demonstrate how our systems can make your bus safer for passengers.

We have full grill open for our visitors, so no one leaves with empty stomach.

In order to sign up for the Expo, please register BusCare Expo visitor form

Location : Vasarakatu 2 , 15700 LAHTI , FINLAND  

Registration is personal. You can add any amount of visitors from your company.

The schedule of Fri 15.3.2019:

8:30-9:00 o’clock: Fire suppression presentation

8:50-9:00 o’clock: Welcome by Jussi Raunisto

9:00-12:00 o’clock: Company and product presentations, á 20+5 min:

Meritor: Mr. Yaraslov Ksondzyk

Mekra Lang: Mr. Lothar Bucher

TRW: Mr. James O’Gara

Winnard: ( Brakes)

Loctite, Teroson: Mr. Otto Ilola + Mr. Harri Jänkävaara

CEI: Mr. Andrea Cigarini

11:30-12:00 o’clock: New releases of BussiPro

12:00-13:00 o’clock: Lunch

12:30-13:00 o’clock: Fire suppression presentation

13:00-13:45 o’clock: Company and product presentations, á 20+5 min:

Fersa Bearings; Ms. Maria Pilar Alonso

DT: Presented by BussiPro

14:00-17:00 o’clock, technical trainings/presentations (clinics), á 35 min:


Mekra Lang


Fersa Bearings

Loctite, Teroson

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.