Smartphone app for belt wear diagnostics from Gates

Smartphone app for belt wear diagnostics from Gates

Gates PIC (Parts Image Capture) Gauge is an easy-to-use smartphone App that accurately and reliably evaluates belt wear. It is the first digital tool designed to be used by professional technicians to more accurately diagnose multi-ribbed belt wear.

As EPDM belts age, they gradually lose rubber material. This material loss results in weakened belt performance. If a multi-ribbed belt fails, it could damage other accessory belt drive components. Gates PIC Gauge App allows technicians to quickly determine whether to keep or replace the belt to avoid these costly breakdowns.

PIC Gauge uses patent-pending digital imaging technology and industry-standard specifications to determine the amount of material loss of the belt. The results are immediate and can be stored and retrieved for future reference. A photograph taken with the smartphone’s built-in camera is all that’s needed to determine the degree of rib wear. This material loss is analyzed and returns one of three belt recommendations: “within specification”, “wear detected” or “replace belt”.

One in five vehicles on the road needs a new multi-ribbed belt. Accurate detection of belt wear can lead to better replacement recommendations, satisfied customers and increased sales.

The App  is free from the Apple App Store or Google Play store. For more information or to access the ‘how-to’ guide follow the link below.

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