Puducherry-based garage equipment manufacturer Manatec Electronics is banking on newly launched Jumbo 9000 series of wheel aligner to drive the company forward as it celebrates its silver jubilee of operations. The Jumbo 9000 is designed to provide a cost-effective solution with technology and features to compete with global players. The Jumbo 9000 series comes with RF technology and can align multi-axle vehicles. The sensor arms are specially designed to suit modern low-body vehicles and covers up to 26 inch rim diameter.
S Vijayaragavan, Director of Manatec Electronics, told APF, "To maintain the mileage and life of tyres it is necessary that they rotate evenly and are aligned properly. If there is misalignment of wheels, tyrewear starts at 15,000 km as against the stipulated life of 60,000 km. Since the number of multi-axle vehicles is increasing in the country, Manatec sensed the need of a right product for vehicles that are more than ten metres in length. As a result, we developed and manufactured the Jumbo 9000 series wheel aligner that can measure up to 15 metres."
The Jumbo 9000 is the upgraded version of R Pac Premium Plus H, which can meet wheel alignment needs of up to three-axle trucks. Till date, the company has sold more than 60 R Pac Premium Plus H wheel aligners and plans to replace it with the new one. Vijayaragavan added that Manatec is already working on an upgrade for the Jumbo 9000 that will allow for alignments of steerable rear axles.
The Jumbo 9000 is equipped with a software containing specifications of all vehicles currently available in the market. It records parameters like castor, toe, kingpin camber and parallelism for twin-steered front axles. It has four sensor heads that allow the wheel alignment for a two-axle vehicle to be completed in 30 minutes. And the other advantage is the Radio Frequency technology, which not only eliminates cables but also helps users to operate the machine within a radius of 100 metres through the sensor unit. To eliminate the fatigue of the workers, Manatec has reduced the weight of the sensor unit from the original five kg to three kg.
Vijayaragavan adds, "We have validated the Jumbo 9000 with a private bus operator in Karaikal (near Puducherry) and a few State Transport Undertakings in southern States have been roped in for trial runs too. Currently, the wheel aligner is in operation with a large fleet operator in Namakkal." The company aims to triple its sales revenue from the current Rs 65 crore to Rs 200 crore by 2015, and plans to achieve this by increasing exports. At present, domestic business accounts for around 70 per cent of the company's sales and the new plan is to increase exports' contribution
up to 60 per cent by 2015.