Hunter has released an operation video demonstrating the features of it’s new Revolution tire changer with Walkway. The new video features autonomous bead breaking and demounting that can be performed without an operator present. When paired with wheel balancing, over 25% time savings is possible. Compare the ‘old way’ with the enhanced speed and capacity of the Revolution WalkAway operation. WalkAway increases the automatic and autonomous operation of the Revolution tire changer to save technicians time, effort and mistakes.
The Revolution allows the operator to “walk away” freeing them up to perform balancing procedures or other shop tasks during the longest portion of the tire changing action. WalkAway also reduces operator effort and potential errors. During WalkAway the operator simply loads and unloads the assembly, orients the TPMS, enables WalkAway then offloads the old tire.
Tire changing is an all-day task, not a race for single tires. Assembly after assembly, the partially autonomous Revolution outpaces conventional tire changing equipment and now WalkAway adds even more capacity. Most technicians mount and balance assemblies sequentially. First demounting and mounting all four tires, then balancing all four assemblies. The Revolution featuring WalkAway frees the operator to balance assemblies while the Revolution demounts the next tire – autonomously – saving time, adding capacity, and reducing the time technicians spend on each job.
Self-monitoring WalkAway can be easily set for tires two through four in a set. A status indicator lamp signals when the machine is in operation, stopped or requires operator intervention. The Revolution also features additional autonomous functions such as WalkAway inflation and WalkAway bead massage.
Hunter anticipates WalkAway operation to be fully available in the first quarter of 2018. All current and most past Revolution tire changers can be upgraded to Revolution WalkAway when it is released.