Heavy-duty supplier Dana Holding Corp. said it published a white paper for the commercial-trucking industry that presents properly adjusted tire pressure as a solution to prevent blowouts and other tire events, improve fuel economy and reduce operating costs.
The paper is free and may be downloaded at danacv.com/optimizedtirepressure.
The white paper describes the benefits of a system that not only monitors pressure for all tires on a linehaul tractor, but has the capability to adjust that pressure automatically, inflating or deflating as needed for optimal driving conditions, according to the company.
Maumee, Ohio-based Dana said recently proposed Phase 2 standards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration support the need for more technological options to help manufacturers further reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and increase fuel efficiency. These agencies specifically identify the need for properly adjusted tire pressure in order to maximize the efficiency of low-rolling-resistance tires and also recognize the benefits of automatic tire inflation versus monitor-only systems.
“We support these new standards proposed by the EPA and NHTSA, which introduce the concept of a 1% credit toward fuel-economy targets for linehaul truck owners that use automatic tire-inflation technology, a credit that does not apply to monitor-only systems in the proposal,” Mark Wallace, group president of Dana On-Highway Driveline Technologies, said in a statement.
“In fact, we believe the incentive should differentiate between inflate-only systems and technology such as Dana's, which features both inflate and deflate capabilities to boost efficiency even further," Wallace said.
Available in 2017, Dana's system is designed for use with 6x4, 6x2 and 4x2 configurations and is compatible with J1587 and J1939 SAE communication protocols, according to the company.