Grip-Tech prod­uct takes wheel se­cu­rity to the next level


Business Day - Motor News - - COMMERCIAL NEWS - Mo­tor News Re­porter

Grip-Tech has launched its new Auto-Grip GTX Se­ries truck wheel lock­nut in SA. It’s a prod­uct de­signed to call time on the oc­cur­rence of wheel/tyre theft from heavy com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles and trail­ers.

The lat­est GTX Grip Tech Ex­treme in­cor­po­rates fea­tures which make it ef­fec­tive yet user-friendly. De­signed and man­u­fac­tured lo­cally, it rep­re­sents the cul­mi­na­tion of two years of re­search and devel­op­ment. At R259 per lock­nut, it is a cost-ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion to what can be an ex­pen­sive prob­lem.

Up to 10,000 unique “keys” can be cre­ated us­ing a com­puter al­go­rithm, mak­ing the re­moval of the nut vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble with­out the match­ing adapter key. Codes can be al­lo­cated ex­clu­sively to a com­pany or cus­tomer, so only they have the abil­ity to or­der ad­di­tional locks and keys of that type.

A nut which is hard­ened and tem­pered to meet Orig­i­nal Equip­ment Man­u­fac­turer stan­dards is the start­ing point for each GTX. The ma­chined nut is fused un­der pres­sure with a stain­less-steel col­lar in a way that makes them in­sep­a­ra­ble.

Busi­nesses in the trans­port, freight and lo­gis­tics sec­tors are the pri­mary tar­get mar­ket for the GTX.

“When wheels are stolen it is not only about a stranded ve­hi­cle but the di­rect re­place­ment of each wheel/tyre, which can cost up to R20,000,” says Manuel Reis, MD of Grip-Tech.

Grip-Tech says it has tested the GTX against a mul­ti­tude of at­tack meth­ods and has cre­ated an­titheft mea­sures to counter any form of at­tack us­ing chis­els, ham­mers and vice-grips.

For ex­am­ple, says Reis, the side face of the GTX lock­nut is ta­pered, so grip­ping it be­comes ex­tremely dif­fi­cult.

There are a num­ber of closely guarded se­crets but suf­fice to say that over­com­ing one se­cu­rity fea­ture sim­ply re­veals an­other. The more it is bru­talised, the more dif­fi­cult the GTX be­comes to re­move.

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Auto-Grip GTX truck wheel lock­nuts are ro­bust and said to be vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to re­move with­out a match­ing adapter key.

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