There are several key steps in developing a successful manual tire pressure maintenance program. First and foremost, who is responsible for performing the tire pressure checks and what should the target tire pressures be? Next, how often are these checks required and what does the procedure entail? All of this information must then be effectively communicated to personnel and calibrated gauges must be provided. Finally, it is critical for management to make sure the program is followed consistently.
The upfront time and effort required to establish a tire pressure maintenance program often goes unnoticed. The easiest element to track is simply the time the operator spends performing the actual pressure checks.
It is estimated to take 693 minutes per year to perform weekly trailer tire pressure checks. This is assuming 13.33 min./check x 52 checks/year per trailer. Keep in mind this is just one trailer.
If a fleet has multiple trailers, the minutes can add up quickly.
THE TIREMAAX® PRO ADVANTAGE
Hendrickson’s TIREMAAX PRO advanced tire pressure control system reduces the need for frequent manual tire pressure checks. PRO automatically inflates under-inflated tires by using the trailer air supply and prevents over-inflation by relieving air from the tires back through the controller. The system also equalizes the pressure at every tire. In doing so, PRO offers fleets and owner operators a time saving alternative to manual tire pressure checks.
With PRO constantly monitoring trailer tire pressure and automatically adjusting as necessary, the need for weekly manual tire pressure checks is dramatically reduced. Hendrickson simply recommends a manual tire pressure check be performed every 3 months on trailers equipped with TIREMAAX PRO. Thus, reducing the number of checks performed annually from 52 to 4 in the above example, would result in a savings of 640 min/year per trailer. Now, rather than watching maintenance expenses add up, savings can add up.
NACFE Tire Pressure Systems - Confidence Report
FMCSA study – Commercial Vehicle Tire Condition Sensors