Pressure On is Celerity DRS' exclusive web series about tyres and Automatic Tyre Inflation Systems (ATIS) for commercial vehicles.
In the previous episode of Pressure On, Marcus Cornwell from Celerity DRS talked us through some real world examples of how an Automatic Tyre Inflation System (ATIS) can offer real world savings for all business sectors and their commercial vehicles.
This included a look at the return on investment (ROI) and a link to the savings calculator on the Celerity DRS website.
In the latest episode of the tyre related web series, Marcus provides a brief overview of how important it is for a vehicle’s tyres to be inflated at the optimum pressure, and how this in turn will keep a tyre healthier; extending the life of the tyre and the impact on the environment.
Underinflation is one of the biggest factors which affects the wear of a tyre, causing the wear to become uneven and the life of the tyre to be shortened. There are several factors which can affect the inflation of a tyre, including leakages between the tyre and the rim, leakage from the valve, and even cracks in the rim. There is also the natural osmosis of air which equates to roughly 0.5 bar per month (7.5 psi/month) on average. The age of the tyre, the material it is made from, and the load weight of the vehicle will also affect the pressure within the tyre – which in turn will affect how quickly a tyre will degrade, leading to costs associated with downtime and the replacement of the tyre.
Tyres that are checked regularly and kept at the recommended inflation levels will not only stay healthier and have a longer life on the road, but there is also a much higher probability that the tyre can be re-tread, or re-moulded, successfully.
Thankfully, one of the biggest benefits of an Automatic Tyre Inflation System is that the tyre pressure is maintained at all times, even when the vehicle is stationary or travelling to its destination. And because modern tyres are designed to be re-treaded, a healthy tyre can see upwards of 500,000 miles of use during its lifetime, and be re-treaded once, twice or even three times.
The environmental impact of re-treading
In today’s environmentally astute and conscious society, it is important that business owners make sure their commercial fleets are as green as possible – and re-treading is an incredibly successful, environmentally friendly option for the recycling of tyres.
Every tyre that is re-tread means that one less new tyre must be manufactured, and less tyres have to be disposed of each year. The US EPA estimates a greater than 70% saving in oil for a re-tread compared to a new tire. This also means a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to reducing the amount of raw materials that need to be extracted and refined before they go into the production of a new tyre.
Having an ATIS installed on your vehicles is an important first step in making sure an organisation stays committed to reducing their carbon footprint and it also provides the best possible chance that a tyre can be re-used – it is cost effective and helps your business be environmentally responsible.
Who are Celerity DRS?
Celerity DRS are the exclusive European distributors of the Pressure Systems International (P.S.I.) Tyre Inflation System, the leading system with over 1.6 million systems in use worldwide, and are experts in their own right when it comes to Automatic Tyre Inflation Systems.
Having worked closely with Europe’s leading axle manufacturers, the Automatic Tyre Inflation System has been refined and perfected for the European trailer market, with partnerships now in place with all of the major manufacturers who provide their own brands of the system. Examples include the SAF Tyre Pilot, BPW Air Save, Schmitz RFS, JOST’s Plug & Play ATIS, SAE-SMB Airmax and Assali Stefen, with more to come in the near future.
The full list of Celerity DRS partners can be found on their website here.