Source: Bendix announcement excerpt
ELYRIA, Ohio – Antilock brakes (ABS), full-stability systems, today’s collision mitigation technologies, and even tomorrow’s advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are all engineered to enhance vehicle and roadway safety – but they perform at their best on properly maintained tires. To mark National Tire Safety Week 2020, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC offers reminders and technical insights on the impact just a few psi can make on fuel consumption, uptime, and safe vehicle operation.
National Tire Safety Week is an initiative aimed at providing information on the essentials of proper tire care and maintenance, sponsored annually by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA). This year it occurs May 18-24.
“It’s vital that truck tires – on both tractors and trailers – are running on the right pressure, since their performance has significant impacts on several levels,” said Jon Intagliata, Bendix product manager for tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) and trailer ABS. “And as safety systems become more integrated and complex, they still depend upon controlled interaction between driver, vehicle, and the road – where the tires are still the only point of contact.”
Tires, Technology, and the Right Tools
Maximizing the performance of today’s integrated vehicles means equipping them with the best set of safety tools: Whether a driver is pushing the brake pedal or a full-stability system is activating brakes at individual wheel-ends to help prevent a rollover, the tires need to be ready to deliver – and that requires proper pressure.
By keeping an eye on tire inflation and temperature, a tire pressure monitoring system helps keep the wheel-ends ready to deliver optimal performance when brakes and higher-level safety technologies demand it.
The SmarTire® Tire Pressure Monitoring System by Bendix CVS and the SmarTire® Trailer-Link™ TPMS by Bendix CVS for trailers use wheel-mounted sensors inside the tires as opposed to exterior-mounted sensors on the valve stem. This enables SmarTire to continuously monitor both temperature and pressure, meaning the system can provide a deviation value showing the amount of overinflation or underinflation from the tire’s cold inflation pressure (CIP), automatically taking into account any increase in pressure due to temperature, and providing early alerts of tire pressure issues.
“Reading temperature may also help mitigate potential tire fires, since it helps alert the driver to potential wheel-end issues such as dragging brakes,” Intagliata noted. “Additionally, fleets can use TPMS system data to more effectively address issues such as frequent tire replacements and tire failures on the road to help shape their tire strategy and maintenance plans.”
SafetyDirect® by Bendix CVS is one example: It’s a web portal that enables analysis of real-time information from TPMS and other connected safety technologies to help improve uptime and lower total cost of operation (TCO).
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