LAS VEGAS—Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc. is offering an extra incentive with the Predator, a tire service vehicle introduced at the International Tire Expo/Specialty Equipment Market Association Show. IMT is including a one-year subscription to its ValuePlus Fleet Management Program, which the company also unveiled at ITE.
The ValuePlus system provides operators with individual vehicle profiles and upcoming maintenance requirements, and tracks operating costs for each vehicle in their fleets. The system can track costs in a variety of ways—by type of vehicle or location, for example.
"What we're really trying to accomplish," said Mark Whaley, IMT vice president of sales and marketing, "is to give operators the ability to learn costs (in order) to have the ability to reduce costs."
Mr. Whaley said ValuePlus subscribers access the program through IMT's Internet site (www.imt.com). With a password, they can access their account, update data, add or drop vehicles and analyze costs. And, because the program is on IMT's Web site, operators will be able to compare their costs with an average of various costs of other subscribers to the service.
The subscription also includes a one-year supply of maintenance parts, such as filters and hydraulic fluid, an in-service training video and either three Tire Association of North America training videos or enrollment in the International Tire and Rubber Association's commercial tire service training certification program.
"We were concerned with how we could raise the value of the product to the end user," Mr. Whaley said.
The ValuePlus program accurately tracks the costs of the back end of a service vehicle, Mr. Whaley said, and not just the chassis and drive train.
The back end of the Predator, including the crane, the lift and the body, with storage cabinets and tools, represents more than half the cost of the vehicle, he said.
There are two models of the Predator: the model 8511, with a 71-sq.-ft. cargo deck; and the model 8513, which has an 85-sq.-ft. deck and an optional 31-inch extended rack with adjustable tire support bars.
Mr. Whaley said the Predator has twice the storage cabinet space—85 cubic feet—of previous models with a specific space for the safety cage. The unit's key fob has a remote control to turn on the work lights.