A Little Of Our History
We started off in the year 1978, and have expanded greatly since day one.
Who We Are
ESTABLISHED in September 1978, LASALIGN LTD (formerly TRACKER TRUCKS) is believed to be the 1st dedicated mobile wheel alignment company in the world.
Originally founded to cater for the H.G.V trailer axle re-alignment market with the intention to preserve tyres and fuel using unique L.A.S.E.R. assisted measuring equipment. The alternative method being a tape measure or string line from the trailer kingpin to the axle stubs, to measure equal lengths! As can be imagined, errors were plentiful!
Most potential customers were understandably sceptical to this new way of “saving tyres and fuel” and many agreed to conduct their own “before and after test” all of which proved to be a positive result. Safeway Food Stores, BOC Transhield, Ashtran and Ms Whitetrux, the latter famously running the gauntlet to the Middle East, became convinced regular customers, to name a few in the South East of England.
We came to the attention of the Department of Transport in late 1979 and by early 1980, a controlled test had been arranged and carried out at the Road Research Laboratory in Crowthorne on their figure of eight track. This test was conducted by Dr Williams and the government results are set in stone. 1° misalignment equates to a 3% penalty on fuel, with 2° stealing 8% on a tandem axle configuration. Back then tyres and fuel were more affordable but the percentages remain the same to this day and the savings can be vast!
A double page editorial featured in the Commercial Motor magazine soon after, resulted in enquiries and requests for the service from all over England, Scotland and Wales. It was decided in 1981 that a move to the Midlands would be geographically common sense to manage the demand and our H.Q. and static Workshop are still based very near to J18/ M1. Elusive passing vehicles make good use of this facility that would otherwise be difficult for our mobile engineers to pin down.
It was assumed that most H.G.V. maintenance centres had some means of checking steering axles with a Dunlop periscope or Trammel bar. Judging by the numerous requests we received to provide this service alongside our already established market we decided to add this facility in the mid-Eighties using recognised L.A.S.E.R. assisted equipment. We are constantly negotiating with vehicle manufacturers to allow us to tailor their vehicles for our mutual customer’s requirements, staying within their tolerances of course but perhaps at the other end of it. Each vehicle type or configuration may enjoy a different setting depending on its use to achieve optimum tyre and fuel results. We pride ourselves as being recognised as extremely competent in this area, by all concerned.
Another niche market that we have discovered is the removal/ replacement of self-steering axle kingpins. This has required us to invest heavily in equipment capable of carrying out the task (not for the faint hearted). We are proud to be recognised agents for B.P.W. Axles and the process can be offered to customers with a 24 hour turnaround in most cases.
Whilst we continue to check and adjust the wheels on vehicles ranging from 500 tonne cranes, military tank transporting vehicles and everything else in between, right down to transit sized vans. We are constantly on the lookout for potential problems, that with our vast experience, we are considered by The Industry capable of addressing, to save on fuel and tyres.