PSI invests in aerodynamic technology

Pressure Systems International (PSI), a market leader in automatic tyre inflation systems for commercial vehicles, has invested in a new aerodynamic technology and entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Plasma Stream Technologies.

Plasma Stream’s patented new technology was developed at the University of Notre Dame, USA. According to the company, it uses “plasma actuator technology to reduce aerodynamic drag on semi-trucks and trailers, resulting in fuel savings”. The active flow control system that manipulates airflow around the vehicle, offers aerodynamic benefits without the added weight and maintenance issues associated with bolt-on aero devices. The system is deployed automatically and has the flexibility to be used with roll-up doors, as well as swing doors, unlike other conventional boat-tail designs.

Trucking fleets are increasingly focused on improving the aerodynamics of their vehicles to reduce total cost of ownership, but also to meet upcoming GHG (Greenhouse Gas) Phase 2 standards. The proposed standards covering trailers beginning in model year 2018 encourage the adoption of green technologies that reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions.

PSI reports that it was the first company to develop and supply a commercialized automatic tyre inflation system for commercial vehicles, introducing its patented product to the industry over 20 years ago.

“PSI believes the Plasma Stream technology can offer a real advantage for fleets, just like automatic tyre inflation” explained Tim Musgrave, president and CEO. “Reducing fuel consumption benefits the environment as well as our customers’ bottom line, so our investment in Plasma Stream is in sync with our commitment to the market of providing product that delivers a highly desirable ROI. We are excited about the potential provided by our two companies working together to deliver this innovative product to the commercial vehicle market.”

Pressure Systems International is ISO 9001 Quality Management certified and a member of more than 15 trucking associations nationwide. PSI supplies 45 countries and is currently exporting to China, Europe, South America, Africa and Australia.

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