Snap-on Releases Quadriga Tyre Changer
The latest generation John Bean, Hofmann and Boxer automatic tyre changers – the Quadriga 1000 and Quadriga 1 – are ready for their market launch. These changers from the three Snap-on Equipment brands offer fully automated mounting and demounting and are amongst the first changers of this type to come with certification from the ‘wdk’, Germany’s rubber industry association.
Snap-on reports that the changer offers outstanding dynamic procedures along with controlled power and accuracy and consequently; therefore, it says, optimum results are guaranteed as all operations, especially bead braking, are accomplished efficiently and without harm to tyre and rim.
Requirements within the tyre servicing industry have become increasingly challenging in recent years. Not only do popular UHP and run flat tyres require new mounting and demounting technologies, but mounting and demounting procedures in general have become more complex wheels are today much heavier than previously.
The Quadirga tyre changer, with its automatic processes, was thus developed to simplify the operator’s job and to minimise sources of errors. The controlled power and accuracy of this machine allows it to carry out all operations – especially bead breaking – both efficiently and gently. The changer offers several programmes that allow for the customisation of mounting and demounting procedures to workshop individual requirements.
In automatic mode standard tyres are mounted and demounted without any operator intervention. Through the use of a joystick the operator can perform the complete mounting and demounting procedure. Yet despite the automated operation the user is always in control of all work processes. As long as the operator activates the joystick, operations are carried out automatically. Once he releases the joystick – which the operator can do at any time during operation – the automatic process is immediately interrupted. If necessary, particular stages of the programme can be repeated.
This Quadriga is, reports Snap-on, capable of mounting and demounting all conventional wheels presently available as well as UHP and run-flat tyres of up to 30-inch rim diameter and 47-inch wheel diameter. Snap-on adds that, owing to its ergonomic and user-friendly design, the time-saving procedures and its universal application, the Quadriga is ideally suited for shops with a high tyre service volume.