New in 2023: The Ultimate Guide to Tire Tread Scanning Methods

Frédéric Baroin

Frédéric Baroin

Global Head of Automotive Business at Anyline

May 05, 2023

Each year, new technology becomes available to transform how we manage our companies. The tire tread scanning industry is no different, with a wide range of new solutions available to minimize risk and improve function.

The days of manually checking tire treads are gone, replaced with automated options. Tire tread scanning technology is one of the most important investments for many fleets, repair organizations, and others. However, knowing which one to choose for your needs requires careful consideration.

Big Tire Tread Scanning Machines

A secondary option that may work in some scenarios is the use of big machines. Here, the tires are stacked up to be scanned. There are a few benefits to this method.

For example, it is certainly time-saving. It provides you with lots to gain and control over the status of tires in the tire hotel. It allows for easy measurement of the entire wheel stack at one time. This takes just about 20 seconds and is very accurate. Additionally, this method allows you to sell tires and manage wheel alignment more efficiently because the system provides a clear image to show wear.

This option has a few drawbacks as well. For example, it is very expensive (and sometimes even more expensive than other options). It also requires a significant amount of space, which is very limiting for many locations. It is also a single-use system, again limiting the overall functionality of your location.

Handheld Tire Tread Scanners

A handheld tire tread scanner is quite different in that these are placed on devices. There are various options out there, including those that are tire tread gauges and others that are digital tire tread scanners.

This option provides a few key advantages.

The first advantage is that it is extremely fast and accurate, providing precise information that is frequently difficult to obtain from any manual application. It is also super mobile since the device is no bigger than a smartphone. That means it can be taken anywhere and used in any situation. Additionally, they provide automatic diagnosis and maintenance suggestions to you, which means owners are able to take action right away.

There are a few disadvantages to this option.

One is that they are single-use and can only be used for a single purpose. They can also be expensive, which means they can be hard to afford in many locations.