Hunter Establishes New Wheel Balancing Era - Tire Review Magazine

Hunter Establishes New Wheel Balancing Era

(Douglasdale, South Africa/S.A. Treads) Hunter Engineering has come up with yet another patented innovation in the SmartWeight balancing technology.

This revolutionary wheel balancing method is said to minimize correction weight usage and maximize productivity, thereby substantially reducing material and labour costs.

Allegedly, this new method computes correction weights by measuring and evaluating the ‘absolute’ or pure static (shake) and couple (shimmy) forces that cause vibration. And unlike traditional balancing which judges balance condition based on correction weight values, SmartWeight balancing uses the actual static and couple forces, thereby addressing the source of the vibration problem and resulting in the best possible balance.

Interestingly, the efficiency of SmartWeight balancing comes from not only the direct relationship to actual imbalance forces, but also from the application of independent tolerances placed on static and couple forces.

The system evaluates static and couple forces independently, with separate imbalance tolerances. Each tolerance limit is set based on the amount of force needed to induce a noticeable vibration on a given wheel assembly. Next, SmartWeight balancing places the appropriate emphasis on the appropriate force and calls for correction weights only when a force exceeds the limit that will cause a noticeable vibration. It also recognizes that not all wheel assemblies are the same size and automatically adjusts the tolerances to more accurately correct imbalance.

Hunter Engineering claims the unique balancing technology of SmartWeight technology presents money-saving advantages never available before in a wheel balancer. For example, SmartWeight balancing eliminates excessive correction weight usage and can actually reduce the wheel weight costs of an average shop by 33 percent or more. More efficient weight usage also means faster service time with more single-spin balances.

In short, according to Hunter, the savings SmartWeight balancing can generate from reduced correction weight usage and improved productivity will enhance the profitability of any tyre store or fitment centre.

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