Gates Corp. has launched a smartphone application called the Parts Image Capture Gauge Belt Wear App that’s designed to deliver accurate measurement and evaluation of serpentine belt wear. Gates PIC Gauge uses a photograph taken with the phone’s built-in camera, which is then analyzed by software to determine the degree of rib wear detected.
The analysis returns one of three results: within specifications (green), wear detected (yellow) or replace belt (red). Gates says belt wear measurements can be captured from any automotive or heavy-duty K-section serpentine belt.
The app is available for the iPhone and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.