SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Technicians at Discount Tire/America's Tire stores throughout the U.S. have begun using a mobile tread-depth reading system developed by Zebra Technologies Corp. that Zebra claims will help increase the techs' productivity and improve the quality of information gathered.
The Zebra system uses an Android-based TC75x mobile computer, a laser-based tire tread-depth reader accessory and DOT code scanning software from Anyline Inc., a Boston-based tech company focused on mobile data capture.
"We pride ourselves on delivering customers the highest quality tire service and products to help keep them safe on the road," Tom Williams, chief experience officer, Discount Tire, said.
"Our new tire inspection solution is a game-changer for our people and will help further our assurance to our customers that we are taking care of their safety by providing the best possible service and most accurate tire readings."
Prior to this, Zebra Technologies said, technicians manually measured as many as 12 different spots for tread depth and used a pen and paper to record each DOT code. With the mobile handheld solution, Discount Tire technicians can complete an assessment typically in under five seconds per tire.