Independent tyre specialist Bear’s Tyres has developed a software-based tyre tracker to ensure fleet operators gain maximum lifespan from every single truck tyre across its entire fleet.
The simple-to-use system, which logs distances and advises rotations and retreading at optimised moments of each tyre’s lifespan, has been developed in-house by the brand-neutral company for national use.
Part from enhancing tyre life, the technology also delivers intensely accurate cost breakdowns for each tyre.
According to Brad Bearman of Bear’s Tyres, his unique tyre management system (Bear’s Tyre Tracker) should be seen to be as important as engine servicing and brake checks for the logistics industry.
In fact says Mr. Bearman, “it’s not the cost of the tyres, it”s what you can get out of them that really matters”.
And regardless of the brand of tyre you are using, Mr. Bearman says that managing your tyres is good for the environment, good for safety and definitely good for your bottom line.
“When we use the Bear’s Tyre Tracker”, says Mr. Bearman, “we find that we can actually gauge the cost per kilometer of each individual truck tyre on every single vehicle a company runs”.
“That is information that has never been available for companies that have large numbers of vehicles on their books—as far as I am concerned, that information is pure gold for any company”, says Mr. Bearman.
“In real terms”, he says, “we can increase your tyre life by anywhere between 25 to 50 per cent and from a capital expenditure point of view, spending only $25, 000 a year on tyres when prior to using the tracker, you would have spent $40,000 is certainly worth thinking about”.
Furthermore says Mr. Bearman, “I have over 30 years worth of tyre management experience and unlike a number of well-known retail tyre companies, I can and will service your vehicles when and where you need, regardless of time or place”.
“Worse still” he says, “if like most companies, you go off and buy the cheapest Chinese-made tyres and don’t look after them, then you are doing your company and your bottom line a real disservice”.
“Just by doing something simple like managing your tyre service, using the tyre tracker to regulate your tyre rotation, keeping a form eye on your pressures and of course knowing when to retread, means that a cheapish tyre could well last you the same as a well-known name brand”.
“Its all about the management of the tyres”, concludes Mr. Bearman, adding that at the very least, “you are not only saving yourself money, but you are also keeping Australians in a job at the same time”.
Mr. Bearman, who has in excess of three decades of tyre management experience concludes by saying that, “Minimising you’re your operating costs is something all business people – me included- actively pursue as a way of keeping your business profitable, and this is one way that you can achieve this with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of results”.
[HK Machinery & Materials]