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Dana brochure highlights tire inflation systems

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- A new six-page brochure from Dana Corporation's Commercial Vehicle Systems group, which describ...

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A new six-page brochure from Dana Corporation’s Commercial Vehicle Systems group, which describes the inner workings of the Dana Spicer TIMS, a tire inflation and monitor system for trailers, is now available on-line.

Highlights of the brochure include a detailed itemization of potential cost-savings that result from properly inflated tires, the system’s advantages versus constant pressurization systems, and information on integrating TIMS with Bendix TABS-6 trailer ABS.

When trailer tires are properly inflated, the brochure notes that a typical fleet can generate savings in excess of $1,000 per year due to fuel economy improvements, extended tread life, increased up-time, and the avoidance of costs associated with tire blowouts. Citing Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) data, the brochure points out that tires under inflated by as little as 10 per cent will cause fuel degradation penalties of roughly 0.5 per cent and can shorten tread life by as much as 16 per cent.

The brochure marks comparisons between the Dana system and monitor-only and constant-pressure, regulator-based systems. The Spicer TIMS system is available as a standalone system or integrated with Bendix TABS-6 trailer ABS.

The Spicer TIMS checks all tires automatically, and air is directed only to the under-inflated tire until the proper pressure is achieved, thereby enhancing the life of seals and lines.

The brochure, item number ACSL-0010, can be downloaded or ordered free of charge at

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