TyreAid vs. Inflation Systems
“Are Tire Inflation Systems providing truck fleets with a false sense of security?”
TyreAid recently concluded a year-long field survey to find out why sections of truck tires are cluttering major roadways and breakdown lanes continue increasing in length and frequency. We uncovered an undetectable internal problem caused by inflation systems. These inflation systems have been installed by fleets under the belief that they would control their tire underinflation problems and reduce expensive road service calls, but an underlying problem puts them at greater risk for exactly those issues.
If a tire picks up a nail or other sharp object that penetrates the tread and casing, the penetration creates a slow air leak 90% of the time. During slow leaks, an inflation system will continue to inflate the tire to the proper PSI and there is no reasonable way for the driver or management to know there is a problem. The air inside the tire tries to escape from the casing trough the puncture; the air pressure slowly forces its way into the original penetration point between the casing and re-tread surfaces. The increasing pressure slowly separates the two surfaces and eventually will separate the entire tread from the casing, often causing damage to the equipment and surrounding vehicles on the road (See pictures below).
To resolve this problem, we recommend the TyreAid Safety System. TyreAid does not hide tire pressure problems and will instead report them while they are still repairable with a simple patch. TyreAid has also combined a GPS asset tracker and TPMS underinflation tire monitor into a compact corrosive resistant transmitter that has its own independent power source, is easily installed on the end of the axle hub, and provides a five year warranty.
TyreAid is easily installed on tractors and other support equipment as well. Additionally, there is no monthly fee for our GPS feature.