Moving onto the specific problems that parties in the retreading sector are facing, Stapleton began by explaining the three main areas in which retreaders were having difficulties. The first of those concerned tracking the numbers of tyres coming into the retreading facility. Stapleton added, “this is a huge jump from the current analogue and paper process, removing several admin steps where businesses would put in repeat information in several systems at each stage of the retreading process.”
Additionally, retreaders are still facing the complex issue of instant information exchange between the sender and the receiver of casings. Through TyreOps this scenario is solved with information readily available on both sides, which is helpful in scenarios such as requests for casing pick-ups, inspection results and credit assigned to each casing. It goes without saying that this system promotes greater traceability and allows for easier management.
Another key benefit for retreaders according to Stapleton is the ability to trace the root cause of defects. Stapleton explains, “If a new retread is made, sold and then reported as defective, with TyreOps users have full visibility of the tyre journey to identify the original casing and where the problem originated to rectify it, recalling only the potentially damaged tyres. This is especially vital to identify defects easily and avoid recalling healthy tyres.”
Simultaneously, for tyre businesses operating in the sector, TyreOps’s solutions intend to resolve 3 main questions that they currently have to contend with from a retreading point of view. The first main benefit of TyreOps is that once the retreader has logged all tyres received and the credit associated with them, the information is immediately available to the sender, allowing the business to have a real-time view of the inventory sent. Additionally, TyreOps has built what Stapleton refers to as a “Credit Pool feature”, which automatically calculates the credit assigned to the sender of casings and specifies how many tyres they can purchase at discounted rates due to casing returns.
Stapleton rounded off the key advantages for tyre business operating in this environment by highlighting how TyreOps assists in automating processes, saving valuable admin time, resources and costs. He added, “Because of our connectivity to manufacturers’ systems, third party systems and other businesses using TyreOps, our users are able to exchange information in real time, taking full advantage of automation and using their employees’ time more efficiently and cost effectively.”