Ever since Kane Group adopted Continental’s tyre pressure monitoring system, ContiPressureCheck, across its fleet of tipper trucks, the Hertfordshire-based contractor and aggregate supplier says it has never looked back.
“In the harsh, tough environments that our trucks are working in every day, it’s inevitable that the tyres are going to take a kicking,” explains Transport Manager, Jordan Kane. “To meet the needs of our customers, we frequently drive off-road on tracks littered with sharp rocks with a heavy payload. This puts a huge strain on the performance of the tyre that, without careful management, can rapidly develop an issue. In the worst-case scenario, that could leave a vehicle stranded, a customer disappointed and require us to fit a costly replacement.”
Prior to fitting Continental’s ContiPressureCheck, Kane Group says it struggled to maximise the working life of its tyres. Damage was common and tyres were being removed from service prematurely. “Tyres, or more specifically dealing with tyre failures, is an expensive cost to the business and it’s an outgoing that traditionally has been hard to control,” Mr Kane admits. “In this line of work, it’s very easy to run an under-pressure tyre, but ContiPressureCheck has undoubtedly helped to remedy this issue.”
The ContiPressureCheck digital tyre monitoring system offers drivers precise, real-time status information about the condition of a vehicle’s tyres. Through the continuous monitoring of internal air pressure and temperature via sensors, the system will warn the driver of changes before the situation becomes critical. Adaptable for the needs and requirements of most commercial fleets, the system can be effectively utilised both on-and-off road and can be efficiently scaled dependant on demand.
“When we discovered ContiPressureCheck, we were really impressed with both its capability and potential to deliver a real benefit to our business,” says Mr Kane. “It was clear to see that once we began implementing it on our trucks, we were able to reduce the number of tyre failures. We do still get punctures now and again, but when this happens, they are typically repairable, where previously the tyre was more likely to be written off altogether. Put simply, ContiPressureCheck has saved us a lot of time, a lot of grief and a lot of money. It’s certainly paid for itself very quickly in savings and it’s meant that we can offer an even more reliable service to our customers, which is fantastic.”
Following an initial trial, Kane Group’s relationship with Continental has grown, with the company now utilising ContiPressureCheck on more than 30 vehicles. “The service we receive from Continental is second to none,” Jordan recounts. “I’d love to say that they go above and beyond to help us out, but they don’t need to, as they’ve always got everything under control.”
The company was introduced to the system by Ian Jackson, digital solutions and technical systems manager at Continental Tyres.
“We’re always on hand to support our clients throughout the ContiPressureCheck ownership experience,” explains Jackson. “I was pleased to guide the team through the product and help them find a solution to fit their needs. Kane Group has a truly knowledgeable in-house service and maintenance division, so they were able to fit the product to the fleet themselves. We’re delighted that the system has helped them to not only increase the longevity of their tyres but also allowed them to reap the benefits on aspects such as safety too.”