Pressure Systems International, manufacturer of the Meritor Tire Inflation System by PSI with ThermAlert technology, presented Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. with its 2011 Athena Award during the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association meeting held in Tuscon, Ariz.
The Athena award is given by PSI each year to the company who does the most to promote the use of the ThermAlert technology, which – when included with MTIS – warns vehicle operators of excessive heat buildup in the wheel end before it results in wheel loss, wheel-end failures and possibly dangerous and costly trailer fires.
MTIS by PSI is Utility’s preferred automatic tire inflation system, and the ThermALlert technology has been increasingly included in the specifications, offering Utility customers an additional safety feature. PSI says that as fleets increasingly have seen the early warning benefits of the ThermAlert technology, MTIS with this option now accounts for more than 50 percent of PSI’s production.
“ThermAlert was developed to address the safety concern of possible wheel-off situations due to heat buildup in the wheel end, and we’re very appreciative that Utility recognizes the benefits this technology offers their customers,” says Tim Musgrave, president and chief executive officer for PSI. “Having a trailer manufacturer with Utility’s reputation support this technology reinforces our belief in its advantages.”