Michelin To Market Tyre Pressure Monitoring System In Canada
Michelin North America will soon be marketing WABCO’s Integrated Vehicle Tire Pressure Monitoring System (IVTM) in Canada. The system has been available to European hauliers for the past three years and it will be available in Canada early next year. The IVTM system offers real-time pressure information; an on-board monitor gives the driver a continuous readout of tyre pressure and can warn of incorrect pressure and slow leaks, thanks to an algorithm that constantly compares information between and across axles.
By maintaining tyre pressures at the correct level, hauliers can reduce fuel consumption, tyre wear and downtime caused by tyre failures, the majority of which can be traced back to slow leaks, says Michelin. The system consists of external wheel-mounted modules that are connected to the tyre valves with pneumatic hoses. The modules regularly measure and transmit inflation data via radio frequency to an electronic control unit (ECU), which in turn transmits them to a dash-mounted display. Both visual and audible signals warn drivers of abnormally low tyre pressure, slow leaks, and tyre position — as well as the appropriate corrective action.