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Renaissance Man’s Simplicity Translates into Wheel Safety Product Design

Leonardo da Vinci needs no introduction. He was an inventor, engineer, artist, painter, sculptor and the best description is that of a Renaissance man who was endowed with grace and talent. The extraordinary human being was a real genius and best exemplified by this statement “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

All of his work brings forth this marvelous simplicity. Note the contradiction of marvelous and simplicity. An apt comparison is to check out the Squirrel Wheel Safety device manufactured by Vehicle Inspection Systems. It is so simple that at first glance it appears as just a piece of wire. When fixed on the wheel nuts it suddenly dawns the enormity of the invention. It holds the nuts in place, and no amount of force is going to dislodge the wheel nuts. The safety provided via a simple device. Sophistication guaranteed. Leonardo must be having a quiet chuckle, and the aphorism of Winston Churchill will be apt (suitably amended) “Never has the transportation industry owed so much to such a simple device.”

VIS is headquartered in Florida and to produce simple products such as the wheel safety device speaks volumes about their dedication. They are thankful that best practices are part of their DNA since twenty years. The wheel safety equipment is available for 6, 8 and 10 studs. Truckers deliver blessings to the device for the safety factor built into the design. They also need to thank the translation of Leonardo’s vision to VIS.

Benefits of Polishing Truck Wheels

There is no doubt that steel wheels for trucks are three times cheaper than aluminum truck wheels. Despite this enormous price difference over 50% of truckers and transport establishments prefer to spend the additional cost and purchase aluminum wheels.

Key benefits of aluminum wheels

Standard steel wheels weigh around 78 pounds while the same sized wheel in aluminum weighs 47 lbs. The savings of over 30 pounds per wheel translates to over 300 pounds for a 10-wheel rig. This weight saving has a significant effect on fuel economy. Either additional cargo is hauled or less fuel is consumed. For long term haulers, the savings add up and the year’s bottom line revenues encouraging which mean that in the wheel’s lifetime owners can recoup over 50% of the additional cost of the wheel.

Next comes an intangible take away – Pride of ownership. The polish on the aluminum tells a different story than steel wheels. It is the swagger quotient and is reflective of easy truck wheel polishing equipment available at pit stops and fleet maintenance workshops. The automated VIS-Polish system has made polishing aluminum truck wheels so easy that while a trucker is taking a well-intended lunch break the wheels are polished and he can be on his way. Polished wheels look good, and the aesthetics are an important aspect of trucking.

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