CENTRAMATIC, established in 1985, began by supplying the heavy-duty trucking industry in the United States and Canada with a unique “On-Board” balancing system for steer, drive and trailer axles. In the late 1980’s, CENTRAMATIC acquired Perma-Balance, a company that manufactured balancers for light-duty vehicles and automobiles. Their products were well known having been distributed by companies such as Montgomery Wards and Sears. This acquisition gave CENTRAMATIC a complete line of products from cars to pick-ups and as large as 18 wheelers. Over the years, business has grown to over 2500 dealers nationwide and some very prominent distributors as well. Paccar Parts (Kenworth and Peterbilt), Freightliner, Speedco’s, TruckPro’s, Petro’s, Travel Centers of America, Goodyear Wingfoot, TDS, GCR Tire Centers and Love’s Truck Tire Care are just some of the names you know and trust. Centramatic has also expanded its presence with International Distributors in Europe, Israel, Australia and Brazil.
With this growth and many years of experience, quality and reliability are of utmost importance, which is why we back our balancers with a Five-Year Unlimited Mile Warranty. Over 1,000,000 balancers have been produced and many are still in service with over one million miles of operation. On display at Corporate Headquarters is a balancer with 1,439,716 confirmed miles and there have been reports of balancers with even more miles on them that are still in working condition. Maximizing tire life is a primary goal for CENTRAMATIC, which is why we proudly display a 24.5” steer tire with 221,325 miles and 4 drive tires with 436,235 miles on the original tread. We have testimonials abound!
CENTRAMATIC holds over 10 design and utility patents on this unique balancing concept and has other worldwide patents pending. Most heavy application balancers are made of 20 gauge galvanized steel with an aluminum balancing tube. One of our new processes actually forms a balancer from a single piece of aluminum. Anti-magnetic weights are suspended in synthetic oil and are automatically redistributed as the wheel rotates. Centrifugal force places the weights in exactly the correct position, down to 1/10th of an ounce. This produces a continual dynamic balance. It also compensates for out of balance conditions created by tire distortion, forced radial variation and other factors that greatly increase with 70-75 mph speed limits. Centramatic balancers have proven to increase tread life up to 50%, reduce tire cupping, minimize damaging vibration and improve tire tracking. It is not necessary to pre-balance wheels with Centramatics, but it is recommended in some severe cases. CENTRAMATIC balancers fit 16”, 16.5”, 19.5”, 22.5” & 24.5” wheel applications and contain no components that negatively impact the environment.
Building on success with the heavy-duty market, CENTRAMATIC introduced balancers for recreational vehicle applications in the early 90’s and are now available through the nation’s largest recreational vehicle retail chains as well as numerous catalog publications. In early 1997, CENTRAMATIC successfully developed balancers for the American General Corporation’s “HUMMER”, which further lead to development of balancers for M-35 and M-5 military tactical vehicles. After testing and evaluating our balancers in 1998, American General wrote a recommendation for the use of CENTRAMATICS on all military tactical vehicles.
In 2001, new developments included balancers for Prevost and MCI coaches, new designs for 19.5” wheels and balancers specifically designed for the Detroit “Life-Cycle” school buses manufactured by Thomas Built. New designs and developments are a large part of CENTRAMATIC’S efforts to improve our products and remain on the leading edge of this technology. The year 2001 also brought about developments and the manufacture of balancers for large (over 5 feet in diameter) centrifuges and similar types of equipment.
In 2004, Centramatic began development of APU’s, air conditioning and heating systems specifically for use in the trucking industry. Use of such systems for cab comfort and convenience comply with anti-idling laws and use roughly 75% less fuel as compared to idling the trucks primary engine. Increasing air quality legislation and local enforcement, coupled with soaring fuel costs have greatly increased APU demand.
Development of Balancers for European Trucks and Buses began in 2005. Balancers designed to mount outboard and incorporating lug nut cover/dirt guards required in some countries were introduced in 2007 increasing market potential. A 2 in 1 product satisfies a need in areas where the use of lead weights are becoming banned.
The year 2009 saw Centramatic begin the development of motorcycle balancers for the Honda GL1800, Harley Davidson’s and now available for Victory 2007-2013 motorcycles.
Whatever the future holds, depend on CENTRAMATIC to lead the way.
5345 South I-35W • Alvarado, Texas 76009
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