Southern Cranes takes tyre protection to new heights

By Categories: Commercial NewsPublished On: Friday 19 January 2024

Southern Cranes & Access has significantly reduced its tyre-related downtime and improved the health and safety of its operations after fitting Wheely-Safe technology across its fleet of mobile cranes.

The West Sussex-based business has Wheely-Safe’s intelligent tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) working on 40 of its vehicles – constantly checking the health of the heavy-duty fitments they run on.

Kelvin Prince, director at Southern Cranes & Access, said: “Our tyres are carrying some seriously heavy weights, on up to six-axle machines. Each tyre is worth in the region of £1,200 so it’s vital we look after them as well as we can.

“The Wheely-Safe system is the perfect solution for us. We’ve seen a big reduction in tyre failures across the fleet since we installed the technology and, most importantly of all, it improves the safety of our operation. If we get a blow out on one of these cranes it can do some serious damage – therefore it’s absolutely vital to have everything in place to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Southern Cranes & Access has specified Wheely-Safe’s external TPMS sensors, which replace the valve cap and auto-pair with an in-cab solar receiver. Ideal for larger vehicles, the heavy vehicle TPMS sensors are suitable for inflation pressures of up to 188 psi.

The company’s crane operators are also utilising Wheely-Safe’s handy Pressure and Brake Temperature Checkers, as well as WalkAround Checkers for their daily inspections.

“The system works very well and is really easy to use,” added Prince. “There’s no loss of air when the guys are checking the pressures in the morning, a simple tap on the sensor tells them the tyres are running at the pressures they should be. It makes life a lot easier before they head out onto the road.”

Southern Cranes & Access is a family-run business which started trading in July 1997. The business has one of the largest, most versatile fleets of access machines and cranes in the south-east.