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You have an invitation from ZTech e Planet: Explore the new mystery of tires

You have an invitation from ZTech e Planet: Explore the new mystery of tires

2020-06-29
Zhilun car service mobile rescue platform, a cloud-piercing arrow for tire shops to win customers on the Internet

Zhilun car service mobile rescue platform, a cloud-piercing arrow for tire shops to win customers on the Internet

Mr. Wu is the fleet driver, mainly traveling between Lianyungang city and Nanjing city. Most of his goods are frozen seafood. One day, At two o'clock in the morning in August, Mr. Wu's truck suddenly punctured in Nanjing city. Mr. Wu spent 40 minutes calling the familiar mobile tire repair drivers, but none of them were willing to come and repair tires for him.It was the hottest time in Nanjing city. The ice in the seafood began to melt, and Mr. Wu felt sad. Suddenly, another driver friend recommended him ZTech Platform, then Mr. Wu tried to place an order for tire repair rescue. To his surprise, the customer service of ZTech called him in just 1 minute. From placing order to completing tire repair, the entire process took less than 30 minutes! Mr. Wu applauded for this response and service experience!    At present, the mobile repair service has been opened in more than 40 cities nationwide, and the daily service order quantity has reached 200, which has effectively solved the drivers’ headache of tire puncture and repair!In the field of truck and bus mobile rescue and commercial vehicle aftermarket, ZTech's influence is expanding day by day. In the group of truck and bus drivers, ZTech has formed a strong brand appeal, like a piercing arrow in the cloud!

2020-06-29
Logistics Innovation and Development Summit

Logistics Innovation and Development Summit

LIDS (Logistics Innovation and Development Summit) is one of the most influential conferences in logistics field in China. The 2020 (Fourth) LIDS was held in Guangzhou, where many well-known logistics companies gathered together. ZTech was invited to participate, and the smart logistics tire solutions presented on the show received widespread attention and praise.

2020-04-13
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Proper OTR tire technology can reduce costs, increase safety

Proper OTR tire technology can reduce costs, increase safety

Tire selection is one of the most important line items on any Off-the-Road (OTR) equipment operator’s financial spreadsheet. Price matters, especially in today’s cost-conscious budget expenditure climate, but so does quality, performance and worker safety.All of these factors are important to successful operations. Managing an effective bottom line was hard enough prior to 2020, but now, in light of the current COVID-19 environment, it’s absolutely critical that jobsite and safety managers become increasingly savvy when it comes to smart resource and logistics decisions—especially within the OTR, construction and equipment rental sectors. Transportation is a key aspect of project management that warrants careful purchasing and buying protocols, along with advanced research.Selecting the right tires for the heavy commercial/industrial equipment that keeps any construction site humming is essential. The proper functioning of “big machines” in particular is integral to jobsite success. Their continued productivity keeps projects on track, a tight workflow underway and budget managers “out of the red.” The strong, around-the-clock functionality of these core vehicles—which busy construction site operations depend on—seems to “ride upon” good tire choice in more ways than one.There are three primary industrial-grade tire technologies available on the market today: pneumatics, solid apertures and tire (or “foam”) fill. Air-filled pneumatic tires offer a smooth, non-jarring and quality ride, but they can be challenging and risky (in terms of tire flat prevention) for a busy construction site. Typical work area debris—such as nails, sharp rocks, glass and rebar—can play havoc on any operator’s schedule and budget, as one wrong turn can quickly cause an unwanted tire puncture and literally deflate project expectations.Solid tires, on the other hand, offer a road-worthy, sturdy constitution and have the positive upside of preventing tire flats. They can, however, be expensive, and, at times, overly heavy and cumbersome to maneuver, especially on an incline. Additionally, riding on solid tires (which can generate more cross-axle G-force vibration) seven to eight hours a day behind the wheel can fatigue operators who take on excessive bumping and jolting over rugged terrain.Tire fill offers a hybrid solution. Liquid polyurethane is pumped into a traditional pneumatic tire through the valve stem. Then, the tire is pressurized to its operating pressure by using the urethane. Within 24 to 48 hours, the mixture cures to a synthetic elastomer core. Tire fill offers the comfort of a smoother ride while also mitigating unwanted bumpiness and transferred vibration.Flatproofed tires withstand a debris-cluttered worksite—gliding over foreboding objects that could otherwise stall an essential piece of equipment. As such, this technology can help reduce operator losses and defray potential manpower and productivity downtime that would occur if vehicles such as bulldozers, excavators and telehandlers are sidelined. When a heavily relied-upon vehicle incurs an unexpected tire flat, the entire job site can be compromised. A tire incident on a large OTR vehicle can disrupt the stability of the equipment and potentially put employees at risk.Tire-filled pneumatics also allow for customized durometer selection, which enables operators to tailor tire technology for specific job applications and vehicle use. Savvy project managers know that having on-site transportation in good working condition is critical.According to an April 2020 study in the International Journal of Engineering Research and Technology (IJERT), “cost efficiency is a main criteria of construction equipment management. Another major characteristic of effective construction equipment management is defensive maintenance, which can help to save a lot of time, cost and reduce delays in project.” The last thing that any construction industry budget manager wants to see is a delay—especially if activity grinds to a surprise halt from something that is largely preventable, like a tire flat.The industry has been hit hard by economic effects of COVID-19 with adjusted growth expectations and reduced contract acquisition. Companies are already working diligently to maintain proper social distancing, PPE compliance and more. Good transportation protocols can help keep operators protected from accidents and injury—and this includes determining the most appropriate and safest tire solution for each particular use and application. During this and any other era, a tire selection that will prevent flats and keep workers and expensive equipment out of harm’s way is a win-win for all. Also, given the challenges posed by coronavirus, it is all the more imperative that safety precautions be observed across the job site—with transportation considerations being front and center.With no direct end point of COVID-19 in sight, OTR operators will be well served to carefully evaluate tire technology options and make selections that can deliver a pre-emptive two-fold punch against revenue loss and potentially higher employee injury on the job. These dual-risk factors undermine both profitability and, most importantly, safety—two things that most everyone in the industry is likely struggling to protect during an already strained and challenging fiscal year.Carlisle TyrFil is a global supplier of polyurethane-filled tire technology—formulated to improve safety and increase productivity in demanding OTR applications—and other integrated tire care solutions.This article is reproduced from:https://www.tirereview.com/otr-tire-technology-save-costs-increase-safety/

2020-06-29
Bartec USA says the latest update adds coverage for Rite-Sensor and adds new OE sensors to the TPMS tool

Bartec USA says the latest update adds coverage for Rite-Sensor and adds new OE sensors to the TPMS tool

Bartec USA is releasing its latest TPMS tool software update.“Software update 62.2 is our third update for the year for our range of TPMS tools and once again adds significant coverage for Rite-Sensor, increases our already industry-leading OBDII capabilities and added new OE sensors,” Bartec’s CEO Scot Holloway said.Release 62.2 includes additional tire fill alert coverage, as well as increased OBDII coverage for Ford, Jeep and GM vehicles.Bartec says unique to the Rite-Sensor programmable sensor solution is Rite-Sync.“Essentially, Rite-Sync is the combination of the TPMS relearn and sensor programming into a single seamless, fast and accurate process. Technicians can work much faster and with fewer mistakes using the Rite-Sync process,” Holloway says. You can smell it in the air—it’s coming! Soon enough, you will have the opportunity to see a nice bump in sales due to what we have come to know and love as “winter tire season.” This time of year can either be stressful or successful. To help you make it the latter, below are a few things you can do to prepare and make the most out of the extra business opportunities this season.Get EquippedGet your shop stocked up and ready to upsell TPMS to your customers requiring a winter tire changeover. Programmable or “universal” TPMS sensors provide especially great benefits this time of year. When you are attempting to stock up and predict which vehicles will be coming in for a winter tire changeover, having one sensor that covers a majority of the market will help you be infinitely more prepared with the right part when you need it.Make sure you have service kits readily available to change out whenever a tire is removed from the rim.Get in the habit of charging your TPMS tool after every shift.Make sure your tool has the latest software update installed. Each update offers more coverage, which increases the number of vehicles you are able to service. Your sensor coverage is only as good as your last tool update. Don’t waste time downloading an update while the car is already in the bay! Get EducatedDo all of the technicians in your shop know how to remove a sensor without damaging it? Can they spot corrosion before servicing? Do they understand the difference between programming and relearning? Do they have a standard operating procedure in place? Do they know they should test the system before servicing it? All of these processes can be huge inconveniences if your technicians are not trained properly. The good news is there are plenty of resources online to help get your team up to speed with the latest in TPMS training.Get Selling!Now’s the time to start educating your customers about the importance of TPMS and boosting your TPMS sales. If a customer uses the same set of TPMS sensors for each set of tires, requiring them to pay to have them changed each year, advise them to purchase a second set of sensors and explain the financial benefit in the long run. There is always the risk of breaking the sensor, or its parts, when removing it from the wheel. Your sensor coverage is only as good as your last tool update. Don’t waste time downloading an update with a car in the bay.If a customer already has an extra set of TPMS sensors in their winter tires, suggest replacing the service kits. TPMS valve components are subject to a great deal of dirt and salt during the winter and may show signs of corrosion. Swapping these out helps prevent corrosion and slow air leaks that require another shop visit.If one sensor battery is low, recommend the customer buy the other three sensors at the same service. If one has died, the others are sure to follow. Changing them all at once prevents them from having to come back for another service, costing them more time and money in the end.There’s no more important time of the year than the winter season to get your TPMS program running efficiently. Get prepared so that you can see a spike in your TPMS sales and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year for the tire industry. Servicing a corroded valve can be challenging and often leads to replacing the entire TPMS sensor.Valve corrosion is often the culprit of slow air leaks after a tire service. More specifically, galvanic corrosion can occur when the valve is exposed to outdoor elements such as the road grime, dirt and salt. These elements create a chemical reaction in the metal, causing nuts or valve cores to bond with the stem and rubber components and then warp. For this reason, climate can often play a large role in the number of corroded valves that come into your shop. These chemical responses can lead to those frustrating slow air leaks that result in customer comebacks, costing your shop time and money.Servicing a corroded valve can be challenging and often leads to replacing the entire TPMS sensor if the valve is irreplaceable and permanently fixed to the sensor. This is why it is so important to spot a corroded valve before you begin service. The easiest way to identify corrosion is to look for any discoloration or physical damage to the valve stem on the outside of the tire. If there is no valve cap in place to protect the valve, a good place to spot corrosion is around the valve core. Corrosion is also often found under and around the nut.If you don’t see any visible signs of corrosion, you can slowly start to loosen the nut or valve core. If either one seems stuck, then the valve is likely corroded. Breaking the nut or valve core may be inevitable. Regardless, the service pack or serviceable components of a TPMS sensor should be changed before turning the vehicle over to the customer. As mentioned, in some cases, the valve stem is irreplaceable or a fixed component of the sensor. If this type of valve shows signs of corrosion, you may want to advise the customer to replace the entire sensor on the grounds that corrosion often leads to slow air leaks. In the long run, they would save time and money and ensure the effectiveness of their TPMS system if they replace the corroded sensor during that initial service.In addition to corrosion, the valve and its components often get knocked around and damaged during tire service. To avoid comebacks, Schrader recommends changing the service pack every time the tire is removed from the wheel. Including service pack replacement in your shop’s standard operating procedure is an easy way for you to ensure your customer leaves with a working TPMS system every time.What’s in a TPMS Service Kit?While most TPMS service kits come with a valve core and cap, components can differ depending on whether the sensor is a snap-in or clamp-in model.Components that come with a snap-in sensor service kit include the valve core, rubber stem, plastic valve cap and torque screw. Clamp-in sensor service kit components include the valve core, rubber grommet, plastic valve cap, torque nut, aluminum stem (for replaceable valve) and a torque screw (for replaceable valve).This article is reproduced from:https://www.tirereview.com/bartec-usa-updates-tpms-tool-software/

2020-06-29
Commercial truck tire tread generally wears differently than passenger tire tread

Commercial truck tire tread generally wears differently than passenger tire tread

Compared to passenger tires, commercial truck tire tread has been known to wear in some peculiar ways. This might be because the customer is using the wrong tire for his or her application, because of ignored maintenance or, in some cases, even by design.A classic example of tread patterns wearing differently can be found when looking at the difference between closed-shoulder and open-shoulder drive tires, says Cooper Tire’s Phil Mosier, manager of commercial tire development.“Open-shoulder drive tires are typically used in a more local service or on/off-road service because of the traction required for those operations. However, if this type of pattern is used on a long-haul tractor, it may have a propensity for irregular shoulder wear,” Mosier explains. “This is also seen in the difference between regional steer tires with a solid shoulder and long-haul steer tires with a decoupling rib in the shoulder. Because tires in long haul operations wear very slowly, there is more opportunity for irregular wear to happen. The decoupling rib allows the shoulder ribs to wear more evenly by keeping the tire’s footprint flat on the ground.”Trent Schwenkfelder, president of Idaho-based Commercial Tire, says a truck’s steer tire wear has led to some customers questioning the quality of the tire.“The decoupling groove on a steer tire is designed to battle lateral forces as the tire is rolling and is designed to wear away,” Schwenkfelder says. “Wear at this point on a tire can sometimes create confusion and concern for our customers.”However, sometimes the cause of an odd wear pattern has a much simpler answer. Marco Rabe, Continental’s head of research and development for commercial vehicle tires in the Americas region, says if a customer is asking about improper wear, ask if they’ve checked the tire pressure lately.“While everyone probably knows that tire inflation is important, many people still underestimate how large this effect can be,” Rabe says. “Tire inflation will change the tread pattern in the contact patch of the tire. In other words, a tire that is not properly inflated is also not making proper contact with the road, reducing its ability to perform as it was designed. It’s best to keep your tires inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure. This will optimize tire performance, as well as provide the best mileage and fuel efficiency.”This article is reproduced from:https://www.tirereview.com/commercial-tire-wear

2020-04-23
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