Doran touts tire pressure monitoring system for drop-and-hook fleets

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Doran says its 360 SmartLink Tire Pressure Monitoring System was designed specifically for truck fleets with drop-and-hook trailers. Wireless sensors are screwed on to the valve stems of the trailer tires, and the tire pressure information is sent to the company’s trailer-mounted SmartLink Receiver/Transmitter that collects and transfers the data to a cab-mounted display unit; the wireless sensors mounted on the truck tires also are programmed to the monitor in the cab. When the truck is hooked to a new trailer, it only requires a simple one-button operation by the driver to drop and add the correct trailer, according to Doran.

The company says its proprietary “Green Means Good” one-glance indicator light provides a level of confidence and safety, knowing that all of the tires are properly inflated. If a tire pressure problem develops, audible alerts and visual warnings are designed to provide the specific tire location and pressure level; also, a high temperature warning helps prevent damage caused by excessive heat. To assist with driver accountability, a date/time stamp for each pressure alarm (up to 10) is stored within the monitor, and the system can be “locked” to prevent accidental reprogramming or tampering with the desired settings.

The system is designed to work with either traditional dual-wheel configurations or wide-base single-tire applications. Installation can be accomplished in about one hour per truck/trailer, according to Doran, and multiple mounting accessories provide flexibility to install the display in many configurations based on the layout of the cab. Doran says a simple-to-operate monitor includes four-way navigational buttons and a digital LCD screen with backlit display, while a “Sleep Mode” ensures that the tire pressures are checked at all times; with this feature, tire pressures are monitored, but potential warnings are withheld until the driver turns on the truck’s ignition switch. The company says the improved battery design provides an estimated five-year service life.

For more information, go to www.doranmfg.com.