Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced Tuesday at ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council Fall Meeting in Cleveland that it will soon offer customized leasing options for GoodyearCheckPoint, a drive-over-reader device that automatically inspects tire pressure and tread depth and sends actionable insights to fleet managers.
Goodyear says these leasing options will make Goodyear CheckPoint more accessible to Goodyear national account fleets of all sizes throughout the U.S. and Canada.
“Goodyear CheckPoint is designed to help fleets to better maintain their tires by keeping pressure at optimal levels, which can extend both casing life and tread wear,” says Johnny McIntosh, director, Goodyear Integrated Tire Solutions. “This can add up to significant cost savings, as improper air pressure causes about 85 percent of tire failures, which often result in unanticipated and costly roadside breakdowns.”
With CheckPoint installed at a fleet yard entrance, Goodyear says the in-ground device automatically scans passing trucks and triggers alerts to fleet maintenance teams if there are any immediate tire concerns that require attention, such as low pressure or tread wear. Goodyear says it will offer three CheckPoint options for in-ground, above-ground and light-vehicle uses. This solution will enable large numbers of vehicles to be inspected efficiently and offers a frequently updated snapshot of a fleet’s overall tire program health.
Additionally, Goodyear says CheckPoint has shown to help fleets save on labor. In one study comparing the time it takes to conduct tire inspections with the drive-over-reader device versus manual inspections, Goodyear CheckPoint delivered a 90 percent reduction in time taken to inspect fleet tire depth and pressure.This year alone, Goodyear CheckPoint devices in North America have automatically inspected more than 1.5 million tires and alerted fleets to 126,000 potential, costly issues so they could proactively seek maintenance, the company says.
Goodyear also plans to use CheckPoint data to develop analytical solutions that can one day provide customers more advanced tire performance information.