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'Wheel Service' Relies on Imaging Technology

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John Lewis, Cognex Corp.

Image-based bar-code reader helps NASCAR race teams feel more secure on their wheels. NASCAR teams go through a lot of wheels. A single team typically owns about 260 wheels, consisting of both single- and double-stem versions of the 15-in. steel wheels NASCAR requires, according to Champion Tire and Wheel of Charlotte, N.C. Keeping track of them – storing them, transporting them and making sure the right ones get to the right races – is so involved that the teams contract “wheel service” work out to companies such as Champion. “Carrying wheels is a...Read full article

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