The Smart Air computer- controlled inflation units from Explorer Engineering, inflate or deflate all types of tires to within 0.5 psi of the pressure specified by the operator. The systems allow for remote operation with locking tire chucks. Computers monitor the system and can send the units into a fail-safe mode if a problem is detected.
Separate models include a Truck Tire inflator that can inflate up to four tires at once and a car/truck unit with its own internal air compressor.
Contact: Explorer Engineering, Dept. TB, 1019 Hazel St., Oshkosh, Wis. 54901; Phone and fax: (414) 231-4000.
Rema Tip Top/North America Inc. has introduced its Rema Puncture Repair Kit and a retreading envelope repair patch.
The puncture repair kit includes a probe, scraper, brass brush, ten 1/8-inch Minicombi units, eight 1/4-inch Minicombi units, 10 Universal Patches, ten 1/4-inch RemaStem units, one can of Special Cement BL, one can of Pre-Buff Cleaner, pulling wire, 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch Carbide Cutters and one can of Repair Sealant. All materials come in a high-impact plastic carrying case.
Rema's new envelope patch can be applied with the company's Special Cement BL to the body and valve area. The high-tear-strength butyl rubber compound resists aging and cracking, the company said.
Contact: Rema Tip Top/North America Inc., Dept. TB, 200 Paris Ave., Northvale, N.J. 07647; Phone: (201) 768-8100. Fax: (201) 768-0946.
Harwick Chemical Corp. has released its new lines of water-based inside tire release agents, Lubrex LG.
The ready-to-use agent contains high-molecular-weight silicone materials for improved stability and lubricity, and is available in drums, pails and totes.
Lubrex LG 2006 is available for radial passenger and light truck applications while Lubrex LG 2520 allows higher air-bleed for bias-ply and truck and bus radials. The product also can be tailored to suit specific customer needs, Harwick Chemical said.
Contact: Harwick Chemical Corp., Dept. TB, P.O. Box 9360, Akron, Ohio 44305; Phone: (330) 798-9300. Fax: (330) 798-0214.
Advantage Lift Systems Inc. said it has developed the industry's first side shift wheel dolly that enables users to remove tires and wheels from ``nearly any size vehicle and move them with minimal effort,'' the company said.
The system features a fully adjustable wheel carriage with attached safety chain. The carriage tilts and can be lowered to floor level. The dolly rides on polyurethane front wheels and rear swivel casters. both of which are impervious to solvents and automotive grade fuels, the company said.
Contact: Advantage Lift Systems, Dept. TB, 6359 Nancy Ridge Drive, San Diego, Calif. 92121; Phone: (800) 825-5438.
Josam Products Inc. has introduced its new Truckaligner, which features laser-guided aligning and computerized instruction.
Lasers reference the chassis, interface with a personal computer and locate wheel positions within thousandsths of an inch, the company said.
Step-by-step alignment instructions and original equipment-, axle manufacturer- and Josam-recommended specifications are displayed on a 19-inch color screen.
The aligner, which Josam said can be used on any type of vehicle, contains a ``customer complaint'' menu that guides users through solutions to solve common vehicle problems.
Contact: Josam Products Inc., Dept. TB, 8849 Exchange Drive, Orlando, Fla. 32809; Phone: (407) 438-7020. Fax: (407) 438-9281.
The EC15-30 3,000- to 6,000-pound electric lift trucks from Caterpillar Lift Truck allow operators to individually select performance of 29 different functions from travel speed to hydraulic lift speed. General Electric drive and hydraulic motors have brush wear indicators to prevent damage. Regenerative braking is standard.
The MicroCommand II control system on 48-volt models has interactive diagnostic technology that pinpoints minor faults and alerts the operator.
The truck's log memorizes the hour meter, battery charge hours and fault codes.
Contact: Caterpillar Lift Truck, Dept. TB, 2011 W. Sam Houston Parkway N., Houston, Texas 77043-2421; Phone: (800) 228-5438.