(FARGO, N.D.) — Fuel efficiency improves by as much as 3.3 percent when tires are properly inflated, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. For a company managing a fleet of 20 semis, this equates to 13,530 gallons or about $50,000 annually in saved fuel. Additionally, having appropriate air pressure in tires can help reduce maintenance costs from blowouts and re-treading tires. Pedigree Technologies LLC and Doran Manufacturing LLC of Cincinnati, Ohio partnered to develop a system that allows a vehicle’s tire pressure to be monitored remotely.
When used alongside the Doran 360™ tire pressure monitoring system, Pedigree Technologies OneView can be used to view tire pressure readings remotely. This allows a dispatcher to ensure tires are properly inflated, which can help prolong the life of the tires and improve fuel economy.
The Doran 360 tire pressure monitoring system sends tire pressure readings to the OneView platform each time the ignition is turned off or on and whenever there is a dramatic tire pressure loss or a low-pressure alarm is activated in a tire. Tire pressure readings are combined with the vehicle’s real-time GPS location. OneView sends email and text message alerts to the dispatcher if improper tire conditions exist. Pedigree Technologies Director of Product Management, Joshua DeCock said, “The system provides customers with deeper visibility into their operations. Tires are one of the top expenses for equipment/trucks and operating with underinflated tires will decrease tire life at the very least and usually leads to downtime.”
“Adopting Doran tire pressure monitoring systems has proven to reduce tire-related repair and maintenance expenses for a number of fleets around the country,” said Jim Samocki, General Manager for Doran Manufacturing. “The capability to have remote visibility to tires with low pressure allows fleets to proactively address those tires, which helps to improve tread life, improve casing quality and minimize roadside repair calls from catastrophic tire failures.”
The Doran 360 tire pressure monitoring systems utilize a valve stem mounted sensor which transmits air pressure and temperature data to OneView platform and to a monitor/display in the cab of the vehicle. The LCD display allows the driver to see current tire pressure readings for each wheel position and it provides both visible and audible alerts when a low tire pressure threshold is reached, including a unique FastLeak™ alert that is triggered when a tire drops 2.8 psi in less than 12 seconds.
About Pedigree Technologies LLC Award-winning software solutions from Pedigree Technologies enable companies to make better decisions by providing real-time visibility into business operations. Pedigree Technologies was founded in 2004 and launched its OneView product commercially in 2009. A leader in mobile resource management, the company has been recognized on the international M2M Top 100 list from trade publication Connected World for five consecutive years.
About Doran Manufacturing LLC Cincinnati-based Doran Manufacturing has been creating customized solutions for more than 60 years, including providing high-quality transportation safety products since the early 1970s. In addition to tire pressure monitoring systems, the company supplies LED and incandescent exterior light monitors, Sleeping Child Check® monitors, emergency exit monitors and a full range of LED lighting products to the school bus market. Also, the company continues to manufacture customized electric terminals and terminal boards in the original factory that was established in 1953.