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Vipal Rubber, a leader in Latin America and one of the world’s top tyre retread manufacturers, is again leading the way in technology and innovation. The company recently launched Vipal Fleets, a new platform that enables quick and accurate tyre diagnostics. In fleets, the tool also assists in inventory control, in addition to tyre measurement and management, informing the user about the need to remove the tyres for shipment to the retreader, thus, contributing to the fleets’ reduction in cost per kilometre (CPK), among other benefits.
“Vipal Fleets is yet another tool that integrates Vipal’s service package and its Authorised Customer Network, which offers a great opportunity to generate efficient computer control in tyre performance and inventory control, in addition to quick, accurate and complete diagnostics. We consider it an indispensable tool for transportation’s current reality,” says Leandro Rigon, Director of International Business at Vipal Rubber.
The platform could be accessed from computers, tablets and smartphones, allowing the retreaders’ technical teams to perform fast and accurate diagnostics, thereby reducing fleet response time. In cases there is a Wi-Fi network outage or data limitation, Vipal Fleets also works as an application, allowing one to perform the necessary transactions, including rotations, measurements and data collection, which later, when connected to the Internet, are updated automatically in the cloud. The innovation is also designed to serve fleets that use RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) chips to identify their tyres. In this case, the process would be even faster and more accurate, allowing high inventory control.
Among the information available in the Vipal Fleets management system are: support for tyre inventory, cost control, yield control, delivery and evidence recording in cases of casing disposal with the retreader as well as photo registration of a tyre’s end of useful life, ensuring a follow-up from its first use until it becomes unusable.
With the Quick Diagnostic module, technicians have at their disposal a measuring tool capable of performing a complete tyre analysis without the need for a prior system registration. The agile diagnosis makes it possible to avoid and predict the premature loss of tyres, reinforcing the importance of CPK. The real-time analysis provides a comprehensive, multi-indicator report that enables decisions to be made based on one or more tyre conditions.
Vipal supplies to about 90 countries, with its main markets in Europe, Latin America and the United States. To meet the specific needs of each location, which range from technical requirements to cultural, geographic and legal differences, the company invests in the development of specific products to improve performance in different regions. Moreover, it has authorised retreaders, permanent regional teams and its own distribution centres at strategic locations on four continents to provide support to international customers.
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