Meritor to market trailer tire inflation system

TROY, Mich. (Jan. 19) — Meritor Automotive said it will market and distribute an automatic tire inflation systems for trailer applications beginning in March.

Meritor will supply the system, made by Pressure Systems International, directly to North American trailer original equipment manufacturers and via its aftermarket organization based in Florence, Ky., and Brampton, Ont.

The PSI system uses compressed air from the trailer air system to inflate any tire that falls below a pre-set pressure while the trailer is moving. The automatic inflation system controls air flow to ensure trailers maintain proper and consistent tire pressure at all times, Meritor said.

“The partnership with PSI offers Meritor the immediate opportunity to offer our customers the industry-leading trailer tire inflation system and further differentiate our expanding axle product line with both OEMs and end users,” said Bob Zirlin, director of marketing for Meritor’s Worldwide Trailer Products business.

Maintaining correct tire inflation directly addresses the second-highest operating cost fleets incur: tires and tire-generated problems. The PSI system will help operators with problems such as in-service failure, increased fuel consumption and excessive tread wear, added Zirlin.

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