Heavy Duty Trucking

OCT 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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accurate for consistent inflation pres- sure across multiple tires, say, four tires in a drive-axle group as well as the steer tire. Reaching inside valve stems: New from Kentool is a rather ingenious device called the Valvecapper. Rather than a tech twisting and contorting to reach the inside valve stem for a manual pressure check, the Valvecapper slips over the valve cap for easier removal. The other end of the little blue wand is a valve core remover, which thanks to its 11-inch length, slides into the inner valve stem easily, and the parts are not dropped in the process. Instant pressure and tread depth: There's a system on the market called Pneuscan (Pneu is the French word for tire) that measures tire pressure and tread depth and then populates a tire maintenance database, just by driving over an in-ground sensor plate. The system contains in- www.alkmaps.com Circle 138 on Reader Action Card formation about the load, prof ile and pattern of each type of tire in the f leet, and as the vehicle drives over the sensor plates, tire pressure and tread depth measure- ments are read and sent to the system for calculation. Pneuscan claims the system can quickly display tire pressure and tread depth readings for each tire. If results are within specified toler- ances, a green signal will indicate the tire is cleared for driving. A red sig- nal indicates the tire requires service. As an option, a paper receipt of the results can be generated. That's just a sampling. Companies such as IPA and Kentool offer reams of similar labor-saving products such as bead seaters, tire mounting ma- chines and more, that can help make tire maintenance a little less time- consuming and labor-intensive. n www.truckinginfo.com OCTOBER 2014 • HDT 83 Kentool's ValveCapper makes life a little easier for technicians.

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