Conti launches new truck TPMS in the US
Continental Tire the Americas launched ContiPressureCheck, a new tyre pressure monitoring system specifically designed for commercial trucks in the US at the end of March. Unveiled at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, ContiPressureCheck constantly monitors the pressure and temperature of each tyre on the vehicle and provides real-time, on-demand tyre status information and to warn the driver of problems before they become a critical concern, according to the tyremaker.
“ContiPressureCheck is a unique product that brings together all Continental’s expertise in tyres, 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,” said Clif Armstrong, CTA’s director of commercial vehicle tire marketing.
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 tyre. The sensors continuously monitor both air pressure and the tire’s temperature, sending the data wirelessly to the truck’s electronic control unit. This processes the data, saves warnings and sends them directly to a display in the driver’s cab. The driver can immediately take corrective action and avoid a breakdown before it happens.
According to CTA, the system can account for the tyre’s temperature at its most optimal point inside the tyre, which eliminates interference from other outside elements. The system then compensates for the temperature in the inflation data.
“Since a tyre’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 tyre that is underinflated might appear to be fine, because the contained air pressure is at or above its cold inflation pressure,” Armstrong said.