Bullish on tyre pressure

German OEM, Schmitz Cargobull, now offers its own Tyre Pressure Monitoring System – TPMS – to help extend the tyre lifecycle as well as reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

The right level of tyre pressure, Schmitz Cargobull asserts, makes it easier to control tyre technology, significantly improves vehicle response and increases driving safety.

In 2021, the German Federal Government also intends to promote investments in modern trailer technologies as part of the ‘Fleet Renewal Programme for Commercial Vehicles’. Subsidies are planned for technologies that contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions in road transport.

“With our TPMS for tipper trailers, our customers can already invest in an option that contributes to [carbon dioxide] reduction and will most probably be promoted and subsidised as part of the German government’s planned subsidy program,” said Schmitz Cargobull Chief Sales Officer, Boris Billich.

In addition, according to current assessments, it is thought that TPMS will be mandatory for all newly registered trailers from 2022. Schmitz Cargobull already offers its tyre pressure monitoring system for all three-axle S.KI tipper trailers in the S.KI 24 SL 7.2-10.5 and S.KI 24 SG 9.6 and 10.5 versions.

Tyre damage is known to be a particularly big issue for tipper trailers. With the help of TPMS sensors, which measure both the pressure and temperature of tyres, operators can actively prevent flat tyres. Thanks to a permanent flow of real-time information and warnings about tyre pressure and tyre temperature levels, dispatchers or drivers can respond immediately and help to prevent flat tyres, breakdowns or even accidents.

The sensor is mounted directly to the wheel with a fabric strap and secured with a hook-and-loop fastening. The sensor is not visible from the outside, which offers optimum protection against manipulation. The protected mounting point on the wheel also prevents damage caused by external factors during tyre changes or transport jobs.

Another advantage is that the mounting solution makes the sensors quick to install in the event of a tyre change and enables them to be used on the new tyre without any hassle. The tyre pressure sensors can be mounted on 19.5” as well as on 22.5” rims.

The tyre pressure monitoring system is managed via the Schmitz Cargobull trailer telematics system TrailerConnect CTU3. The tyre pressure and temperature for each individual tyre can be viewed on the TrailerConnect Portal and beSmart app by simply specifying the position of the wheel.

The TrailerConnect portal can also be used to adjust the tyre pressure reference values. If any tyres deviate from these values, the stored contacts can be informed in real time via a portal notification, e-mail and/or SMS. Warnings are also displayed with an exclamation mark in the beSmart app.

The tyre pressure monitoring system can be combined with a tyre pressure refilling function, which Schmitz Cargobull can integrate at the customer’s request. The tyre pressure refilling function keeps the inflation pressure in the individual tyre constant, warns in event of gradual air loss and with smaller defects, enables further travel to a workshop by refilling.

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