Sigmavision is to promote its TreadReader technology to the commercial sector when it exhibits at The Commercial Vehicle Show (Stand 4F65, Birmingham NEC, 25-27 April). The company states that TreadReader “addresses the shortcomings of traditional dip gauges and other spot-measurement or laser-line devices currently available.” Each product in the range, which includes mobile and fixed workshop options, creates a 3D scanned image showing a 50mm band across the full width of the tyre. Sigmavision adds that its scans are reliable and accurate even on wet and dirty tyres.
With mobile inspection and repair services now widespread alongside traditional workshop servicing, commercial vehicle service providers and vehicle manufacturers are improving tyre management to eradicate as much unplanned downtime or emergency maintenance as possible. To achieve this accurate measurement of tyre wear and tread depth is critical, and needs to be carried out swiftly. The recorded data should be captured electronically and presented to the fleet operator in a meaningful way; ideally integrated into an electronic vehicle health check report. The data can then be used for planned or immediate tyre replacements, or corrective action, such as tyre rotation or wheel realignment.
Available as a hand held scanner, or drive over ramp, TreadReader technology aims to offer a full solution for workshops and mobile technicians. The hand held scanner is fully portable, operated via a TreadReader app, and is suited to mobile servicing, or workshops where space is more limited. For larger workshops, where volumes are greater and a fully automated process is required, the drive over ramp can be more suitable.
Andrew Pryce, managing director of Sigmavision, commented: “TreadReader is the tyre measurement technology that operators for all fleets, whether cars, LCV or HGV, should be expecting from their service providers. Whilst the service providers who make use of the TreadReader technology will soon find themselves with a compelling and competitive advantage when looking to win new clients and service contracts.”