Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has a new software management platform and tool for monitoring a commercial tire's tread wear and tire pressure in real time.
The new Tire Optix program automates the process of checking tire pressure and tread depth, and it enables a commercial tire dealer to share information with a fleet customer immediately. The software program is available to members of the Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Netowrk, which includes authorized Goodyear commercial truck tire dealers.
A special scanning device electronically records air pressure and tread depth. This information automatically uploads via Bluetooth to a cloud-based platform in real time for password-protected storage and easy access. Data can then be downloaded through the new Goodyear Tire Optix App for immediate viewing by fleets.
Tire Optix is part of the company’s “Total Solution” bundle of products, services and fleet management tools. It is available throughout North America via the Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Network, which is comprised of more than 2,300 Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Centers and authorized Goodyear commercial tire dealer locations.
“Today, most tire technicians measure inflation and tread depth levels with a manual gauge, jot down the results on a piece of paper, and later may key the data into a computer – sometimes taking days to relay the information back to a fleet,” says Johnny McIntosh, general manager, commercial business solutions for Goodyear.
“We saw an opportunity to streamline this procedure and increase speed and accuracy. The result is our new Tire Optix program.”
Goodyear Tire Optix enables faster, more accurate data collection and eliminates the need for manual data entry, according to McIntosh. “Fleets can see information in real time, enabling them to identify maintenance opportunities and immediately adjust their tire management programs, if needed. This helps increase their uptime and improve the utilization of their tire assets”
McIntosh says the Tire Optix program is the next step in the evolution of truck tire management. “We believe it will help fleets enhance their operational efficiency while optimizing their cost-per-mile, and will become an essential part of their tire programs.”
Goodyear officially launched the Tire Optix program at the 2018 Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Show in Atlanta, Ga., March 5-8. The company previewed the new software for independent tire dealers attending its 2018 customer conference Jan. 25-28, in Nashville, Tenn.
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