TireStamp has added a new self-monitoring maintenance feature to its TireVigil tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) that notifies fleets when the system is not working properly.
The new feature addresses one of the biggest problems in the market of TPMS technology, said Peggy Fisher, TireStamp President.
“Vehicles can run for days, weeks, and even months before someone realizes that a tire sensor or even the entire system is no longer monitoring a vehicle’s tires as everyone expects” she said. “This results in poor tire maintenance, enroute tire-related breakdowns, tire failures and negates the value of the TPMS whose purpose was to prevent these problems to begin with.”
Common problems may include sensors that are missing, damaged or have dead or low batteries. Vehicle electronic components could also be unplugged from power or malfunctioning. And external hardware components may not have power, are malfunctioning, or are covered with, snow and ice.
TireVigil Cloud’s TPMS 2.0 service addresses these common issues, she said, by continuously monitoring each hardware component’s health to detect problems with tire sensors, external TPMS receivers and in-cab electronic equipment.
When a problem is detected, the TireWatch servicing app lists all vehicles requiring attention and a summary of all equipment issues across the fleet. The app has tools that enable technicians to easily diagnose and correct equipment problems, she said.
In addition to the TireWatch app, outstanding equipment issues are listed on the Active Issues online report for inclusion in a fleet’s daily service scheduling. Those not resolved within a week are listed in the Equipment Maintenance Report that is run weekly and keeps track of the length of time equipment issues have been outstanding.
The vehicle unit number, the issue, the date the problem started, and the last known location of the vehicle is provided in the report to prioritize by the length of time they have remained unresolved.
“The great benefit TireVigil Cloud provides fleet managers and maintenance personnel is visibility of their vehicles’ tires no matter where they are” Fisher added. “Monitoring their TPMS equipment as well as their tires ensures they never lose sight of these assets or the savings in tires, emergency breakdowns, fuel and labor they can achieve.”