Patch Rubber Co., Rema Tip Top/North America Inc. and Tap Rap International have introduced several new products for the tire repair industry.
Patch Rubber in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., has unveiled a tire tracking system for managing tire costs and repairs, and has introduced an interactive repair patch selector program.
Developed in collaboration with Tracking Systems L.L.C. and Nexiq Technologies, the Tire-Track System provides detailed information on every tire in a fleet to help managers better predict tire maintenance, justify tire purchasing costs, avoid tire failures and deter theft, Patch said.
The system includes barcode/RFID labels designed for tires, software and hand-held scanners. Also provided is installation, training and on-going technical support to track individual tire performance and maximize service life.
Patch, which is owned by Myers Industries Inc., said the system relies on an embedded barcode patch. A tire's serial number is scanned to record the tire's maintenance information, such as repair, tread reduction, wear rate and mileage etc., or to retrieve its history, which is displayed on the handheld scanner. Scanned data also can be downloaded to a computer equipped with the Tire-Track System software for further analysis or to create reports.
Patch Rubber's new patch selector program helps users find the right size repair unit for every type of tire, the company said.
The interactive tool, which can be run from the company's Web site, www.patchrubber.com., or downloaded for off-line reference, also features product information on more than 300 tire and rubber repair products.
The program takes input from the user about the size and location of the injury to the tire, tire type and suggests which Patch Rubber tire repair unit should be used to repair the tire, the company said.
Contact: Patch Rubber, (252) 536-2574.
Rema Tip Top
Rema Tip Top of Northvale, N.J., is offering a new piece of equipment for handling section repairs on truck and off-the-road tires.
First introduced at the Specialty Equipment Market Association/International Tire Expo last November, the Vulcstar section repair equipment allows users to repair any part of the tire, although its specialty is the tread area, a Rema spokesman said.
The system is universal in that it can be used for all repair positions, all tread patterns and tire profiles, the company said. It allows for easy application and requires no separate mold parts.
Contact: Rema Tip Top, (800) 225-7362.
Tap Rap of Quebec City, Quebec, has introduced a universal style repair for use on the crown, shoulder or sidewall area of radial off-the-road tires. These repairs eliminate the bulge commonly found in conventional OTR radial tire repair units, the company said.
Tap Rap also has introduced a line of conventional uncured radial repair units for OTR tires.
Contact: Tap Rap/Ardon, (418) 687-5133.