MAUMEE, Ohio – To help prevent blowouts and other tire events, Dana Holding published a white paper recently for the commercial trucking industry titled “Optimized Tire-Pressure Management.”
The white paper was written by the company’s engineering manager for advanced chassis control systems, Jason Sidders, and describes the benefits of an optimized tire-pressure management system that monitors pressure for all tires on a linehaul tractor and has the capability to automatically adjust that pressure, inflating or deflating as needed for optimal driving conditions. The paper also outlines the pros and cons of currently available tire-pressure monitoring systems.
In addition, recently proposed Phase 2 standards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) support the need for more technological options to help manufacturers reduce GHG emissions including systems such as Dana’s optimized tire-pressure technology.
“We support these new standards proposed by the EPA and NHTSA, which introduce the concept of a 1 percent credit toward fuel-economy targets for linehaul truck owners that utilize automatic tire-inflation technology – a credit that does not apply to monitor-only systems in the proposal,” said Mark Wallace, executive vice-president of Dana and group president of Dana On-Highway Driveline Technologies. “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.”
The company said its system eliminates dependence on the malfunction indicator lamp to alert the driver to potential problems and the system will adjust tire pressure as needed and record each occurrence, alerting maintenance personnel to examine seemingly minor issues and address larger problems before a major failure occurs.
Available in 2017, Dana’s system is optimized for use with 6×4, 6×2, and 4×2 configurations. The first integrated system of its kind, the technology will be installed at the OEM level and is compatible with J1587 and J1939 SAE communication protocols.
You can read a copy of the published white paper, here.