Tyrata and the Durham City Transit Company (GoDurham) have completed an extensive study to measure the cost savings and benefits of using automated tire tread monitoring to manage tire maintenance for GoDurham’s 60-bus public transit fleet.
Results demonstrated a 12% efficiency improvement using automated monitoring, directly translating into fewer tires needing to be purchased.
In the study, Tyrata’s IntelliTread Drive-Over System (DOS) was able to eliminate manual tire measurements entirely while also safely extending the life of the tires. Tire tread usage was increased from 9.9 mm to 11.2 mm, even with all tires being maintained well above The US Department of Transportation’s prescribed tire tread safety limits.
Along with this efficiency improvement, GoDurham reduced tire requirements by 100 tires per year and eliminated the cost of manual inspection, resulting in estimated annual net savings of $60,000 for their 60-bus fleet with DOS. .
Tyrata’s Drive-Over System (DOS), which resembles a speed bump, collects the tire tread depth every time a vehicle passes over it. By employing the DOS, GoDurham was able to extend the life of the fleet’s tires by an average of 1.3mm of tread wear, while maintaining stringent tread depth limits to ensure passenger safety.
“Tyrata’s Drive-Over System has fundamentally transformed the way that we approach management of our tires,” says Bob Losiniecki, Maintenance Director of Durham City Transit Company (GoDurham). “DOS has helped us significantly reduce tire expenses, while maintaining absolute confidence in the safety of our tires.”
“We were pleased to make such an impact on what was already a well-managed fleet,” said Dave Koester, Tyrata VP of Engineering. “The savings from our IntelliTread system at GoDurham is extremely encouraging. We expect similar results from deployments at other customer sites.”
Tyrata is expanding production and is ready to install the IntelliTread Drive-Over System for fleet operations to help companies gain better control of tire maintenance, save money and improve sustainability.