ATLANTA — Pressure Systems International announced a new tire pressure monitoring system for trucks, tractors and trailers at American Trucking Associations’ 2019 Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting March 17.
TireView officially launches April 1, said Jim Sharkey, P.S.I. vice president of sales and marketing.
“P.S.I. is expanding its product offering to further enhance its overall solution for fleets to manage their tire costs and really take advantage of the efficiencies that exist by getting them more information, more monitoring and more data in a usable fashion,” he said.
P.S.I. said that adding TPMS to its lineup represents a key expansion of its portfolio to provide a “bumper-to-bumper” solution for tire management.
“It offers a high degree of flexibility, being able to be run in a closed onboard system or connected to telematics solutions for enhanced fleet management,” the company said in a statement.
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It can be combined with the company’s automatic tire inflation system, for trailers or other ATIS solutions offered, San Antonio-based P.S.I. said.
A lot of people question which one they need — auto inflate or monitoring, Sharkey said.
“Our view is that you should really have both,” he said. “Because a driver is not incentivized to put air in their tires as they are running down the highway, so if they pick up a puncture, ATIS will keep that tire filled.”
However, monitoring “will allow maintenance to fine-tune issuing work orders so that they can have that tire repaired when it gets to point B and have it fixed ahead of time,” Sharkey said.
“In a lot of cases today, without that kind of visibility, drivers will get out of their cab, they grab their lunchbox, they go home,” he said. “They don’t tell the technician in the shop that, ‘Hey, my system light has been on, and I think I got a tire that needs work.’ ”
Now with TPMS, “especially tied to telematics, it has the capability of sending that data back to operations, where somebody will take action to have that resolved.”
As for the company’s telematics partners, he said that P.S.I. is “agnostic.”
“We work with them based on what the fleets want, who they are using,” Sharkey said. “We will work with them to make sure that our system communicates with their telematics platform.”
P.S.I. said TireView offers customizable alerts, monochrome or color displays as well as internal and cap sensor options. When used without ATIS, such as on drive axles, TireView can be used with the “Flow Thru Kit’” that provides simple solutions to sensor management challenges that many fleets encounter.
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Jonathan Gravell, vice president of business development, said, “Fleets continue to seek opportunities to improve their efficiencies. The increasing demand for Smart Systems on vehicles is evidence of that trend. P.S.I. is quickly moving into more holistic solutions for tire management that will offer fleets an abundance of capabilities and data to reduce their costs. TireView provides constant visibility to the individual tires, enabling proactive maintenance and improved asset allocation.”