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February 29, 2016 11:45 AM, EST

Halo Tire Inflator Growing in Adoption

John Sommers II for Transport Topics
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Aperia Technologies Inc. said its Halo brand of tire inflator, introduced two years ago, is in use on thousands of vehicles operated by more than 100 fleets and offered at more than 100 dealer locations. 

“In the past year, we’ve seen many fleets move from pilot tests, to putting Halos on all new trucks and trailers, to full-fleet retrofits,” Aperia CEO Josh Carter said.

He said 70% of the installations were on tractors.

The company announced the update here Feb. 28 at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual meeting.

The company said to help fleets adopt Halo, it designed a wireless data acquisition system, which allows customers to install and monitor the benefits of the inflation device in real-world driving conditions. In one of the tests, the tire pressure trend over a 100-day period demonstrated that while control tires lost as much as 2 pounds per square inch per week on average, tires with Halo systems consistently maintained proper operating pressure.

Also, Carter said 50 fleets had done independent pilot tests. “That is something we are very excited about, and we have seen that consolidate into strong adoption,” he said.

Also, Andrew Smith has joined the company as a senior advisor. Smith was the founder and former CEO of ATDynamics prior to its acquisition in 2015 by STEMCO/EnPro Industries, Aperia said.

Carter said the cost of the technology is between $1,200 and $1,500 per truck.

That cost is offset by the 20-minute installation period and ease of maintenance, he said.