LAS VEGAS—Goodyear has selected an ultrasonic (sound-wave-based) system as the recommended non-destructive casing inspection system for its Next-Tred retreading franchisees. Goodyear, which unveiled the revamped Next-Tred Innovative Retreading Solutions program during its recent dealer meeting in Las Vegas, is now recommending the "K2 Tirescan" made by Technic Systems in Great Britain for franchisees opting for a non-destructive inspection system.
Goodyear emphasized that adding an inspection system is voluntary. The company did, however, work with Technic Systems to come up with a version exclusive to Next-Tred franchisees.
The K2 Tirescan features a newly developed nail-hole detection capability that is exclusive to Goodyear. The K2 version also offers bead-to-bead scanning, which is an improvement over earlier versions, said a spokesman for Central Marketing Inc., the North American distributor of Technic Systems' Tyrescan.
In general, the unit can detect casing separations, integrity of repairs, punctures, suspected rusty belts, under-cure conditions, and others, Goodyear said. The accompanying software captures all data and can provide a printout of the condition for the customer.
The Tirescan's ultrasonic scanning system relies on the scanning arm being submersed in water—i.e., after the scanning arm is positioned inside the tire, the operator must fill the tire with enough water to cover the arm, according to the product literature.
Currently, Goodyear has almost 500 Truckwise commercial tire dealers and 167 medium truck tire retreading centers in the U.S. and Canada. The Next-Tred centers offer both precure and mold cure retreads and are the sole providers of Goodyear's Uni-Circle retreads.