Alton, VA (PRWEB) January 09, 2013
The National Tire Research Center (NTRC) has chosen Bigfoot Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS), from Smartware Group, Inc., as its official maintenance management solution for the custom-built Flat-Trac LTRe, an $11.3 million-dollar tire-testing system that will simulate and replicate nearly every driving maneuver performed by a passenger car, light truck, or racing vehicle.
“Nowhere else in the world will Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) be able to find the tire-testing capabilities of our Force and Moment Tire Test machine,” said Frank Della Pia, NTRC executive director. “Our business model is configured such that any downtime is unacceptable. We needed a maintenance management system right from the start to prevent downtime at all costs. We chose Bigfoot CMMS for its flexibility, usefulness, simplicity, and cost.”
According to the October 2012 issue of Tire Technology International, the automotive industry is undergoing massive regulatory change, driving OEMs “to quickly and accurately optimize vehicle and tire designs.”
OEMs rely on virtual vehicle testing models “to design safe, high-performing, fuel-efficient vehicles and bring them to market quickly, which means they need to be able to replicate a wide variety of operating conditions and driving events,” according to the recent article.
In the past, OEMs and tire manufacturers would test tires at 35 mph then extrapolate data to characterize tire performance at higher speeds. In other instances, manufacturers would incur the expense of conducting real-world vehicle maneuver tests. Starting in January 2013, manufacturers will be able to test tires on the LTRe at speeds and driving events never available before, such as braking at high speeds, swerving at 75 mph, running at 200 mph, and more. Data from these tests will inform math models used for more precise simulations, speeding up tire development and innovation.
“Because NTRC is a three-shift, seven day-a-week operation, scheduling manufacturers and testing tires on time is key,” Della Pia said. “We have a large array of equipment that supports the LTRe – hydraulics and cooling systems which use seals and fluids -- as well as the machine itself, so preventive maintenance is critical.”
“Using Bigfoot CMMS enabled us to enter all pieces and parts of the LTRe for scheduling maintenance into a very easy-to-use, well-organized system to keep our operation running safely and in a cost-effective manner,” Della Pia said.
About Smartware Group, Inc.
Smartware Group, Inc., headquartered in Center Harbor, N.H., develops Bigfoot CMMS for a variety of business environments, from data centers to manufacturing plant floors to convention centers and stadiums.
Since 2002, Bigfoot has helped more than 1,500 customers worldwide improve facility and equipment maintenance operations with advanced capabilities that include preventive maintenance (PMs) and predictive maintenance, work order scheduling, maintenance requests, asset life cycle management, parts replacement inventory, and built-in reporting. Bigfoot CMMS’s native functionality paired with its intuitive design allows maintenance professionals to implement the solution and get results quickly, often in a matter of weeks. To learn more about Bigfoot CMMS, visit http://www.bigfootcmms.com.
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