Here at CarWash College™, we know that the way to reduce labor, increase efficiency, and maximize throughput is to maintain the equipment. Operators install Tire Shine machines to reduce labor, but often forget that the machine is going to require some labor to keep it up and running at its full potential. By maintaining your Tire Shiner and checking on the settings listed below, not only will you have an even application of the solution, but you will likely reduce the number of customer complaints associated with the Tire Shiner. By checking and maintaining your settings your overall customer service index, throughput and bottom line should improve.
Depending on the volume at your location, the following air pressure adjustments can be made to meet your needs. These adjustments will help you obtain the savings and product quality you seek.
Observe the amount of time that the chemical pumps are active. You should have the timer set according to volume. If you are washing a higher volume of cars you can decrease the amount of time that the pumps are active. At a lower volume location, the pads or brush have the ability to drip dry and require more chemical to become saturated. This can be adjusted at the chemical timer located on the main control panel. Set between 2 and 5 seconds depending on your volume.
The amount of savings at your location will vary due to volume. Washing about 100,000 cars per year, of which 50% are tire packages, and using 70 cents per tire shine application, the total cost per car would be above recommended usage, resulting in $35,000 per year in tire shine applications. After making the adjustments suggested, the cost per application should be closer to 40 cents. The savings would then amount to about $15,000 for the year.
Robert Andre is the President of CarWash College™. Robert can be reached at RAndre@carwashcollege.com. For more information about CarWash College™ certification programs, visit www.carwashcollege.com or call the registrar's office at 1-866-492-7422.