Trucks

Michelin launches auto inflation device

Michelin’s Auto Inflate device, by Halo, automatically inflates truck tires to a preferred pressure.Michelin’s Auto Inflate device, by Halo, automatically inflates truck tires to a preferred pressure.

Michelin Americas Truck Tires recently introduced Michelin Auto Inflate, powered by Halo.

Michelin Auto Inflate is a wheel-mounted tire-management solution that allows fleets to automatically maintain optimal tire pressure. Leaky valve stems, extreme temperature changes and human error can all lead to under-inflated tires that can result in costly downtime.

Michelin reports that its Auto Inflate, powered by Halo in association with Aperia Technologies, Inc. can save fleets an estimated $2,400 per tractor-trailer annually by reducing tire-related downtime events, extending tire life, improving fuel economy and increasing safety.

“Michelin Auto Inflate is simple, reliable and good for business,” says Adam Murphy, vice president of marketing for Michelin Americas Truck Tires. “Due to a number of complicated factors that cause tire pressures to change day-to-day and hour-to-hour, maintaining optimal tire pressure is nearly impossible to achieve manually.

“Michelin Auto Inflate, using Aperia’s Halo device, provides an immediate payback for one of fleets’ biggest assets by eliminating complexity and automatically managing air pressure in the tires that keep their trucks rolling.”

Michelin Auto Inflate utilizes automatic tire inflation technology to maintain the pressure on drive and trailer tires. Designed to be easily retrofitted on existing vehicles or as an add-on to new equipment, the device works with both duals and wide-base single tires.

The compact, self-powered pump, which is transferable, can be mounted to the hub in 10 minutes using standard tools, no axle drilling required. With each wheel rotation, the device monitors and adjusts for low air pressure.

Designed to be virtually maintenance-free, the Michelin Auto Inflate can be factory-set to a specified target tire pressure.

“Michelin and Aperia chose to collaborate on Michelin Auto Inflate because of our mutual commitment to bring innovative products and service solutions to fleets with the goal of maximizing uptime,” says Josh Carter, chief executive officer of Aperia.

“Michelin Auto Inflate, powered by Halo, provides fleets the first simple, reliable, full-vehicle solution to the complex problem of optimal tire pressure management.”