The ‘TreadReader™’ from Atlas Automotive Equipment, is an ingenious handheld scan tool which provides an instant 3D image of the tire, providing vital data such as tread depth and adverse wear. Advisory information like mis-alignment or uneven wear due to under or overinflation is also displayed, presenting a ‘no-question’ presentation to the vehicle owner on the condition of their tires, and the recommended resolution whether it is immediate or in the future.
The unit itself is lightweight, robust and requires just a few seconds to run over all 4 tires for instant upload to a tablet via the TreadReader™ App, which can then be converted into a hard printout or emailable document.
It goes without saying that the TreadReader™ is a must-have for anybody looking to increase tire sales, but the other automatic uplift resulting from using this product is the ability to sell wheel alignment. The clarity of the report will demonstrate where mis-alignment is an issue, and given this information a customer is understandably convinced to prevent any further premature tire wear by having the alignment carried out. Setting the aligner up and putting clamps on the wheels looks contrived, not to mention the time element involved. The obvious visual impact of the 3D rendering, highlighted by a red ‘warning’ and advisory comment, all achieved as a consequence of checking the tread depth, is the fastest, most compelling way to ensure a customer understands they are in need of wheel alignment.
Although the system is clearly an asset for anybody carrying out alignment regardless of what aligner they have, Atlas actually offer a range of both CCD and 3D aligners, making the perfect package for anybody looking to upgrade or get into the alignment business.
On the flagship Atlas Platinum 3D system, the TreadReader™ can even be integrated into the table of the aligner, making the whole process even more convenient.