Hunter Engineering Co. has added a new StraightTrak LFM (lateral force measurement) feature to its popular GSP9700 tire vibration control system. The system now detects the lateral forces in tires that cause pulls and drifts and calculates a tire arrangement plan to correct the problem.
Tire-related pulls caused by lateral forces in the tires are primarily the result of conicity, the company said. Until now, such problems were both elusive and unmeasureable. While technicians could verify the existence of tire-related pull problems with road tests, finding the best placement of the tires on the vehicle to correct the pull was a guessing game.
Contact: Hunter Engineering Co. (314) 731-3020 ext. 375.
Kaeser Compressors Inc. has introduced its new High Temperature Refrigerated Dryer (HTRD) series designed to function as a complete air treatment system.
The HTRD accepts high inlet temperatures of up to 180 degrees Fahrenheit directly from the compressor, eliminating the need for a separate aftercooler or separator.
The HTRD series cools, dries, filters and separates, and is easy to install and operate, the company said.
It includes a precooler/reheater, chiller, two-stage separater/filter and automatic drain.
The unit is designed for environments where contaminants are high and can be used with 5- to 20-horsepower compressors.
Contact: Kaeser Compressors Inc. Phone (800) 777-7873. Internet: www.kaeser.com.
Branick Industries Inc. has introduced a Nitrogen Tire Inflation System designed to affordably inflate passenger and commercial truck tires with the inert gas as a replacement for air.
Long-term benefits of nitrogen inflation, the company said, include better inflation maintenance, lower fuel consumption, cooler running temperatures and the elimination of oxidation, condensation and rim rust.
For commercial applications, nitrogen filling also improves tire reliability and retreadability, the company said.
Contact: Branick Industries Inc. Phone: (800) 998-9897.
BL Systems, CEMB USA has introduced the new CEMB SM 915 TI Maxi Jumbo Swing Arm Tire Changer featuring what the company described as a ``breakthrough design'' making it easier to change large-diameter, low-profile tire and wheel assemblies.
The company said its CEMB SM915 TI Maxi Jumbo features a three-section articulated arm that follows the turntable rotation, keeping the bead constantly pressed below the drop center of the wheel. The bead pressure pad features a rubber compound developed to track at the proper position between the tire and the rim. Inside clamping ranges from 14 to 26 inches, while the outside clamping goes from 12 to 24 inches.
Contact: BL Systems, CEMB USA. Phone: (877) 259-4335.
Snap-on Tools Co. is offering the EEBR308A Combination Rotor and Drum Brake Lathe for reconditioning brake drums, disc brake rotors and flywheels.
Described as easy to use, the company said the unit can service drums and rotors for nearly all makes of automobiles and light trucks. It operates at one spindle speed and feed rate and accommodates drums or rotors of up to 100 pounds using a 1-inch arbor.
The EEBR308A Combination Rotor and Drum Brake Lathe can alternate between servicing rotors and drums without lengthy changeover procedures, the company said.
Contact: Snap-on Tools Co. Phone (877) 762-7662. Internet: www.snapon.com.