During the 2018 Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Show in Atlanta, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company launched its new tire management program to help fleets save time and money.
The system, called Goodyear Tire Optix, is available to the Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Network, made up of more than 2,300 Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Centers, and authorized Goodyear commercial tire dealer locations throughout North America. It is a digital tire measurement system that is integrated into cloud-based software platform designed for desktop computer, phone and tablet, Tire Review reported at the time the device was introduced at Goodyear’s 2018 Dealer Conference. It allows the user to digitally measure tread depth and air pressure with a single tool. The readings are then automatically updated into a cloud-based software platform with the ability to be shared instantly with customers, allowing for faster, more accurate reporting and recommendations. It also provides the ability to take photos to back up recommendations such as uneven wear or other concerns.
Through the program, Goodyear truck tire technicians use a scanning device to electronically record air pressure and tread depth. The 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.
“Regular tire inflation and tread level checks are important truck tire management practices,” said Johnny McIntosh, general manager of Goodyear’s commercial business solutions. “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. We saw an opportunity to streamline this procedure and increase speed and accuracy. The result is our new Tire Optix program.
“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.”