MADISON, Ind. — Vehicle Service Group (VSG)'s Rotary business is adding a drive-over tread-scanning device, the TreadScan 2700, to its growing portfolio of auto service equipment.
The new product produces a laser-generated scan of the customer's tire tread profiles instantly, providing the shop's technicians with a visual image to show customers the condition of their tires and to recommend tire replacement and/or alignment if warranted.
"Many people are driving around on tires that need to be replaced without realizing it," according to Jeff Vervoort, national sales manager of wheel service equipment for VSG.
"Uneven tire tread can indicate the need for new tires, a wheel alignment or suspension analysis. Our new TreadScan 2700 helps shops keep their customers safe by checking the condition of their tires in just a few seconds, and quickly pays for itself through increased sales of tires, alignment and suspension work."
As vehicles drive over the reader, a built-in laser measures the tread on each tire and a camera photographs them. The data and photos are transmitted to the computer and a tread report is generated, which can be printed to review with the customer as well as stored for future reference.
The document includes a detailed analysis of the tire tread, including measurements, dimensions and diagrams. Technicians or service advisers then can analyze the data and make recommendations to the customer.
Rotary is offering two versions of the new device.
The base model includes a robust drive-over tread scanner and a mobile cabinet with computer and printer. The scanner is constructed of tough galvanized steel for durability and reduced maintenance. It has adjustable ramps to accommodate any car or light truck weighing up to 16,000 pounds and can be installed in any bay, either mounted to the floor or recessed per shop preference.
TreadScan 2700 also can be integrated with Rotary alignment equipment, VSG said. In this configuration, the tread scanner is installed in front of the alignment rack so that every car drives over it on the way to the rack. The software can be installed in the computer used for alignments, cost-effectively eliminating the need for another computer, printer and cabinet.
Known in the past predominantly for its vehicle lifts, Rotary branched into wheel service equipment, including tire changers, wheel balancers and alignment equipment, in 2017. This product-range extension coincided with VSG's acquisition of Ravaglioli S.p.A. Group, an Italy-based automotive service equipment and vehicle lift manufacturer, in 2016.
Bologna, Italy-based Ravaglioli manufactures auto service equipment, including automotive lifts, tire and wheel service equipment and diagnostic equipment for cars, trucks, commercial vehicles and motorbikes.
To learn more about the TreadScan 2700, contact your local Rotary distributor, visit rotarylift.com for product information, including photos and a demo video, or call 800- 640-5438.