Alfred Hymas Adopts Wheel Alignment System to Cut Costs and Improve Service

Alfred Hymas, one of north Yorkshire's largest and most renowned bulk hauliers, has adopted an advanced wheel alignment system to minimise tyre wear and reduce workshop time.

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Alfred Hymas
Published on
April 25, 2023

Alfred Hymas, one of north Yorkshire's largest and most renowned bulk hauliers, has adopted an advanced wheel alignment system to minimise tyre wear and reduce workshop time.

The company, which was established in the early 1900s and runs a mixed fleet of 76 vehicles, primarily serving the aggregates and agricultural sectors, recognised the importance of monitoring every axle, chassis, and wheel to maintain perfect alignment. Failing to do so would result in tyre wear and other issues, leading to additional expenses, potential hazards, and vehicle downtime.

David Porritt, the workshop manager, said that Hymas's heavy-duty vehicles often transported heavy loads on uneven road surfaces, making regular alignment checks critical. Hymas recently upgraded its alignment system to the Josam Cam-aligner from AES UK, a more precise, faster, and simpler-to-use alternative to its previous system.

David explained that Hymas's technicians frequently encountered issues caused by a lack of regular wheel alignment during maintenance services for external fleets. Early detection and corrective action are critical in preventing safety and cost issues, as well as potential disruption and downtime.

According to Hymas, incorrect wheel alignment increases rolling resistance, fuel consumption, and leads to premature and rapid tyre wear. If left unnoticed, the issue may cause blowouts and disperse high levels of particulate matter into the atmosphere.

Hymas technicians can swiftly and accurately examine wheel angles, such as camber, toe, axle offset, and steering box middle, with the Cam-aligner during each MOT or when fitting new tyres. The chassis centre line serves as a reference point for automatic measurements, and a brief report is generated once the process is completed.

David claimed that the cost savings were apparent from the start, and in the first year, the system was well on its way to paying for itself. He added that the mobility of the lightweight system allowed Hymas to go directly to the vehicle for all necessary checks and corrections, reducing downtime and avoiding the need for customers to send their vehicles to the workshop.

The Alfred Hymas fleet primarily consists of Volvo and Renault vehicles and operates from centres in Great North Road, Sinderby, Thirsk (Head Office), Ripon, Keighley, and Masham. The company transports over 6,500 tonnes per day, servicing both long- and short-term contracts.

AES UK, which was established in 2005, is the exclusive UK distributor of Josam products. It provides commercial vehicle alignment and CV workshop equipment, as well as on-site training, servicing, and equipment calibration to operators throughout the UK.

For more information visit: https://a-e-s-uk.co.uk/josam/wheel-alignment/josam-cam-aligner/

David praised AES's comprehensive training and ongoing support, stating that the company had started with an on-site group training session and that the AES team remained on hand to provide assistance and advice when needed.



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