BOSS ORV has announced they have been appointed as the sole Ireland & UK distributor for all Air-Rops products.
The company says Air-Rops offer a range of rollover solutions for the outdoor power equipment industry. In a statement the company explained, "ROPs on ATVs has always been a contentious issue but BOSS believe that in certain applications, and after a thorough risk assessment, they do offer additional protection for the operator. Air-Rops have the advantage over traditional ROPs of not raising the centre of gravity of the machine as it sits lower than the operator when not deployed."
The first Air-Rops product BOSS ORV has introduced is the AR Quad safety bar, for ATVs and agricultural machinery.
The company says this product uses Air-Rops technology in a fully automatic Roll Over Protection System. They base the technology on what they describe as "state-of-the-art automotive components, including safety electronics and proven and reliable airbag gas inflators".
The AR Quad electronic control unit continuously monitors the behaviour of the quad and warns the rider with acoustic and visual signals when the vehicle is about to reach a state where stability is compromised. The system automatically evaluates the rollover condition until a tilting state is reached and, only when the tilt takes place, activates the rollover bar. The electronic control unit operates the inflator, and the gas is fully released, extending the bar and the mechanism locks. The system only operates when the rider enters and cannot avoid the full tilt. The final position after deployment of the ROPS is limited to a maximum 90°, preventing full rollover which BOSS says not only helps minimise personal injury it also reduces damage to the quad.
The company says the universal AR Quad design fits most ATVs with independent suspension using bolts on the luggage carrier and towbar. Installation is easy as the system comes fully assembled and only requires the ATV dealer to perform simple electrical and mechanical actions. It requires no scheduled maintenance and is reusable after a rollover. It requires inspection and approval by an ATV technician, and the gas generator can be replaced to return the bar to its original condition. The system is SGS Certified and CE marked, adhering to environmental and regulatory standards.
Air-Rops will only be available through specialist approved dealers and regional distributors and will not be available by mail order or directly online. This, says BOSS, is to ensure that every unit is correctly installed and able to be monitored by the supplying dealer.