FORT MILL, S.C.—Continental A.G. celebrated measuring 1 million tires in the U.S. and Canada with its Bluetooth-enabled digital inspection tool, ContiTrack2.
The tool and software, which debuted in 2012, identifies and tracks the tread wear and tire pressure of commercial tires in real time, according to a Continental release. It is part of Continental's suite of solutions for a fleet's lowest overall driving cost.
ContiTrack2 measures tread depth, air pressure, mismatched dual tires and irregular wear, digitally tracking, photographing and analyzing data in password-protected cloud-based software. That data is formatted into reports using a connected device.
Reports also include a summary of potential dollars lost through under-inflation or premature tire removal, as well as mismatched duals, Continental said. Solution mapping is provided, and forecast projections help a fleet plan for upcoming needs. Scrap tire analysis can be performed to give a report on why tires were removed from service.
Using the data, fleets have been able to extend the life of their tires, reduce fuel consumption and decrease likelihood of breakdowns, according to Paul Williams, Continental's executive vice president of commercial vehicle tires in the Americas.
In addition to ContiTrack2, Continental also offers other digital tire monitoring systems, including: ContiPressureCheck TPMS, which monitors a single vehicle's tire pressure and temperature issues in real time, and ContConnect, which monitors an entire fleet when vehicles are in the terminal.