Bee Line Co. has introduced two remote systems to make alignments more of a one-person operation, the company said. The Bee Line Remote Monitor is portable, lightweight, attaches to the standard system cables of the company's LC 4000 and BCL 100 aligners and displays live measurements. A remote enter button allows techs to interact with the computer.
The Bee Line Remote Push Button fits in the palm of the hand so the operator can interact with the LC 4000, BLC 100 and TLC 200 aligners using system cables. The button eliminates the need for a second person when doing turning sweeps from the driver's seat.
Contact: Bee Line Co., Dept. TB, 2700 62nd St. Court, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722; (319) 332-4066. Fax: (319) 332-6517.
The Bear CCD 3100 Wheel Alignment System provides three-dimensional, high-resolution graphics that guide the operator through a specific alignment procedure, according to Automotive Diagnostics, a division of SPX Corp.
The CCD 3100 is a Microsoft Windows-compatible system with a user programmable alignment sequence, one-touch program, four runout compensation modes, ICON button selection and Bear's ``Faster Caster/SAI'' and Calibration Confidence check.
Standard hardware includes a 14-inch SVGA monitor and 24-pin, 80-column graphic printer.
Contact: Automotive Diagnostics, Dept. TB, 8001 Angling Road, Kalamazoo, Mich. 49002; (800) 358-2400; Fax: (616) 329-7713.
FMC Corp. has introduced two wheel balancers, the Series 5, Model 5.1, and Series 6, Model 6.6.
The Model 5.1 comes with a safety wheel guard, wing nut, three passenger tire mounting cones, one truck tire mounting cone, rim width caliper, removable stub shaft, operator calibration slug and full-size weight tray. Optional features include a speed nut kit, unilug adapter, wheel flange kits and a large truck tire cone kit. The model's accuracy is 0.1 ounces.
The Model 6.6, which balances tires up to 53 inches, has a computer screen that displays ``live'' wheel balancing information, including the direction to imbalance and current parameters. The program can be set up in any of 18 languages.
Contact: FMC Corp., Auto-motive Service Equipment Division, Dept. TB, Industrial Park, Conway, AR 72032; (800) 362-8326 or (501) 450-1500.
The COATS 5030E electric rim clamp tire changer from Hennessy Industries Inc., is designed for areas with limited floor space. It measures 32 inches 40 inches with a table height of 25.5 inches from the floor.
The model features an adjustable tool head and an X-shaped tabletop that offers increased support for the wheel, the company said. The line-of-sight bead loosening system helps assure accurate positioning of the shoe.
The company also released its 6060AX Rim Clamp Tire Changer that can handle the majority of vehicles with larger tire and rim sizes and decorative alloy wheels, the firm said. The model features a safety guard system that allows the operator to stand at a safer distance during the inflation process.
Contact: Hennessy Industries Inc., Dept. TB, 1601 J.P. Hennessy Drive, Lavergne, Tenn. 37086;
Equipment Supply Co. has introduced its E-Z Way (tubeless) Truck Tire Changing Tool. The company said both the top and bottom bead of the tire are removed from the top side of the rim. The tool works on tires 15- to 24.5-inches in diameter and uses an adapter to eliminate scratching or marring of aluminum alloy or painted rims.
Contact: ESCO, 15424 Flight Path Drive, Brooksville, Fla. 34609; (800) 352-9852. Fax: (904) 754-4508.
Tech International has introduced its tire mounting lubricant, Rim Ease, (catalog No. 720), which has the highest lubricity in the industry, the company said.
The product has no silicones or petroleum solvents but contains a rust inhibitor to eliminate rim rusting. Available in one- and five-gallon containers, Rim Ease is an excellent lubricant for expandable beads, the company said.
Contact: Tech International, Dept. TB, P.O. Box 486, Johns-town, Ohio 43031.
Ultima Rubber Products by Robbins Inc. has introduced three new sizes to its Waste Hauler Rib tread, designed for all wheel positions on rugged on/off road applications.
The three new sizes are:
No. 7.5 in a 24/32-inch tread depth and a 7 1/2-inch base width;
No. 8 in a 24/32-inch tread depth and an 8-inch base width; and
No. 11 in a 24/32-inch tread depth and a 9 7/8-inch base width, which is specially designed for 315-80R 22.5 tires.
Contact: Robbins Inc., Dept. TB, P.O. Box 60, Tuscumbia, Ala., 35674; (205) 383-5441. Fax: (205) 383-4103.
The Universal Patch by Rema Tip Top/North America Inc. is suitable for ``virtually any nail hole repair on any type of tire,''the company said.
The patch's multi-layered design allows it to fit nail hole repairs of almost any size on bias and radial passenger, light truck and medium/heavy truck tires, the firm said.
Rema also released its Vulc A+B Compound for cold vulcanization.
The compound kit, which consists of two, 2-pound cans of both A and B compounds and two cans of Rema's Special Cement BL forms a rubber fill for quick repairs.
Contact: Rema Tip Top/North America Inc., Dept. TB, 200 Paris Ave., Northvale, N.J. 07647; (800) 225-7362. Fax: (201) 768-0946.
The Mauro Tire Printer from Charles Mauro Enterprises allows car and truck owners to print up to 36 letters on each tire, personalizing their vehicles.
The raised letters are heat transferred to sidewalls and are a ``new twist'' on the concept of ``per-
sonalized license plates,'' according com pany owner Charles Mauro.
``It's a great way for shops to bring in more customers with something that's fun and different,'' Mr. Mauro said.
Contact: Charles Mauro Enterprises Inc., 3605 Union Court, Wheatridge, Colo. 80033; (303) 420-1419.
Mailmark Direct Marketing Services introduced its computerized ARC (Auto Reminder Card) service.
The service uses information obtained weekly from a dealership's work orders (via modem, diskette or hard copies) to: create a confidential data base concerning the company's customers; predict which vehicles are due for service based on the individual driving habits associated with that vehicle; and send out a customized message to owners of these vehicles by first-class mail.
This frees tire dealership personnel to concentrate their attention on selling functions and servicing custom ers' vehicles rather than struggling to keep and make use of such records in-house, the company said.
Contact: Mailmark Direct Marketing Services, Dept. TB, 8587 Canoga Ave., Canoga Park, Calif. 91304; (800) 334-8983.
Bytewise Measurement Systems has introduced a laser-based, high-speed operator-independent treadwear measurement and imaging system, the Bytewise CTWIST (Circumferential Treadwear Imaging System version 2.0).
The Bytewise Integrated Profiler uses a scanning beam sensor and technology licensed from Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. The Selcom sensor digitizes and analyzes the tread surface of a rotating tire in less than three minutes with a wear resolution of ±0.001 inch.
The company has also released its Integrated Profiler that uses a Selcom 5000 Series Scanning Beam Laser Sensor to measure and analyze profiles without using a mechanical transversing mechanism. The device can be used for high-speed, on-line extrusion profile and volume measurement, tire sidewall inspection and in-process product inspection.
Contact: Bytewise Measurement Systems, Dept. TB, P.O. Box 7331, Columbus, Ga., 31908-7331; (706) 323-5142. Fax: (706) 323-0178.
Standards Testing Laboratories Inc. has introduced its model 2800 Section Cutting System that requires little touch-up work for display and technical analyses.
The machine features a semi- automatic mode that can section tires as narrow as 1/2-inch thick in as little as 35 seconds, the company said. The blade can be set to speeds of up to 2,500-feet-per minute. Blade tension is microprocessor controlled and adjustable for maximum blade life.
Contact: STL, Dept. TB, P.O. Box 592, Massillon, Ohio 44648; (800) 833-8547. Fax: (216) 833-7902.
Western Pacific Storage Systems Inc. said its RiveTier Tire Racks are boltless, steel racks that assemble in minutes.
The racks can be expanded by locking additional units onto the four-tier starter set.
Contact: Western Pacific Storage Systems Inc., Dept. TB, 1901 W. El Segundo Blvd., Compton, Calif. 90222; (800) 732-9777 in California or (800) 626-2445 elsewhere. Fax: (213) 604-0368.
Monroe Auto Equipment Co., a Tenneco Automotive division, began shipping its new Monroe Sensa-Trac Load Adjusting Shock Absorbers in September.
The nitrogen gas-charged shocks give extra control to light trucks and sport utilities when towing or hauling with the use of a heavy-gauge coil spring and separate tube zones for ``normal'' and ``demanding'' driving situations.
The shock's valving is tuned specifically for light trucks, the company said.
Contact: Monroe Auto Equipment Co., Dept. TB, One International Drive, Monroe, Mich. 48161; (313) 243-8000.
Beck/Arnley Worldparts Corp. now offers the full line of Axxis brand brake pads for import cars and light trucks. The Axxis line includes the semi-metallic Metal Master and non-metallic Deluxe.
The Metal Master line is designed for high performance import applications, according to the company, while the Deluxe pads are formulated from ``state-of-the-art'' organic materials.
Contact: Beck/Arnley Worldparts Corp., Dept. TB, P.O. Box 110910, Nashville, Tenn. 37222; (615) 834-8080.