The Onspot system: A look at what the technician can expect

Written by Leonard D'Orlando,

Your company has decided to make the investment in the Onspots.  They realize the benefits and advantages associated with the automatic tire chain system.  What can you as the technician expect.

It all starts with the Configurator.

When ordering Onspot, you enter the truck's specification in the Configurator that you find on the website. The Configurator tells you which vehicle bracket the truck should have, as there are many variants of models and brands of trucks. You also get the rest of the article numbers for a complete installation. What you have to choose is which number chains you would like. You can find that information on the various chain options. In the Nordic countries, six chains are the most common.

The day for installation has finally arrived.  

Installation could not be easier.  The complete system is made up of four major assemblies - the chain wheels, vehicle brackets, cylinder kit and air/electrical kit. In most cases installation of the chain units and mounting brackets is a simple bolt on affair. The air/electric kit is wired to key on power, and an air source from the vehicle is tapped into allowing the Onspot air chambers to function. Detailed instructions supplied with each kit make installation of all components simple.

How long can the installation be expected to take?  

On average most mechanics complete the installation within 5-6 hours. Besides being straightforward to install the Onspot system is also specific to your vehicle.  Our kits are not a universal, one size fits all system.  This means that all the parts in the kit will be used with nothing left over.  In the end once the system is installed and minor adjustments are made you are left with a complete system that fits and operates accordingly.

What about operation and maintenance?

When the system is used and cared for according to our operation and maintenance guidelines (provided with each kit) the technician can expect years of trouble-free operation involving only basic routine maintenance. In some instances, some technicians are also fleet drivers.  If this is the case, then the mechanic will have a better understanding of how the automatic snow chain system works.  They will see first-hand how it allows the driver to gain traction on snow and ice at the flip of the dashboard switch from the safety and convenience of their cab.  We encourage all technicians working on these systems to operate them periodically.

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Video: What mechanics say about Onspot


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Leonard D'Orlando

About Leonard D'Orlando

Leonard has six years with Onspot Automatic Tire Chains in North America. Four years as a field technician on the East Coast and two years as a Regional Sales Manager. During the four years as a field technician Leonard provided install and maintenance training to dealers. Leonard also performed fleet reviews for customers and provided technical service support. An alumnus from the University of Maine, Leonard graduated with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Education. Leonard also attended Texas State Technical College where he earned an associate’s degree in automotive mechanics.


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