Tyres & Wheels Feature: Rubber hits the road
Independent tyre consulting service Tyrexperts shares valuable insights on how to make the most of your tyres
Other than replacing them when they’re worn out, tyres can sometimes be largely forgotten about in the day-to-day operations of a busy transport fleet. And that’s understandable – but as many of you will know, it’s not until something goes wrong that their importance comes to the fore.
Unique in the Australian transport industry, Adelaide-based Tyrexperts provides a range of independent tyre-related consulting services to a diverse client base in Australia and overseas.
With most tyre suppliers either owned and operated by, or closely aligned with, a major tyre brand it can be difficult to know that the tyre advice you’re getting is the best advice available.
Tyrexperts use its extensive experience in tyre development, manufacturing, quality, operation, technical service, training and failure analysis to help operators get the best out of their tyres – and their tyre supply and service arrangements.
“The service we offer depends very much on the needs of the client,” says Tyrexperts principal David Southwell. “You may be having issues with a particular brand or model of tyre, irregular wear on certain vehicles or routes, the guys in the workshop might like to learn a bit more about tyres and their maintenance, or you may have a failure issue that you’d like assessed independently.”
Tyres can be a big chunk of vehicle costs; in most fleets it’s their third or fourth largest variable cost. A small investment in independent advice can give operators peace of mind about their choice of tyre product, servicing and maintenance arrangements.
“Most tyre suppliers do a pretty reasonable job,” says Southwell, a trade-qualified technician and tertiary qualified engineer with more than 30 years of industry experience, “but bear in mind that there’s a very wide range of products on the market – so if you deal mainly with one, brand-aligned supplier, how can you be sure you’re getting the best product for your application? When was the last time your tyre supplier told you that a product other than the brand they sell would be best for your fleet? It doesn’t happen.”
Transport industry service technicians are clever people – with enough experience they can tell when a turbocharger failed from oil starvation, work out that an injector pump has had a dose of dirty fuel, and troubleshoot complex electrical circuitry. But tyres can be something of a black art – and unless you know how something’s made and what holds it together, it can be tricky to understand why it fell apart.
Tyre failures are rare, but they do happen.
And sometimes the consequences can be ugly. Tyrexperts use specialised inspection and analysis techniques, combined with an understanding of truck tyre design and durability issues globally, and the very latest in relevant industry research, to ensure the root cause of tyre failures is identified – whether it’s related to the tyre’s operation, maintenance, design or manufacture. Objectivity requires true independence.
For further information visit www.tyrexperts.com. au, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A small investment in independent advice can give operators peace of mind about their choice of tyre product, servicing and maintenance arrangements.
Tyrexperts use specialised inspection and analysis techniques to ensure the root cause of tyre failures is identified