Dana launches new platform for commercial tire management

Dana Incorporated unveiled its new Rhombus™ TireAnalytics solution, a cloud-based platform that enables commercial-truck owners and fleet maintenance managers to identify best practices for tire maintenance and optimize tire lifecycle management. The technology was showcased at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2017 Annual Meeting.

Available now in the United States and Canada, the Rhombus TireAnalytics system integrates portable communications and computing platforms, advanced data collection and analysis, information sharing, and dashboard technologies through a cloud-based solution. Truck owners can use the system with their existing mobile, tablet, and desktop assets, eliminating the need for any additional hardware purchases.

Leveraging Dana’s close collaboration with trucking customers and a growing leadership in intelligent, data-driven solutions for vehicle owners, the Rhombus TireAnalytics solution provides valuable insights into the condition of tractor and trailer tires that help identify and analyze tire wear trends, predict maintenance issues that can be addressed preemptively to minimize truck downtime, and establish optimal timeframes for scheduled replacement. For larger fleets, it also facilitates the implementation of straightforward, standardized tire inspection and maintenance practices across terminals.

“Customer centricity is fundamental to everything we do at Dana, and it drives our long-standing commitment to innovation and best-in-industry quality and durability. It also provides the foundation for the commercialization of new technology – a key element of our enterprise strategy,” said Mark Wallace, executive vice president of Dana and president of Dana Commercial Driveline Technologies. “Today’s launch of the Rhombus TireAnalytics solution is our next step in developing world-class, data-driven solutions and customer experiences that address the top issues in the industries we serve.”

“Over the lifetime of a truck, tire maintenance is a top spend item and a leading cause of over-the-road truck-down incidents that drive roadside assistance costs and late delivery penalties,” said Tim Farney, vice president of global sales for Dana Commercial Vehicle Driveline Technologies. “The Rhombus TireAnalytics solution is a first-to-market, easy-to-use solution that enables truck owners to thoroughly assess the success of their tire management strategies, establish operational excellence for this critical area of maintenance, and utilize Big Data and 21st-century cloud-based software to predict and optimize tire spend.”

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