The development of modern car technology has accelerated as fast as ever before and manufacturers producing the systems that allow workshops to service these vehicles effectively have also developed at a fast rate. In some cases, the development has been a technological necessity needed to keep pace with vehicle development, but in other cases, the development is driven by the vision to provide a better, more efficient servicing solution.
The SnapSkan digital tread service, deployed by tyre manufacturer Nokian Tyres in cooperation with its tyre retail and car service chain Vianor, is launching five new checking points in the Nordic countries. A total of four new SnapSkan service points will be opened in parking garages in various locations across Finland. SnapSkan is also going international with the opening of a new service point in Oslo, Norway. This is the first SnapSkan service point outside of Finland.
Laser Tools has launched a new soft-faced dead blow hammer (part number 7011). The new hammer has a multitude of uses, but its size and weight make it ideal for use when trying to remove road wheels that are seized solid to the hub through dissimilar metal corrosion (alloy wheels on a steel hub).
As our environment becomes increasingly technologically driven, it is no surprise to learn that as many as 15 per cent of tyres are being bought online. At the same time tyres are becoming more and more “intelligent” with built-in sensors such as TPMS. However, for a long time the business of checking tyre tread depth has been a relatively imprecise affair. A few years back standards improved with the development of digital tread depth probes, some of which even bluetoothed data to cloud-based systems. However, the latest technology takes routine tread depth checks and fleet audits to the next level.
With already high levels of OE TPMS fitment increasing as the 1 November 2013 fitment mandate approaches, Laser has launched a set of tool designed to assist in the aftermarket servicing of these products.
Hennessy Industries, Inc. has added its patented Laser-Guided Weight Placement Tool to its range of Coats balancers. The new Laser-Guided Weight Placement Tool works with any Coats 40mm Direct Drive Wheel Balancer and uses a red laser line to show users exactly where to place clip-on wheel weights. The accuracy of the upgraded tool increases one-spin balances and reduces residual static imbalance.
Wheel alignment specialist Supertracker has unveiled the prototype of its new STR210R aligner. The fully computerised laser wheel aligner will be introduced into the market in the near future, and was on display at the CV Show 2013 for inspection and discussion with a member of Supertracker's national sales team.
With a 15-year track record as a leader in laser wheel alignment for commercial vehicles, Haweka UK is frequently asked to supply wheel alignment systems for passenger cars. In January this year the company, which is also well known for its Haweka range of centring accessories for wheel balancing, began test marketing a 4-wheel 8CCD camera alignment system for cars and vans.
Supertracker has been present as an exhibitor at Brityrex for a number of years now and this year – the Southampton-based firm’s 25th anniversary year – will be no different. Supertracker says it believes Brityrex to be an important stage for the company to further establish its presence in the UK as one of the most progressive and successful alignment experts in the market. Managing director Trevor Lovesy views Brityrex 2012 as representing a perfect opportunity to meet up with the company's growing customer base and look towards opening additional business opportunities with potential new customers.
Supertracker is returning to the Commercial Vehicle Show 2012 in order to introduce a new computerised truck aligner which will take centre-stage on their stand (2C29). This latest truck aligner is the truck version of Supertracker's STR 410R car aligner which heads a range of quality wheel alignment equipment and is firmly established as a 'preferred choice' for the UK wheel and tyre industry due to its simple, straightforward 'step-by-step operational program.
Czech company Avex Trade has announced that it will exhibit its products for the tyre industry at two major German shows this year: Reifen 2012 in Essen and LogiMAT 2012 in Stuttgart. It will be the fifth time that Avex will show its products at Reifen. The company is one of the largest manufacturers of tyre stillages and pallets in the world, with several international certificates and licenses.
Haweka has announced the introduction of the Axis200, the new name for the latest version of Haweka's long-established TA20 commercial vehicle laser wheel alignment system. The Axis range consists of five models – the Axis10 for cars, Axis50 for agricultural machines, Axis200 and 500 for commercial vehicles and the Axis4000 computerised camera system for commercial vehicles.
With the cost of fuel only going one way, how tyres are managed is becoming increasingly more important. That’s why RL Automotive was showing its TAC-Scan laser-based tyre wear diagnostic equipment at April’s CV Show. According to the company, tyre wear diagnostic equipment has been left behind in the tide of new technology as it is largely still done manually, which not only effects accuracy but also makes readings subjective.