QMT News: May 2007
Pit stop quality at MACH2008
How long does it take you to change a tire? 10 minutes, 15?

The MTA, organisers of MACH 2008 exhibition challenged the industry’s journalists and MTA industry members to a tire changing contest recently. A Formula 1 racing car was to have all four wheels changed ie. wheels taken  off and then replaced, correctly tightened and ready to go.The competing teams were timed. Two people worked on each wheel with torqued tools. After a couple a minutes practice by the teams - all amateur tire changers and most not familiar with pit stop pressures - we gave it our best shot.

Journalists came out with 5.6 seconds! That’s right, all four wheels on and off in 5.6 seconds! It was a revealing  demonstration of the power of teamwork, technique and proper preparation - all elements in quality manufacturing for the shopfloor

Unfortunately, the MTA beat us at 5.2 seconds!
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