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Frequently-Asked Questions

1.       Why would I want to use Tire Safety Cloud™?

2.       What types of tires can TSC work for?

3.       What kinds of vehicles can TSC be used on?

4.      What process does TSC use to compute pressures?

5.       What process does TSC use to compute wheel widths?

6.      What system support is required for TSC?

7.       What kinds of printers can be used to print the labels?

8.      Why should I store the input data for each job?

 

1.       Why would I want to use TSC?

TSC saves you time and worry by providing a simple method to give you the correct inflation pressure for practically any custom tire fitting on most types of vehicles.  TSC computes the proper inflation pressures, the necessary wheel widths, and the estimated speedometer change for the new tires.  TSC summarizes this information in a simple report than can be copied and given to the customer. TSC prints the inflation pressures on a label that can be mounted on the vehicle adjacent to the placard, so there is a permanent record.  TSC prints a Weight Information label as required by NHTSA for new vehicles.  In short, TSC provides safe recommendations, prepares all labels required by law, and protects you from liability associated with not giving the customer all the information at the time of the sale.  TSC also automatically handles different size tires on the front and rear of a vehicle, vehicles with dual rear tire sets, and either front or rear wheel drive setups.

TSC also includes the Safety Check and Safety Shield applications.  Safety Check provides instant notification, based on the DOT code on the tire, of the tire's age and whether any recalls apply to it.  Safety Shield allows you to provide your customer with a subscription that notifies them in the event of a recall in the future.

 

2.       What types of tires can TSC work for?

TSC will provide pressure recommendations for all radial passenger, light truck, and medium-duty truck tires.  TSC is not for motorcycle tires, trailer tires, or other bias tires.

 

3.       What kinds of vehicles can TSC be used on?

TSC can provide proper inflation pressures for custom tire and wheel fittings on vehicles having two axles, and at least two tires per axle. TSC easily handles passenger cars (even high-speed applications), light trucks (even those having dual rear wheel setups), and certain motorhomes and RVs.  TSC cannot handle vehicles with tag axles or other multiple rear axle arrangements.

 

4.      What process does TSC use to compute pressures?

TSC uses a tire vertical stiffness method to compute the required minimum pressure to safely support the gross axle weight rating for each axle of the vehicle.  This method has been shown to provide a conservative value for the inflation pressure when compared to tables produced by tire companies based on international standards (i.e., the pressure produced by TSC will always be higher than those shown in a tire company’s tables).  TSC applies all the required safety factors when using passenger tires on light trucks and when fitting dual tire applications.

 

5.       What process does TSC use to compute wheel widths?

TSC computes the required range of wheel widths for a given tire based on tables produced by the Tire & Rim Association, the European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization, and the Japan Automobile Tire Manufacturer’s Association.   TSC gives the minimum and maximum wheel width required to safely use the tire size selected.

 

6.      What system support is required for TSC?

Tire Safety Cloud is an internet application that runs on any device that supports a browser, so it works on smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers regardless of Operating Systems.  Reports and labels are generated as images that can then  be printed and/or e-mailed.  Tire Pressure Computer  (legacy) is a Windows©-based program.  It has been extensively tested on Windows© 8, Windows© 7, Vista, and Windows© XP.  For both systems, Tire Pressure and Vehicle Weight Labels can be printed on certain label printers.  Weight Labels require the use of a scale to weigh tire/wheel assemblies.  Labels contain the last six digits of the vehicle VIN to support network printing and contain a readable QR-type barcode indicating the source.

 

7.       What kinds of printers can be used to print the labels?

Printing vehicle labels requires the use a Brother P-Touch™ label printers. These PT printers are low-cost devices that can print on ¾” wide tape that is essentially waterproof and has an industrial-grade adhesive (Brother type TZS-241).  USB versions typically cost less than $100, and are available at many office supply stores.  LAN and wireless versions are available on the internet (we recommend the PT-2430PC and the PT-P750W models).  Neither the label printer nor the label material is included in the price of TSC.  The printer selected, and the P-Touch™ editor, must be installed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations prior to running TSC in order to successfully print labels.  Be advised that Brother does not provide Windows© XP drivers for the newer-generation P-Touch™ printers, so check driver availability before purchasing the printer for your system.  All drivers and supporting software are supplied by Brother (www.brother-usa.com).

 

8.       Why should I store the input data for each job?

Any time there is a question about what recommendation was given to a user, the stored data can be retrieved to verify that the correct input data was used.  Any of the printed forms can be recreated instantly, thereby making it simple to replace a customer’s vehicle label or provide documentation concerning your pressure recommendations.

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