Peterbilt has announced it is offering the Bendix SmarTire Tire Pressuring Monitoring System on some of its trucks.
The TPMS helps improve fuel economy and safety, and Peterbilt has made it available in its cab-and-sleeper Model 587, as well as Models 579 and 567.
“TPMS provides operators with real-time, on-demand tire status that helps ensure peak performance and can give the operator early warning before potential tire failure,” said Scott Newhouse, Peterbilt chief engineer. “The TPMS display is integrated with the vehicle’s main instrument cluster for convenient, quick glance access to the temperature and pressure of each truck tire. By helping prevent tire failure, TPMS means customers benefit from more uptime, lower operating costs and longer tire life.”
He added operators are alerted to potential tire issues through an alert on the display and an optional audible alert.
According to the Technology and Maintenance Council, tires are the largest maintenance cost item for fleets and also a primary influencer on fuel economy. A tire that is 10 psi low can reduce fuel economy by approximately 1 percent.
Given their cost-saving benefits, TMC estimates TPMS systems provide a return on investment within two years.