Aperia Technologies Inc., announced at the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition Sunday that its Halo Tire Inflator has been deployed on thousands of vehicles operated in more than 100 fleets.
Aperia CEO Josh Carter says the performance and impact of the tire inflation system has been validated in more than 50 individual fleet customer tests since its introduction two years ago.
“Halo is increasingly preferred by all types and sizes of fleets because it’s the easiest tire inflation system to add to new vehicles or to retrofit on existing equipment,” he says. “In the past year we’ve seen many fleets move from pilot tests, to putting Halos on all new trucks and trailers, to full fleet full retrofits.”
The Halo Tire Inflator is a self-powered, bolt-on inflation technology that uses a wheel’s rotation to maintain optimal tire pressure in dual and wide-based tires on drive and trailer axles used on trucks, tractors, trailers and buses.
Aperia designed a wireless data acquisition system, which allows customers to easily install and monitor the benefits of the inflation device in real world driving conditions. In one of the tests, the tire pressure trend over a 100-day period demonstrated that while control tires lost as much as 2 PSI per week on average, tires with Halo systems consistently maintained proper operating pressure.
In another fleet test on 10 tractors driven more than 1 million miles in 12 months, Carter says Halo was proven to improve fuel economy by 1.1 percent and extend tire life by 14.4 percent. In addition to receiving positive driver reviews, the fleet saved $1,676 per tractor or a total of $16,760 during the evaluation period, he adds.
“The implications of our customer tests based on tire wear studies are that Halo can improve tire life by 12 percent on average,” Carter says. “If Halo were used throughout the Class 7 and 8 trucking industry, it could reduce tire waste by over 11 million tires annually and save 1.7 billion gallons of fuel from being used unnecessarily.”