At Mid America Trucking Show, LOUISVILLE, Continental Tire presented a new tire pressure monitoring system developed especially for commercial vehicles.
The new system is named the ContiPressureCheck and constantly monitors the pressure and temperature of each tire on the vehicle in order to provide real-time, on-demand tire status information and to warn the driver of tire-related problems before they become a critical concern.
Clif Armstrong, director of commercial vehicle tire marketing for the Americas, said: “ContiPressureCheck is a unique product that brings together all Continental’s expertise in tires, inflation, in-cab displays, sensors and monitoring technologies for a direct system that not only provides advanced, accurate pressure data, but also addresses fleet concerns about fuel economy and operating cost reductions.”
ContiPressureCheck integrates its sensors, communication system and data processor into a single module that is housed inside a rubber container and glued to the inner surface of the tire. The sensors continuously monitor both air pressure and the tire’s temperature, and transfer data wirelessly to the truck’s electronic control unit (ECU). This processes the data, saves warnings and sends them directly to a display in the driver’s cab.
Armstrong explained: “Since a tire’s contained air pressure naturally increases as a vehicle moves, it can be difficult to tell if a hot tire is underinflated. Without some form of temperature compensation, a hot tire that is underinflated might appear to be fine, because the contained air pressure is at or above its cold inflation pressure”.
Thanks to proper tire inflation, the fleet owners will benefit from low fuel consumption and a longer life for tires which translates directly in reduced operating costs. ContiPressureCheck will be available to the North American trucking marketplace in fall 2012.